Greenfields is a local and international Day and Boarding School. It is a non-selective and non-denominational mixed school, welcoming students between the ages of 2 and 18, of all faiths, cultures and nationalities. It is located in Forest Row, near East Grinstead, Sussex. It was founded in 1981 in response to parent demand for a school using the educational discoveries (known as Study Technology) of Mr L. Ron Hubbard.
The purposes of the school are:
1.1 to arm students with essential knowledge and skills for living, and in particular the ability and confidence to study, understand and apply any subject whatsoever, using Study Technology (the technology of study as discovered and delineated by philosopher and educator L. Ron Hubbard) so that they can successfully follow whatever path they choose in life; and
1.2 to instil in all students the ability to communicate freely and confidently, competence, confidence in themselves, industriousness, responsibility, tolerance, and a moral and ethical compass.
Other aims of the school are to:
1.3 ensure that all students are happy throughout their time at the school and graduate feeling enthusiastic about life, having developed new friendships and gained a sense of achievement in an ethical, highly productive and motivated environment.
1.4 deliver at primary education level a formal, broad education focusing on literacy and numeracy as well as introducing children to the Study Technology
1.5 in the Senior School move over into tailor-made academic and pastoral programmes of study for each student so that individuals are enhanced and encouraged to blossom, more able to achieve ambitions in careers of their choice and to follow their interests
1.6 promote individual personal development through our Boarding provision which strives to contribute effectively to the school’s aim to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to live their lives to the full
1.7 provide educational opportunities through our EYFS area for each child to flourish as a unique individual, and become confident and able in skills that underpin their whole education. Using the EYFS learning programme in alignment with features of the Montessori philosophy and covering the seven areas of learning, regular observation and assessments are used to plan effectively for individual needs, including those children who may need extra support. With this in mind, Greenfields delivers separately to 2s, 3s and ‘rising 4s’ (i.e. those children whose birth dates fall slightly outside the Reception class starting age in September) using separate classrooms accordingly
1.8 provide an independent school education with low fees whilst maintaining a high staff to student ratio
1.9 furnish a full educational solution from age 2 through to age 18, Nursery to A Levels, so that parents have a complete pathway for their child, as has been voiced as needed by our parents
1.10 deliver an education to children whose prior school experience or progress may not have been adequate and permit such students to flourish and achieve results to the level of their potential
1.11 mirror the maintained school calendar in terms of delivery where possible, providing parents with a service for more weeks than a normal independent school
1.12 add educational value at every stage of students’ development
1.13 enable all young people who come to Greenfields School to achieve their full potential in all areas, whether or not they have special educational needs in one or more areas, whether or not they are able, gifted or talented in one or more areas, and whether or not they perform within an expected range.
2. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
2.1 Charity Status
As part of a charity with students from different backgrounds and faiths, local and international, Greenfields keeps its school fees low in order to be accessible to as many children as possible. The charity also provides a free tutoring service in East Grinstead.
2.3 Executive Structure
The School has a Head Team, consisting of an Executive Head Teacher and the Heads of the Junior, Infant and Nursery and Senior Schools. They are overseen by the Chief Executive of the charity. The Chief Executive, the Trust Management Executive for Academics and Standards, a consultant and five charity trustees comprise the Board of Governance. This Board has overall responsibility for the school.
2.4 International Composition
Greenfields has a significant number of students from around the world, from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Due to this overseas intake, Greenfields makes special provision to train overseas students in English in order to give them the option of obtaining English examination qualifications such as IGCSEs, for application in their home countries or elsewhere. Many students of various ages and abilities arrive at the school unable to speak any English, but Greenfields emphasises servicing the individual’s needs and places each non-English-speaking student according to assessment of their individual literacy level, progressing them through internationally recognised qualifications, from the very basic level taught on the Cambridge Young Learners programme (YLE), through Key English Test level (KET), Preliminary English Test (PET), First Certificate in English (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advance (CAE) and Proficiency levels. This is done in many cases in parallel to their studies of GCSE or IGCSE subjects. The school also uses the Rosetta Stone programme to enhance people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education.The Rosetta Stone programme adds value to the already-successful Cambridge curriculum so that our students benefit from the advantages of both.
2.5 Adding Value to a Non-Selective Intake
Being non-selective, Greenfields Junior, Infant and Nursery and Senior schools also provide facilities to support and encourage students by concentrating on adding educational value at every stage of their development. An entire division called Qualifications ensures that they are helped through each stage of their education with one-to-one assistance available as needed. The school strives to give Year 9 the widest possible choice of subjects ready for their examinations in Year 10 and beyond, in alignment with its aim to provide tailored, individual support. Greenfields uses annual assessments provided by Cambridge International Examinations for quality control purposes, and individual teachers use other formal and informal assessments to ensure that students are making progress in each school year. Greenfields School respects every child and young person as an individual and aims to give them opportunities to explore and realise their potential in their development of academic, sporting, creative and social skills.