“My daughter was previously in an exclusive Montessori Nursery in South Africa. It was OK but as a parent I didn’t feel there was anything special or extra offered. Bullying was also a worrying factor as even at that young age kids could be seen harassing each other.
Then a few years ago, out of the blue, I received a copy of Greenfields School Magazine. I was quite amazed to read how the school operates and about the policies the school implement. I wished my daughter could attend a school like this – it looked like a dream.
Somehow the information stayed with me and then, last year, we decided to move to England. One of the first things I looked into once we were here was Greenfields School.
I enrolled my daughter a year ago and I never expected to see such rapid improvement in her! She cannot wait to go to school each day, she is not just happy but absolutely excited to go there. She immediately started to be more creative with her artwork at home and within weeks she started to read and write.
For a mum to see her daughter literally jumping up and down from happiness was the best thing I could experience. It confirmed that she is in the right place.
There has not been one day where she didn’t want to come to school. She loves the clubs, sports and dance lessons, Her academics are outstanding and she is very interested in learning thanks to the dedication and hard work of the teacher’s. She is not overwhelmed by homework it is just the right amount for her age, she is flourishing, she is happy, she wants to learn more, she is active and happy in this school and she is able to develop her uniqueness and talents.
I love how the teachers deal with her and the other children. They attend to them individually if they need it and make sure they never fall behind. Teachers are friendly, approachable and are in good communication with their students. My daughter has said many times that ” learning is so much fun!”.
It was the best decision to bring her here as the school really met the expectations I had of it for so many years. It is an amazing, safe happy learning environment and I cannot be happier that my daughter has this opportunity to attend it as she literally understands what she is learning and can apply it at home and in her life. She uses what she learns – which is very rare thing at such a young age”.
On 16 May 2016, David Hutt, Head of Greenfields School Senior School in Forest Row, attended a once in a lifetime Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event, Greenfields School was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Alistair McGowan acknowledging the school’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
Mr Hutt, who is also the DofE Manager at Greenfields School, spoke proudly about the school’s involvement with the DofE, saying: “Greenfields has held a licence to deliver the DofE for several years now and I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special.”
Since becoming an official Licensed Organisations for the DofE, more and more Greenfields students have embarked on a DofE Award, volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition and, for Gold, taking part in a week-long residential. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work.
Earlier this year, children from the Infant and Junior school made a Bug Hotel out of old wooden pallets. As Greenfields School backs onto the Ashdown Forest, it was no problem to gather sticks, bark and moss to make the hotel inhabitable for bugs and once it was built another foraging trip took place to find tenants for the hotel. The hotel now stands proudly in the Junior Garden where the inhabitants are helping to maintain the soil and plants around them and also make fascinating viewing for anyone brave enough to look into it!