Central to our philosophy is the idea that school should be a place where the individual child is a the centre of everything the school does, where it is axiomatic that children are different, and that they learn, mature and develop in different ways. This is a school that is flexible ad subtle enough in the way that it is run to be able to accommodate the needs and personalities of individual children, and to help them to flourish and feel comfortable, rather than a school that expects all children to fit a set mould – or else!
Within this framework, we combine the highest standards of teaching, learning and pastoral care with a strong emphasis on ethical values and a sense of community. Developing self- confidence, encouraging pupils to aim high, and valuing achievement in all aspects of school life - these are all key elements of the school ethos. These are our priorities as teachers, ones that we are confident of being able to achieve in this particular school and in this particular environment.
For this reason, class sizes at Leckford Place are not allowed to grow beyond 15 throughout the school from Year 7 through to Year 11. The school itself will reach capacity with around 220 pupils, which is large enough for children to have a wide peer and friendship group, and yet small enough for everyone to feel an important part of a close-knit school community. Leckford Place is a part of d’Overbroeck’s College, and we expect most of our pupils to go on to the Sixth Form at d’Overbroeck’s post GCSE.
The school is co-educational throughout. In a city where independent education is dominated by single-sex schools, we like having boys and girls working side by side, and we feel that this makes for a healthier, more balanced environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to shine. Life is co-educational, after all.
If I am to try to summarise my personal vision for Leckford Place, then it is that children should go through the school feeling that it is a happy and stimulating place where they feel confident and valued, and to which they look forward every morning. It is also that they should leave it with not only their personal best fulfilled in terms of examination results, but also equipped to progress to the next stage of their lives and confidence, enthusiasm and a healthy dose of those good, old-fashioned (perhaps a better word is ‘timeless’) qualities of truth, compassion, generosity and optimism.
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