RGS Springfield

Worcestershire

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 53 (Boys) 76 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 11 years
  • Founded: 1958

General Information

RGS Springfield, with its wonderful family atmosphere and nurturing co-educational environment, creates a uniquely friendly school.
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 from 2 to 11 years of age, benefit from individual care, small class sizes and professional and dedicated teaching; all of which help children become confident, secure and considerate of the needs of others.

RGS Worcester was last inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in March 2015. The Inspection included RGS Senior School and the two Prep Schools RGS Springfield and RGS The Grange.

The Inspectors concluded that all three Schools were ‘Excellent’ in all areas. They commented:

‘RGS Worcester forms a very successful group of schools characterised by excellence in all aspects of its provision.’

‘Pupils achieve well because of the high quality of teaching they receive, the breadth of opportunities they are offered both in the formal curriculum and beyond the classroom, and the care and concern shown by staff.’

‘By the time they leave school pupils are articulate and confident; they have a purposeful sense of what they want to do next and are ready to meet the challenges of adult life.’

Facilities

Our warm, friendly Nursery provides the ideal start to your child’s education. Bright and exciting with direct access to a secure walled garden, this is where our youngest pupils begin to develop basic skills and gain confidence and independence. Sport, music and art together with the traditional academic subjects give a good balance to the day which is primarily spent with the class teacher. Particular emphasis is given to reading as the cornerstone of each child’s academic development. In Key Stage 2 the curriculum is expanded to include a wider range of subjects. Numeracy and Literacy are still the foundation skills but music, drama and French gain more prominence as do academic subjects such as science, ICT, history and geography. The pupils are able to use the sports facilities in the senior school close by and also have their own grass tennis courts, rounders pitches and netball courts. There are specialist rooms for ICT and Art, a dining hall/gym and individual music lessons are available. A wide range of extra curricular activities is offered. There is an active Forest School, Learning Support Department, Before and After School Care and Holiday Clubs.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2017/2018. Pre-School: from £30/half day. Reception to Year 6: £2590 - £3984 per term. All fees to include lunch.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Laura Brown

RGS Springfield
Britannia Square
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 3DL

[t]: 01905 24999
[w]: www.rgsw.org.uk

Location Description

A magnificent Georgian mansion set in 6 acres of secure and immaculate grounds in the heart of the city of Worcester.

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The beginning of term saw the inaugural meeting of the Springfield Astronomy Club. Mr Deeks from the Physics department came to introduce the children to

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the basics of stargazing. Unfortunately the weather could not have been worse as thick fog descended! Luckily there was plenty to do in the classroom and the children soon got to grips with making their own simple telescopes with lenses. It was not as easy as it looked and it was surprising that everything was upside down. Everyone is now keeping their fingers crossed for clear skies next Wednesday so we can visit the observatory at The Grange.

The children in Early Years thoroughly enjoyed the snow this week, making it a very special end to the term. Wrapped up warm and cosy,

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we had so much fun playing and sledging. Later we devoured delicious croissants dipped in hot chocolate. Due to the weather conditions our trip to Hatton was unfortunately cancelled, however, we were not dispirited and we had the most fantastic party, with dancing and party treats.

Year Six at RGS Springfield travelled to London to as part of their project focusing on democracy, government and how laws are made. Children have

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been looking at how the country is governed through the Monarch, Prime Minister, House of Lords and House of Commons.

The children visited the Houses of Parliament and met Robin Walker MP for Worcester, who spoke to them about the debate on healthcare that was going on in the House at the time and the work he does in his job.  He also answered questions about about being a Member of Parliament.

Mrs Angela Webster, Year Six teacher said, “The tour of the Houses of Parliament highlights the elements of government and helps the children to understand how people become either an MP or a Peer. Seeing the Speaker’s procession with the mace which represents the Monarch in the Commons and the gold throne in the House of Lords really brought our learning to life.”

Finally the children took part in a workshop run by the Education Unit at The Houses of Parliament where the pupils took part in a quiz, elected a Prime Minister and Speaker and conducted their own debate on the death sentence. They also had the opportunity to experience, through role-play, the process of a bill becoming law.

Mrs Webster concludes, “The children loved this workshop and several said they would be really keen to join the debating club as they hadn’t realised how interesting politics and debate could be.  Harry said that the trip was thrilling and has made him far more interested in debating and current affairs and Sian would like to be Prime Minister!”

 

To find out more about RGS Springfield, go to www.rgsw.org.uk or telephone 01905 24999.  Or come to an Open Day – 28 + 30 January.

 

 

There has been an extra buzz in classrooms at RGS The Grange and RGS Springfield since the launch of the Digital Learning Programme in September.

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This saw iPads become an integral part of teaching and learning in both Prep Schools. Digital technology has become embedded into lessons across the curriculum with children switching seamlessly between books, paper and pen and iPads – all in the space of a single lesson.

iPads make learning come to life in ways that have never been possible before; not only can information be presented in a multitude of different formats – text, images, videos, voice – but the children can become much more involved in their own learning, creating content in ways that they find exciting and memorable.

Amelia Lane, a Year Six pupil said, “Lessons are more exciting with iPads and we can do our own independent research, it’s fun to find out things for ourselves.”
Jensen Lee, also from Year Six said, “I can send my homework straight to my teachers as soon as it’s done through Showbie, and that way I feel more organised.”

