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I am delighted to welcome you to The Russell School website. Making a choice about primary schools is one of the most important decisions that you will ever undertake for your child. As a parent of primary age children myself, I fully understand how daunting that decision can be. It is therefore my pleasure to share with you what is special about The Russell School and support you in making your choice.

The Russell is a vibrant, innovative and inclusive small school at the heart of our local community. Nestled in the centre of Petersham, a stone’s throw from The Thames, Richmond Park and Ham House, The Russell School boasts a spacious and green environment. Our stunning and extensive grounds provide an exceptional outdoor learning environment in an extremely busy and built up part of London.

Our dedicated and talented team of staff is passionate about providing an engaging curriculum through a wide range of stimulating and creative learning experiences. We have high expectations for all children and believe in nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and creating in them a life-long love of learning. We provide a caring and supportive environment for our children to thrive and for our parents to feel valued as part of our school community.

Parents play a vital role in supporting our school; those past and present are clear that the most important factors of life at The Russell are that we radiate a welcoming and friendly ethos, that their children love coming to school and that they are encouraged to learn in a supportive yet challenging environment. At The Russell School, parents are actively encouraged to get involved in the education of their children, whether it is through helping with reading or joining our active Parent and Teacher Association. Our Governing Body also plays a crucial and valued role in the life of our school. However, our true strength is our children. They are the key to the success of The Russell School and make it a very special place to learn and play.

I am immensely proud of our children and our community. Please pay us a visit - it would be my pleasure to show you around our fabulous school.

Samantha Leir
Headteacher