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A stimulating, creative but also nurturing school in a very fashionable corner of London, Thomas’s Kensington has a cosmopolitan flavour without being too flashy or ostentatious. Lots of fresh air for all – at playtime the little ones spill out into the Astroturf courtyard between the reception classrooms (the only outdoor space on site). Parents describe the school as ‘more low-key, less aggressive with the test papers’ than elsewhere. New Thomas’s-wide curriculum launching imminently, centred around…

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2012, Jo Ebner BEd MA PG Dip Couns Cert FT NPQH (late 40s), previously head of the Royal School, Hampstead (now North Bridge House). Educated at North London Collegiate (her mother and her daughters were at the school too) and Homerton, Cambridge. Trained at the Tavistock Clinic as a school counsellor. Highly emotionally intelligent with a self-deprecating sense of humour and an honest, open manner. Three children in their 20s and golden retriever puppy, Lola (‘a handful’), with whom she shares her office.

First teaching job was at Primrose Hill primary school. Established South Hampstead High School’s counselling service in the 90s, taught at Naima Jewish Preparatory School and the North West London Jewish Day School as well as a successful stint as deputy head of The Hall in Hampstead....

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Special Education Needs

The school has a full-time SENCo who works with teachers to identify pupils with special needs. As well as in-house support, the school has a link with the Dyslexia Centre which provides therapists for a variety of conditions. June 2010

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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