We believe that all students are unique and individual, and work with them in small classes.
Teachers build positive relationships, working with each pupil to be curious, intellectual and creative. Fear of failure is banished.
Equality and diversity permeate the fabric of our school - we are a family where everyone belongs.
We encourage partnership and dialogue with parents and children thrive academically whilst enjoying their secondary school years - we cherish their self-esteem.
We use a blend of traditional and forward thinking teaching that prepares all students for their future education and for life.
About the School
Guaranteed small classes are integral to the pupil-teacher. Children get the support they need, develop a strong work ethic and maximise and achieve their potential.
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities, but they are all motivated. We do not compare them with one another; we challenge them against their own goals, limiting anxiety about ‘not keeping up’. Happy, confident students are available to learn – they develop a rich and positive sense of who they are and can be.
Our secondary students are entered for Cambridge IGCSEs from year 9 upwards. This international qualification gives students more options than any other British or international qualification. There are more subjects to choose from and a variety of methods of assessment including written and oral exams, coursework and practical assessment to suit all learning styles.
Subjects offered include: English Language,
English Literature, Mathematics, French, Spanish, Latin, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined science (counts as two IGCSEs), Art, Film Studies (Eduqas), Geography, History, Drama, Business Studies, Enterprise and Russian and German from 2021.
In 2020, all students achieved grade 7 and above (equivalent to A, A* and A**). Our students achieved these because of their dedication, the expertise of the staff and our ethos of giving every child the individual attention they deserve.
Careers and Mentoring
Planning for the future starts in years 7 and 8. Students are encouraged to aspire to interesting and diverse futures. Careers Week is held in March every year, with visiting professionals giving an insight into their careers. Activities include enterprise projects, business planning and work experience.
From year 9, all students are individually mentored - coaching and goal setting is used to help them achieve their potential and plan for sixth form, further education and a fulfilling professional life.
Find out more about mentoring here.
Read our careers policy here.
Children and staff are placed into four houses: Badgers, Bears, Tigers and Wolves. Children earn house-points for effort, achievement and positive behaviour choices. We hold an annual Sports Day consisting of both round-robin activities as well as competitive athletic activities. The winning house is awarded the Sports Cup on the day and, at the end of the academic year, the overall house winner is announced. Being in inter-house competitions gives all the children an opportunity to learn to loose graciously as well as to win triumphantly - as part of a team.
Children gain a positive sense of identity by belonging to their house and we have a strong tradition for each house raising money for charity during the year.
Lunches And Snacks
Parents provide their child’s morning healthy snack and we provide water to drink. School lunches consist of good old-fashioned, nutritiously balanced, food cooked from scratch. Menus are available from the School Office.
Our uniform is an essential part of school identity. We expect all pupils to wear the correct uniform which we have kept smart and simple. The secondary school pupils wear a different sports kit, and have the option of plain navy skirts/trousers. They also may wear our iconic baseball jackets. The uniform is available from our supplier: Billings and Edmonds and purchases can be made online or at their shop. Second hand uniform is available for sale from the School Office.
Download the Uniform lists from Billings and Edmonds.
Children participate in a range of activities throughout the week, indoors/outdoors and as part of the school curriculum and after school clubs. These enjoyable activities contribute to the development of skills.
Options include swimming, yoga and karate.
LWS has sole use of the Venture Centre (Venture Community Association) every day for active play after lunch.This amazing outdoor, secure, gated playground is full of rope swings, tyres, climbing frames and castles, slides and an all-weather football pitch. A truly well hidden and unique playground and adventure space for children in London.
We hold an annual Sports Day in July which has always been great fun for all the family.
As a small school, everyone knows everyone from the babies up to our oldest member of staff (no names)! We cherish individuality and self-confidence and our aim is that every child will develop an organic and strong positive sense of self.
Lucy Meyer MPhil
Proprietor & Co-Principal
"I want to create a school where every child feels valued and is given the encouragement to become the best that they can be, a place they will leave prepared for the many different directions in which life may take them. This school is a safe, challenging and inspiring environment that builds within each child a passion for life and learning."
Our school, established since 1999, has developed a reputation for recruiting a happy, motivated and loyal staff team. We deliver the highest quality childcare by supporting our babies, toddlers and young children to achieve their full potential at each stage of development, giving them the best possible start in life.
"We provide education in the vibrant, urban setting that is Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate. We offer a stimulating, supportive learning environment for a diverse community of happy, confident children who are eager to learn. Our parents value the importance we place on small classes and personalised learning."