Pastoral Care

Students on a home made boat in the water smiling

Balancing mind, body and spirit

We want your daughter to achieve her academic, creative and athletic potential. We also want her to be happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled. That’s why we’re here with her through every success and failure, the good times and the bad.

There’s always someone here to listen

Every girl has a Form Tutor who acts as her mentor, someone they meet every day who helps them excel academically and develop their talents. Heads of Year and senior members of staff make it their priority to integrate pastoral care into every aspect of school life.

Friendships that last a lifetime

Our year groups are close knit and have a real sense of identity, and the House system provides opportunities for leadership responsibilities and for making friends across the School. The friendships girls forge will form an essential support network in the years to come.

We take online security very seriously

We have a dedicated E-Safety Officer and a ‘cyber mentor’ system that trains Sixth Formers to talk to younger pupils about staying safe online and using social media wisely.

Parents can talk to us

As well as timetabled meetings during the year, parents can speak to the Head Mistress, Assistant Heads or Heads of Year if they have concerns. Their contact details are on the Parent Portal. We also offer Parent Information sessions with outside speakers half a dozen times a year.

We make pastoral care our priority

The LEH Wellbeing Programme is a planned, developmental system of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, the Programme develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

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, so they can look after themselves better during times of stress.

We have two school nurses and girls can refer themselves to our counsellor at any time. We also hold classes and workshops to support their personal, social, health and economic education. Last year, our girls received age appropriate advice on a host of topics ranging from coping with stress and staying safe to health issues like breast cancer and HIV prevention.
 

LEH Wellbeing programme

The health and well-being of our students is LEH's highest priority. We work together with specialist professionals who provide the best possible advice and care through our wide and varied PSHE curriculum which runs throughout the Junior and Senior School. Our programme is concerned with maintaining optimal health, safety and wellness of every student so they thrive both socially and academically.

Please click on the cover for full details of the LEH Wellbeing Programme in the Senior School. 

 

 

 

 

Settling in at senior School

LEH is a welcoming, safe community where students establish strong relationships, learning alongside other talented girls. We know that building a new girl’s sense of “belonging” is vital. So we arrange a comprehensive programme of events to make settling in as easy as possible.

Fun events like treasure hunts, team building and New Girls’ lunches are highly successful in helping girls to bond. Getting involved in sport, music, drama, clubs and societies is a sure-fire way to win friends. Your daughter will soon become part of the team, feel valued, and automatically belong.

Our teachers always bear in mind what it’s like to be a small fish in a large pond. A friendly word often work wonders, and they always make a point of saying “Hello” and smiling at any girl who’s on their own or looks lost. We’ll do everything we can to ensure your daughter is happy, healthy and thrives at LEH.

Programme for New Thirds

Induction Day - In the summer term prior to entry

An opportunity for parents and girls to find out everything they need to know about life at LEH. Mrs Hanbury and her Staff will welcome girls in the morning and parents are invited In the afternoon for a tour, talks and tea. Girls will receive a copy of the Thirds Handbook which should answer any and every question girls might have about life in LEH. 

First day of term as a new Third

The new Thirds join LEH the day before the rest of the Year groups, to give them exclusive time to meet their tutors and the fellow classmates, find out about their timetable and who their teachers will be and learn how to navigate the building. 

Team Building trip

A fun activity weekend, off site, that helps the girls make friends, whilst building rafts and solving problems in blindfolds!

How to help your daughter settle in

Develop her organisational skills. It’s easy to get used to the new school routine if you’re organised. Whilst we strive to help your daughter take responsibility for herself, it will be very useful if you ensure she has the right uniform, equipment and sports kit every day, at least for the first term!

Prepare her. You’ll be given a list of other new girls in your area at her Induction Day. You might consider getting a group of girls together for a play date before the start of term; you might like to have a coffee with some of the local parents, too.

Make sure she has plenty of rest. Please limit her use of phones and iPads in the evening to ensure she gets a good night’s sleep.

Reassure her that it takes time to settle in to a new school. Tell her not to expect to have made a firm group of friends in the first week and that sometimes it’s better to just be friends with everyone. Remind her that it’s normal to feel nervous and that everyone else is also new and in the same boat.

Give yourselves time to get ready in the morning. Lay out uniform the night before, pack school bags ready for the new day to ensure she has everything she needs… homework, music, sports kit…panicking is not a good way to start the day!

Let her choose her own friends. It’s tempting to try to help your daughter make friends but in our experience, it’s important to let girls manage their relationships themselves. We keep a watchful eye on friendship groups and try to ensure no one is left out.

Keep up the communication with key members of staff. If you have any concerns at all, then just let us know and we’ll do our best to address them as soon as possible.