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'The teachers are quite strict but kind as well – that’s what makes a good teacher.’ The only real drawback, for one boy, was that the breaks were too short, only apparently giving him brief respite from what he had calculated as ‘my five hours of learning.’ Two-way communication is enhanced, not just by an impressive series of newsletters, but also by ‘Seesaw’- an app that enables staff to zap best of moments to parents’ mobiles. Over an impressive toad-in-the-hole lunch, pupils showed unforced enthusiasm for school ...

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What the school says...

Our aim is to ensure that children develop their full potential academically, socially and emotionally in a safe, caring environment.

All our pupils, who range in age from 2-11 benefit from individual care, small class sizes, professional and dedicated teaching; all of which help children become confident, secure and considerate of the needs of others.

The school has scored highly in recent inspections, rated as consistently outstanding by Ofsted, ECERS and ISI inspectors. There is a wealth of academic and extra curricular opportunities to provide children with an enriching and stimulating environment, preparing them for the challenges of the 21st century, underpinned by traditional family values.
The school has wonderful grounds, which allow pupils to play outside in all weathers, learn from the natural environment and take part in all the fun that Forest School offers; wellies are very much encouraged!

The school, tucked away within the beautiful Georgian Britannia Square in the heart of Worcester, will provide a safe and happy place for your child to grow and develop. This website conveys only some of the ethos and spirit of RGS Springfield. Please visit us and see for yourself the happy, smiling faces of children having fun and learning in a stimulating environment. We are very much a happy family.

I look forward to welcoming you in person to our school.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2012, Laura Brown (40s). Displays all the dynamism necessary to be a successful leader. ‘I love my job,’ she says – and clearly means it. Educated in London day schools, then boarder at Kent College followed by spell in retail management before taking philosophy degree at the University of Kent. Part of her course involved working in schools which sparked her ambition to become a teacher. Took a PGCE in primary education, then combined bringing up her three children with prep teaching posts in Berkshire and Gloucestershire, followed by six years as director of studies and deputy head at Dean Close in Cheltenham, which involved ‘Lots of forward-facing stuff’ - invaluable for her present role.

Style is hands on. Knows every child, which is ‘a privilege and just lovely,’ she says, teaches year science to years 5 and 6 and exudes command of her happy ship. Unusual enjoyment of piles of paperwork no doubt explains why she describes role as a compliance inspector as ‘really entertaining’ (takes all sorts). For relaxation, rides – owns highland pony named Creagy, just the ticket for skimming the hurdles at nearby Worcester racecourse.

Entrance

For early years, informal assessment of a child’s readiness for schooling; most children in this department attend for mornings or afternoons only. More formal from year 3 onwards, with papers in English, maths, VR and NVR. Academic and musical scholarships (10 per cent fee reduction) available for year 5 entry. No separate scholarship exam; at least two instruments (voice can be one) at grade 3 or above, for music.

Exit

Overwhelming majority at 11+ to RGS Worcester situated a quarter of a mile away. School’s introductory literature stresses the 2-18 journey which it hopes RGS pupils will experience.

Our view

Part of the RGS triumvirate consisting of RGS Worcester and another prep, RGS The Grange. People, ‘just don’t know we’re here,’ says head, though satnav had been fully briefed. Small scale, with single forms in Years 3 – 6 feels like a throwback to earlier age, combining intimacy and modern outlook. Cross-curricular learning a feature of academic life, spanning (among other subjects) history, geography, science and ICT. Early years pupils might study ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘Splish, Splash, Splosh’. For older children it could be an analysis of ‘Food of The Gods’ and ‘Delightfully Dazzling Dahl.’ Not flimsy ‘project’ style explorations, clear learning objectives are stuck into each of the pupils’ theme books.

Digital learning programme lets all pupils in years 3-6 bring in own iPads. It ‘shows you that there is not just one way of learning,’ says one (a view slightly counter-balanced by another who pointed out how much iPads cost). Equally, the old ways have not been sacrificed. It is, for example, the school’s ambition that at least 95 per cent of pupils should leave with a reading age of two years beyond than their chronological one, helped by fifteen-minute period of compulsory solo-reading after lunch. And hurrah for the traditional desks in every classroom, giving sense of ownership and self-organisation.

