TCES Group Latest News & Events

11 Apr 2018

East London Independent School Parent Council launched!

East London Independent School was very proud to welcome a large group of their parents and carers to visit the brand new Stratford Marsh school site just before the Easter holiday. After a welcome coffee and introduction at the existing Custom House site, the parents and carers were transported over to the new school building, where they were given small group tours around the site by Thomas Keaney (CEO and Schools’ Proprietor), Gareth Jones (Co-Head Teacher) and Hollie Riley (Stakeholder Engagement Manager). They saw all of the new classrooms and outside spaces as well as some in depth learning about the highly specialist ASC environment that the new school hosts. During the tours, parents and carers were able to experience the environment in its very nearly finished state, with only the last few areas for the builders to complete.

In addition, many of the group signed up to join the newly formed Parent Council at ELIS. This group, the first of its kind at ELIS, will provide much needed support for parents and carers as well as being an integral part of how ELIS will run in the future. The Parent Council will be instrumental in planning events, interviewing staff and improving the school resources and curriculum and will also provide new parents with a much-needed support network, just as the Student Council does for new pupils. The first Parent Council meeting is taking place in Stratford Marsh on Thursday 19 April. If you are a parent or carer of an ELIS pupil and would like to attend, please contact the school directly or Hollie Riley at Central Services.

Parents and carers visit the new school at Stratford Marsh 


09 Apr 2018

6 April 2018

East London Independent School get ready to unveil their brand new custom-built school building at Stratford Marsh.

Photographer Gus Campbell was on hand last Friday, 6 April, to take a final round of photographs before staff embark on the arduous process of moving in this week. The move will be complete by Monday 16 April and pupils will begin the Summer Term on Tuesday 17 April at the new school in Stratford’s Welfare Road. The photographs below show the new school kitchen and classrooms.




22 Mar 2018

North West London Independent School introduce new ‘Welcome Video’

TCES Group has produced its first ever ‘Welcome Video’ for North West London Independent School.  The film aims to give prospective parents, carers and pupils a unique insight into the school and features a personal tour by Community Ambassador pupil Diaz.

The project will be rolled out across all schools and sites in the next few months. 


21 Mar 2018

Ares Foundation visits new Stratford Marsh school

On Wednesday 21 March 2018, East London Independent School Stratford Marsh hosted a visit from the Ares Foundation based in Canton Ticino, Switzerland, who were keen to visit TCES Group’s latest custom-built school site and to learn from their experience of supporting young people with ASC and SEMH. Ares Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works to raise awareness of autism in Swiss schools and offers advice to families and professionals.

The international contingent was given a tour of the redeveloped church, which now boasts six new classrooms, as well as a double art room and state-of-the-art classrooms for science, ICT and food technology. There is also a new school hall, two sensory rooms, and an excellent outside space.

To accommodate all new building work, the single storey church has been converted to two storeys.

Photographed left to right are Sylvio Ghiggi from Ares Foundation, Henrietta Walters, Christopher Beaver and Francesca Onori from GA Architects, TCES Group CEO & Schools’ Proprietor Thomas Keaney, Christian Fischer, Rosy Pozzi and Claudio Cattaneo, from Ares Foundation.


19 Mar 2018

‘Let’s get Tribal!’ Cultural Week activities celebrated at North West London Independent School

The week commencing 5 March was Cultural Week, and the schools and Create Services across the TCES Group participated in a range of activities to promote the annual event. North West London Independent School’s theme for Cultural Week was ‘Let’s get Tribal!’ with each class researching a tribe from their designated continent. Classes investigated various aspects of their tribe including language, traditional practices and customs, clothing, daily living etc. Pupils also dressed up in costumes associated with their tribe, which they wore during last Friday’s Presentation Day.

Presentation Day was attended by ex-pupil Laquain, who is now attending a further education college, TCES Group Referrals Manager Colleen Hopkins, Parent Group Champion Samia, Deputy Head Teacher Dale Brown and local shopkeeper Sajed– all of whom formed the judging panel with a prize of a tutor group lunch out awarded to the winning ‘continent.’ The tutor groups were judged on creativity, evidence of research and group participation.

