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GCSE geographers field trip to Seaford Bay

October 7, 2019

Fieldwork at Seaford Bay

Year 10 and 11 geographers enjoyed a great day out to Seaford Bay, East Sussex, on their recent Geography field trip. Led by Miss Dennis-Smith, they investigated longshore drift. The pupils were learning to develop their understanding of coastal landforms and erosion and how to manage them.   

The weather was perfect as they completed their tasks on the pebbly beach with glorious blue skies with canoeists and windsurfers gracing the sea in the background. Students worked really well in teams all day to learn and practise new skills, and consolidate their existing knowledge ... as well as making sure to enjoy an ice cream in the sun at lunchtime!

New building for Thames

September 24, 2019

Our new building on Grant Road

We’re delighted to have finally exchanged contracts on the new school building in Grant Road. This gives Thames certainty over its future and will give the school a state of the art building that reflects the ethos and standards that have been built up over its 19 year history. Construction of the new premises on Grant Road adjacent to Clapham Junction Station has already started and the foundations were put in place over the summer. It will be ready for September 2021. With space for a three form entry and a sixth form for A levels, this represents a significant step in our journey. 

Specialist facilities will include: three science laboratories and four science classrooms; art, graphics and textiles studios; DT workrooms; food technology room; assembly hall/theatre; dance/drama studio; music facilities including a recording studio; library; school kitchen; sixth form centre and use of an adjoining multi-use games area. The innovative design has classrooms around courtyards to create a light and spacious feel to reflect our ethos and will drive our vision by providing a contemporary, fit for purpose environment, where our pupils will be able to achieve and succeed to an even greater level.

Year 10 Study & Activity Camp

September 24, 2019

Climbing wall

This year for the first time Thames ran a camp for our Year 10s at outward bound centre, Carroty Wood in Tonbridge, ahead of starting their GCSE courses. The aim was for pupils to think through their approach to their GCSE exams and learn effective study skills techniques. We balanced this with some excellent team building activities alongside climbing and high ropes.

There were teaching sessions on our school values and their purpose, with time to discuss pupils' personal responses. The pupils built valuable study and revision skills and began to think how to work ‘smart’ as well as working ‘hard’. Thames has been focusing on growth mindset and how pupils can be people who instead of saying ‘I can’t’ with a fixed mindset, ask ‘how can I?’. 

Pupils were challenged to be self reflective and consider how to improve on their current approach to their learning. They grew in motivation and strengthened relationships within their peer group and with staff. We hope they will make the most of every lesson and begin their GCSEs with effective strategies to work towards their exams. We are looking forward to continuing to work and support them as they reach their potential this year.

Cambridge Chemistry Award

September 16, 2019

It is always good to hear about former pupils’ achievements. James, who left Thames in 2018, recently competed in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge against 9000 A level chemists from around the country. He won a Roentgenium Award - the highest level which is only awarded to the top 0.6% of entrants. He was invited to attend a three day course at St Catherine’s College Cambridge, to have lectures and practical lab sessions, which he enjoyed greatly.  Many congratulations to James!  James’ foundations in the sciences were established at Thames where he achieved grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as in Maths, Geography, Computer Science and Religious Studies, 8 in English Literature and 7 in English Language.

Mark Bright Thames rugby coach

September 16, 2019

In line with our philosophy of seeking out professional teachers and coaches we’ve signed up Mark Bright to coach our Friday afternoon rugby club. Mark was the 2017 Rugby Players Association Championship Player of the Year and is currently playing for London Scottish. Teachers with real world experience make a huge difference to the quality of our curriculum.

Mark was born in Nelson, New Zealand, and played number eight for Nelson Bays, Tasman and Cornwall at provincial and county level. Bright was a member of the England Sevens team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he helped them achieve victory over Wales in the Plate Final. He currently plays for London Scottish in the RFU Championship, which he rejoined in 2018, having played for them from 2011 to 2016. He has played 150 games for London Scottish and 52 for Ealing Trailfinders (16/17 and 17/18 season) and has scored 93 tries in 202 matches. He was inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame in 2016.