To this end we endeavour to be a Thinking School which nurtures thinking, making it visible so that a culture of thinking is built and a strong learning community established. This entails a whole-school practice of thinking routines, behaviours and tools which enable the children to be self-actualised, adaptive and confident with a broad range of skills and capacities in the academic, cultural and sporting realms. Within this holistic approach to education, The Grove has a particular emphasis on arts and cultural excellence.
We recognise also that excellence flows from a school ethos rooted in sound core values where children are free to learn and develop in an unfettered open way.
Our approach to excellence is also reflected in a commitment to external verification through benchmarking ourselves with comparable schools both in South Africa and internationally and from engaging in research and pilot projects.
For Grovites to excel and thrive, they need to be inspired by outstanding teachers. To support this, The Grove has a very generous training budget which gives opportunities for every member of staff to grow and continually develop their skills. This is not limited to academic, but extends to administrative and support staff as well.
We seek to establish an ethos of anti-bias and non-bullying that is translated into conduct and action. All that we do is rooted in our five Grove values: Kindness, Respect, Integrity, Pride and Responsibility.
We also want to be a school where all members of the school community feel a common ownership and pride and can recognise themselves and their cultural values as intimately part of the school.
This commitment to inclusion accepts everyone is an individual with unique views, unique capacities and unique needs that need to be respected and catered for.
Excellence in this inclusive perspective is thus not primarily about the achievements of some of the pupils, but it is how we enable every child to optimise their potential.
We see our richness in differences and our commitment to embracing them as unique strengths from which we leverage creativity, new thinking and innovative practice.
We think it is necessary to establish principles to guide our commitment to affordability. These are: