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Saturday, 20 October 2018 12:22

Beech and Holly visit Pizza Express

Beech and Holly had a wonderful trip to Pizza Express where they went through the rigorous training to become a Junior Pizzaiolo. We had a very informative workshop about all the ingredients that come together to create the wonderful flavours in a pizza. They explored the different tastes of Mozzarella and tomatoes and then the exciting dough appeared. We discovered what we needed to make the dough and then we had to knead it, flatten it, spread it and roll it. It was so much fun and the children finished it off by throwing the dough in the air and catching it just like the professionals! Once our dough was safely in the pizza dishes they added their cheese and tomato toppings. They went into the stone ovens and then came out pipping hot and scrummy yummy. This was one of my favourite trips I have ever taken children on as they were so excited and engaged with everything that they did. The children were beautifully behaved and a credit to the school and I was so proud of them. Well done Beech and Holly- I look forward to our next adventure together. Mrs Collins

Saturday, 20 October 2018 12:18

October Half Term Activity Week 2018

Our half term activity week begins on Monday 22nd October. Please click the links below to view the timetables.

Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:12

Travel Week 2018

ETA: 6:10pm (please check twitter for updates during the journey)

Friday: What a week, we are looking forward to seeing you all very soon. The children are all taking part in team games and challenges on the pitches with the group leaders and instructors. Our bags are all out ready to load up once the coaches arrive. Most of the photos from Thursday are now on our gallery site.

Thursday: Today is our last full day on Travel Week. We have had a fantastic time this week, the children have been amazing. The impromptu cricket match last night went down well!

Pre-Prep groups (1-4) will be taking part in camp craft and beach activities. The Prep groups (5-8) have power boat driving, canoeing and raft building.

We have arranged for all of the children in Pre-Prep and Prep to have some time together on the beach at the end of the day as a treat for our last night.

Some incredible views this morning, the mist is rolling over Poole harbour, the children are enjoying breakfast and talking about their activities.

Morning Activities - Groups 1 and 2 are visiting with beach for power boat driving and canoeing. Groups 3 and 4 have archery and team games. Groups 5 and 6 have camp craft. Groups 7 and 8 have low ropes and high ropes.

Afternoon Activities - Groups 1 and 2 have archery and team games. Groups 3 and 4 have power boat driving and canoeing. Groups 5 and 6 have low ropes and high ropes. Groups 7 and 8 have camp craft.

Good morning, we are enjoying the cooler start to the day. The children are all awake and getting ready for breakfast, an exciting and busy day lies ahead.

Morning Activities - Groups 1-4 will be heading to Burnbake Ropes Course this morning to work their way around the low ropes course.
Groups 5-6 will be climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs this morning, and Groups 7-8 will be taking a ridge walk to Corfe Castle.

Afternoon Activities – Groups 1-4 will be taking on the high ropes course after their lunch. Groups 5-6 will be taking a ridge walk to Corfe Castle and groups 7-8 will be climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs.

We left The Grove at 9:30am this morning and began our journey to Brenscombe Outdoor Centre. We stopped for a short break and then again for lunch on our way.
There was a spot of traffic on the way down, but we have now arrived at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre (3:05pm).
We will unload our luggage and settle the children into their rooms. Once the centre have completed their safety talks and fire drill the children will be free to get to know the centre and staff. We will gather the children into their day groups for the group photos before dinner, these will be uploaded here.
What a beautiful part of the country, the views towards the closing stages of our journey have been incredible. The children are very excited, Travel Week is amazing!

Evening update: The children in Pre-Prep are in bed resting for their first full day of activities tomorrow. Prep are showering before bed. All of the children have had a great day today and we look forward to waking up bright and early tomorrow.


Photos from Monday have now been uploaded to our gallery site.

During Travel Week we aim to upload as many photos as possible, a selection of photos will be uploaded here, the rest will be uploaded to our gallery website. If you require a password reset, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the data connection is strong enough we will also upload occasional photos to Facebook and Twitter. The Group photos will be taken and published after we arrive on the first day.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 08:53

Sycamore Liverpool Trip

We (Sycamore) are having a great time on our educational visit to Liverpool. We arrived yesterday and visited Lady Lever Art Gallery. After supper we enjoyed a walk along the Albert docks.

