We believe that happy children will learn and that happy children lead to happy parents! Here are some testimonials from some current and past families.
April 2023: Parent of new starter in Year 2
We have been so pleased with the change of the school and very impressed by Greenfield.
[Our son] has been loving Greenfield and he really likes his teacher and all his classmates. The learning environment is great… he finds all the lessons interesting and likes the extra challenge. We are very happy with the homework and find the guidelines very clear. We were also very impressed to see how much had already been covered in class when we went to see his books. His teacher gave us some very helpful and lovely feedback too. He has been loving all the extracurricular clubs that you offer, and the ukulele and recorder music lessons. He was able to play tunes back at home after the very first lessons and was very pleased with himself.
On our side, we see him much more happier and relaxed every day. He seems to like the more structured work and tasks which are growing his confidence in his ability to do well and to progress.
The drop off and pick up system has been brilliant, and he really enjoys walking to his classroom by himself. He also seems to find the canteen meals delicious.
We now have a happier, thriving, more confident and engaged son thanks to all the brilliant work of Greenfield staff.
We are very thankful that you offered our son a space at Greenfield. We also really appreciated all the effort you have put in before he joined with the lovely videos and welcoming pack.
January 2023: Parent of a Little School child
[Our son] adores his time at Little School; we could not be happier with the progress he is making. We feel confident in everyone that supports him, and feel that he is in a loving yet developing environment. There is a great open line of communication at all times.
Autumn 2022: Parent of new joiner (September 2023) following an Open Morning visit:
We witnessed a culture of respect - it greeted and accompanied us as we walked around. From opening doors for us to always making sure we had seen everything we wanted, and through sharing their stories of what they do and enjoy at school, [our tour guides] Phoebe and Thomas exemplified the behaviours and attitude that we also hope that [our son] is learning at home and at nursery. We are so grateful for the time they took to give us insights into their school lives. They are both great role models and clearly made an impression on our son as he asked what they were doing next as we drove him to nursery - something great no doubt; we were all taken by how much there was on offer.
It was good to hear that at Greenfield older children enjoy supporting the younger ones; Phoebe told us about the role she has in helping out younger children in her performing arts role, which she said was understandably challenging at times. What a valuable contribution she is making to the society of your school, and what a good opportunity for personal development - I do hope [our son] can share kindness with others like Phoebe in years to come.
Noticing the focus and attention of the children working hard at lessons in your spacious facilities, we were also impressed by the academic side of things; [our son] loved the microscopes on display in the science laboratory, and he was fascinated by the posters on the circulatory system. What a special collection of facilities you have for the children to make the most of, thank you for letting us see so much.
It was made clear to us that you have the facility to ensure that all students are given opportunities to fulfil their potential. [Our son is relatively young in his cohort], and it sounds like each and every pupil is well supported at Greenfield. From all the clubs and activities on offer you must be proud that you ensure there are plenty of things that the children can enjoy and be excited about.
The warm welcome we received was much appreciated, especially on a rainy morning; we were so well looked after and comfortable throughout. Thomas was bubbling over with information in an amazing way - giving us lots of detail about how the school works (lovely to not have bells between lessons and simply be guided by teachers), describing what was going on in the photos on your display boards, holding a keen awareness of what was going on in all the lessons we passed - we could not have asked for a more articulate and friendly tour guide. Both he and Phoebe were wonderful.
We were especially impressed by your music suite - [our son] really enjoys music already and at home we get sung to regularly - and my husband thought that what you offer in terms of musical opportunity looked really special. My own other takeaway, in addition to being impressed, was that your incredible school must ultimately be a testament to the hard work of all the staff. Thank you so much to all of you for offering us a chance to see the wonderful environment you have created.
December 2022: Parent of Reception child
I just wanted to email my congratulations for the [Christmas] concert last night.
We really appreciate all the hard work that went into it, and we know many of the teachers stayed late to make it happen. It was clear that a huge amount of rehearsal had gone into it, and the children were so well-prepared! Thank you to the teachers for all their efforts.
Thank you Greenfield for an evening out and for giving us an opportunity to watch our daughter on the big stage.
November 2022: Parent of Reception child (joined in Autumn '22)
We are absolutely delighted with how [our daughter] has settled, and what a wonderful time she is having at Greenfield already, (she tells us every day), it is truly an amazing school and [moving her to Greenfield] was one of the best decisions we have made.
