Secondary School

 

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

Classes

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.

School Day

Typical School Day

7:30am Breakfast Club

8:30am Classrooms open

8:45am Registration

8:50am Early Morning Lessons

10:10am Morning Break

10:30am Late Morning Lessons

12:30pm Lunch - Sample Menu

1:00pm Playtime at the Outdoor Venture Centre

1:45pm Afternoon Lessons

3:30pm End of the School Day

3:45pm After School Snack

4:00pm After School Clubs***

6:00pm Close

After School Clubs

Tier 1: All age inclusive drop-in club – no additional fee. Children relax, and spend time with other children on activities like board games, team games, drawing, homework and reading.

 

Tier 2: Interest based clubs run by the teachers – small fee per term to cover equipment. Typical clubs on offer are: Chess/Backgammon and Band

 

Tier 3: Clubs run by specialists – charged additionally to fees. Typical clubs on offer are: Football, Funky Moves and Film Making.

Houses

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.

Uniforms

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.

Physical Education

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.

Curriculum

We believe that children learn best in a safe environment where they feel comfortable. Teachers establish clear procedures and routines to underpin this and they provide both challenge and support.

To view our curriculum click here.

Pastoral Care

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 Staff

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.

Aaron Williams

MSc

Co-Principal

"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."

Policies

School and Nursery Policies are available from the school office, or can be downloaded here.