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  • Land Based Studies Update

    18th December 2015

    An eventful and action packed term has seen the LBS students building shelters, setting up an outdoor classroom, attending Nidderdale Show, youth hostelling in the Lake  District, climbing mountains, dismantling collapsed bridges in Nidd Gorge and winding down by planting crocuses in Bilton.

  • Angling

    18th December 2015

    Angling is recognised as the world’s largest participation sport and is a very popular activity for teenagers.

    The T.G.A. have for many years ran several successful fishing trips for all our ks3 and ks4 pupils, these have been organised by our in-house angling enthusiast Dave Hamilton. Earlier this year the decision was made to trial a one year commitment to the sport.  Dave enlisted the support of Andy Loble from the Angling Trust.

    The Angling Trust is the new single organisation to represent all game, coars

  • Christmas Fair

    17th December 2015

    Wow – this is amazing, we must do it more often’ came the cry from  staff and pupils alike – (at least that’s what I heard?)   The Fair 2015 was a great effort on the part of key Stage 3 pupils this year. The proposal for the fair came after pupils were seeking a fund raising platform for their own trip fund, particularly because The Key (Keyfund) is not available for them. As such pupils planned and arranged a range of games and activities and got fully involved in decorating the place and getting people t

  • Enterprising Students

    15th December 2015

    We’re off and running again, WeR1 the new TGA Young Enterprise Project is up and at a market place near you! After the success of the card design with Creative Collective last year we have gone for a similar focus. The Year 11 group have already been experimenting with Dylusion ink printing processes in Art with the wonderful Kate Kersey and have come up with four excellent card designs which we have in turn taken to Neil Bentley at The Ark Design , Pudsey.

    Over the usual wonderful lunch at The Ark we discus

  • Student's visit Harrogate Theatre

    4th November 2015

    At the end of our first half-term both KS3 and KS4 pupils went on a tour of Harrogate Theatre. They had the chance to explore behind the scenes as well as treading the boards and taking centre-stage! Students asked questions of a writer and director and enjoyed the chance to get dressed up in panto costume. Harrogate theatre also provided script extracts for students to study in class.


  • Parent Support Group

    16th October 2015

    The Grove Academy is facilitating a support group for parents. The group is the brainchild of one of our parents who felt she wanted to highlight some of the challenges parents in Harrogate are facing. The aim of the group is to support those parents who are struggling  in whatever way. She has recently  attended a network day in Birmingham which focussed on  child sexual exploitation. There are so many negative influences on young people today that parents sometimes find it difficult to monitor their child

  • Congratulations to all GCSE Art students.

    6th October 2015


    All the students worked very hard and were rewarded with excellent grades.  The exhibition has a very personal feel, with a lot of experimental work.

    Mrs Kersey  - Therapeutic Art Teacher


    It was clear that the course structure was designed to cater for very individual needs and that the teaching and learning process was based on understanding and concern for the individual. Whilst Rarely have I seen such personal and expressive work. It was a privilege to re-moderate this centre.

    Feedback from a senior art m

  • Careers in Focus

    5th October 2015

    Students from The Grove Academy had an informative, as well as fun, day at the Careers in Focus event which took place at the Yorkshire Showground on Tuesday 6th October.  The aim of the event was to provide students with information about a whole range of careers that they might like to consider in the future. The event concentrates to some degree on careers in the countryside. Students found the event extremely useful. In addition to getting information on the careers many of the exhibitors also had hands

  • Nidd Gorge field trip

    15th September 2015

    On Tuesday 15th September the KS3 students had a field trip to the Nidd Gorge. The students, accompanied by staff, were able to walk from the centre to explore the Gorge, learning about it's history as well as the nature to be found there.

    Despite starting off wet the weather improved and the sun shone towards the end. Although it was a significant distance of walking, students were fortunate that conditions were not too muddy .

    One of the highlights of the visit was discovering the fossilised remains of sand

  • Start of new school year

    1st September 2015

    Just a reminder for all Parents, Guardians and everyone else who needs to know that students start back on Tuesday 8th September.

  • We are Outstanding!

    3rd July 2015

    The Grove Academy was visited by an Ofsted inspection team in June. We are delighted that the inspectors once again found us to be an Outstanding school.

    The details of their judgement can be found in the attached report that we have just received from Ofsted.

  • Staff Training Day 15th July

    26th June 2015

    Please note that The Grove Academy will be closed to students on Wednesday 15th July as that day is a training day for staff only.

    Please see the attached letter for details.

  • Art Exhibition

    17th June 2015

    Please find details of this years Art Exhibition on the following flyer.

  • Ofsted Letter to Parents

    16th June 2015

    We have just been informed that Ofsted will be inspecting The Grove Academy starting on the morning of the 17th June.

    Attached is a letter from the inspectors for parents.

  • Land Based Studies

    9th June 2015

    The Grove Academy’s Land-based Studies course, that developed from the partnership with The Bilton Conservation Group, has expanded its operation this year. In our second full year we now run the course two days a week, instead of one, and have given eight students,  on  alternative provision from Rossett, Harrogate High and King James,  the opportunity to work outdoors and develop their environmental knowledge. This year we will be certificating at least  six students with a City and Guilds, Land-based Stu

  • Therapuetic Art at The Grove Academy

    8th June 2015

    A more therapeutic approach to the teaching of Art has enhanced pupils' well being and interest in the subject.  This has been from GCSE to the weekly Friday Challenges, for KS3 students.  They become involved with the ideas, materials and techniques which has a calming influence.   

    I sometimes engage/teach or get to understand a student by drawing them.  They enjoy this experience and are fascinated with the different tones and marks that can be created from charcoal.   How an eraser can add energy and lig

  • Year 11 Leavers assembly

    11th May 2015

    On Friday 22nd May we will bid farewell to our year 11 students. The attached letter provides details of our assembly where we will say our fond goodbyes.

  • New Acting Head of Academy

    28th April 2015

    I would like to introduce myself to you all. I am the Acting Head of the Grove Academy following Mr Loach’s departure to take up a post with the Witherslack Group.

    I have been working for the Grove Academy since 2008 (when it was still the Harrogate Pupil Referral Service) as Assistant Principal and more recently as Deputy Principal, so many of you will  know me already.

    Every young person has a right to a quality education, whatever has happened in their mainstream school, and I believe that we at The Grove

  • Important Information about Summer Exams

    17th April 2015

    The attached letter provides important information for parents and students about the conduct of this summer's examinations.

  • Events for the week beginning 9th March 2015

    8th March 2015

    Please find details of our upcoming Health Day and our plans for Comic Relief in the letter below.