Thomas's Clapham


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Broomwood Road
SW11 6JZ
4 - 13
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Thomas’s Clapham is a large selective co-educational preparatory school, based on Christian principles but open to children of all faiths, for up to 586 pupils aged four to thirteen, which opened in 1993. It is one of four schools and two kindergartens of the same name owned by the proprietors in the London area. The school is housed in a large four-storey Victorian building in Wandsworth, which was formerly a girl’s grammar school and has a modern, purpose-built block for the Reception classes. There are currently 566 pupils on roll, with 81 children in the Reception classes, 46 of whom are funded under the government’s nursery scheme. No pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school was last inspected in January 2008. The school’s stated aims are: ‘To offer a broad, balanced, stimulating curriculum which focuses on enjoyment, learning and individual achievement simultaneously.’ Evaluation of the school Thomas’s Clapham continues to provide an outstanding quality of education for its pupils and now also for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and very successfully meets its stated aims. Pupils of all ages are highly articulate and confident, their behaviour is outstanding, and they are extremely enthusiastic about their learning and the exceptional breadth of opportunities in the outstanding curriculum. Notable improvements have been made since the last inspection so that teaching and assessment are now both outstanding. Excellent resources, the ‘be kind’ ethos and attention to outstanding arrangements for pupils’ welfare, health and safety create a secure and purposeful learning environment. Consequently, pupils’ progress across the school, both academically and personally, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, are outstanding. Safeguarding arrangements are secure and all of the regulations are now met.

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