About Us

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) is one of the largest public school boards in Ontario, serving an area that stretches more than 200 kilometres - from Rodney to Tavistock and Glencoe to Norwich - across more than 7,000 square kilometres.

Thames Valley District School Board was formed on January 1, 1998, with the amalgamation of the Elgin County Board of Education, the Board of Education for the City of London, Middlesex County Board of Education and Oxford County Board of Education. As a public education provider, we offer a full range of programs and services to learners across Thames Valley. We have 160 schools serving approximately 77,000 students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as adult and continuing education programs (as of Oct. 31, 2016). Our district covers urban, suburban and rural communities.

Overseeing our Board are 15 trustees - six elected to represent London, two each for the counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, one First Nations representative and three non-voting student trustees.

Our Strategic Plan includes our Mission, Vision and Our Commitments, which are outlined below:

Mission
We build each student's tomorrow, every day.
Vision
The Thames Valley learning community inspires innovation, embraces diversity, and celebrates achievement - a strong foundation for all students. 
Our Commitments

As leaders in public education, we commit to putting the needs of the students first by:

  • Keeping the needs of all students at the forefront during the decision making process.
  • Advancing collaborative practices among staff that stimulate critical and creative thinking.
  • Seeking input and communicating effectively with parents in a transparent and timely fashion.
  • Engaging our community to share expertise in supporting the needs of students.

As leaders in public education, we commit to recognizing and encouraging leadership in all its forms by:

  • Providing students with opportunities that develop leadership skills and innovation.
  • Providing professional learning opportunities for staff that foster leadership and continuous improvement.
  • Encouraging and supporting parent learning and leadership.
  • Supporting student leadership development opportunities in the community. 

As leaders in public education, we commit to ensuring safe, positive learning and working environments by:

  • Supporting student learning by setting high standards and clear expectations.
  • Providing parents with an educational environment that is welcoming, inviting, and accepting.
  • Creating healthy workplaces and addressing the wellness needs of staff.
  • Recognizing the rights of all to feel safe and respected. 

As leaders in public education, we commit to inspiring new ideas and promoting innovation by:

  • Providing students with inquiry-based learning and higher level thinking experiences.
  • Encouraging and supporting risk-taking and innovation by staff.
  • Engaging the community to provide real world experiences for students.

As leaders in public education, we commit to taking responsibility for the students and resources entrusted to our care by:

  • Providing access to resources, technology and experiences that meet students' strengths and needs.
  • Allocating appropriate resources to staff and students.
  • Establishing, maintaining and nurturing partnerships with parents.

As leaders in public education, we commit to actively engaging our students, staff, families and communities by:

  • Promoting students' voice and advocacy for self and others.
  • Communicating effectively to staff and seeking feedback from all employee groups.
  • Encouraging and supporting parent involvement and participation.
  • Gathering input and feedback from the community around planning and program implementation.

As leaders in public education, we commit to being inclusive, fair and equitable by:

  • Empowering students to become caring community members and responsible global citizens.
  • Recognizing and celebrating the contributions and diversity of students, staff and volunteers.
  • Recognizing and promoting our diversity and achievements. 
Our Partners

We work actively with community partners in business, industry and education to provide pathways to the world of work for our students through cooperative education apprenticeship and work experience programs.

The Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee (TVPIC), Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations, School Councils, Home and School Associations, and other parent groups contribute to and enhance classroom learning and facilitate community involvement in schools.

The Thames Valley Education Foundation (TVEF) portfolio manages more than 500 awards, scholarships and bursaries available to our students with a combined value of more than $8 million.

We are proud of our partnership with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), a Board standing committee of volunteer representatives which operates to further the interests of exceptional children.

Our First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) includes membership from three local First Nations Communities (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Munsee-Delaware Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames) and works to ensure that each First Nation, Métis and Inuit student has every opportunity for success, which includes improving student achievement.

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