Said Head Teacher Katrina Medley: “As the Head of school I was very proud to witness and be a part of cultural week. We did ourselves proud. Go NWLIS!!!”

CEO and Schools’ Proprietor Thomas Keaney remarked, “Friday’s presentation day represented a true understanding of how our community values embody the spirit of inclusivity. The pupils demonstrated an understanding of other cultures both within the local community and trans-globally. Thank you for making my evening and especially so to our Alumni Ambassador Laquain, who was back with us again to judge this event.”

The winning tutor group will be announced shortly.

09 Mar 2018

New ‘Welcome Film’ commences production at North West London Independent School

TCES Group commenced production of the forthcoming ‘Welcome Films’ at North West London Independent School on 9 March, with further filming to be scheduled for our other schools in the near future.

The films will provide an introduction to the school and will be shown to prospective pupils and parents, giving them an idea of what life as a pupil at each individual school is like.

Featured in the North West London Independent School film, which is currently in post-production, was an introduction by Head Teacher Katrina Medley, an interview with three Parent Group members, who discussed the progress their children had made whilst at NWLIS, a thoughtful and very knowledgeable tour of the school by Student Council member Diaz and interview with pupils Diaz and Sky, who confidently answered questions in front of the camera.

The film will be available to view on the NWLIS page of our website plus Twitter, YouTube and Linked In pages very soon.

28 Feb 2018

LGBT History Month competition winners

We have seen some truly inspirational sessions and activities in every school, exploring some very tough issues and strong opinions about LGBT rights and equality. It has been wonderful to see our pupils engaging so well in these activities.

We received some excellent submissions to our display competition this year and after much deliberation, the judges have reached their decision and awarded the winning schools, as follows:

1st place = Essex Fresh Start, Witham   EFS Witham

2nd place = Essex Fresh Start, Clacton  EFS Clacton

3rd place = East London Independent School  ELIS

These 3 entries followed the brief so well, resulting in some beautiful school displays that all pupils had input into. The messages on the work that pupils have produced in every school completely match our community ethos of respect for all, as well as real true inclusion for everyone. The winners will receive the above amounts of money to spend on additional resources, such as books for library/DEAR, PHSE resources or new games for lunch time clubs.

Huge congratulations to everyone for embracing LGBT history month so well this year. We hope that pupils and staff have enjoyed exploring these issues together and that some real learning has come out of it.



23 Feb 2018

Student Council members visit local charity, Acton Homeless Concern

22 February saw two members of North West London Independent School’s Student Council Adam (Vice President) and Diaz (Charity/Community Ambassador) visit Acton Homeless Concern.

Acton Homeless Concern is a charity providing advice and support for the homeless and other disadvantaged groups. They run two drop-in centres at the Damien Centre and Emmaus House in Acton. For more information, please visit

The pupils met with centre manager Ian Breen and were given a tour of the shelter. Ian explained that the shelter can receive up to 220 people a day for lunch, which is catered for by a full-time chef. The shelter has around 5-6 volunteer workers each day. Food, water, clothing, toiletries etc. are all provided by local charities, fundraisers and the local community.

The picture below represents the store room that holds the donated food. Said Ian, “If we didn’t get any more supplies, by Easter this would all be gone. We rely solely on the donations of others.” Ian went on to explain that 2,000 people are counted on Ealing’s streets; however this does not take into consideration ‘sofa surfers’, squatters and people hiding away. The number from this accumulates to around 8,000 homeless people in Ealing alone.

After the tour the pupils sat down with Ian and asked questions. Diaz enquired, “Is it ok to bring dog food and do people bring dogs?” Ian explained that he would love to receive dog food and that people do regularly bring dogs.
Adam asked, “Would you accept military based meals for the people coming here?” Ian expressed that all food if in date is welcome and is hugely appreciated.

Both Adam and Diaz reflected on how sad it is, especially in cold weather, for people to live on the streets. North West London Independent School will build upon the positive relationship forged with the charity and visit again with other Student Council members and plan ahead for their Bags for the Homeless project. More details on this to follow.