There are many rites of passage at Steyning Grammar School that students remember fondly, including our great fundraising days such as Pink Day and Sixth Form Jailbreak. However one rite of passage, being taught in temporary accommodation at the Shooting Field campus, is coming to an end. Planning has been submitted for a state of the art new classroom block that will ensure all the Steyning Grammar School ‘huts’ have been removed within a year, and every student has access to the best possible learning environment
SGS is unique in many ways; a non-selective ‘Grammar’ school, with a four hundred year history of excellence. We have high expectations of all our students, to prepare them for their exciting futures, from our two Year 7 and Year 8 sites at Church Street and Rock Road up to our GCSE campus and Sixth Form College (one of the largest school Sixth Forms in the South) at Shooting Field. Ofsted recently referred to student welfare as ‘the beating heart of the school’ – there is no greater evidence for this than the 125 students who choose to live with us in our residential accommodation; SGS is one of the few state boarding schools in the UK and the only one in Sussex, offering boarding places from Year 9 to Year 13.
Developing character is at the heart of our school, built on the latest research in educational psychology. All students learn, develop and are assessed on the key Learning Characteristics that have been proven to support success and most importantly happiness. Our curriculum supports students in developing the Growth-Mindset, Grit, Self-Control, Curiosity, Zest, Gratitude and Understanding of Others that they need to flourish. As we finally say farewell to our Shooting Field huts, the future for learning at Steyning Grammar School is an exciting one.
By Luke Talbot, Steyning Grammar School www.sgs.uk.net