Edge Grove is a vibrant and successful day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3-13, set in 48 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with excellent facilities, playing fields and outdoor play areas.
Edge Grove provides a wonderful well-rounded education in an environment and atmosphere tailored to fulfilling the potential in all its pupils. The school offers a flexible boarding experience with full, weekly and flexi boarding options for pupils from age 7. All children enjoy a full and varied curriculum taking advantage of the facilities and outdoor areas around the school. Up until Year 5 form class teaching is provided, with the exception of Science, Art and Music. From Year 5 subject specialist teachers take over and guide senior children towards their Common Entrance examinations. Edge Grove provides a two year tailored Common Entrance and scholarship programme in Years 7 and 8 and have a proven track record of pupils gaining entry to their first choice school at 13+. The school enjoys outstanding academic performance with over 68 scholarships awarded in the last five years to top senior schools such as Harrow, Eton, Merchant Taylors’ and North London Collegiate. Two of its 2012 leavers achieved Outstanding Talent awards to Harrow and other scholarships were awarded to schools such as Uppingham, Rugby and Haileybury.
Edge Grove School Hosts Charity Fun Run Event in its Grounds
Almost 200 people including staff, parents and pupils from independent prep school, Edge Grove, as well as family members of the local community in Radlett, turned out for the school’s first ever charity fun run.
Staff, parents and pupils from independent prep school, Edge Grove, as well as family members of the local community in Radlett, were grateful for the beautiful spring sunshine last weekend as nearly 200 people turned out for the school’s first ever charity fun run. The special event was organised to raise money for a variety of charities that are being supported by the school’s London Marathon participants for 2019.
Headmaster of Edge Grove Ben Evans, along with teachers, Mr Eglinton, Miss Bonnick and Miss Thompson are all set to take part in this year’s London Marathon on 28 April and were keen to give their fundraising an extra boost ahead of the big day.
Making use of the beautiful surroundings of Edge Grove Park, registered participants had the choice to run in either the 800m, 1,500m, or 2km races in aid of the four teacher’s chosen charities including Herts Community Foundation (Edge Grove’s local partner charity), RNLI and Headlines, MacMillan and Waves.
Overwhelmed by the positive energy of the pupils, parents and staff, Ben Evans spoke about the day: “The sun came out along with the ice-cream van and our first ever charity fun run was a huge success. We were also reminded yet again of how lucky we are to be part of Edge Grove and what a special place it is. The afternoon was organised by my wife Alex Evans, partly to raise money for the various charities that we marathon runners are supporting, but also to bring families from the local community together for an enjoyable event while exercising in the fresh air.”
All participants received a well-deserved medal upon crossing the finish line and the event also included a fun obstacle course for younger children and toddlers so that everyone could enter into the spirit of the afternoon.
Mr Evans added, “The atmosphere was fantastic, full of camaraderie, fun and just a little competitive spirit. Plus, the support and commitment shown by our teaching staff was wonderful. Edge Grove Park was the perfect venue for the run and a great opportunity for our parents to see it close up, although the children, who regularly take part in the schools Daily Mile challenge, seemed quite at home racing around the course!”
The event raised over £800 for the charities. Next stop: The London Marathon.
ABSOLUTE RADIO DJ AND AUTHOR CHRISTIAN O’CONNELL VISITS EDGE GROVE SCHOOL
Author discusses the inspiration behind his new novel ‘Radio Boy’.
Edge Grove welcomed Absolute Radio DJ, Christian O’Connell through its school gates recently for a passionate and inspirational talk about the release of his new novel ‘Radio Boy’. Children at Edge Grove were treated to a very entertaining and humorous talk given by the DJ and author about his latest book where he talked about his own childhood and stressed the importance of the value of taking risks and learning from personal failures.
The talk reiterated the schools’ focus for that week on how young people in childhood can learn from their own personal failures and disappointments and how this can often stem from risk taking.
Ben Evans, Headmaster at Edge Grove school commented on the visit: “It was fantastic for the children to hear childhood stories from Christian not to mention his very entertaining and funny anecdotes. Through his words he encouraged the children to dream, to have passions and to be curious and have perseverance in life, which couldn’t fit more perfectly with our own learning culture and ethos here at Edge Grove.”
Discussing the inspiration behind his latest novel, Radio Boy, Christian echoed the importance of many of the schools’ guiding principles and behaviours for learning and development offering the children some real food for thought.
Christian explained that the book itself is centred around an 11 year old boy called Spike who becomes the first presenter ever to be sacked from hospital radio; he decides to continue in a make shift studio in his garden shed with help from his two best friends, disguising his voice and going my the name Radio Boy.
A Year 8 pupil, Dante Doros contacted the author initially and asked him to speak at the school, thankfully Dante’s persistence paid off and the visit was arranged.
