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  • The Roche School
    11 Frogmore
    SW18 1HW
  • Head: Mrs Vania Adams, Principal - Dr. James Roche
  • T 020 8877 0823
  • F 020 8875 1156
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2. to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wandsworth
  • Pupils: 298
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £13,170 - £14,130 pa
  • Open days: As published on the website. Tours by appointment.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

High flyers encouraged to fly, while ‘if you’re in year 5 and you’ve forgotten something you learned in year 2, we’re happy to explain it again. A child should feel no shame at not understanding something’. Not a competitive ethos: ‘I hope that the slower ones feel just as pleased with their progress as the faster ones.’ Parents talk of slightly disorganised admin, a great tolerance for eccentricities; a school that really does treat everyone as individuals...

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What the school says...

The principle on which The Roche School was originally founded in 1983; 'thorough teaching in a homely atmosphere' remains the central precept of the school today. Our aim is to engender high achievement - academic, sporting and artistic - within the context of a warm, friendly community in which values such as respect for others and oneself are explicitly taught. We believe that such a context has the greatest chance of producing high-achieving children, who are comfortable in their own skin and able to recognise the unique gifts of others.

We are non-selective but children are "set" across the year group in English and Mathematics, enabling them to learn at an appropriate pace with peers of similar ability. Further up the school, subjects such as philosophy as well as critical and creative thinking ensure that pupils develop valuable intellectual skills which ensure a successful transfer to secondary school. Pupils move on to a wide range of London day schools and plenty of guidance and support is given to parents throughout the process of application by the Headteacher and 11+ team.

There is a lively parent association which runs a wide range of enjoyable events for children and parents. We encourage parents to get involved and operate an "open door" policy ensuring queries and problems are speedily attended to and resolved by the Senior Management Team. Please check the website for open days or ring the school for a private tour.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1989, Dr James Roche BSc PhD (60s). Educated at St Paul's, read physics at Bristol and has a PhD in general relativity from Manchester. Taught for two years in a London state school then spent 19 years teaching A level physics and maths at London tutorial colleges, latterly as principal of Collingham College, Kensington, where his wife Carmen taught languages. She set up the Roche School and they are joint principals, but he insists that she is the ‘principal principal, the éminence grise’, and that he has been ‘happily demoted’. Head teacher since 2010 is Vania Adams (‘I have to obey not only my wife but her too’); she was busy rehearsing the very confident year 6 cast of the forthcoming West Side Story production when we visited.

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Special Education Needs

For those children who are identified as having particular learning difficulties, extra provision can be made through one-to-one support and by small group sizes - particularly in English and Maths.

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
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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