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Art hits you in the face, quite literally, as you walk round the exuberantly decorated school, with pendulous stars in the year 2 corridor and a wonderful tissue jungle in the nursery. A cloud of billowy cherry blossom hovers over the playground, giving the place a newly-washed look, appropriate to the neat Tudor estate which it serves, north of Kingston town centre. Animated children buzz about in their blue uniforms...

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Interim Head of School

Since January 2021, Carolyn Coles (interim head). Kind and caring; focused on getting to know each child and their family. Says she’s aiming to provide ‘an educational journey filled, with warmth, laughter and love.’

Entrance

Via the Kingston upon Thames admissions system, oversubscribed for the 120 reception places, with waiting lists for in-year applications too. Catchment area varies each year, but is never beyond one kilometre. Wide range of ethnic groups make up 50 per cent of the intake, as well as MOD children (five per cent) from local barracks. We heard the queue at open day was like Harrod’s sale.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Latchmere School is a community school, and we aim to educate any child who lives in our community, whatever their barriers to learning as long as it does not hinder the education of the majority. Latchmere has a provision for high functioning KS2 pupils on the Autistic continuum (Topaz). This provision opened in 2008 and currently supports 4 pupils within KS2 as well as providing advice and support for the rest of the school. 09-09

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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

regularly
most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year


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