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EDUCATION PROMOTION


Meet the head


THREE LOCAL SCHOOL HEADS GIVE AN INSIGHT INTO THE CHALLENGES OF THEIR JOB AND PASSION FOR EDUCATION


How have you found your first term in the job? I have been forcibly struck in the last few months, by the warmth and positivity of this community. This is a school with a very good heart. It’s fun, it’s high achieving and the girls are happy… scholarship without neurosis – the holy grail for girls’ schools. And I’ve found it here. I feel very lucky! It’s also a real honour to be running a beacon GDST school. The GDST have been committed to offering outstanding education for girls for over 150 years and to run WHS, one of the very best of these schools, feels like an enormous privilege and responsibility.


Jane Lunnon WIMBLEDON HIGH SCHOOL GDST


Mansel Road, SW19 4AB 020 8971 0900 info@wim.gdst.net www.wimbledonhigh.gdst.net


How is it different being in an all-girls’ school? Well it’s often noisier than being in a co-ed school, for a start! What is noticeable is the degree to which our girls get involved in the day to day running of the school. This is not just about leadership opportunities; it also means that there is much interaction between the year groups and that girls look out for each other. It’s a happy, fun place; the sound I hear most as I walk around the school is laughter.


What is your ethos? I want each and every


Wimbledon High girl to leave this school knowing who she is, what she is passionate about and feeling ready to stride out into the world and make it her own. Our students are engaged in exploration and discovery – of course in the classroom, but also on the sports pitch, up a mountain, on the stage, in a debate… Excellent pastoral care is at the core of all we do and that is about proactive as well as reactive care. Of course, we are there to pick up the pieces if necessary, but excellent pastoral care is about being mindful of what girls need. It’s about finding the things that will make them shine, feel good about themselves, delight in life… and that is about a rich, varied and inspiring co-curricular programme. We want these hobbies, passions, talents to hope these will continue to enrich the girls’ lives long after they leave us.


What are your priorities for the year ahead? I want WHS to be the most exciting school in London. Academically, and in the arts, in sports and in our entire co-curricular provision. I want us to lead and I want our girls to lead in all sorts of areas and in all sorts of ways.


Lion House School has been a Putney fixture since 1985, and its devoted and inspirational head, Jane Luard, has been nurturing children there for 29 years.


What can Lion House offer? Lion House Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School enables children to be in the same learning environment for their first five years of schooling, which is crucial. We are the only school that offers this combination in Putney, and it means we get to know our children really well as they develop. Lion House is small, with just 115 pupils, and each is made to feel really welcome.


Over the years what changes has the school made to improve the progression of pupils? We are constantly evolving and over the years have introduced our own assessment criteria for key subjects. This enables us to set individual targets and monitor each child’s progression closely.


What is the most challenging aspect of the job? Keeping everybody happy!


What do you hope for the children when they leave Lion House? I hope they leave


us confident, curious about the world and aware of their own worth. Several of our students have returned to us in later life for work experience, and from them we have heard their fond memories of Lion House and have been able to see how well they have progressed and developed.


What are your exit schools? Our children go on to a wide variety of London day schools, many of which are very selective. As the Head of a pre-prep I know it’s vitally important to match them to the right school.


Sum up the schools ethos in one line Nurturing, possessive, friendly and caring.


What can prospective parents expect from an Open Day? The idea of our Open Days is for parents to get a feel for the school, see the huge space we are lucky enough to enjoy in which to teach the children, and to get an opportunity to really talk to the teaching staff and discuss their own child’s needs in detail. After all who knows a child better than their parents?


Open Day SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015 10am-12 noon


timeandleisure.co.uk . January 2015 . 71 Jane Luard LION HOUSE SCHOOL


The Old Methodist Hall, Gwendolen Avenue, Putney SW15 6EH 020 8780 9446 www.lionhouseschool.co.uk


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