Thomas Jones is a single form entry community primary school located in Ladbroke Grove, West London. Significantly oversubscribed (with 8.2 applications for each Reception place in 2017), there are exceptionally long waiting lists for all our classes. Between September 2016 and July 2017 the school’s attendance was 98%.
Thomas Jones serves a diverse community. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals stands at 52.9% and 52% of the school community is drawn from the 10% most deprived wards nationally. 46 discrete ethnic categories are represented, with pupils’ cultural heritage encompassing 54 different countries. 67.2 % of pupils speak English as an additional language, with 36 distinct languages spoken. Fourteen pupils at Thomas Jones have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan (6.1% of the roll) and 36 pupils received special educational needs support at Thomas Jones in 2015/16, representing 15.3% of the roll.
Judged by inspectors at its most recent Ofsted inspection to be outstanding, Thomas Jones devotes significant time to hosting other school leaders, with collaborations often brokered by Ofsted or the DfE. In recent years, we have hosted the Chief Inspector of Schools, the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister of State for Schools. All were exceptionally complimentary. Senior HMIs have also visited to gather evidence of outstanding practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the school features in many Ofsted and OUP publications.
In 2017, 97% of Year 6 pupils achieved the expected national standard in English and Mathematics, with 37% achieving beyond this in writing. The average scaled score for our Year 6 cohort was 112.2 for Reading, 110.6 for Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling and 111.9 for Mathematics, all significantly above national averages.
Based on the 2015 primary league tables, Thomas Jones was identified as one of the ‘Golden 28’, one of 28 schools nationally whose pupils, many of whom are disadvantaged, have achieved the highest of academic successes. Progress measures are consistently impressive. 2015 value added scores for all subjects place Thomas Jones in the top 1% of schools nationally. Results have been steadily improving and sustained over a period of 15 years. 5 and 10 year averages show the school to be one of the highest performing across the local authority.
Ethos & Values
It is impossible to contemplate Thomas Jones without considering our ethos and values. Pupils are overtly proud of the school as is evident in their desire to talk at length regarding its many facets. Pupils’ self-esteem is palpable, perhaps most tellingly in their capacity to interact in a lucid and bold fashion with visitors. Rigour and a desire to continually improve are integral. We promote a no excuses culture. Attention to detail with regard to uniform, demeanour and the use of Standard English are strengths. Aspiration and a climate that ensures pupils are consistently kind and friendly are absolute.
At their best, our pupils are robust, assertive and articulate. We instil into them an uncompromising set of values. Empathy is a key element. Pupils are encouraged to take calculated risks. Emphasis is placed on exquisite cursive handwriting and writing per se is an area in which quality is second to none, especially in Year 6. The Nursery is by far our most important cohort, simply because this is where everything begins. Early Years practice is outstanding. The curriculum is richly varied and affords opportunities for each and every pupil to shine. Our ethos is firmly focused on intellectual challenge.
Our choir, string ensemble and netball and football teams are impressive. Concerts and school plays are of an exacting standard. In recent years we have staged Dylan Thomas’s ‘Play for Radio’ Under Milk Wood, Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose, JG Barrie’s Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet and in summer 2017, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
For more information about Thomas Jones Primary School please access our website: www.thomasjonesschool.org