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  • St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton
    Hampton Court Way
    Thames Ditton
    Surrey
    KT7 0LP
  • Head: Olivia DeMorais
  • T 020 8398 6791
  • F 020 8398 6080
  • E [email protected]…tton.surrey.sch.uk
  • W www.stpauls-th…n.surrey.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 389
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: July, November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 24th April 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 17th January 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 18th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

She knows all the children by name - and promises to keep this up even when the school has doubled in size. As it is, parents wonder at her grasp of all the smallest details of their lives, and the praise continues - 'she's fantastic - the school is as good as it is because of her.' High praise from parents for an able and effective teaching staff. 'Every time we change classes we say we wish we could have that teacher again – and then the next one is just another delight,' said a mother who has had children at the school for many years....

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2018, Olivia DeMorais, previously deputy and acting head, who held the fort after the retirement in March 2018 of Fionnuala Johnson, head for nearly 28 years.

Entrance

Heavy oversubscription has allowed funding for expansion from single to two-form entry. School accepts 60 children per year and the pressure has eased up a little - but Catholic families whose children have been baptised (and you need the certificates to prove it) still take 99 per cent of the places. The school serves the parishes of Cobham, Esher and Thames Ditton, a mostly white, middle-class lot. It is non-selective academically - regular church attendance will get you a long way.

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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.

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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.

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