For those who need additional academic support (around 10 per cent of pupils), individual programmes are designed by the school’s learning development co-ordinator, with her team of four teaching assistants. Individual, small group and class-based guidance is provided at no extra charge.

The school is the central building on a six-acre site at the heart of Britannia Square and was described to us as ‘a green oasis.’ Though the building is listed, some shrewd amendments have been made including a hall, constructed in the mid-nineties with specialist rooms for art and design, science, ICT and music.

Pre prep, (divided into Ducklings, Tadpoles and Dragonflies) is full of fizz – two boys sitting in a box, taking their teddies to the moon in a cardboard rocket. Meanwhile, year 1 pupils were rehearsing for an assembly about the seaside where we learned that ‘women didn’t wear bikinis back then’. All senior classrooms are on the top floor of the building so that transition from one year to another holds no mysteries. Indeed, the mingling of senior and junior children is something of a feature. At lunchtimes, the oldest take care of the youngest, cutting up food and clearing away. Good manners abound, regardless of age group. We were struck on our tour that, as we entered each classroom, we were welcomed with a handshake and a brief explanation of what was going on by a class ambassador.

Good selection of sports: boys play rugby, football and cricket; girls hockey, netball and rounders; swimming is taught at the nearby Perdiswell pool. As you’d hope, given small size, there is sporting inclusivity. Each child will represent the school and some year groups have to combine at times in order to form teams. With a maximum of 17 pupils in each year-group, sporting standards are, understandably, not always as high as in larger schools.

Choir sings regularly at Worcester Cathedral. There's an orchestra plus ensemble groups - brass band, strings and flooters and tooters. Recent whole-school spectaculars include Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and a WW2 play, The Vackees. Nativity plays, one recently performed by candlelight and overseen by a donkey, are also produced. House system, made up of Panthers, Jaguars, Lions and Tigers, provides competition in music, sports as well as house Easter egg hunt. Plenty of activities – highlight for year 5 and 6 pupils a residential trip to Normandy. Extra-curricular clubs include riding, pottery, creative arts, cooking and animation, though other suggestions from the school council (massage and party clubs) have been rejected.

Over an impressive toad-in-the-hole lunch, pupils showed unforced enthusiasm for school. Thinking back to their early days, they recalled that ‘everyone was jolly.’ Now, due to the small class sizes, I know everybody,’ and ‘I learn more because I get more attention.’ One observed that ‘the teachers are quite strict but kind as well – that’s what makes a good teacher.’ The only real drawback, for one boy, was that the breaks were too short, only apparently giving him brief respite from what he had calculated as ‘my five hours of learning.’

Staff – who clearly work much harder than that - praised their colleagues who were described as ‘warm, welcoming and supportive,’ and see head as ‘a first amongst equals’ who, with senior management team, is quick to communicate good news. When dealing with parents, open-door strategies operate; an ideal given added punch by the fact that the early years team conducts around thirty home visits each year to meet parents and introduce themselves to their children. Two-way communication is enhanced, not just by an impressive series of newsletters, but also by ‘Seesaw’- an app that enables staff to zap best of moments to parents’ mobiles.

The Springfield Parents Association (SPA) runs The Secret Garden Summer Ball, family quizzes and ladies’ pamper evenings, among other events. They also raise money for the school: recent purchases including buggies for early years children and adventure trail equipment. Also much involved in the school’s charitable giving which supports medical assistance dog-training and aid for communities in Cambodia, Nepal and Malawi.

Parents we met repeatedly stressed how pleased they were with the school’s communication. ‘Makes you feel that you are all a part of it,’ says one. Staff ‘go the extra mile.’ Weekend replies to e-mail enquiries are not unusual. No weak links, bar the high cost of uniform and the small car park, luxurious by London standards but still a potential bumper-cruncher. The final verdict came from a mother who described the school as ‘like a whole lifestyle.’

Most schools trot out clichés such as ‘happy family atmosphere’ and ‘home from home,’ but we found a genuine sense of intimacy and belonging here. The secret in the square is well worth discovering.

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