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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 Christian ethos.

Parents care deeply about their child’s education and so do we. We go out of our way to recruit excellent teachers with a passion for their subject many of whom are professionals in their field. As a small secondary school each individual is known and valued and this combined with well-behaved classes enables our teachers to develop each pupil’s talents and inspire them to achieve. Our teachers build trust and open communication with pupils and their parents. This relationship between parent and teacher is highly valued.

Our pupils attain top grades across a wide range of subjects and have no difficulty in obtaining places at the sixth forms of their choice including highly competitive independent and grammar schools. In 2016 48% of grades were A*/A and our pupils typically achieve over a grade and in some cases several grades higher across all subjects when compared to national data.

Whether your child enjoys science, humanities, languages or the arts, we offer choices to suit them. GCSE options include separate sciences, computer science, music, graphics, drama and PE. This is coupled with a vibrant programme of co-curricular activities, competitions and trips including our ISA award winning trip to Africa.

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 2017, 60 per cent of pupils got grade 4-9 in both maths and English, with 33 per cent A*-A/7-9 grades overall. Particularly strong results in history...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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