Please extend our thanks to Mrs Botting and all of the team who have helped to make [her] so happy and ensure her move was painless!
We look forward to many happy years ahead.
October 2022: Parent of children in Year 5 and Year 2
I just wanted to send a quick “thank you” email for providing such a rich environment for both our boys to flourish. They both seem so enthusiastic about life and school. [Our youngest] is taking off like a rocket with his reading, writing and creativity. [Our eldest] seems to always be in a PE kit, mastering the drums and is really getting interested in Maths at the moment. What wonderful opportunities.
March 2022: Comments from various Little School families
Little School is a lovely place for kids to grow and learn in a safe and loving environment. The kids always come home happy and are excited about going to school every day – a huge relief for us!
We could not be happier with the care and stimulation our child receives at Little School.
We couldn’t be more impressed with the development of [our child’s] language skills since joining Little School. We notice an improvement almost daily and know that this is because of the engagement [they have] with the staff and their knowledge of [our child] personally to be able to encourage their own development.
(Regarding development of physical skills): We have seen a huge improvement in [our child’s] confidence with crawling, climbing, walking and risk-taking when it comes to physical activity.
[We are] very impressed with the additional support provided for late talkers.
(Regarding their child’s personal, social and emotional skills): We feel our child is well-supported and learning how to interact with their peers.
We are delighted with the specialist lessons that our child receives and feel lucky that they are exposed to these at such a young age.
Little School go above and beyond anything we could hope for in a nursery.
January 2022: Letter from a Year 4 child (joined in Spring '21)
Dear Mrs Botting,
I have really enjoyed the first year of Greenfield and I have never felt happier here. I have to thank you for everything, the fun and the education. You and the teachers and my friends here have inspired me, and so I thank you thoroughly, and I appreciate you all.
November 2021: Parent of children in Year 1 and Year 4
[Our youngest son who started in November] has settled so quickly and his teacher is very calm and reassuring about his progress as he’s so young for the year... He seems to know half the school already!
[Our eldest son] is also so happy, and his teacher is extremely helpful in helping him address some of his worries and frustrations... It is so reassuring to see a school address issues like this so well, so that the children get used to talking about their feelings and worries at a young age.
October 2021: Parent of Year 4 child
Congratulations on an amazing Year 4 concert. I am in awe of their courage and talent.
It was the greatest joy to see [our daughter] having the confidence to put on that performance; I can’t quite believe she is the same little girl who we delivered to you crying on her first days, logged off several times in lockdown out of fear of speaking, and was the only child in her last school without a line in the Christmas play due to her shyness.
All of the children at Greenfield are an absolute credit to themselves and the school, but I just wanted to let you know that I am so appreciative for what you as individuals, and collectively as a school, are doing for them.
Thank you so much.
September 2021: Parent of new starter children in Reception and Year 3
We have been hugely impressed by the warmth and professionalism shown by your staff — from the moment they arrive at Kiss and Drop to the time they leave... greeting the children or saying goodbye at the end of the day sends such a strong message to the children that their school is a place where they are welcome and can feel safe.
[Our son in Reception] seems totally relaxed and is loving all the activities in Reception and comes home with a huge smile on his face every day.
[Our son in Year 3] is showing no resistance to school and is having a go at things that would have been unthinkable weeks ago. The fact he is competing in sports fixtures and singing in the concert fills us with joy!
We believe [that his] growing self-esteem and positive attitude is due to the learning environment that Greenfield provides. His teachers are taking the time to get to know him and inspiring him with their lessons and gradually rebuilding his confidence. We’ve also had the opportunity to walk through school twice now during the school day and both times [we] have been hugely impressed by the energy and “buzz”... We look forward to seeing them achieve their potential and being involved with Greenfield for many years to come.
July 2021: Parent of Year 4 child and Robins (Early Years) child
As we come to the end of yet another strange school year, we would like to thank you and the entire Greenfield team for the splendid job you have done. We are short of words in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for everything the school has provided. From keeping the children safe, to being transparent and communicating to us parents, to making it so convenient for drop-offs, pick-ups and even arranging lessons in self-isolation, making sure children have their normal school life - Sports Day, residential trips, quality education - you have managed it all! This can only be achieved by a team that works with dedication and round the clock, and we commend you for that.
