11 Frogmore, Wandsworth SW18 1HW
The Roche School aims to give its pupils a sound and wide-ranging education in a pleasant and homely atmosphere. The classes are small (usually 16 – 18 children per class with one teacher and a teaching assistant) and they are careful to ensure that each child receives the attention and the level of teaching they need in order to make sure progress.
Pupils encounter a wide range of disciplines in sport, art, music, drama and computing as well as in aspects of science and history so that they can develop their own particular talents and interests. Pupils have regular practice and training in team sports at the nearby grounds between the river and Putney Bridge Road and in addition there are optional clubs in these sports and in swimming, judo, drama, art and chess.
A distinctive feature of the school is that pupils are set by ability for English and Maths from Year 1 already, so they are usually taught these subjects in even smaller groups of 10 – 12 students (in some cases, individual sets can be even smaller), ensuring that children make fast progress according to their abilities. We were certainly impressed by the level of maths teaching in the school and by the enthusiasm the pupils displayed for this subject. The school has been rated “outstanding” in all categories in a recent Ofsted inspection: “All pupils have achieved exceptionally well and have made outstanding progress over the past few years, considering their starting points. This is a result of outstanding teaching and the excellent range of subjects and activities offered by the school.”
Admissions: Parents are encouraged to visit the school by attending an open morning or making an individual appointment for a tour. For the nursery intake, registration is recommended as soon as possible after birth and places are allocated based on date of registration. Children typically progress from the nursery school to the main school. Parents can also register their child for 4+ entry and places will be offered based on date of registration about a year before entry. In higher years, parents can apply for occasional places that are allocated following an assessment to ensure the school can meet the needs of the child effectively. Fees are kept affordable and are currently £3,870 for a full-time place in Reception, rising to £4,175 from Year 3.
Exit Results: Particularly for a non-selective prep school, the school’s results are impressive. Some boys move on to Colet Court, Westminster Under or King’s College Wimbledon at 7+/8+, though most children stay on till 11+. Popular 11+ destinations are Putney High School, Wimbledon High School, Latymer Upper School, Dulwich College, Whitgift, Royal Russell, JAGS and Alleyn’s, among others.