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Pupils Succeed in a Broad Range of GCSE Subjects

August 23, 2018

Impressive results as pupils achieve highly in both the traditionally academic and creative subjects

At Thames pupils unique gifts are developed enabling them to thrive at GCSE irrespective of background or academic ability. This year our pupils have much to celebrate with 34% of grades at 9-7 (A*/A) and 77% at 9-4 (A*/C).

What makes Thames stand out is its impressive results in a broad range of subjects. A high percentage of 9-7 grades were achieved in many subjects including: Chemistry 56%, Physics 42%, Computer Science 50%, Art 76%, Graphics 100%, Music 100% and Spanish 40%. As a result pupils become well-rounded individuals with a good understanding of the world and a strong grasp of skills increasingly demanded for employability – creativity, critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

Outstanding individual performances include: James who achieved nine 9-7 grades with seven 9s, one 8 and an A in Additional Maths; Kale who attained eight 9-7 grades including four 9s with a Value Add of 2.3. Sophia attained 12 9-7 grades including four 9s and a B in Additional Maths. Nicola achieved seven 9-7 grades including two 9s and a Value Add of 2.7; Zhanru attained five 9-7 grades including two 9s and an A in Additional Maths. Jasmin also achieved eight 9-7 grades.

Stephen Holsgrove, Head teacher, Thames Christian School comments:  “At Thames, we foster children’s unique gifts and help them to thrive, giving each pupil the opportunity to become the best they can be. Pupils come to understand that accomplishment does not depend on ability, but on learning how to learn well. Guided by our Christian ethos, pupils come to find their true identity and live from a place of innate value. This sets our pupils apart from other young people when competing for school places and jobs and is why almost all our pupils are offered places at their first choice of sixth form.”

School’s out for Summer - what next?

July 24, 2018

How do you help your child strike a good balance between relaxation and study in the holidays to avoid the ‘Summer brain drain’ - Stephen Holsgrove, Head of Thames Christian School provides sound advice on how to spend the holiday period.

As parents breathe a sigh of relief that the last week of the school term is over and their child can take a much needed break, the most frequently asked question has to be ‘what are you doing during the holidays’? With schools and University admissions becoming increasingly competitive it is understandable that parents

have concerns about their children losing some of what they have learned during the school year over the summer. So how is free time best to be filled?

Our advice at Thames is as follows:  

We know every pupil really well. Every child is unique and will approach learning differently. Some children, especially those who have worked hard all year, benefit from a clear break from revision and school work. Others find it helpful to brush up their knowledge in specific subject areas and some enjoy the structure that comes with regular academic learning during the holidays. Form tutors and parents communicate regularly and tailored advice is given to suit each child.   

Our Google Cloud platform and intranet enables pupils to access their work from anywhere. The best results from learning are achieved when the work is relevant, structured and interesting to the individual. We encourage ALL pupils to continue to read for enjoyment in the holidays and offer a summer reading challenge, where pupils share book reviews with their peers and teachers.

Summer activities are important in developing life skills and building pupils’ overall confidence and wellbeing. This in turn helps them to achieve their best academically. We also encourage pupils who take part in work experience over the holidays to develop their skills set and learn more about potential careers. Engaging your child in meaningful conversation by encouraging them to express themselves and their opinions orally will also help, both in keeping you connected and assisting the development of their language and social skills.

In sum, every child is different and needs different things in order to thrive. However, a break from school work is important for children. Relaxation and good conversation should come before tutoring.

We at Thames wish you a great Summer!

Thames Christian School’s mission is to deliver high quality tailored education and dedicated pastoral care to enable pupils to thrive.  For details of scholarships and enrolment visit


July 13, 2018

Our extravaganza production of the musical Hairspray at The Clapham Grand in July was a real hit, with parents saying it was the best we have ever produced. Pupils put on outstanding performances in the show which features well-known songs by Marc Shaiman including Welcome To The 60s, I Know Where I’ve Been and You Can’t Stop The Beat. The show provides a high level of challenge for our pupils who are strong in performing arts, with solo performances and big dance numbers in early sixties style. Thanks to our production team for once again raising the bar: the choreography, colourful costumes and set were enjoyed by parents, teachers and pupils from local schools.

Competition results

July 13, 2018

Fantastic results in the UK Maths Trust Junior Challenge with Albert, Year 7, going through to the Junior Kangaroo stage. He achieved Merit, which is awarded to the top 25% of results nationally. Daniel, Year 7, was awarded Silver and Bailey, Aura, Jimmy and Sam, Year 8, Bronze. In English for the third year running one of our pupils, Remi, has attained Highly Commended in the ISA Favonius Senior Essay Competition for her essay, The Gatekeeper.


Congratulations to our Year 7 team for going through to the semi-finals in the London regional final of the Routes into Languages National Spanish Spelling Bee. Only 79 pupils out of 6,591 participants achieved this.  In sport, at the ISA London West Athletics Competition our team attained one Silver and four Bronze medals. They also won the Canbury Invitation Athletics Competition. In the Wandsworth Schools Athletics Championships, Pademi, Year 10, won Silver in 100m and Shot and Jed, Year 9, Bronze in 1500m.

Secret 7s Exhibition

July 13, 2018

Our very own Artist, Rob Orchardson, who teaches Design Technology and GCSE Graphics and Art at Thames, recently displayed his design of a seven inch record sleeve alongside 100 Artists at the Secret 7s Exhibition at Greenwich Peninsula. Other contributors included Anish Kapoor, Paul Smith and Morag Myerscough. The sleeves sold on the final day for £50 each. Buyers did not discover which artist created the sleeve, or the song they created it for, until after they had paid. All proceeds went to the mental health charity, Mind.