New Edge Grove Pre-School opens its doors for the first time
New state-of-the-art facility in Aldenham Village provides cutting-edge ‘learning zones’.
The new purpose-built Edge Grove Pre-School is celebrating a successful first half term since opening its doors for the first time last month. Championing an innovative and engaging new, state-of-the-art learning environment, gone are the traditional classrooms filled with uniform tables and chairs. In their place are new cutting-edge learning zones, all inter-connected, allowing free flow around the building, independent choice of activity for children and an exciting, bright and modern environment.
Edge Grove Pre-School also includes a Stem Zone – this comprises a science kitchen (designed to be compatible for the height of a three year old) with sinks, fridges, induction hobs and cooking utensils; not to mention science equipment to inspire experimentation and learning.
The Pre-School also boasts a new high tech computer suite (complemented by numerous iPads) and a construction area. Circle upholstered and illuminated nooks have been built into the walls for children to nestle into with their favourite book – a chance to rest, relax and seek some quiet time in the midst of a busy day.
Ben Evans, Headmaster at Edge Grove School commented on the new building: “We are very proud of our new Pre-School which also has a fantastic Creative Zone; with a splash of bright red, this area is full of resources for art, craft and learning. Horseshoe shaped tables allow the teachers to work with small groups and also in collaborative learning. A large walled area has also been incorporated for the children to mark-make and draw to their hearts content and it is wonderful to see them enjoying these special new features.”
The Physical Zone contains a 75-inch interactive screen, musical instruments, role-play areas and lots of space for music and movement. A ceiling mounted projector also illuminates the floor with different colours and shapes to enhance the zone and sensory experience.
Forest School is also taught in the new Pre-School so the outdoor play and learning environments have been carefully planned and developed to complement the indoor zones and further enhance the children’s learning, creativity and independence. A mud pie kitchen, den building area, huge sand pit, covered stage and seating, climbing frames and balance beams together with a huge road fully marked with traffic lights and, garage and petrol station mean there will never be a dull moment.
Housing 40 children aged between three and four years, the Pre-School also offers a breakfast club from 8am and after-school activities until 6pm including dance, arts and crafts, tots tennis and multi sports. Music and French are taught each week by specialist teachers from the nearby main Edge Grove school site.
PUPILS AT EDGE GROVE ‘EVACUATE’ FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
Children sleep on hard floors overnight to raise money for Hurricane Irma victims.
This weekend saw almost 40 pupils from Edge Grove School in Hertfordshire, aged between seven and 11 years, sleep on hard floors in an unheated sports hall armed with nothing but a sleeping bag, to raise money for the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. The school staged a unique ‘evacuation centre’ experience for pupils who arrived in the school grounds at 9pm in the evening carrying only a sleeping bag to show their commitment to raising money for those less fortunate than themselves.
School staff volunteered to man the sports hall and manage the registration process. Headmaster Ben Evans commented: “One of the most important guiding principles at Edge Grove is global responsibility so the chance to experience a night in an ‘evacuation centre’ helped to go some way to our pupils understanding of what thousands of children have been going through recently. I'm very proud of their commitment in raising funds to help those in need.'
The schools’ sports hall dropped to a temperature of around 10 degrees during the night with many feeling the chill. The school raised over £1,850 for the worthy cause. A Year Five pupil who took part (Harry Bilgora-Kelly) spoke of the experience: “My friends and I thought this was a great idea to help raise money for all the people who have lost their houses and schools because of the hurricanes. It got quite cold staying in the sports hall but it also helped us to understand what it's been like for all the children across the Caribbean.”
Record-breaking Edge Grove has the top-performing school Jazz Band in the UK
Edge Grove is the FIRST School in the UK to win a platinum award both regionally and nationally at the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF) Finals.
Staff and pupils at Edge Grove are celebrating with news that the school’s jazz band has broken a record as being the first school band in the UK to win the highest possible ‘Platinum’ award both regionally and nationally, in the NCBF Finals this month.
The school faced tough competition from other participating schools and this was the first year Edge Grove had competed in both contests. Having already won a platinum award in the jazz band regionals late last year, the school’s talented and dedicated band went on to reign as champions again as the only school in the country to win platinum on a national level too.
Headmaster Ben Evans commented on the achievement: “The energy, talent and enthusiasm of our performing jazz band was truly magnificent and it makes me very proud. We were delighted to be recognised at a regional level but to win platinum again at a national level is frankly outstanding and very well deserved as the children and the teachers have worked so hard training for this moment.”
The school will be celebrating the accolade with a special assembly for the whole school where the jazz band will perform its platinum winning pieces of music.
The band displayed great discipline, talent and responsibility not to mention demonstrating great care and support to each other. Ben Evans also gave tremendous thanks to music teacher Jessica Eglinton who has worked tirelessly with the children to support them in their endeavours.
