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CityLondon
CurriculumBritish
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Spanish
Native English and Spanish teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Spanish)
Class sizes Average 17 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: £13,245
to: £17,190
Address: 11 Frogmore, London SW18 1HW, United Kingdom
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Number of students

273

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We have 21 ethnicities and around 40 nationalities in the school.

Most common nationality

British

Ratio of local students to international students

1:1

Max. number of students per class

18

Average number of students per class

16-18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and Spanish speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

We have many clubs at the school, including some for different languages. We also have a strong English as an Additional Language department to support children free of charge.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French

Use of technology in the classroom

All classes have Smart Boards and pupils use iPads and computers as part of various lessons such as Computing and History.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

We continued to provide a thorough learning programme during lockdown with lessons provided all day online, including boosters and interventions with small groups.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

It changes dependent on the year group.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

We assess children from Year 1 onwards.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We look at a recent school report, interview the parents, and invite the child in for an informal assessment.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

N/A

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We are a primary school so all the children go through the 11+ transition to secondary programme and parents favour top local schools such as King's Wimbledon, Putney High School, and St Paul's. The leavers' list is available on our website.

External examinations or assessments available

11+ exams for secondary schools

Results in these examinations

The Roche School Transition to Secondary School Programme reaps dividends each year with pupils accepting places at a wide variety of top London senior schools.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No but all the major faiths are represented amongst out student cohort.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Diversity is a major focus at The Roche School and we welcome pupils of all faiths and cultures. Our Diversity Lead runs sessions on inclusivity and pupils are alerted to its importance.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. The Roche School is an inclusive school where all children able to learn in a mainstream setting are welcome.

Learning support offered

In core subjects, each year group is split into smaller learning groups to ensure that children learn at the right pace for them. We aim to teach children according to their unique learning behaviours, rather than expecting them to adapt to a single prescribed teaching method. Work is differentiated to help each child fulfil their potential.

Progress is carefully tracked and if any child is struggling, they are assessed within school and appropriate strategies and interventions are implemented. All children with special educational needs make good progress in this flexible, creative environment where staff are committed to supporting each child.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We coax all pupils to achieve and they obtain excellent results:
90% of children at The Roche School have achieved the Expected Standard in Maths versus the National Average of 75%.
88% of children at The Roche School have achieved the Expected Standard in English versus the National Average of 71%.
46% of children at The Roche School have achieved the Higher Standard in Maths versus the National Average of 21%.
47% of children at The Roche School have achieved the Higher Standard in English versus the National Average of 25%.

Student access to education psychologist

If needed, we can refer pupils to an educational psychologist. If a child has an external assessment from an educational psychologist, speech therapist or occupational therapist, relevant staff meet with the parents to discuss the findings in the report. Appropriate strategies or interventions are then put in place.

School start time

Children can arrive from 8am and lessons start at 8.40am.

School finish time

Lessons finish at staggered times between 3pm and 4.15pm depending on the year group. Children can then stay on for clubs or after-school care that runs until 6.30pm.

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, children can be at school from 8am until 6.30pm for after-school care.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer around 50 clubs each week and details can be found on our website.

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

We have alternative food items for certain special diets.

Sports activities included

Each year group has PE once a week and will experience lessons based on fundamental movement and skills in lower school, and more individual based sports including gymnastics (vaulting and floor disciplines), fitness and athletics in upper school. In gymnastics, pupils develop skills in balancing, rolling, jumping and shape work. Once confident in these areas, they progress to gymnastic vaulting. In fitness lessons pupils begin to learn about different methods of training, the effects of exercise on the body and the benefits of exercise.

Pupils are taught track and field disciplines in Year 3 on wards, where they develop and gain understanding of correct running techniques as well as power-based movements in throwing and jumping. We pride ourselves on our pupils' excellent all-round fitness and strength.

Sports facilities at the school

We have access to extensive grounds, a five-minute walk away in Wandsworth Park, and a dance hall that is used for gymnastics and other exercise.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, and we have many tournaments against other schools.

Other facilities at the school

We have computer suites, a library, playground, theatre stage, an art studio, and a brand new Year 6 centre dedicated to the pupils' transition to secondary school.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Roche School is an independent, family owned, co-educational nursery and primary school in Wandsworth offering children a wide range of academic, creative and sporting opportunities in a family-orientated, culturally diverse environment. We encourage pupils to enjoy challenge and we run small classes in academic subjects.

Teaching approach of the school

The school is aspirational for all its pupils and is culturally diverse, reflecting the local community. We believe in intellectual challenge but not stress and there is a strong programme for optimising personal development so that individuality is able to flower. It is our view that success in all matters is reliant on the fulfilment of unique potential and a confident personality as well as a thorough academic grounding.

The school is highly attentive to placement at secondary level with the majority of pupils moving on to local independent senior schools as a result of the 11+ examinations. Booster classes are offered free of charge in Years 5 and 6 so that parents do not feel under pressure to cave to the current trend to tutor. The Head and Director of Studies personally oversee application lists giving thorough, up-to-date advice. Strong encouragement is given towards interview skills and Philosophy 4 Children is taught as a discrete subject so that children do not fear to engage with complex issues nor give their opinions.

Pupils go on to achieve places at top London schools, such as King’s College Wimbledon, Wimbledon High, Dulwich College, Emanuel, Ibstock Place School and Whitgift.

The school is delighted to be offering an additional Spanish Bilingual Stream in Reception from September 2022, alongside the respected provision of their traditional Reception classes. Mornings in the Spanish Stream will consist of the same high quality curriculum in English as the English Reception, and afternoons will involve National Curriculum-based lessons in Spanish, delivered by a fully qualified teacher with in-depth Spanish fluency. A host of specialist teachers in music and sport will still provide further enrichment to the children’s learning.

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