Welcome to our village school in the heart of central London.
Our aim at Soho Parish is to develop confident children who are motivated, curious and enthusiastic about learning.
They develop a growth mindset and their 'learning powers' so that they will flourish in a world where the jobs they will do may not currently exist and where flexibility, social skills and learning skills are the key to success.
Our pupils develop empathy and compassion alongside respect for themselves and others. We believe in high quality pastoral care and work closely with families to support pupils' emotional development, also teaching mindfulness throughout the school to develop pupils' resilience, well-being and mental health.
We are delighted that Ofsted recently recognised that "The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. The school’s core values … are reflected in pupils’ collaborative working and in the caring approaches that they adopt with each other, with visitors and with all staff. Pupils meant it when they told inspectors, ‘Everyone cares for each other.’ "
As a Church of England school our values – love, courage, imagination, individuality, community – are rooted in the Christian faith and everything we do is aligned with these ideals. We follow the London Dioscesan Board RE curriculum, which encourages children to learn about and reflect upon their own personal beliefs, and learn about Christianity alongside other faiths. Our children take part in regular Christian acts of worship at school and in our partner Churches of St Anne's and St James' Piccadilly.
We continue to espouse the desire of our Victorian founders to provide education for all local children and therefore we have no faith criteria for entry, welcoming all to join us in a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect.
Our rich curriculum is concept-based and ever-changing, with plenty of visitors, projects and clubs. Concepts studied include Diversity, Influence and Stewardship. Please visit 'How we teach' for more information and our full list of concepts.
We also make full use of our enviable location to go on frequent trips within London and also further afield, with two residential trips offered per pupil.
We value the arts highly, and we are delighted to have received the prestigious 'Artsmark Platinum' award from the Arts Council in September 2020. Music plays a huge part in our curriculum, and we are very proud of our two student rock bands.
Due to the size of our quirky Victorian classrooms, we offer smaller class sizes than most London schools, at around 20 pupils, with a high level of tailored adult support.
We are proud that our pupil group is so diverse, with children from a range of backgrounds, including many different nationalities, a higher than average number of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and pupils who do not speak English as their mother-tongue. Our aim is that all pupils at Soho Parish achieve highly, making excellent progress from their starting points and working as a team to support and challenge each other to ever greater accomplishments.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Louise Ritchie, MA (Ed)