Thank you and each and every member of staff of Greenfield for making our children feel comfortable and safe while enjoying their education.
July 2021: Parent of Reception child
I wanted to pass on our deepest thanks to you and all the team at Greenfield for managing to deliver such a good year for [our son] despite the many obstacles thrown in the way. The progress he has made under the watchful eye of [his teacher] and her support team is huge and a real achievement against adversity — thank you.
Thank you to those who also supported [his teacher] in the classroom and the unsung heroes around the school. There are too many to mention them all but certainly the chaps at the gate helping keep traffic moving in all weather, the chef who cooks such lovely food that [our son] seems to scoff and love, the TAs in the classroom for keeping things going, helping the children and generally being awesome. All absolutely wonderful.
Finally, huge thank you for the hard work in keeping the school open and functioning in such a well-organised manner, with happy staff and even happier children.
March 2021: Grandparent of Year 2 child during COVID-19 lockdown
...You have a wonderful teaching team and a very fine school with above all your children doing you considerable credit. I read recently that our current Prime Minister had said that he was in awe of the parents in lockdown — in reality he missed a trick because it is the teachers that have carried lockdown with great skill and considerable patience. Balancing the equation of keeping pupils engaged with interesting content and making sure that each is involved as much as is possible in a 'Zoom' environment is indeed a skill.
March 2021: Parent of Year 4 child during COVID-19 lockdown
I have to thank you, the senior leadership team and all the staff. I have such deep gratitude and respect for all that the Greenfield team does, for the hours that the teachers have put in, for the changes they have made, for the wonderful positive feedback they give, for bringing some sort of normality to our children’s lives. I marvel at how well these young people adapt and don’t bat an eyelid at setting up for a Zoom saxophone lesson. We may think it is a very hard time for them at the moment, but wait until they are young adults running this country — they are going to be a force to be reckoned with; no obstacles will get in their way, and they will be ready for anything.
You and your staff are responsible for instilling such remarkable strengths in our/your children.
December 2018: Senior School Head
Just a note to thank you once again for the quality of your references for Greenfield pupils registered with us this time. They are always the best we get: informative, incredibly useful for us in contextualising pupils’ situations and really embodying how well you as a school know each individual, your fondness for them and that you have a plan for each and everybody; all of which of course reflects brilliantly on Greenfield and your team too.
July 2017: Parent of Year 6 leaver
Everyone at Greenfield has instilled such confidence and self-esteem into our daughter. She grew up massively in the first week [at senior school] as she had the confidence to ask questions, approach staff and sort herself out. She has been beyond prepared academically; the learning has just quietly occurred whilst she has embraced the other aspects of school.
I can not thank Greenfield enough and [our daughter] will always have such fond, happy memories of her time with you.
2018: Parent of Year 5 pupil
It is exactly a year since we moved [our son] over to Greenfield and I just wanted to say how delighted we are about our decision.
I was over the moon last night following parents evening not just because of how well [he] is doing but also because of the investment each member of staff is making in him.
Every teacher I spoke to clearly knows and values him, is very willing to work with him to progress in various ways (not just academically) and with the extension classes, ABC class, [various clubs] and invitation to the agit8 group he is having additional, varied and inventive support every day!
2017: Parent of Year 5 pupil
This School year has been an extremely happy one for [my daughter]... her love of learning has grown again this year. I can honestly say that she has never been happier!
2017: Parents of Year 6 leaver
We’re absolutely delighted with [our son's] progress at [senior school] and would like to share this fantastic news with you.
He’s been elected to the School Council, became a School Photographer, participates in all extracurricular activities and signs up to represent the school everywhere he can, which he’s very proud of...sometimes we don’t see him until 8.30pm!
On the academic side we couldn’t be prouder — his half term report was excellent... He’s beaming with happiness and his confidence is growing.
We feel we owe you and all of [our son's] teachers and teaching assistants a debt of gratitude for getting him to such a high level and helping him develop a fantastic attitude to learning which he will always benefit from.
His brilliant progress is the clearest testimony that even only two years of quality teaching can make a life changing difference.
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Prep School of the Year 2022
Greenfield has been awarded the Prep School of the Year Award 2022!
We are thrilled to share the news of these fantastic achievements earned by our Year 6 children as they approach the end of their prep school education.