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The nursery, housed looking onto a modest playground, contains puzzlers who look up politely and pirates who are too engrossed in their adventures to notice a strange visitor. One tidy tot puts away her toy on a shelf whilst a cheerful boy digs messily for treasure in a fake blue sea, all encouraged by smiley, qualified staff. Games have been moved up a rung recently and parents notice that there have been improvements in both standards and the quality of the teaching, with netball fielding particularly successful teams and an original initiative making sport gender free (girls can choose rugby and boys netball if they so wish)...

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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 2010, Vania Adams (50s). Another example of the educational gene with both her siblings university lecturers, she worked in broadcasting and publishing but decided to swap the office for the classroom. She still teaches 11+ English and loves ‘getting stuck in’ but also ‘pops into’ classes to spread her love of reading. She is also heavily involved in the annual production for the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, a major feature in the school’s calendar. A warm, articulate, approachable woman with whom her pupils are totally at ease, this is definitely a carrot not stick headmistress.

She has taken over from the founders Carmen and James Roche but their influence and involvement, both in the governance of the school and the day to day (Dr Roche was helping one of the pupils...

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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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