“The small school with a big heart.”





I am pleased to welcome you warmly to our school via our website. I have been head teacher of Granville Sports College since January 2015 and feel privileged to be leading the school on our journey to good and outstanding.

Granville is a rapidly improving and aspirational school as shown in our last Ofsted Inspection (July 2015) and a letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw (April 2016) which both recognise our improvements. Leadership and management and the behaviour and safety of pupils were judged to be good and the school’s work to keep pupils safe was outstanding.

We have a strong ethos which is reflected in our mission statement showing our commitment to academic excellence and ensuring that every child has the ambition and determination to succeed and is supported to do so. Alongside our drive for sustained academic improvement is our view that every child matters and they should enjoy and achieve whilst at Granville. We have the highest expectations of our pupils in all aspects of school life and believe in developing them in each area – academic, social, moral and cultural.  We are a school that is thriving with creativity through sport, art, drama, music, language and we actively promote the health, well-being, character and development of the whole person.

Our school motto “The small school with a big heart” really does encapsulate the friendly, respectful and harmonious feel of the school. We are truly inclusive and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Ofsted described the school as “A harmonious community where all are treated with respect and tolerance and there is no discrimination.” Incidents of bullying are very rare and our strong pastoral team and clear expectations ensure issues are dealt with so the school remains a calm and safe environment. Our pupils support each other and our vibrant school council ensures they are listened to and valued.

One of the key strengths of the school is the positive relationship between staff and pupils. Learning takes place in a relaxed but purposeful manner, as we believe learning should be both enjoyable and challenging. Classrooms have learning at the core but there is still room for enjoyment and laughter.

We have very high expectations of pupil behaviour – our rules are based on common sense principles which form our Code of Conduct. Pupils wear our uniform with pride and come to school ready to learn.

At Granville, we believe in promoting traditional British values such as treating each other with respect, being tolerant of each other, being courteous and polite. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop as rounded citizens enabling them to succeed and achieve in modern Britain. We have a strong commitment to helping and encouraging our pupils to make a positive contribution to their community. Granville is at the heart of the Woodville community and we take every opportunity to be involved in joint events and projects.

We know that establishing a strong working partnership with you as parents/carers is essential to your child’s success. We hold regular information evenings and we are always willing to meet with you or contact you via email or telephone if you have any concerns or queries. Our form tutors will usually be the first point of contact and as we have a vertical tutor group system your child will, in most cases, have the same tutor throughout their time at school.

Of course, you cannot really get a true feeling about a school from a website, you will only get this by coming to see us first hand. We work in partnership with parents, the governing board and local community to encourage and welcome visitors to our school. We would urge any prospective parents or carers to come and see us in action and experience what we have to offer first hand. If you would like to do this, please contact the school reception on 01283 216765 and ask for Mrs Smith (Assistant Head teacher) who will gladly arrange a tour of the school.

Members of the public who have an enquiry should contact Mr Tilley or Mr Jackson, our Deputy Head teachers and parents should contact their child's Form Tutor.

As you will see if you visit us, our building is old and tired in parts. We are currently due to have several areas of the school refurbished under the Priority Building Programme. Whilst we very much look forward to improving our facilities, we hope you will agree the most important thing is what actually happens inside the building.

We hope you will come and find out for yourself what Granville has to offer and we look forward to meeting you.

Jo Kingswood,

About us

The school office is open Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm during term time.