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The Journey through School – key stages explained

The School is organised into eight year groups from Foundation 1 (nursery) to Year 6. In Foundation 1 there is one teacher, supported by a nursery nurse and teaching assistants. In all the other year groups there are two teachers, each taking a class of up to 30 children all of the same age/year group. Teachers are supported by a team of Teaching Assistants.
Class teachers are responsible for teaching the whole of the National Curriculum to the children in their class. The National Curriculum for primary schools is divided into three stages.
1. The Foundation Stage is for children between the ages of 3 and 5 in the Foundation 1 (referred to as Nursery or FND1) and Foundation 2 (Reception or FND2) classes. We provide a flexible day to accommodate the 15 hrs government funded hours.
2. Key Stage One (KS1) caters for the 5-7 year age group in Year 1 and Year 2
3. Key Stage Two (KS2) covers children from age 7 – 11 in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
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When will my child be tested?

At the end of each Key Stage, the progress of each child is measured.

Foundation Stage

Throughout the Foundation 2 year (Reception), a Foundation Stage Profile will be completed. Teachers will make a series of assessments across six areas of development known as Early Learning Goals. This then provides a picture of what a child has achieved, knows and can do. There are no tests or tasks and the teachers build the profile over the year.

Key Stage 1

At the end of Key Stage 1 schools use a series of national tasks and tests in order to assess the attainment of each child. Teachers also assess pupils throughout the year and give each child a National Curriculum level towards the end of the year. At the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) a child would be expected to attain a level 2.

In 2012 the national Year 1 phonics screening was introduced. In the Summer term all the children in year 1 now take part in a reading activity to determine their confidence in decoding both real and "monster" words using their phonic skills.

Key Stage 2

At the end of Key Stage 2 a series of national tasks and tests are used once more to measure children’s progress. Teachers also assess pupils throughout the year and each child is given a National Curriculum level towards the end of the year. At the end of Year 6 a child would be expected to attain a level 4, although many of our children reach level 5 and some this year are being targeted to reach level 6 by the end of the year.
To view our most recent results from the National Tests click here National Test Results. Grove Road Primary School achieves good results with many pupils performing well above the national average.
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Reporting, feedback and consultations

The children are set targets by their class teachers which are shared with parents during our parent/teacher consultation evenings in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term parents receive a written report on their children which may be discussed with teachers if necessary.
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The School Day – timings, dinner arrangements etc.

The School Day

FS2 and Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Doors open 8.30am 8.30am
Morning Registration: 8:50am 8.50am
Lessons: 9:30am 9.30am
Assembly 10.15am 10.15am
Morning Break: 10:30am 10:30am
Lessons: 10:50am 10:50am
Lunchtime: 12.00am 12.15pm
Lessons: 1.00pm 1.15pm
Afternoon Break 2.00pm (FS2 only) None
End of School: 3:15pm 3.15pm
Foundation 1 morning class begins at 8.30 am and ends at 11.30am
Lunch Club begins at 11.30 and ends at 12.30pm
Foundation 1 afternoon class begins at 12.30 and ends at 3.30pm
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School Meals
School meals are prepared on the premises by Hertfordshire Catering Ltd and served to the children in the dining rooms. The Head Cook, plans meals with regard to nutrition, balance and attractiveness. Hot and cold meals are served, fresh vegetables, freshly made bread and salads are provided every day, additives are avoided and vegetarian meals are also available. We do not use GM food. Please notify the Cook of any special dietary needs in writing, but feel free to visit the kitchen and discuss them with the Cook who will be only to happy to help. Alternatively, children may bring their own packed lunch which is eaten inside. If you opt to send in a packed lunch, please DO NOT SEND ANY NUTS IN LUNCHBOXES as we have children in the school with severe nut allergies.
Current Menu:Autumn/Winter Menu 2019/20

Free School Meals
It is now easier than ever for families to apply for free school meals, especially as applicants do not usually need to provide paper proof of benefit. If you are eligible for free school meals please apply even if your child prefers to bring a packed lunch as some school funding is based on the number of children registered for free school meals.

New Applications
Parents/Carers should apply for free school meals online at:
As soon as your application is submitted, checks will be made using the ECS to see whether you qualify for free school meals and you will be advised of the outcome immediately. The ECS can only be used to check for free school meal eligibility, so parents/carers who are applying for other educational benefits available in Hertfordshire (namely remission of music fees, SaverCard, TrainCard and cycle training fees) will still be required to provide paper proof of benefit (unless they are applying for free school meals at the same time).

The list of qualifying benefits for free school meals is as follows:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit*
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)*
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999*
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week.
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Pastoral Care
If at any time you have concerns about your child's education, social and emotional development or general well being do first contact the class teacher. An appointment to meet with the Headteacher may also be made at any time through the school Office.
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Extra Curricular Clubs
The School is lucky to have a wide range of after school activities available, some provided by the school and others by outside organisations.
Clubs and School Services
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Your Child
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Key Stages Explained
Key Stage Testing
The School Day
School Meals
Pastoral Care
Extra-Curricular Clubs