Thamesmead School

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Thamesmead School
Motto Where Learning Comes First
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Peter Rodin
Location Manygate Lane
TW17 9EE
Coordinates: 51°23′36″N 0°26′31″W / 51.3933°N 0.4420°W / 51.3933; -0.4420
Local authority Surrey
DfE URN 137237 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1017
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Houses Centaur, Dragon, Griffin, Phoenix
Colours Red & Black
Publication Thamesmead Talk

Thamesmead School is a secondary academy school for boys and girls located in Shepperton, England.[1] It for students aged 11 to 16, and does not have a sixth form.[1] The school motto is "Where Learning Comes First".[citation needed]


The school is divided into year groups for tutor time, with school house and school year affecting a student's placing.

There are four school houses Centaur, Dragon, Phoenix and Griffin each being composed of students from all year groups.[2]


The school uniform is a white shirt, black trousers or school skirt, red tie with house colours and black shoes.

The full uniform policy is on the school website [3]

GCSE results[edit]

In 2015-16 81% of students achieved five A*-C grades including English and Maths - a further 2% rise on the previous year's results. In addition to outstanding results in English, Maths and Science, students achieved particularly well in the performing arts, Physical Education, ICT, Art and modern foreign languages. In 2014-15 the school received a letter congratulating staff and students on our excellent GCSE exam results, from the Minister of State for Schools. Thamesmead has been highly commended for excellent improvement in GCSE results between 2013 and 2015. Mr Gibb said in his letter… “Your school is one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and mathematics GCSEs. Ensuring your pupils are achieving at least the benchmark standard of attainment at Key Stage 4 provides a strong basis for their further education and employment.” This follows the recent award for our pupil premium results and the Good Schools Guide Award for music indicating excellent achievements for all of our students at Key Stage 4.


Music department[edit]

A wide variety of music is covered. Concerts range from piano recitals and acoustic soirées to outdoor performances. There are school and community choirs , and a ukulele club. Optional music lessons take place after school. We have recently received The Good Schools Guide 2015 Award for the Best Performance by Girls taking Music GCSE in an English Comprehensive School. We have also received an Excellence Award for Boys taking Music GCSE.

Performing Arts Department[edit]

Thamesmead is an Arts College and has been awarded Artsmark Gold. Students participate in a variety of shows, local festivals and performances, and attend trips to the theatre to support their GCSE studies.

Thamesmead Plus[edit]

Thamesmead Plus gives students across all year groups the chance to experience different activities and skills in sessions held at the end of every school day. Homework Club enables students to complete homework tasks and seek help if needed. Other clubs and activities include Urban Dance, Film Club, Blog, Debating, Orchestra, Rubik and Strategy Games, Choir, Ukulele, Spanish, Drumming, Guitar, Jazz, Drama, Maths, STEM Science, Enterprise, Textiles, Creative Writing and even knitting. After-school sports opportunities include the Fitness Gym, Basketball, Boys & Girls Football, Rugby, Netball, Badminton, Athletics and Cricket.


Our school teams participate in many inter-school and county competitions. The Girls Football Team and Swimmers have been district or county champions, and have been finalists in rugby, badminton, football and athletics.

Thamesmead in the community[edit]

During inter-house competitions the school regularly supports local, national and international charities. Students have raised funds for Princess Alice Hospice, Honey Pot, Water Aid and Shooting Star CHASE as part of their House events. We also support Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Sport Relief, Barnados and have supported a number of former students in projects overseas. Many of our Year 11 students also take part in the National Citizen Service after their GCSEs. Our involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme means that many of our students are volunteering at clubs and projects in the community.The school is always involved in the annual Shepperton Village Fair in June with the Friends of Thamesmead parents group running a refreshment stall, the Art department running a craft stall and our prefects marshaling the parade and assisting at the event. At Christmas the Ukulele Group perform for the local Day Centre and attend the Big Tree Night in Shepperton High Street.The Art Club painted a mural at the Greeno Centre as part of a community art project.

Notable alumni[edit]

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