Settling In - 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 Day – During the first month as a new Third
A fun activity day, 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.