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Once inside the doors, the warm welcome from staff and calm atmosphere of lessons underway began to soothe and enthuse us, and we left with a spring in our step, inspired. Parents single out the school’s small size as a positive feature. The school proudly notes the next steps taken by its leavers, including PhDs, excellent A level results and awards. We saw an advertising campaign project for TfL which could have easily been mistaken for the labours of an ad agency...

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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 hundred metres 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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Since 2006, Dr Stephen Holsgrove PhD (50s); first class honours degree in civil engineering and a PhD in numerical analysis from Kingston University. Having worked in the IT sector for 20 years, he set up Thames Christian College in September 2000. His wife, Catherine, is registrar at the school.

Softly spoken, sincere but also something of a visionary, determined to shape a school in line with his beliefs, Dr Holsgrove’s personal experience of school failing him up to the age of 16 has shaped his passion for educating children, and often helping them to find their way to opportunities they might otherwise have missed. Parents are grateful for Dr Holsgrove’s dedication, indeed he laughs at our enquiry as to what he does outside of school. They say: ‘He is very...

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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
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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