Although we will officially open our doors as Loughborough’s new co-educational independent school in September 2019, our foundations were laid 168 years ago. As a Catholic School for girls, since 1850, the School has cemented a reputation for providing a rewarding education rooted in genuine warmth, small class sizes, spiritual guidance and a wonderfully rich mix of pastoral care, academic achievement and extra-curricular opportunity.
As we transition from a girls school to co-ed we are proud to now be able to harness those enviable qualities, extend them to both boys and girls and create an environment where our pupils can support and inspire each other, while sharing their passion for learning and the School.
We hope to provide you with an introduction to our ethos, our academic and co-curricular provision and the benefits afforded by our inclusion within the Loughborough Schools Foundation.
Dr Julian Murphy, Headmaster
We are a small school, and this enables us to offer small class sizes. None of our classes is ever larger than twenty pupils, and our overall teacher to pupil ratio is an incredible 1 to 7.6.
This enables us to offer a very personal service to every family. Parents can feel secure that their daughter or son, and their strengths and weaknesses, are well known by their Form Tutor, Head of Key Stage and subject teachers. It’s a close knit community that ensures that everyone is known and cared for.
We operate a fairly unique reports system, in which there are no overall effort grades but in which different ‘approaches to learning’ are assessed to provide a more nuanced and useful picture of every pupil’s progress.
At the heart of our approach to teaching and learning is our unique ‘Minerva’ programme, which rests on the principle that everything we do is designed to nurture a growth mindset in our pupils. All of this delivers public examination results averaging around 70% A*-B and 25-30% A*-A for both GCSE and A Level, which is quite an achievement for a non-selective school. Just as important however, is our approach to teaching and learning which helps to equip our pupils with the skills and attitudes they need for success throughout their adult life.
Our curriculum largely mirrors the standard national curriculum. The core curriculum consists of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Sciences (double or triple), Religious Education and a language. Some of our pupils however are allowed not to pursue a language to GCSE if this is what is clearly best for them. Likewise, a few of our pupils take English Language but not English Literature.
In languages, we offer Spanish and French or Latin.
At A Level, thanks to our membership of the Loughborough Schools Foundation, we are able to offer no less than 29 subjects, including PE, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Business, History of Art and Philosophy, Theology and Ethics.
Our Sixth Form Additional Curriculum, on Thursday afternoons, offers a choice from CCF (Combined Cadet Force), EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), Community Service or a cookery course.