We are a larger than average junior school but we pride ourselves on maintaining the caring atmosphere often associated with smaller schools.Our new students each year tell us that they find the school welcoming and secure. We have a broadly equal number of boys and girls and a full range of ability.
We believe parental co-operation and support are key factors in educational success. Class teachers, Year Group Leaders, and our Senior Leadership Team are all happy to be contacted about individual children. Often, an early word between parent and school can prevent any worries from developing into a problem. The school is also starting Parent Teacher Association, which will organise fund-raising and social events which will make a major contribution to the life of the school. If you are interested in getting involved please let a member of staff know.
We have an excellent team of teachers, well-qualified academically, hard-working and committed to ensuring that every student achieves his or her best. Many of our staff have taught in the area for a long time and know the community well. Just as importantly, we have been able to attract new young staff who bring fresh ideas and expertise.
Grouping by Ability
There are no mixed-ability classes at Thames View Junior School. Students are placed in one of three bands according to their ability. All their lessons take place with students of similar ability to themselves. Teachers are therefore able to push every child at the right pace, allowing high ability students to move ahead very quickly and students who need extra support to get the help they need. Each student’s progress is regularly reviewed to make sure they are in the correct band.
Homework is set daily for reading and weekly for spellings and maths. Children are also given two topic style projects over the course of each half term which they are encouraged to complete with you at home to immerse themselves further in the area of study. For children that are unable to complete their homework or need some extra support, we offer a homework club which runs on Monday after school.
Monitoring of Student Progress
We keep a very careful check on each student’s progress as they move up through the school. Parents receive a full written report on their child once a year, as well Parent Consultation meetings twice a year. Parents are also invited in at the end of each half term to share in the children’s achievement of their wider work or topic area. Teachers assess children half termly through optional testing and take part in pupil progress meetings with the Headteacher every term.
The great majority of Thames View Junior School students are well-behaved and work hard. They are rewarded with praise, team points, certificates, prizes and certificates in assembly. Those few students who choose to break the rules must face the consequences of their action, which can include behaviour logs, missing golden time, time out, lunchtime detention and eventually exclusion from school. We take a particularly strong line in dealing with any signs of bullying.
We are very fortunate to have a small school library with a variety of texts accessible to all children. Each classroom also has a class library with a selection of excellent books.
Performing and Cultural Arts
We are a school that truly values the cultural arts. The children take part in weekly singing assemblies and put on yearly shows and concerts including a Christmas Pantomime, Carol Service,Spring Concert and Summer shows . It is an embedded part of our school calendar and something that we are very proud of.
We encourage all children to actively take part in Sports both in and out of school. We run over 15 sports clubs and regularly take part in borough competitions that include, football for both girls and boys, tag rugby, cross country and athletics. All children also take part in inter house sports competitions to earn points for their teams and compete for the glory of the house cup!
The School Meals Service provides an early morning breakfast service from 8 a.m., snacks at mid-morning break and a full cafeteria service at lunch-time. Students may also bring a packed lunch. Students are not allowed to leave the school site at lunch-time.