Walmer Road School at The Rugby Portobello Trust

Head teacher: Richard Thadchanamoorthy
Address: Walmer Road School, Rugby Portobello Trust, 221, Walmer Road, London W11 4EY
Phone: Reception: 02072292928 Headteacher: 02073135276
Email: Richard.thadchanamoorthy@rpt.org.uk
Parents and others can contact the headteacher directly during term time on the contact details above. During holidays, please phone Reception.
Proprietor: P3.
Head office: Eagle House, Cotmanhay Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8HU.
Phone: 01158508190

Our Aims

Our aim is to develop our students personally and academically, and to prepare them for the world of employment by developing their work skills to make them "work ready".

"Working with young people with an unshakeable belief in their capacity to achieve."
Richard Thadchanamoorthy, Head of Education

Walmer Road School is an independent school offering alternative provision for 14-16 year old pupils who are not in mainstream education. Its pupils are referred by local authorities and mainstream schools who pay the fees. We have close relationships with the Tri-borough Alternative Provision (TBAP) Multi Academy and with local schools in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Ealing. We welcome enquiries from any school that is interested in our provision.

The school will not accept referrals direct from parents / carers. However, we are more than happy to speak to parents and carers and direct them to commissioners who may support their applications or offer them other appropriate support.

We have places for up to 16 students who attend full-time. Start dates will be at any point during the school year.

Criteria for referral

The broad criteria for admission are as follows:

  • Pupils aged 14 – 16
  • Pupils without a school place
  • Pupils who are not thriving in mainstream schools and who would benefit from a more nurturing and personal approach
  • Pupils who feel they do not "fit in" at their mainstream school
  • Pupils with persistent attendance problems
  • Pupils with a range of social and emotional needs that create barriers to learning
  • We recognise that all young people are different and have different stories to tell about their experiences of school and learning. Each referral is looked at carefully and only after in-depth conversations with the referrer, the school, other agencies involved with the young person, the parents / carers and the young person him/herself is the student admitted.

    Learning at Walmer Road School

    Students can study for up to six GCSEs including English, Maths and Science. Where appropriate there will be the flexibility to choose other courses to suit students' needs, interests and prior learning. In addition all students will study Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), which develops awareness of social issues and nurtures personal development.

    Students will actively engage in Business and Enterprise. They will have the opportunity to work together to run small enterprise activities on-site, developing their employability skills and their awareness of their own strengths and interests. RPT will use its business supporters and contacts to provide extended work experience placements. Every student will be supported in his or her development by a dedicated student mentor.


    • Up to 6 GCSE passes, depending on when the student is admitted
    • Improved personal, communication and life skills
    • Work experience
    • A place on a college course or an apprenticeship when they leave

    The school day

    The school day runs from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

    All students are provided with a free hot meal, cooked on the premises.


    Please click below to find our policies and additional information

Case Study: Rob

He arrived with us last year. He was so badly bullied at his previous school that he refused to go, and stayed at home. He was too frightened to return at all. A bright (though not overly academic) young person and a gentle character, he could not survive in the testosterone heavy atmosphere in his boys' school. He was deeply unhappy and was referred to RPT.
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