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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. A unique school set up to meet the needs of individuals. Able children are  stretched, and for those who find school more of a challenge there is plenty of support. Pupils come from a variety…

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What the school says...

Thames is an independent co-educational secondary school in London recognised for its excellent academic achievement, celebration of each individual pupil’s abilities and its strong Christian ethos. Pupils excel in a wide range of subjects from the traditionally academic to the creative arts and technology.

At Thames, we believe that every child is unique and has the potential to succeed. As children discover their strengths they grow in self-confidence. Confident children become enthusiastic learners who enjoy school and are keen to succeed.

Our teachers are characterised by their passion for education. Their warmth and care builds a rapport with every pupil. High quality teaching and small classes enable teachers to get to know each individual, nurture their talents and inspire them to achieve. As a result, pupils perform very highly in their GCSE exams, as evidenced in our annual achievement brochure. Our 2015 GCSE results include 24% A* grades and 50% of grades A*/A.

We realise that success in life requires more than grades: maturity and social and cultural skills are also critically important. With its multi-cultural intake and strong Christian values, Thames provides a safe and inspiring environment for teenagers to become well-rounded individuals of integrity with depth of character.

Almost all our pupils are offered places at their first choice of sixth form, which frequently includes top independent and grammar schools.

Thames combines the advantages of a small school, where each pupil is known individually, with an exceptionally broad curriculum ranging from traditional academic subjects and sport to the creative and performing arts and computer science. We ensure that each individual can study the subjects that will develop their talents and result in appropriate qualifications to pursue a career of their choice.

A vibrant array of extracurricular activities in academic, sporting and creative subjects, coupled with our small size enables pupils to have a high degree of participation. Pupils take part in national competitions such as UKMT Maths Challenge, creative writing competitions, British Biology Olympiad and Biology Challenge, Top of the Bench, Spanish Spelling Bee and ISA competitions in art, sport and drama. Performing arts are highly valued with a full length musical staged each year at The Clapham Grand Theatre as well as concerts and drama evenings.

Extensive use is made of museums, theatres and galleries in and around London. Residential trips to Spain, France, Italy and Iceland and activity camps in the UK broaden pupils’ experiences. Older pupils have the opportunity to take part in a two week trip to Tanzania, during which they carry out life changing projects around the town of Musoma. This annual trip earned the ISA 2015 Award: “Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding” in recognition of its unique grassroots nature.

Our admissions process involves getting to know both you and your child. We seek to understand your child’s aspirations and how we can enable them to fulfil their potential.

The school is located just a few minutes’ walk from the highly accessible transport hub of Clapham Junction Station (Zone 2) with its excellent rail connections from Victoria, Waterloo and many parts of both North and South London and the London Overground network.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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Executive head

Since 2006, Stephen Holsgrove (50s) PhD. Studied engineering and ICT; before setting up Thames Christian College he worked as a development director of a software engineering company. Married to Catherine; three daughters, who all attended the school, two are now pursuing their own careers, the youngest is studying performing arts. Catherine is the school registrar and runs all the administration. Head and governors are all committed to making a difference to future generation’s education and lives. They hope that in the future Thames will be a model for further similar establishments.

Academic matters

A non-selective school doing extremely well by its pupils, who mostly outperform their predicted grades. In 2016, 91 per cent of pupils gained 5 A*-C grades including maths and English, with 48 per cent A*/A grades - a record year. The school...

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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
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
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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