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Particular praise is handed out by parents of reception teachers, one commenting that her child coming into the school with zero skills did 'really well in her first year' and others saying that almost all the class are pretty independent, at least at the laces tying end of the scale, by the end of the year. All the way up reading is heavily encouraged, with pupils taking home a daily diary including a book page that parents have to sign off. A library complete with cheerful librarian is...

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What the school says...

Our aim at Thomas's Fulham is to provide a broad, balanced, stimulating curriculum which focuses on enjoyment, learning and individual achievement simultaneously, allowing each child to be fulfilled and achieve his or her best. We recognise and develop pupils' strengths and identify and support weaknesses.

'The School is primarily described as rounded, sociable, energetic and sporty. The emphasis on kindness and the inclusive nature of music, drama and sporting activities are highly valued by parents and promote a positive 'have a go' attitude.' Summary comment from parent survey carried out by RSAcademics in 2011. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Annette Dobson, 40s, opened the school in 2005. A slightly low key dresser with a laugh that reaches her eyes, one only has to look at her feet to see that snappy shoes and clear-headed dedication are not the sole preserve of Theresa May. Wanting to be a teacher from the get-go (maybe influenced by her mother’s voice teaching in an adjacent classroom), she swam into the professional A stream by graduating from Homerton College, Cambridge. After a spell at North Bridge House, she crossed London to Thomas’s Clapham, heading up the lower school, collecting a postgraduate degree and completing a study in phonics.

Thoroughly aware of the need to keep abreast of the numerous practical and technological changes in her world, she still keeps her feet firmly in the...

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Special Education Needs

All children are screened for possible learning issues annually from Year 1. Extra input from Occuational Therapists, Dyslexia therapists and the like is then offered. Teaching Assistants are used to support children in class when necessary. If appropriate Individual Education Plans are operated.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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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