Our Mayor, MP and Ward Councillor
GEMS Twickenham Primary School held its official opening ceremony on Friday, 4 November.
Attending the ceremony were Mayor of Richmond David Linnette, Twickenham MP Tania Mathias and South Twickenham Councillor Clare Head.
Cllr Clare Head said: “Like many of you here this is a very joyful and happy occasion; perhaps one that we didn’t think would happen quite so quickly.”
She added: “I am delighted to see so many of you here and I know that the school is going to go from strength to strength.”
Twickenham MP Tania Mathias said: “This borough has always had some of the best primary schools and so it is very heartening to see this new school showing excellence already.
“What’s impressed me most is the attitude of the head and the staff. I am also very impressed with the links already established with local councillors and local residents, which is vital in our community.
“The only problem I think this school might have is that it is so good it will become very popular and oversubscribed.”
Mayor of Richmond David Linnette said: “It is wonderful to be here at the start of a new school. On behalf of the council, I am delighted it has opened and increased the choice of good schools for parents. He also made the following comments:
“I look forward to coming back here when there are 400 pupils in this school.
“The children have been delightful and every child I have met has shaken my hand. They are well behaved and a credit to their school.
“I look forward to seeing the academic and pastoral results. The school is not just here for children to learn but to create good people.
“I look forward to future councillors and mayors coming out of this school.”
Achieving for Children (AfC)EYFS Profile Setting Summary Score July 2016
81% of our children were recognised as achieving a "good level of development" at Early Years Foundation Stage.
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Ofsted June 2015
‘The school is likely to meet all the relevant independent school standards when it opens.’
‘The appointed headteacher is very experienced and the academy will be supported by the Trust and plans to draw on services and support from the local authority. The appointed teachers have appropriate expertise to teach children in the specified age range.’
DfE Advisor Report November 2015
'Twickenham Primary has made an impressive start as a Free School since it opened in September 2015. The school is well led by the Principal and well supported by officers from GEMS (Director of Education and CEO) and the Trust Board. As a result, the school is purposeful, orderly and effective in ensuring a climate for pupils to feel secure and extend their learning. There is a commendable focus on structures and routines and pupils respond well showing respect for teachers, peers and visitors. The converted office space works well as creative spaces for learning including the atrium which doubles as an indoor play space.'
Richmond Local Authority School Improvement Partner Report December 2015
‘The school has set aspirational GLD (Good Level of Development) targets for the end of the year.’
‘My child is learning well. The teachers and headteacher are brilliant.’
‘I am overwhelmed by how much my son is learning already and how fondly he talks of his teacher.’
‘She is enjoying school so much. She has settled in better than I ever anticipated and is thriving in the unique environment the school team have managed to create.’
‘The school has fostered an amazing sense of community in the short space of time that it has been open.’
‘Well-structured days with a good amount of learning, free play and fun.’
‘Standard of education is very high and reception learning is like Year 1 in another school.’
‘From a care and educational perspective I highly recommend this school to other parents.’
‘Proud my child is attending this school.’
‘I feel all is going exceptionally well for a brand new school. It doesn’t feel like an experimental environment considering it is the first year. It feels like we are attending a well-established school.'