Edge Grove will move its current nursery provision to a new purpose designed pre-school set to open in September 2017.
Edge Grove has announced ambitious plans to extend its current pre-school provision following the acquisition of a very local site in Church Lane, Aldenham Village. The new, state-of-the-art pre-school facility is set to open its doors for the first time in September 2017 in time for the new school year.
Extensive renovations on the former Rexton House Nursery building will be completed as the school plans to convert the property into a first-class dedicated pre-school facility, specifically designed for its youngest pupils. Offering an exciting and age-appropriate environment, Edge Grove is also keen to retain close links with its neighbouring larger school site with regular visits to the main school grounds planned.
Headmaster, Ben Evans explains: “We are delighted that interest in Edge Grove has grown considerably over the years and we have long felt a desire to offer a seamless education option for the largest possible number of children which is why we have introduced a third class in Reception this year. There is a limit on the number of pupils we can accommodate on site, so that along with our commitment to provide a high level pre-school entry option, has led to the sensible and exciting decision to open a brand new purpose built facility.”
Building work at the new facility is being managed by an experienced, early years designer, in conjunction with the school architects, ensuring that the children will enjoy a modern, innovative and age-led learning environment, which is at the forefront of pre school education.
Evans continued: “Our new co-educational pre-school will offer a safe and stimulating environment for children from three to four years of age. We always provide a child-centred approach to our learning and development and the new environment will continue to reflect that.”
The impressive new development will be completely redesigned and re-modelled and is set to include three new teaching play rooms, state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, a large covered outdoor play and learning area, cutting edge static play equipment and gardens.
Edge Grove pupils work with renowned author and artist James Mayhew
Edge Grove began its new school year with a whole school, cross-curricular project centred on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Working with Realm of Music, Edge Grove children were privileged to work alongside renowned author and artist James Mayhew, who visited the school to work with the Hertfordshire pupils.
The project asked: What do Vivaldi, maths, food tech and art have in common? Using Vivaldi’s music as the stimulus, pupils and teachers let their creativity run wild. The children enjoyed pizza and pasta in food tech, geographical features and a history of Venice, Comedia del Arte in drama and religious music at St Marks. Science was also used to explore the reasons why we have seasons; this also led on to how the solar system works.
James Mayhew worked with every class in the school across Years 1 to 8, exploring the seasons and working with the students to create beautiful, individual works of art. The children learned how Mayhew became an author, about his ‘books of mistakes’ and were also treated to a story at the end of the session whilst he illustrated a picture upside down!
Claire Tomsett, Director of Music at Edge Grove School spoke about the experience: “The Vivaldi project has given us an exciting and inspirational start to the year and really got our creativity flowing. The children had the opportunity to view classical music in a different light as an interactive movement. Working as a whole school also gave us the impetus to embrace our cross curricula and growth initiatives.”
Maths and English classes took their lessons outside to be inspired by nature and English students used the outdoors to create evocative seasonal poems, which were then manipulated into creative and exciting displays in ICT. Artists were allowed to let their imagination run free, painting what they personally visualised while the music played.
At the end of the week, the work was displayed in a colourful celebration as a backdrop to the final concert. Realm of Music performed all Four Seasons whilst James Mayhew created beautiful pictures inspired by each movement of the music. The speed with which he painted had the children enthralled and all pupils from Reception to Year 8 were captivated by the live music performed on period baroque instruments.
Edge Grove has been celebrating the festive season this week with an imaginative pantomime titled 'A Night with Roald Dahl' presented by its Lower School pupils (Years 3 and 4).
Edge Grove has been celebrating the festive season this week with an imaginative pantomime titled ‘A Night with Roald Dahl’ presented by its Lower School pupils (Years 3 and 4). The classically inspired production was given a modern twist with the children’s own versions of short stories including Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The entire show was made up of three plays in one with each story being performed one after the other. A total of 113 children took part in the production and demonstrated real determination and enthusiasm over the course of this last term in the learning of their lines, the perfecting of their dance moves and the effort to hit all of the right notes.
“The performing arts play a vital role in the curriculum of our school and it is important to us that everyone is given a regular opportunity to perform on stage and under the lights, in front of their family and friends”, explained Headmaster Ben Evans.
“I’m constantly amazed by the talent and enthusiasm of our pupils and the way in which they act, sing and dance with enjoyment, confidence and panache”, he continued.
The performance was directed by Miss Neale, who is Head of Drama at Edge Grove school and all of the lower school children were actively involved in designing the performance, helping with scripting etc. The audience also encouraged the performers and laughed, clapped, hissed and booed in all of the right places.
“As with any production, it’s a team effort combining the skills and hard work of the children, staff and teachers, so I thank them all for what was a truly memorable pantomime and has left us all feeling the festive spirit”, concluded Ben Evans.
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