Success is a secret we want to share

The key to our success is the way staff build a rapport with every pupil. High quality teaching and small classes enable teachers to get to know each individual, nurture their talents and inspire them to achieve. Teachers are passionate about their subject areas and their enthusiasm is infectious, fostering our pupils' curiosity. Many enrich their teaching with professional experience from outside education.

Although a small school, the curriculum is exceptionally broad. Equal value is placed on the sciences, arts, humanities, technology and languages. We believe that the workplace of the future will require a broad range of skills so options are blocked to allow as much flexibility as possible and it's not unusual for the most academic pupils to balance three sciences with two arts subjects, maybe a language and a humanities.

The most academically able pupils will take 10 or more GCSEs. Pupils who find academic work more challenging but have other outstanding gifts, often in the creative arts or sport, may choose to take fewer. Each individual is encouraged to study the subjects that will develop their talents and result in appropriate qualifications to pursue a career of their choice.

Although Thames is a mainstream school, the personalised and inclusive teaching benefits all types of pupils. Those with mild to moderate Specific Learning Difficulties, who are often gifted and talented, benefit from excellent learning support recognised by CReSTeD, the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils.

Thames is one of a small number of schools nationally to be selected as a Google Reference Site. The use of cloud technology enables collaborative learning at school and at home. In addition Apple Macs equipped with industry standard creative software for art and music ensure pupils have the necessary skills for the digital world.