On behalf of the staff, pupils, parents and carers of Grands Vaux Primary school, I would like welcome you to our school website.

I am proud to have been appointed in September 2017 to the position of Headteacher at Grands Vaux School.

Our school is a vibrant school where children are enthusiastic and motivated to achieve endless possibilities. We are an inclusive, non-selective single form entry school with classes from Nursery to Year 6. We currently have 173 pupils on roll who generally live in the local area. The children are at the heart of every decision we make to ensure that they are safe, happy, confident and that the opportunities that are provided for them are relevant to their needs both now and in the future.

Maria McCool


Our Core Values of Respect, Equality and Determination ensure that as a Rights Respecting School, children’s rights are respected, their talents are nurtured & they are able to thrive. Children need to know the importance of their current role and be prepared for the future role they will play in society and the world as a whole. We support them with understanding what it means to be a productive, supportive and active citizen providing them with tools to prepare them for their future.

Excellent progress is what we want to secure for all learners. In order to do this learning must be accessible, enjoyable and challenging. A learning environment that is safe and stimulating with appropriate challenge is essential in providing learners with opportunities to discover and nurture their skills and talents in order to fulfil their potential. We all have responsibility for the well-being of our pupils and as a result we must ensure we have a healthy safeguarding culture.


The school is set in the valley of Grands Vaux. Our site has a large playground with a grassed play area to the front of the school. The school is over two levels, the lower level classrooms have access to outdoor areas to the rear of the school. Included in our outdoor provision is the Forest School’s area. This is used to support outdoor learning as well as our ECO club and Forest School groups.


My priority as Headteacher is to ensure that Grands Vaux Primary School continues on the journey to outstanding ensuring our pupils meet their potential.

This will be achieved by working together on 3 main aims:


High expectations.

Our rules for all explain the high expectations we have for each other and ourselves. See below.


Positive Engagement.

Building supportive relationships are crucial in a successful school. Close working relationships between home and school are vital in supporting learning. Parents/carers in partnership with school must actively share in our children’s education, I know that in order for school to be a positive and rewarding experience for learners we must work in partnership


Highest quality effective teaching.

Through ongoing professional development and high quality reflection we shall continue to build the excellent team at Grands Vaux Primary School. This will ensure we are able to meet the needs of all our pupils to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development.