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Our Vision and Ethos


Elmbridge Primary School is one big family. We foster warm relationships, mutual respect and a love of learning that helps us to conquer an ever-changing world. Our exciting journey is one of growth, discovery and opportunity for everyone, opening doors to a bright future.


It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Elmbridge Primary School. Elmbridge benefits from a long tradition of excellence which we will continue to develop, and I am very confident that your child will be able to take advantage of the many and varied activities which are part of the school’s life. In March 2018, OFSTED graded us ‘good’ in all areas, stating that ‘pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain’ and that ‘classrooms are a hive of discussion and thinking’. In September 2023, OFSTED felt that the inspection grade might be ‘outstanding’ if a graded inspection was carried out acknowledging our ‘exceptional pastoral support’, our ‘ambitious curriculum’, our ‘high expectations for pupils’ academic and personal development’ and our ‘wide range of enrichment opportunities’.


At Elmbridge Primary School, we aim for all our pupils to be confident to embrace the next stage of their learning. We want them to have enquiring minds, be independent and resilient. We also want our pupils to value the importance of reading and be able to communicate ideas effectively. The Elmbridge Primary School curriculum will also evolve to reflect the knowledge and skills needed for life in the 21st Century. In September 2023, OFSTED reported that ‘the school successfully builds pupils’ independence and confidence right from the start’.


Although we are a very large primary school split over two sites, with 630 pupils on roll, we strive to have a ‘family feel’ and real sense of community with our children and families. OFSTED noted that pupils ‘the warm and positive relationships between staff and pupils are replicated by pupils around the school’ (September 2023). We believe that our staff and pupils should know how to look after their physical and mental health and show respect, tolerance and compassion for each other. Moreover, by working together as a team and involving all stakeholders (parents, governors, pupils and staff) will together ensure a continuous improvement in high standards of teaching and learning.


Should you have any queries about our wonderful school, do not hesitate to contact me. I shall be only too willing to help.


Glen Tharia - Head Teacher