Gareth Hughes, Headmaster of RGS The Grange said, “Pupils from Year One to Year Six have created online books on a wide variety of topics; from polar bears in Year One, to floods and droughts in Year Three, then onto Victorian Britain in Year Six. Not only can the children research the subject areas for themselves, but they can put together text, pictures and videos, and then record themselves explaining the subject over the top.”

Children are able to quickly take photographs or videos and even make sketches using an art app. They are then able to annotate the pictures, produce presentations, eBooks and iMovies from their learning.

Apps have become a useful learning tool; Popplet, is used for mind mapping exercises, allowing children to organise their thoughts clearly and succinctly and Socrative has allowed teachers to give instant feedback and to gain an immediate overview of how well individual children and the class as a whole have understood a particular topic.

Laura Brown, Headmistress of RGS Springfield said, “The world that our children inhabit is inherently linked with technology. The RGS Prep Schools are giving children the grounding and passion for technology that will serve them well, providing them with the skills, knowledge and appetite for learning that they will need in a swiftly changing world.”

If you would like to know more about the Digital Learning Programme at all three Schools, please go to: http://www.rgsw.org.uk/rgs-worcester/academic/digital-learning-programme-at-rgs/

For more information about RGS Worcester go to www.rgsw.org.uk or phone 01905 451205.

A new era is underway at RGS Springfield as Laura Brown takes the baton from Marion Lloyd as Headmistress of the Worcester-based nursery and prep

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school.

Her previous post as Deputy Head (Academic) of Dean Close Prep School means Mrs Brown is wonderfully well equipped with the tools and experience required for her new role at Springfield, which is one of the RGS Worcester prep schools.

Rooted in her childhood ambition of becoming a teacher, a degree in Philosophy and a subsequent PGCE means Mrs Brown’s path was always going to lead her firmly into the world of education. “I count myself very lucky to be a member of such a rewarding profession. The moment I walked into Springfield I knew it was a place I really wanted to be part of. I feel proud to have the opportunity to work in a school which really makes a difference to the individual and where the quality of the relationship between the staff and children is so outstanding.”

Mrs Brown intends to build upon Springfield’s traditions of excellence and to continue to provide an outstanding education for its pupils, whilst retaining the school’s strong family values.

“I believe developing confidence is the most important thing in education, indeed it is academic gold dust. Confidence gives children courage to try their best and not be afraid of making mistakes. Springfield is a small school with a big heart that does just that.”

With confidence at the heart of her teaching and teaching at the heart of Springfield the new academic year couldn’t have had a better start.

 Two ‘outstanding’ nursery schools have reacted to parents’ requests by accepting even younger children. 

RGS Worcester is delighted to announce that its two nurseries are taking

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children from 2 years of age from September 2012, rather than 2.1/2 years as was previously the case. 

The two schools are: RGS Springfield, which is based in Britannia Square in the heart of Worcester and RGS The Grange, which occupies a splendid position in Claines. 

Independent verification from the key external organisations, ECERS (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale), ISI (the Independent Schools Inspectorate) and Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) at their most recent inspections show both schools’ nurseries in the very best of lights. 

Springfield received the highest possible Grade 1 mark in all 17 of the areas assessed, whilst The Grange’s ISI report described the nursery as ‘outstanding’, once again the highest grading available.

“Dedicated staff in both our nurseries have created the perfect early years environment, said Head of RGS Andy Rattue. “We had been asked many times to take slightly younger children, so it is very exciting that we are now in a position to welcome parents with two year olds.”

Contact at RGS Worcester: Fran Schneider

01905   613391   frs@rgsw.org.uk           www.rgsw.org.uk

A Worcester nursery has received the highest possible grading in its latest Ofsted Report, with all 17 of the areas assessed meriting a Grade 1

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mark.

The inspection report was carried out into the early years provision of care and education at RGS Springfield, located in Britannia Square Worcester. The report is comprehensive in its scope, looking at the quality and standards of the all-important early years and is littered with glowing praise for the school.

In summing up the overall effectiveness of the early years provision, the report unequivocally states: “Overall the quality of the provision is outstanding.” It goes on: “The managers, together with the school head teacher, are incredibly successful in inspiring the staff team towards sustaining ambitious targets for maintaining continuous improvement.”

Head teacher Mrs Marion Lloyd was understandably ecstatic with the report. “We welcomed the Ofsted inspectors with open arms, because this is the acid test for every school and the whole team was keen to see how their work measured up,” said Mrs Lloyd. “The final report rubber stamps everything we stand for at Springfield and is marvelous news for the staff, our parents and pupils.”

The report picked out some other notable areas of excellence: “They (the early years children) show high levels of independence, curiosity, imagination and concentration, nurtured by the caring staff.” It also commented: “Opportunities to develop skills in the use of information and communication technology are excellent.”

A full copy of the report is available to view on the school’s website, or at the official Ofsted site. www.rgsw.org.uk www.ofsted.gov.uk

Photo: left to right (staff) Marion Lloyd, Diane Bennett, Sam Salisbury, Adam Powell, together with early years pupils.

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