(Tatler's Schools Guide - 2019. Published September 2018)
The Good Schools Guide
Deservedly one of the top girls' schools in the country: it is exactly right for naturally confident, very bright young things who thrive on lots of work. Highly sought after for its academic delivery, celebration of female success, top of the range facilities and cream of the crop intake. Set to remain a 'destination' school.
This is a school where academically superior girls learn not just willingly, but enthusiastically, and which gets an excellent balance between purposeful and happy, with plenty of skipping and laughing to be seen on any given day.
Tatler Schools Guide 2019
'LEH girls are high-achieving without being neurotic,' says Heather Hanbury, the maternal head of this sought-after independent set in 24 acres in Hampton. Renowned for her commitment to pastoral care, and her straight talking on the thorny subjects encountered by teens (and their parents), Hanbury inspires and empowers her 'bright, motivated and intellectually curious girls' to excel academically and to make their mark on the school community and the world around them. There's a proud sporting tradition: the lacrosse 1st term are national champions and LEH rowers dominated the podium at the National Championships at almost every level last year (every year, LEH rowers trial for the GB team and several go on to represent their country). Drama and music offerings 'are at least as good as sport', and there's growing interest in technology and robotics, with a new sixth-form STEM scholarship. GCSE computer science and A level product design are new options taught in state-of-the-art computer and product design suites in the new Gateway Building, which also houses the refurbished swimming pool and a studio with a sprung floor overlooking the lacrosse pitches. Across the sports field is the junior school, whose girls are guaranteed a place in the senior. Both schools share coaches with Hampton School next door, with 22 routes ferrying children to places such as Windsor, Chiswick, Oxshott and Pyrford. From this year, LEH will restructure its day to enable more extra-curricular activities to take place jointly with Hampton at lunchtime, so that the girls (and boys) can benefit from the best of both worlds.