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Local Community

Local Community

Thomson House is born from the collaboration between the maintained and independent sectors. It is part of the local family of schools which works collaboratively through the KBMES Partnership Scheme. We work closely with professional colleagues at Achieving for Children (an organisation formed from the merging of the boroughs of Richmond Upon Thames and Kingston) and with schools throughout the borough.

We have a growing relationship with the independent St Paul’s Boys School who currently send us three VIth formers as mentors for our children. The boys are in school on a Wednesday afternoon and they read, play games and act as positive role models for our younger children. We also use St. Paul’s Boys School’s sports field as a venue for our Sports Day and Summer BBQ. They have been incredibly supportive and helpful when organising our events.

In establishing Thomson House, we have benefited from a close collaboration with Wellington College, in the development of our wellbeing programme which teaches the children about our school values of Curiosity, Kindness and Courage.

Local estate agent, James Anderson, has a strong and growing relationship with Thomson House – they act as our sponsor, supporting us at key school events and hosting competitions in which the children can participate.

Waitrose in East Sheen have been incredibly supportive, supplying us with cheese and wine; Xmas presents for the children; and prizes for competitions. Our children have visited the store and learnt much about retailing and groceries!

We use Putney Leisure Centre for our swimming lessons and intend to make further use of local sports venues within our vision for PE.

We are currently developing a new programme called the Richmond Award Scheme which will be a unique award scheme encouraging our pupils to have key skills, good character and a community spirit. Local visits and supporting local organisations will be part of this scheme.

Thomson House is keen to develop and sustain good relations with our local neighbours. Indeed, the neighbours are regularly invited into school for social events, charitable fund-raising events and school fairs.

Each term we support a different charity and once a year the charity will have a local bias. So far we have supported the Star and Garter home in Richmond (for ex-servicemen and their families), SPEAR (Harvest Festival contributions for the homeless) and St Mary’s, Mortlake parish church in their work with the local community. Indeed, the curate from St. Mary’s attends school regularly, participating in assemblies for the moral education of our children. At Thomson House we believe in showing kindness to those less fortunate than ourselves – it is one of our core values.

Finally, law firm Jones Day continues to support Thomson House with pro bono legal advice and guidance as part of their community engagement programme. We are extremely grateful to them for their invaluable expertise.