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Head’s treasured ‘culture of thinking’ was evident in lessons we joined, with the question of the day on both whiteboards and worksheets. ‘Enquiry-based learning has really evolved here over the past five years, to develop thinking and questioning,’ says school. Arts are outstanding. Specialist teaching starts from reception in art, music and drama, with a terrific art block complete with a vast loft-style studio and pottery room. Another jewel in the Thomas group’s crown is its Austrian chalet...

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What the school says...

Our aim at Thomas's Fulham is to provide a broad, balanced, stimulating curriculum, allowing each child to be fulfilled and achieve their best. We recognise and develop pupils' strengths and identify and support weaknesses.

Our curriculum is four dimensional - knowledge, skills, character and metacognition - and we adopt an enquiry mindset to encourage thinking skills, deep understanding and agile learners.

We hold SMSC and Values quality marks and prioritise kindness as our core school values, which guides all members of the school community at all times.

Thomas's is an Apple Distinguished School.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2005, Annette Dobson, head since the school opened, having cut her Thomas’s teeth heading the lower school at Thomas’s Clapham, via North Bridge House, after training as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge. Over time, her role has evolved to include responsibilities across the wider Thomas’s family. Collaboration across the group has increased further post-Covid, she explains: ‘Developing a culture of thinking is our focus at the moment across the schools, working with an organisation called Thinking Matters who accredit schools as “thinking schools”’. That’s my real love.’ Doesn’t teach but takes lesson observations and weekly reading sessions with reception classes ‘so I really get to know them’.

Parents find her unshowy — ‘not a schmoozer’ — and some are sad her Monday morning handshake with every pupil did not...

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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 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
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
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

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