Head Heather Hanbury is at the heart of LEH. ‘A maternal pocket rocket,’ declares our spy, Mrs Hanbury is straight-talking when it comes to educating girls (and parents) on knotty teenage issues. The functional school buildings leave something to be desired, but the newly completed Gateway Development gives a much-needed architectural boost, and links the sports hall and swimming pool to the main school. Inside it, there’s a new product- design suite and – for the rowing hearties – an ergo room filled with cardio machines. Rowing is brill – among other glories, nine girls won gold medals at the Home International Regatta last year (parents are often ‘gobsmacked’ that daughters have discovered such watery delights). Lacrosse is an old favourite, and the 1st team were county champions for the 11th time in a row last year. Plans are afoot to align more closely with Hampton, not just on the coach routes but with a new timetable allowing for more overlap during lunch hours – dance club and robotics are already taking off. Mrs H is keen to point out that ‘if young women left here with excellent exam results alone, we would be disappointed’, but you would be mad to overlook the 96 per cent A*–B at A-level last year – 12 sparky girls whooshed off to Oxbridge. In the words of one sixth-former: ‘They just want you to be happy. ’It’s no wonder they want to replicate this winning formula: LEH International School Foshan, in China, is opening in 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’s School Guide
(Tatler's Schools Guide - 2018. Published September 2017)