Admissions

Parents choose Thames for many reasons: small classes, academic results, strong pastoral care, personal attention, co-curricular opportunities and excellent teaching.

Many pupils are academically gifted and go on to achieve 9 or more A/A* grades taking up places at top independent or grammar sixth forms. Some may find academic work a challenge but may be talented artistically, creatively or in sport. Others have potential yet to be realised.

Whichever is the case, the inclusive ethos of Thames, the personal attention and partnership with you as parents, enables each pupil to thrive and achieve more than they or you may have thought possible.

Choosing a school is a big decision and so the admissions process involves getting to know both you and your child. We seek to understand your child’s aspirations and how we can enable them to fulfil their potential. A Christian background is not a prerequisite for entry but every pupil and family must feel they can fully support our ethos and values.

The main entry points for admission are at 11+ (Year 7) and 13+ (Year 9). Applications in other years will be considered throughout the year, space permitting. We will consider applications from pupils about to start their GCSEs.

Once you have submitted your application, your child will sit an entrance assessment. This is followed by an interview during which we will discuss your child’s abilities and how he or she could thrive at Thames.

Thames is a mainstream independent school with recognised provision for a small number of pupils with mild to moderate specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or Asperger Syndrome. We recognise that these pupils can be extremely gifted. If your child has Special Educational Needs you may make an appointment for an informal discussion with the SENDCO.

The school does not have the facilities to meet the needs of pupils with behavioural difficulties and therefore is usually unable to accept pupils with a poor behaviour record in a previous school. Parents are asked to note this before applying.

If you think that Thames might be the school for your child, we encourage you to request a prospectus and then visit us on one of our open mornings to meet and speak with our staff and pupils. Individual appointments to view the school may be made if you wish to apply for immediate entry.

"The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent."
Independent Schools Inspectorate, March 2015