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  • Latchmere School
    Latchmere Road
    KT2 5TT
  • Head: Mrs Julie Ritchie
  • T 020 8546 7181
  • F 020 8549 9182
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 910
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 8th July 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th July 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Though fab new buildings help, what really rocks parents’ boats is success with non-standard issue pupils. ‘Schools can all do the straightforward ones’, reckoned one mother. ‘What counts is how good they are with the off the peg kids’. Latchmere aims (learning, local community, laughter, loyalty, love and leadership) are oft recited. Resulting confidence is unmissable, pupils a winningly well mannered bunch, helped to become so by oft-stressed emphasis on social skills. Very oversubscribed, with 500 applying for…

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Since 2008, Mrs Julie Ritchie, CertEd BPhilEd MSI SIP (Special) (50s). Previously at St Matthew's C of E Primary School, where she was shortlisted for head of the year award. Qualifications (bucket-loads of them) include degree in multi-sensory impairment, a souvenir of decade-long post in the 1990s as deputy headteacher at Dysart, a Surbiton-based special school.

Grew up in Grimsby, drawn to teaching from an early age – something of a family thing as a brother is also a head, though neither of her two grown up children has so far been bitten by the bug. Inspects for Ofsted, a heart-gladdening experience, though never fails to feel thrill of returning ‘home’ afterwards. Though she doesn’t teach – she’s at her desk by at 6.30am as it is, notching up 12-hour...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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

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