25th September 2020 — Today, as we navigate through so much that is new, and adapt in an ever-changing world, the original ‘Parent Founded’ school is celebrating its golden anniversary, fundamentally unchanged.
Unicorn School was founded in Kew, Richmond, by a group of local, pioneering parents and teachers who wanted to create a school that offered a rounded education, encouraged children to flourish creatively and enjoy the process of learning.
Fifty years on, the school has come a long way from the village hall venue (that had to be packed up on a daily basis) and second-hand furniture reclaimed from a GLC furniture dump! Today, based in a converted Victorian house opposite Kew Gardens, the school provides a broad and rich educational experience, alongside an outstanding reputation in the arts. Unicorn covers much more than the National Curriculum, focusing on developing social skills, resilience and a love of learning at all ages, with its ethos remaining as strong today as it was at the beginning.
Headmaster, Mr Kit Thompson, said, “It is a great honour to be at the helm, driving this wonderful legacy forward with the support of excellent teaching staff and the Unicorn community as a whole.’’
Unicorn is very much a local school, with most parents living in and around Kew and the surrounding area. It is proud to achieve excellent academic results as a by-product of the relaxed, friendly and nurturing environment provided by the school.