At The Grove School, we devote considerable time and effort to make the transition from primary to secondary education as smooth as possible. Throughout the year, we have a full liaison programme and this includes a range of sample days and taster sessions, enabling children to experience the school day, make new friends and meet the teachers. The more familiar a child is with their new surroundings, the less likely they are to feel anxious. Therefore, our comprehensive and supportive transition programme is designed to facilitate the move from primary to secondary and ensure it is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Primary School Links

Students join The Grove School from a number of different Primary Schools in and around Market Drayton. The school’s main feeder Primary Schools are:

Market Drayton Junior School –
Longlands Community Primary School –
Buntingsdale Primary School –
Moreton Say C of E Primary School –
Hodnet Primary School –
Hinstock Primary School –
Norton in Hales C of E School –
Adderley Primary School –
Cheswardine Primary School –
Stoke-on-Tern Primary School –
St Mary’s C of E Primary School –
Audlem St James’ C of E Primary School –
Hugo Meynell C of E Primary School –
Woore Primary and Nursery School –

We have developed a fantastic page of resources to help you move from Primary School to The Grove School. Please click here to access our information and advice.

Summer School 2021

The Grove hosted a Summer School from Monday 26th July 2021 until Friday 6th August 2021.

Each day started at 9:00 am and finished at 2:00 pm and contained four one-hour lessons and one hour (total) recreation time which was spread across the day. The timetable is shown below:

The transition (Year 6 into Year 7) Summer School contained a cross-curricular variety of activities all focussed on developing literacy and numeracy skills:

  • Murder Mystery (D Block sessions across a series of subjects including Numeracy, Literacy, Science amongst others)
  • Technology project (incorporating aspects of D&T, Food Technology, Graphics and Art)
  • Sport

In addition to the transition Summer School a selection of Year 10 (going into Year 11) students were invited in to work on practical aspects of Engineering and ICT that were not possible during lockdown.


  • Staffing – £10,000
  • Staffing prep time and admin – £3,600
  • Resources – £197.76