We woke up bright and early for breakfast at 7:30am. We are walking to the cathedral this morning before our visit to World Museum where we will see the Terracotta Warriors.

After visiting the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral designed by Gilbert Scott we visited the Terracotta Warriors exhibition where we took part in a special interactive workshop with replica items to find out about the first emperor of China.

We are on our way back to The Grove now.

ETA: 6:45-7:00pm


Friday, 02 March 2018 14:24

Fun in the snow

Thank you to all of our staff for helping us keep The Grove open today. Playtime was especially fun with the additional excitement of more fresh snow!

Friday, 20 October 2017 23:16

Admissions Enquiry

Monday, 17 July 2017 10:31

Travel Week 2017

ETA: 5:15pm

The children have packed their bags and are heading off for their last activities. It has been a great Travel Week this year and we are looking forward to getting back to The Grove to see you all.

The rain has arrived! Only a little bit of rain though and iOS thinks it will be clear by 7am… We have lots of photos to finish uploading so don’t forget to check back soon. We will let you know when Wednesdays folders are complete.

This morning we have the following activities.

Group 5 – 8 will be taking part in Kayaking and Raft building this morning on Condover Hall Lake.
Group 1: Rocket Launch, Conquest.
Group 2: Lazermaze / Grid of Stones.
Group 3: I.E’s, Abseiling.
Group 4: Abseiling, Swimming.

Afternoon Activities.

Group 1: Tunnelling / Vortex, Abseiling.
Group 2: Abseiling, Sensory Trail.
Group 3: Conquest, Rocket Launch.
Group 4: Conquest, Lazermaze and Grid of Stones.
Group 5: Conquest, Fencing.
Group 6: Climbing, Conquest.
Group 7: Lazermaze and Grid of Stones, Conquest.
Group 8: Circus Frenzy, Conquest.

Another beautiful morning in Shropshire, the thunderstorms have not made their way over from Milton Keynes. We have an early start which will give Pre-prep plenty of time to prepare for their lake activities after breakfast.

Groups 1 – 4 will be taking part in Kayaking and Raft building this morning on the Condover Hall lake.
Group 5: Circus Frenzy, Dance Mania.
Group 6: Sensory Trail, Circus Frenzy.
Group 7: Rocket Launch, Archery.
Group 8: Tunnelling/Vortex, Abseiling.

Afternoon Activities.

Group 1: I.E’s, Lazermaze/Grid of Stones
Group 2: Circus Frenzy, I.E’s.
Group 3: Dance Mania, Circus Frenzy.
Group 4: Climbing, Dance Mania.
Group 5: Lazermaze/Grid of Stones, Climbing.
Group 6: Tunnelling/Vortex, Abseiling.
Group 7: Abseiling, Tunnelling/Vortex.
Group 8: Fencing, I.E’s.

Tuesday: Good morning! The children are wide awake and playing on the netball court before breakfast. We have the following activities this morning and will number the group photos for you.

Group 1: Circus Frenzy, Climbing.
Group 2: Archery, Swimming.
Group 3: Sensory Trail, Archery.
Group 4: I.E’s, Tunnelling Voertex.
Group 5: Tunnelling Vortex, Sensory Trail.
Group 6: Fencing, I.E’s.
Group 7: Dance Mania, Fencing.
Group 8: Sensory Trail, Dance Mania.

Afternoon activities.

Group 1: Dance Mania, Swimming.
Group 2: Climbing, Dance Mania.
Group 3: Swimming, Climbing.
Group 4: Archery, Circus Frenzy.
Group 5: Rocket Launch, Archery.
Group 6: Lazermaze, Grid of Stones.
Group 7: I.E’s, Sensory Trail.
Group 8: Fencing, I.E’s.

Monday: We left The Grove as scheduled at 10:00am and stopped for our picnic lunch on the way. The children were all full of energy and excitement as we got closer to Condover Hall.

