We strive to provide a nurturing environment in which our girls are happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled. That’s why we’re here with her through every success and failure, the good times and the bad.
At LEH, there is always someone here to listen. In the Junior School, Form Teachers play a key role in supporting each girl and closely monitor academic, personal and social development. Pastoral care underpins everything that we do in school and girls are encouraged to talk freely and openly to their Form Teacher, or any member of staff for help, advice or to share worries of any kind.
We have a school nurse based in the Junior School who is on hand to deal with bumps, bruises, administer medication or give advice. Our school nurse gives great hugs and is a helping hand!
A comprehensive PSHE curriculum and circle times give children a great sense of support from both the teacher and their peers. Pupils are involved in making decisions about school life through regular school council meetings. Upper II pupils are trained to be Peer Mentors and support other children where needed at lunch and break times. Upper II Cyber mentors can also advise and support other pupils who have worries about online safety and use of social media. A ten week Mindfulness programme is delivered to Lower II pupils in the Autumn term to help them develop tools to aid calm and inner peace when faced with stressful situations.
Once a year, the whole school comes off timetable to celebrate Wellbeing Day, which aims to help pupils to find balance and fulfilment in their sometimes hectic lives by teaching how their bodies and minds function. During Wellbeing Day students (and staff) participate in activities such as feet painting, marble runs, mindful colouring, bead making, Lego building and clay sculpting. Outdoor events include visiting farm animals, gardening, giant bubbles, dog walking and parachute games.
We have a school counsellor on-hand should any of the girls in our care need that extra bit of support to help them through any difficulties.
Our House System encourages fun, friendly competition, co-operation and teamwork. The Junior School is divided into four houses: Burlington, Hackney, St Giles and Summerleigh.
On an individual basis, girls are awarded merits for good behaviour, effort and good work and girls enjoy receiving Bronze, Silver or Gold merit certificates. At the end of the year, the House with the most merits is awarded the House Cup. Throughout the year our girls participate in ‘House’ events which include House Assemblies, House Netball, Inter-House Swimming Galas, Inter-House Tennis and Sports Day.
Upper II girls have the opportunity to take responsibility and develop leadership skills as House Captains and Games Captains.
Parents can talk to us
• Weekly newsletters
• Parents’ Evenings
• Parents’ Information Evenings (Curriculum Evenings) and Workshops
• Friends of LEH
• Information on the school website and Parent Portal
• Reporting to parents about children’s personal development through formal and informal means
• Offering parent training opportunities such as ‘Raising Resilience’ workshops
• Parents are made to feel welcome in the school at celebrations of work and achievement, assemblies, concerts, sporting and drama events
• Parents are encouraged to be volunteers on school visits and share expertise in the classroom
If parents have concerns or worries they are encouraged to talk to their daughter’s Form Teacher, followed by the Deputy Head or Head of Junior School if necessary. Parents should feel able to share concerns about home circumstances or medical matters that might affect their child’s work or behaviour in school. Parents may wish to discuss health and medical matters with the school nurse.
Joining a new school can be a very daunting experience for young children so at LEH we like to make that extra special effort to make the move a smooth and happy transition.
On the first day of term, we invite the new Form I’s into school the day before the rest of the Junior School returns. This gives the new students a chance to settle in and find their way around whilst the school environment is quieter.
During your daughter’s first week with us she will be given a ‘buddy’, an older girl in her own House (Burlington, Hackney, St. Giles or Summerleigh). Her buddy will keep a very close eye out for her around the school and particularly at break and lunch times to make sure that she is happy and that she knows where she is going; this can take a little time!
Starting to build their friendships
In the first few days your daughter will also have the chance to take part in a ‘Team-building Day’. It is a day where she can really get to know the other girls in her class and the year group whilst focusing on skills such as planning, communication, working together and perseverance, with fun at the heart of every activity.
Your daughter’s Form Teachers give all the new FI girls plenty of help and support, not only through our comprehensive PSHE curriculum, but also by developing strong positive relationships. This way she can make the most of the fabulous learning opportunities on offer at LEH.
The school day
Girls travel to the Junior School from a wide catchment area, and many use the school coach network.
Breakfast is available as an optional extra at the Junior School from 7.30am and school starts at 8.45 am.
There is an Assembly on Monday and Fridays and throughout the week, girls also have Form Time sessions and Hymn Practice. There are two recess periods each day during which the girls may play sports, attend clubs, enjoy the play equipment or just have fun playing and chatting. School lunch is self-service, and there is a wide and varied choice of food.
The school day ends at 3.50pm for all Junior School pupils.
After school care is available in 'Tea and Prep' until 6.00pm (5pm on Fridays) at extra cost. Girls can complete their homework and have a light tea in a supervised and secure environment.
TRANSITION TO SENIOR SCHOOL
Our best expectation is that all pupils, with few exceptions will move seamlessly from the Junior School to the Senior School and we liase closely with Senior School teachers as part of our handover process. We know our pupils well and Y6 girls are not required to sit an entrance examination for entry to LEH Senior School.
During your daughter’s time in the Junior School, she will use facilities in the Senior School, giving her an idea of what life is like in the Senior School. Parents all have an opportunity to view the Senior School as prospective parents, and we invite Junior School parents into the Senior School to become familiar and comfortable with what we hope will be your daughter’s future Senior School.
- Parents of girls in Year 3 and 4 are invited to visit the Senior School for a tour with Year 8 girls, giving you the chance to see the Senior School in action.
- In the Summer term of Year 5, parents are invited to attend a special Open Morning consisting of a talk from Mrs Hanbury and a tour of the school.
- Also in the Summer term of Year 5, girls spend a day as a Senior School pupil, having a chance to get a feel for life in the Senior School.
To ease the nerves of transitioning to Senior School, in the summer term of Year 6 we invite all Junior School girls joining in the following September (including girls joining from external schools) for ‘Moving up day’, spending the day with their new Form Tutor and classmates, whilst participating in lots of fun activities.
Come September, on the first day of term, we invite just the new Thirds into school the day before the rest of the Senior School returns. This gives the new students a chance to settle in and find their way around whilst the school environment is quieter.
There is also the exciting option to take part in a residential Team-Building weekend during the Autumn term for the entire Thirds year group. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends across the year group and learn the true meaning of team-work.
Knowing the move from Junior to Senior School is a big step, Mrs Mortimer (Head of Junior School) & Mrs Sinnett (Head of Middle School) share their advice for ensuring a smoother transition from Junior to Senior School. Click here to read more.