Do I have to wait for an Open Day to visit the school?
No, please call 01722 333423 and speak to Claire who can arrange a meeting with the Head and a tour of the school.
What if I can’t take my child to school? Do you have buses?
Yes, we share buses with Godolphin and Salisbury Cathedral School, covering a range of areas. Please call the office for any details.
Can my child come early or leave late from school?
Yes, children can arrive from 7.30am and can stay until 7.00pm. Arrangements can be made for children to be here outside of these times.
What will they do at these times?
Children arriving at 8.00am should go to the library. Children staying after prep will go into the boarding house until they are collected.
Do you have entry tests into the school?
No, there is no entry test.
My child has “learning difficulties”, can you cater for this?
We have a Learning Support Department which supports children who experience difficulties with aspects of literacy or numeracy, children who have gaps in their knowledge and children with English as an additional language.
My child is extremely bright, will they be stretched at Chafyn?
Do I have to wait until September for my child to start at Chafyn?
No, children can join Chafyn at the start of any term or mid-way through a term.
My child has a food allergy/special diet. Can this be catered for?
Chafyn Grove is a nut-free school and caters for a wide variety of food allergies/special diets.
What school year is your main intake?
We don’t really have one; children join in all years.
What will happen on my child’s first day at school?
Your child will be nominated a shadow who will look after him/her throughout the day(s).
Is there a parental network?
Each year group has two parent reps who will welcome you into the school community and help you with any questions you may have. The social side is catered for by the Friends of Chafyn Grove (FCGS), who organise events during the year. You would be very welcome to get involved. The ladies in the office are always available to answer any questions.
Are there any after school activities available?
Most activities take place during the school day. Squash and tennis might be timetabled after 4.40pm. Pre-Prep have a choice of activities which vary each term. Parents sign up for these at the start of term.
Music lessons are available for a variety of instruments. Individual lessons are timetabled in throughout the week, with the slot regularly changing to avoid missing the same lesson.
What sport is played at Chafyn?
Boys play rugby in the Autumn Term, hockey in the Spring Term and cricket in the Summer Term. Girls play hockey in the Autumn Term, netball in the Spring Term and rounders/tennis in the Summer Term. In PE lessons they also have swimming, cross-country, athletics, orienteering, gymnastics and badminton.
How many children are in a class?
Our aim. and preference, is not to exceed a total number of 16 pupils in classes in the Pre-Prep and 18 in the Prep School.
How many pupils are in the boarding house?
This varies each term and each week. We offer 3-day boarding and casual boarding, as well as full boarding.
Do the boarders have to stay in at weekends?
All boarders have to stay in the first and last weekend of each term.Additionally, each year group has a “staying-in” weekend per term.
What do the school fees include?
The fee includes everything apart from: certain aspects of learning support (which will be subject to the school's current policy for learning support), certain trips, individual music lessons, squash and tennis coaching. Riding, sailing and golf activities are also chargeable.
What languages do you teach?
French begins in Year 1, Spanish is taught in Years 4 and 5. Latin is introduced in Year 6.
Do you set for subjects?
Children are taught in mixed ability form groups from Reception to the end of Year 4. We introduce Maths setting in Year 3, which continues all the way up the school. In Year 5 we stream the children into one top and two parallel forms. In Year 7 we add setting for French and Science, and in Year 8 we try to set for almost all subjects.
What is the school denomination?
“Gentle Anglican” but we welcome families of all faiths.
What trips do the children go on?
There are various trips throughout the year groups. The major ones are: Year 4 camping, Year 5 trip to France, Year 6 overnight to the Eden Project, Year 7 a seven-night Humanities trip and the Year 8 leavers' trip.
Is there prep?
In Year 3 and 4 prep is set on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children are expected to spend 20 minutes on their prep and an additional 10 minutes practising tables and weekly spellings. In Year 5 there are four half-hour preps per week. In Years 6, 7 and 8 there are two half-hour preps four days a week. In Year 8 it is expected that those aiming for scholarships should be prepared to spend more than the minimum four hours per week on their homework.
What about pastoral care?
All pupils have a tutor who looks after their academic and pastoral welfare. In Years 7 and 8 pupils are appointed a tutor who stays with the child for the two years.