Unicorn School (Richmond) A GSG School
- Unicorn School (Richmond)
238 Kew Road
- Head: Mr Kit Thompson
- T 020 8948 3926
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.unicornschool.org.uk
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Richmond-Upon-Thames
- Pupils: 170
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Fees: £6,495 - £11,910 pa
- Open days: Tuesdays (09:00) and Wednesdays (09:00). Please telephone for appointment.
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
School’s ethos, low on formal tests, high on parent involvement, ranging from reception swimming (prepare to get wet - no passive poolside role here) to activities (there’s even a mum’s choir that regularly wins first place at local music festival), isn’t for everyone. ‘The school operates so closely as a community that I think they’d feel outside if they weren’t part of it,’ though some frantic...
What the school says...
Established in 1970, Unicorn is a parent-owned school with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our broad curriculum covers the usual range of academic, sporting and aesthetic subjects together with philosophy and thinking skills. Our last inspection report (March 2016) awarded Unicorn 'excellent' in all areas. They commented that 'The quality of pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent, including in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Key factors which support their high achievement are an excellent curriculum which combines a focus on literacy and numeracy with expressive and creative subjects, excellent teaching and the positive behaviour of the pupils.' They also commented that 'Pupils are respectful, caring, polite and well behaved, which contributed strongly to their excellent overall achievement.' ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide says
Since 2013, Mr Kit Thompson, previously deputy head (academic) of Twyford School in Hampshire. Has needed to keep a tight hand on the tiller to maintain school’s highly individual, non-pressurised yet astonishingly successful course - where else do pupils routinely turn down places at top London secondaries like Godolphin & Latymer or Lady Eleanor Holles? - whilst resisting undue interference from articulate, heavily involved parents who, as school owners, enjoy having their say. It’s a big ask.
Single form all the way through and non-selective for those who arrive in the nursery aged 3 - ‘you can’t measure intelligence by the way a child holds a pencil’ - though arrivals in other years are assessed in English and, in juniors, maths and reasoning, too.
As for special needs, around 17 have...