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The bulk of the school is housed in the graceful, solid main building which successfully fuses old and new. One ingenious development has been the recent library revamp, accurately described by a member of staff as ‘a large colourful hub’. We loved the passionate, articulate discussion in year 4 on the stereotypical depiction of sportsmen and women – most impressive of all was the children’s willingness to listen to friends’ comments. ‘I hadn’t thought of that,’ admitted one boy to his peer’s opinion. Behind the scenes, each child’s progress is meticulously monitored and...

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Since April 2021, Nathan Boller, who returned to the school from his native Australia during the pandemic times of ‘masks and bubbles’. He was previously deputy head at the school until 2016 and before that, head of learning enrichment from 2010. The interim period was spent as deputy, then acting head, of Grimwade House (part of Melbourne Grammar School). He says he was enticed back to the UK by ‘the Thomas’s kindness’.

Immaculately dressed in a neat suit and tie, he speaks in measured, sincere terms, evidencing everything he says. Never have we seen data and statistics discussed with such glee and relish. His BEd (from Canberra) – plus graduate certificate in educational studies and master’s in education – was followed by nearly four years working in behavioural units and youth...

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Special Education Needs

Thomas's Clapham celebrates neurodiversity and is aware that children have a range of learning differences. Depending on an individual child's particular needs, provision can include: - differentiated lessons and support - ongoing consultation with parents and pupils - developing and maintaining links with other mainstream and special schools - informing all teachers and support staff of the child's needs - helping the child develop appropriate practices for taking down and recording information eg using iPads with keyboards - providing access to speech and language therapy and occupational therapy/physiotherapy at school (paid for by parents)

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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