At the heart of all good learning is pupil happiness; a pupil who is happy and has a high sense of value of themselves and to the community is one who will go above and beyond. This leads to personal benefit in terms of academic, emotional and social development, but it also leads to benefits for the wider community.
The Mental Health Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, The Lancet and many other highly regarded publications have all written in the past about the fact that every little bit of altruism does us – the individual – good. Helping others can reduce our stress as well as improving mood, self-esteem and happiness.
A safe environment
Providing a safe environment where pupils can explore who they are, take measured risks and be of service to others is fundamental to the learning that goes on both inside and outside the classroom at LWC. The vehicle for achieving these outcomes is through excellent pastoral care, which extends well beyond the bounds of the boarding houses and the associated house staff.
Our staff are adept at knowing when to implement support strategies and when to allow the pupil to find their own way…
We all know that life is rarely straightforward and it is how we navigate challenging moments that is the best indicator of our upbringing, our education and – most importantly – our character. It is for this reason that we want our pupils to experience some adversity, allowing them to develop coping and thriving strategies which will in turn allow them to go out into the world and make a positive difference. Our staff are adept at knowing when to implement support strategies and when to allow the pupil to find their own way through the inevitable challenges that the adolescent journey presents. Reflection is always encouraged through coaching, allowing the pupil to become a better version of themselves.
As a school we do not chase awards and accolades, but it is lovely when they arrive as a by-product of what we do. As such we are proud The BSA’s Working with Vulnerable Children Award (2021) and The Independent School of the Year Award for Student Wellbeing (2020), which point to the emphasis we place on pupil support and pastoral care.