About us

Thank you for taking an interest in Raphael Independent School. Whether your son or daughter is just about to start school, or is looking for a Junior or Senior place, we offer you and your family a warm welcome to our friendly and caring community.

Raphael has come a long way since it began as Clark’s College in Romford in 1935. Building on the best of traditional values and embracing the exciting educational opportunities of the 21st century, we offer families good quality education in small class sizes.

Our multi-cultural community values good behaviour, mutual respect and co-operation, believing that each pupil is a unique individual who has the right to learn at school in a secure and structured environment.


A Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wish to thank all parents and carers who called into the school, rang or emailed at the start of my appointment, during spring term one. My office door is always open, and I look forward to meeting more of you, during the spring and summer terms.

A key theme from my discussions with parents is the commitment and support you have for your children and the school. I am very keen to build on this. The Parent Volunteer Initiative is a start in the right direction. Thank you to those of you who have signed up to share your time, accompanying trips, supporting charity day events or offering to share your expertise and skills to inspire our students at future career events.

Over the spring and summer term, there will be a number of changes to the website, primarily in how we communicate to you and the wider school community. Mrs Howland has a new role at the school, Director of Admissions and Communications. She is gearing up to launch our school, Twitter and Instagram account over the coming months.

We will continue to share on the website the student's experiences on educational visits and post news from school in newsletters. There will be new features on the site’s sections for parents and pupils. We want both groups to share their views of the school, through surveys. A new area for students with links to educational, fun resources that supports their learning. We will be hearing from pupils via the School Council. I was very impressed with their drive and organisational skills when I attended some of their meetings, last term. They are working hard, developing their infrastructure so they can represent the student body and the school, effectively.

As we start this stage of the year, I’d like to thank the staff for working hard to ensure all students have been able to secure a good level of progress. The commitment of teaching, combined with the enthusiasm, ambition and resilience of our children and parents, means that Raphael continues to thrive throughout the year. At this mid-point of the academic year, all year groups - not just the Year 11’s - begin a re-energised and sustained effort to meet the high expectations we have for all aspects of school life.

Claudette Salmon
Head teacher

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