Welcome to the Green Lane Centre
Thank you for visiting our Green Lane page; here you will be able to read about some of the many activities students participate in at school, local colleges and in the wider community. We will update this page as often as we can.
We offer a varied curriculum for our students including cookery and regular sports including: swimming; trampolining; cricket and fitness sessions. We have good links with local sporting facilities such as Boarshead Golf Centre and Crowborough Lawn Tennis Club; we try to arrange blocks of sessions for students over the course of the year.
The emphasis at 6th Form is on preparing students for life beyond Grove Park alongside their regular studies. Where appropriate, we offer some students the opportunity to access a largely practical based curriculum to support and encourage learning. We access Blackland Farm, Hindleap Warren and Bowles Outdoor Centre for many activities as well as utilising Ashdown Forest.
We are more than happy to help families look at options available for students post 19 and are happy to support as required.
Annual Events and Outings
Following the success of our first prom for in 2018, we hope to make this an annual event.
Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions we had to postpone our prom for the last 2 years but hope to invite our leavers back to celebrate their time and successes at Grove Park as soon as we are able to.
Work Experience - September 2021
Grove Park School has recently established a working relationship with Crowborough Town Council. The Town Council were very receptive and supportive, when as a school we enquired to see if there would be any possibility of them giving careers talk to the students or providing some form of work experience. The Council put together a comprehensive six-week programme. Three Sixth Form students have been fortunate enough to be involved with the programme since the start of the academic year, giving the students with the opportunity to work with the operations team.
Each week the level of challenge and responsibility connected to the tasks the students undertake increases.
Week one students assisted with checking parks and public spaces and litter picking.
Week two students cleaned bus stops.
This required correct equipment usage, team working and awareness of safety. The students very much enjoyed using the pressure washer on what was a hot day.
In week three students assisted the Ranger clearing an area of land and forming a brush hedge. Students used hand saws and loppers and also enjoying watching the ranger use a chainsaw to fell trees.
It's fair to say the students were exhausted at the end of the day but very proud of what they had achieved.
The next tasks are the weeding and replanting of the flower beds on Chapel lane and hedge cutting.
The students are truly experiencing the world of work and are appreciating how tiering it can be at times.
They are also learning a great deal.
Crowborough Town Council Operations team have been truly fantastic. All of the staff have been very supportive of the students. Their friendly approach quickly put the students at ease, and they constantly provide excellent learning opportunities. We would like to pass on a special thanks to Peter Cunnington for designing the programme and James Webber for co-ordinating the programme and of course all of the operations team who have done such a fantastic job providing this opportunity for these students.
Hopefully this is the start of a partnership that will go on to provide opportunities for students in the future.
Canoe Trip July 2021
Students have had the opportunity to spend a week camping at Blackland Farm in May since 2018. This is a popular event that allows students to spend every night at camp, selected nights or access day activities only over the course of the week. We are hoping to continue to provide this opportunity annually. Unfortunately camp was cancelled in May 2020 due to Covid restrictions and it is as yet unclear if it will proceed in 2021.
We have good links with the local Further Education colleges. Groups of Secondary and 6th Form students will be attending West Kent College on weekly courses throughout the course of the 2020/21 academic year.
We are hoping to provide students with day release college courses if this option is suitable for them and will try to secure courses to suit each student's interests as far as possible. In 2018/19 we sent five students to West Kent College to study hair and beauty, motor vehicle management and animal care. In 2019/20, we are sent seven students to study land / animal care courses. This year, 2020/21 we are sending eight students to study land / animal care and catering. The students will achieve a certificate for one year and a diploma if they continue their studies for two years.
Vocational Work Visits
We try, wherever possible, to provide some supported experience of life in the work place for our students. We are very fortunate to have built up very good relationships with some local businesses and organisations.
Our links with local businesses include: Waitrose Crowborough; The Pet Food Shop; Tiddlers Nursery and All Saints Church Coffee Bar.
We are always looking for suitable providers, so if you think you might be able to help, or know of a business or organisation you think may be suitable, please do let us know.
Please do contact the 6th Form Centre if you have any queries or would like to visit the centre.