Wimbledon Chase has been listed 3 times by Ofsted as a particularly successful school. We were one of only 26 schools in the country at the time to have achieved this honour. We were also the first school in the Borough of Merton to become a Beacon School in 1996 and maintained this standard for 5 years.
Wimbledon Chase was originally the Wimbledon County Grammar School for Girls from 1924 until 1965, when it became a middle school for pupils aged 9 to 13. It reorganised into a 2FE primary school with nursery in 2001.
We are fortunate to have beautiful grounds and excellent facilities, including extensive sports fields, two up to date ICT suites, a spacious library, a cookery room, a music room, a nursery for 104 children and a well-equipped gymnasium. We have a separate Dining Hall and Hall, with a purpose built stage, which we use for our regular musical concerts and school productions.
We are a very popular school and due to increasing demand we have been gradually expanding to 3 Forms of Entry over the last 6 years. This process was completed in September 2014 and we now have 630 pupils plus the nursery.
In order to house the extra children, a new wing was built onto the school. This two storey building opened in September 2011 and provides classrooms for Reception and Year 2, plus a new Music Room, second ICT suite, a cookery room and a Wrap Around Centre for Nursery and After School Club. A lift has been installed and the playground re-landscaped. We are grateful for these exciting developments to the school.
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school, not only for the children in our Additionally Resourced Provision, but also for any children with special needs or learning difficulties. Our ARP currently has 16 pupils with speech, language and communication needs.
Pupils at Wimbledon Chase achieve KS2 SATs results at above national and local averages each year. Our teachers are talented and committed. We have received many awards in recent years including the Basic Skills Quality Mark, the Sports Active Mark Gold, Effective Early Learning, Enhanced Healthy School Status, Sustained Travel Plan Status and the Arts Mark Gold. We have also been awarded Intermediate Level for the International Schools Award.
We provide a very wide variety of over 50 extra-curricular clubs and activities before school, during lunchtime and after school. Examples of clubs include tennis, ballet, football, tag rugby, cricket, hockey, Aikido, street dance, computers, choir, orchestra, brass, drums, recorders, gardening and film club.
Wimbledon Chase has excellent links with parents and we believe that children work best if there is a good partnership with parents. This was recognised by Ofsted as a strength of the school. It is part of our vision to ensure that we work together to enable children to achieve their full potential in a happy and secure environment.
We recognise that the unique trade mark of Wimbledon Chase can be summed up in 3 words: Opportunity, Inspiration and Celebration. The children are inspired to explore their talents and abilities; they are given many opportunities to develop these talents; and as a school we celebrate and enjoy our achievements whenever we can.