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Part of the Thomas’s group of four schools, this is definitely an entity of its own. However, there is a general feeling among all concerned that the Thomas connection helps rather than hinders the school’s individual appeal. A sea-change is under way as they are in the midst of changing from preparing the children for Common Entrance to providing digital portfolios for senior schools. The head has been involved in planning this for at least three years. Boys are encouraged by street dancing classes but one girl expressed disappointment that...

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Since 2012, Philip Ward BEd (50s). Married to a maths teacher who also works here (they have always worked in tandem), he assures us that they don’t talk shop at home but get behind the stove or listen to music.

Walking into his un-pompous office the scene is endearing, complete with Labrador (real sorrow that its companion has gone to the kennel upstairs) and grateful small pupil. Would have been all too easy to assume this is just a seasoned operator but definitely not the case - this is a seriously impressive head who, unusually, listens rather than simply selling his school. That said, there’s no real need for the salesman pitch as his well-oiled machine does the job so well.

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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
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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