Loughborough High School, 拉夫堡高级中学,Burton Walks, Loughborough,
Leicestershire LE11 2DU
Tel: 01509 212 348 Fax: 01509 215720
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 605, Upper sixth 87
• Termly fees £2355
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
The school is part of the foundation originally provided by Thomas Burton who,
in 1495, endowed a chantry connected to a grammar school for boys. The
foundation was extended to girls in 1849. The girls’ upper school moved to its
present site in 1879, where there are spacious and very pleasant grounds on the
edge of the town. There have been many modern additions to the late-Victorian
buildings and facilities are now excellent. Religious instruction is
non-denominational but the school has a Christian basis and all pupils are
expected to attend RS lessons and assembly. The aim is to provide an academic
education of the traditional grammar school type in a disciplined atmosphere of
steady work. Standards are high and examination results very good. The school is
very strong in music, drama and art. There are also high standards in sports and
games (there are always representatives at county and international level). A
full range of extra-curricular activities is offered. There is a strong
commitment to local community schemes and a good record in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 605 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade A in sixth-form subjects).
State school entry, 40% main intake. Own junior school, shared with Loughborough
High, Fairfield Preparatory School (Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2DU, tel
01509 215172; enquiries to the Headmaster Mr R Outwin-Flinders).
Scholarships & bursaries 11 pa scholarships, value from free music
tuition to 33% of termly fees: 8 academic (6 at 11, 2 at 13) plus 3 music
scholarships at 11. School assisted places. Up to 15 bursaries, based on
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Bridget O’Connor, appointed 2002. Educated at St
Helena School, Chesterfield, and universities of Oxford (literae humaniores) and
Cambridge (PGCE). Previously Deputy Headmistress at Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Head
of Classics at Old Palace and classics teacher at Francis Holland (Regent’s
Park). Also coursework moderator for classical subjects.
Teaching staff: 46 full time, 13 part time. Annual turnover 4%.
GCSE: In 2003, 79 pupils in upper fifth; all gained at least grade C in
5+ subjects – average of 9 subjects, with a GCSE score 65 (64 over 5 years).
A-levels: 70 in upper sixth: 91% passed in 4+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 468.
University & college entrance 100% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (16% after a gap year), 9% to Oxbridge. 17% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 25% in science & engineering, 56% in
humanities & social sciences, 2% in art & design.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21 subjects offered at AS-level, 20
at A-level (including general studies).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 5 subjects at AS-level, 4 at A-level.
22% took science A-levels; 44% arts/humanities; 34% both. Key skills integrated
Vocational: Work experience and shadowing, voluntary service.
Languages: French, German and Spanish to GCSE and A-level (French
compulsory from 11 to GCSE). Many regular exchanges (France and Germany).
French, German, Spanish assistants each year.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week in Years 7–9 and
Year 12) and across the curriculum eg homework often done on computer. 90
computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all networked and with email and
Music: Almost all pupils learn one or more musical instruments;
instrumental exams can be taken. Some 15+ musical groups including 3 orchestras,
2 choirs, woodwind ensembles, concert band, 2 big bands, chamber groups.
Drama & dance: Both offered. Some pupils are involved in school
productions and many in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 18 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, hockey, swimming, athletics, dance, gymnastics, tennis,
rounders compulsory. Optional: golf, lacrosse, volleyball, new image rugby,
aerobics, fencing. National netball and athletics finalists; regional tennis
player; many county hockey and netball players; hockey, netball and tennis teams
frequent county champions.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Over 30 clubs, eg drama, debating, bridge,
mind games, Christian Society, computer, musical.
Uniform: School uniform worn, except in sixth form when dress guidelines
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. All upper sixth are prefects. Head
girl, two deputies, head of house and house prefects.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship not compulsory (all attend
Social: Music and sporting events locally, regionally and nationally.
Joint play/musical/opera with Loughborough Grammar (brother school). Exchange
visits with twin towns Epinal and Schwäbisch-Hall; many other trips organised by
departments. Pupils allowed to bring own car/bike to school. Meals cafeteria
style. School uniform shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework have their names
entered into a book, persistent failure results in contacting parents; those
truanting will serve a detention on a Saturday. Any involvement with drugs will
be closely investigated and will normally lead to suspension, pending further