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Strives to broaden young minds with a variety of cross-curricular activities, eg medieval murder mysteries to solve, design a Tudor king's football kit, and film making. Thames is building its reputation for understanding how different types of pupils learn best. While doing very well for its brightest pupils it is also able to bring on pupils with...

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What the school says...

We aim to help each individual attain a broad foundation to their education whilst also developing their skills and gifts. We have high academic expectations and small well-behaved classes where learning is considered cool and pupils contribution is valued and recognised. Pupils at Thames achieve in all aspects of their personal development and this level of maturity does not go unnoticed. This is why almost all our pupils are offered places at their first choice of sixth form.

We achieve this with small classes, consistent discipline based on mutual respect, courtesy and a dedicated, highly-qualified staff team many of whom have real world experience and specialist knowledge of their subjects. We avoid just teaching to the test, preferring to stretch our pupils imaginations and abilities in a stimulating environment.

Our curriculum is kept fresh, interesting and up to date, with an exciting array of extra-curricular opportunities, and is broader than one might think possible for a small school. We believe that it is important that pupils have the option to take creative subjects alongside Technology, Sciences, Maths, Languages and Humanities as this gives them a broad platform and keeps career options open. Typically half our Year 11s take separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. They can also study Additional Maths along with creative subjects such as Art, Graphics, Drama and Music. All pupils take practical qualifications in computer skills and Personal Finance to ensure they are fully equipped for the world of work.

Pupils take part in national competitions such as the UK Maths Challenge and excel in many areas of competitive sport, particularly in football, cross country and athletics. Our most talented footballers gain places at professional sports academies. Music and Drama are highly valued with an annual whole school production performed at a professional theatre. In recent years we have put on the musicals Evita and Oliver. Our choir develops links within the community by performing at local sheltered housing and care homes. Our most talented musicians are entered for local competitions and some have performed at the Royal Academy.

Senior pupils have the opportunity to be professionally trained as mentors for young children at a local primary school and excellent use is made of the museums, theatres, galleries and other learning environments in London, on camps and overseas trips.

Thames Christian College was created for pupils who want to make the most of their potential. When considering a pupil for admission to Thames we consider how he or she will support our ethos. Our pupils are well behaved and show a willingness to learn. They have a high regard for the school's Christian values, especially those of honesty and integrity.

Education gives choices. We help each child to have as many choices as possible, providing the environment, thorough and well-rounded education to enable pupils to achieve and enjoy life in our increasingly competitive world.

Given that we are just 5 minutes walk from Clapham Junction, you may be surprised that a 30 minute travel time covers a significant part of London and surrounding counties.

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Special Education Needs

Thames Christian College is a mainstream school with recognised provision for some pupils who find learning more difficult. We have experience with dyslexic, dyspraxic and aspergers pupils as well as hearing impaired. We recognise that these pupils are well behaved and often extremely gifted in creative subjects. By providing a safe environment with support in core academic subjects these pupils can become high achievers and become an inspiration to other pupils. Our learning support has been recognised by CReSTeD, the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils, with our inclusion on their register of dyslexia-friendly schools, one of only a handful in London. Learning support is provided on a one-to-one basis, in a small group, or within the classroom, depending on need. Pupils may, where necessary, follow a tailored curriculum taking GCSE exams in subjects that give them a greater opportunity for success or if they have specific talents they may take GCSE's early and AS levels in Year 11.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
Visual Impairment

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