Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy
Welcome to Grove Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you advise me if the sports kit needs to be ordered through Directsoccer or are they able to wear plain navy shorts/trousers & a white t-shirt?

Yes, details for ordering school uniform and also PE kit is on the P7 Transition Web page. We encourage pupils to wear our uniform and to feel proud to be a Grove pupils. One of the best comments we have had is a ‘sea of blue’ going along the Ferry at the start of term. We would very much like to see more of this, hopefully soon.


Medical protcols (inc storage) and information for staff - Would all his teachers be made aware of any medical issues a pupil may have.

Guidance staff play a crucial role here in liaising with parents and pupils. There are 3 main ways of informing staff - Medical List, flag on registers and Able plans. Our information comes from primary schools and we will be in touch with parents if we have any question or require up to date medication. Mrs O’Rourke is our medical person here in school and she is happy you answer any questions you may have.  I always feel it is important parents keep in touch with the school of any changes to medication.

Some pupils have passes to visit the medical room if need be.


Do you stream the pupils and if so in which subjects do you do this?

There are generally three types of class structure, mixed ability, streaming and setting. We do not have streaming at Grove, all classes in S1/2 are mixed ability classes. In the senior phase there is some setting that takes place, but this is generally to ensure pupils are at the right level for the awards they are undertaking.

In S1/2 we do take small groups out of English and Maths if there is a particular need identified that we feel needs addressed.


Are mobile phones allowed in class?

Yes, some staff will allow pupils to do research on their phones, others may ask pupils to put them away for the lesson. Our expectation is that pupils will act responsibly, responsibility being one of our values.


Where do pupils keeps their schoolbags with their personal possessions in them?

Most pupils carry their belongings with them from class to class but there are lockers available details of which are usually issued in August. There isn’t a locker for everyone, we have just over 400 available and there is a waiting list.


What plans does Grove have to support pupils who have lost learning time because of Covid.

  • Socially clubs, we have a good number of clubs available for S1 pupils, Art, Coding, debating, chess, netball, football, hockey and whole series of music ones including string band, wind band etc. and that is just to name a few.
  • Emotionally – we have more staff available to support our young people than at any time in the recent past, we have our H&W worker, 3 school counsellors, 2 pupils support workers, our Senior Support Worker for attendance and of course all our guidance staff.
  • Academically …… departments will have the opportunity to review their curriculum over the coming months in preparation for our new S1s. We will also be asking primary schools for information.


Will we have our 3 day visit in June?

We are very hopeful the 3 day visit will take place. Of course, it will depend on the guidance that is available at the time from the Scottish Government. We will keep you informed of the plans, lets hope they can go ahead.