We arrived at Condover Hall at 2:15pm. The children were very excited as we announced their rooms. Just before their first activities, we split the children into their day groups for group photos (online soon) and this afternoon we have: Archery, Rocket Launch, Tunnelling/Vortex, Sensory Trail, I.E's, Dance Mania, Circus Frenzy, Lazer Maze and Grid of Stones.

The children are all in bed resting for their first full day tomorrow. We are now uploading photos from this afternoon and evening to the gallery website.


During Travel Week we aim to upload as many photos as possible, a selection of photos will be uploaded here, the rest will be uploaded to our gallery website. If you require a password reset, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the data connection is strong enough we will also upload occasional photos to Facebook and Twitter. The Group photos will be online later this afternoon (Monday). Group numbers are inlcuded on the photos below.

Friday, 28 April 2017 17:08

Prep School DTE Competition

The two teams of mini-vehicle designers from Chestnut and Sycamore competed in the Kimbolton school design challenge involving designing and making a vehicle to ride a ramp and jump across a shark infested river carrying Batman! (or egg with a remarkably `Batty` look!).

The teams spent all day designing and building their marvellous creations using the workshop facilities at the school. In the final test the Sycamore team came a well deserved 2nd place against several other schools (also beating the Kimbolton Home team!) whilst the Chestnut Batman was feeling a bit shattered! (A bit more work needed on seat belts!) An “eggsciting” day was had by all with lots of enthusiasm from everyone!

Well done to all involved.

Mr Slater

Monday, 05 December 2016 08:58

Christmas Activity Weeks 2016

Our December activity weeks begin on Wednesday 14th December and run through to Friday 23rd December, we will be closing at 4:00pm on Friday 23rd December.

Please use the form below to sign up for pre-season sports training and contemporary dance. All other activities which are detailed on the timetables attached to this article do not require you to sign up.

Please ensure you arrive by 10am and please do not leave before 2pm. Earlier collections can be arranged if your child has an appointment or special occasion, please let us know at the office if you do need to collect before 2pm. Please be aware that as our first activities begin at 9am, you may not get your first choice of activity if you arrive after 9am.


Friday, 02 December 2016 11:53

End of Term Key Dates

Tuesday 6th December

Foundation, Larch and Rowan Nativity 9:30am
Tea and Coffee in the dining room from 8:30am
(Free tickets may be collected from the office)

Wednesday 7th December Foundation, Larch and Rowan Nativity 9:30am
Inter House Matches 2:00pm
(Hockey at Newton Longville, Rugby at School Playing Fields)
Thursday 8th December Foundation, Larch and Rowan Nativity 09:30am
Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day!
For a £1 donation (Farakunku Foundation) children and staff may wear a Christmas themed jumper with their uniform for the day
Friday 9th December FROGIS Christmas Fair 4:00pm

Please take all sports kit home

Saturday 10th December LVAC Lessons End
Monday 12th December Christmas Parties – Home clothes
Prep Santa Fun Run
Bring a Santa outfit or Christmas themed clothes and trainers

ABRSM Music Exams – School Uniform Required
Tuesday 13th December Christmas Service at the City Church 3:00pm
Parents Welcome Children to be collected
from the City Church at 4:00pm
Term Ends
Wednesday 14th December Activity Weeks 14/12/16 - 23/12/16
Please visit to sign up for pre-season sport and contemporary dance
Thursday 15th December Italy Ski Trip 15/12/16 - 22/12/16
Friday 23rd December School and Nursery Close 4:00pm
Thursday 5th January School and Nursery Open
Friday 6th January LVAC Lessons Begin

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Redland Drive, Loughton,
Milton Keynes, MK5 8HD

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Open 47 weeks a year including our residential trips and activity weeks, all part of our all-inclusive fee structure. (Parents may elect for our term time only fees when enrolling.)

Opening Hours

Monday: 7:45am - 6:15pm
Tuesday: 7:45am - 6:15pm
Wednesday: 7:45am - 6:15pm
Thursday: 7:45am - 6:15pm
Friday: 7:45am - 6:15pm

Saturday: Open for LVAC
Sunday: Closed

Location: Nestled in the idyllic Loughton Valley area of Milton Keynes, but a convinenent 5 minutes from Milton Keynes Central train station.

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