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  • The Russell Primary School
    Petersham Road
    TW10 7AH
  • Head: Mrs Samantha Leir
  • T 020 8940 1446
  • F 020 8332 0985
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Richmond-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 271
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th April 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 19th May 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Music is important here. A specialist music teacher is at the school for half of the week. Parents are drawn from across the social spectrum. Some children live in the huge mansions on Petersham Road while others are drawn from the council estate over towards Ham. The PTA organises social events...


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Since 2011, Samantha Leir, previously deputy at the school. Her first teaching job was at Russell in 1994. From there she went to work for the local authority as a lead literacy teacher. Returned to Russell as deputy in 2003. ‘She’s always been a huge part of the school,’ said one parent.

Two sons who both attend schools in Surrey. Grew up in Wales, the only girl with four brothers, so rugby is a big part of her life. Supports the Ospreys (Swansea). Her sons and husband also play rugby. She enjoys reading, cooking and swimming.


Currently one form entry. For nursery places apply direct to nursery and for school through local authority.

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Special Education Needs

In mainstream at The Russell School we provide an inclusive environment for children with SEN. Our SENCO coordinates provision for these children. In addition we have a special unit for KS1 children who have moderate to severe learning difficulties. This caters for up to 8 children. There is a high adult/child ratio. Nov 09.

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 Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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