This morning, I visited Grovelands School in Walton-on-Thames. I sat down with Susan Foster, Chair of Governors, and Chris Hodges, the Interim Executive Headteacher, and Bethan Chadda, Deputy Headteacher. We discussed the school’s new interim leadership as well as their ambitions for the school’s future and how I can support them going forward.
The school has gone from strength to strength in recent months, having made a number of improvements, including a new outdoor play area for the early years classes which was partly funded by the schools’ PTA. The school library has been renovated and the school has invested in 4,000 new books and reading materials to help motivate and encourage children to read more, and the sports club has been expanded to include more extra-curricular clubs to develop the skills and confidence of pupils.
After the meeting, I chatted to some of the pupils who were dressed in spotty clothes in support of Children in Need (pictured with me below).
I was really impressed with the school’s ambitious plans for the future, and above all the sparky and engaging pupils.