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Our Ofsted Press Release

A new primary school in East Sheen/Mortlake has become the first free school in the Borough of Richmond to be awarded an outstanding judgement by Ofsted – and is one of only nine primary schools in the borough to be awarded Outstanding since the new tougher Ofsted framework was introduced in September 2012.

Thomson House School, which opened in 2013 due to a shortage of primary school places in the area, offered “a remarkable range of experiences that enrich and challenge children’s learning and knowledge from the outset,” said the report. “Leaders, teachers and governors have quickly established an outstanding school with high ambition and a strong sense of common purpose.”

The school’s ambition doesn’t end with this accolade. Thomson House is aiming to be the first free school in the UK to achieve the International Schools’ Award offered by the British Council, and it is pioneering the Richmond Award Scheme, a Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for the primary phase, aimed at nurturing character strengths and a sense of community service

“We are preparing our children for life in the 21st Century – to be articulate, confident, welleducated and worldly, with a desire to work hard, be resilient and help those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Head Teacher Amanda Letch.

Due to limited space, the primary school is located on two sites, on either side of the railway tracks. On the Mortlake side, a new build in Sheen Lane opened in April 2015, and is currently home to 156 pupils. Combined with a converted church in Vernon Road, on the East Sheen side, the school will grow to accommodate 364 pupils across seven years.

“This outstanding report is wonderful for everyone involved with the school and the community,” said Matteo Rossetti, chair of governors at THS. “Despite this not being a traditional school space it demonstrates what incredible teaching and unique collaboration in a community can achieve."

Parents and teachers have also helped to raise money to pay for facilities such as the new playground, musical instruments and PE equipment - with local businesses including estate agents James Anderson, Waitrose and AB INBev supporting the school's development plans.

In the Ofsted report Thomson House achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all five areas used by the school inspectorate scheme: leadership and management; behaviour and safety; quality of teaching; achievement of pupils; and early years’ provision.

David Cameron has recently reaffirmed his commitment to free schools, announcing the opening of another 500 over the next five years.

Two more free schools have opened in Richmond borough in September 2015, with more planned next year.

Click here to view the Ofsted Report