We are a very successful school, with excellent examination results. We do not, however, achieve these impressive results by being highly selective. Rather our success lies in nurturing the individual qualities of every single pupil and providing an ethos in which personal achievement and success is normal. Our pupils are motivated, hard working and challenged to achieve. A programme of personal and social education complements their academic studies. Leehurst Swan has the calm and purposeful atmosphere of happy pupils at work.
What an achievement for Leehurst Swan pupils! A staggering fifteen swimmers qualified to represent the south west region at the ISA national swimming championships at the iconic London Aquatic Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Leehurst Swan swimmers competed in 40 events in both individual races and for the regional relay teams.
Special mentions should go to Ethan Hemming in Year 6 who swam an incredible 50m Breaststroke to land himself a silver medal and a PB, and to James Lee in Year 8 who earned a Bronze medal and a PB, in the Year 8 Boys 50m Breaststroke!
ISA hosted a top day of competition and gave pupils a day to remember.
Not all the new arrivals at Leehurst Swan were pupils this year. After the sad passing of Stuart Morgan Nash, new Headmaster, Mr Terence Ayres, takes over the reins.
In Terence, we have found an inspiring leader who brings enthusiasm, energy, vision and a commitment to a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Mr Ayres will uphold and develop Leehurst Swan’s ethos and reputation for excellence, ensuring that all pupils and staff achieve their full potential.
With a background in English, Religious Studies and Sport, he is passionate about ensuring that every child will ‘find their voice’ at Leehurst Swan.
On his appointment, Terence said: 'I am very excited about leading Leehurst Swan into the next decade and added that he was ‘attracted by the school's warmth and commitment to each individual it educates.’ He is a visible and child-centred Headmaster so Leehurst Swan's ethos is very much in-line with his own. Terence said that he is ‘looking forward to building on the strong foundations laid by Stuart Morgan-Nash and interim headmaster Philip Oldroyd and driving the school forward so that it fulfils its great potential.'
Last Wednesday, four Leehurst Swan pupils competed for the south west region in the national ISA athletics finals.
Ellie juggled between javelin and shot put as her two events ran concurrently. She threw personal bests in both events and came 4th in javelin.
Ben had a similar double event clash coming 7th in the 800m before launching straight into the high jump.
Libby placed 6th in a race of 12 runners in the 600m. She was the calmest looking runner on the track, aged only 9.
Immy ran like a gazelle as usual and earned a silver medal in the Y10/11 girls' 1500m and 4th in the 300m. In the 1500m, Immy set off leading the pack and quickly established a strong lead with only one other runner in contact with her. At 1000m it was clear that one of these two runners would be the ultimate winner. With 350m to go the second placed girl started to close on Immy and at 300m to go just squeezed past her. Immy, despite working hard to keep with her, saw the gap increase until the 100m point where, although Immy kicked hard and clearly was gaining ground, ultimately had to settle for second. In the 300m race, run only one hour later, Immy, with very tired legs, finished 5th soundly beating the 1500m winner who finished in 6th. Afterwards Immy said: 'I enjoyed both races very much. I should have stuck to the 1500m winner when she passed me at the 300m point, but nevertheless I am very pleased with my result and pleased that I was able to beat her in the later 300m race.'
What a thrilling day at the ISA south west athletics championships where four of our pupils came first in seven events!
Thirty Leehurst Swan pupils from Years 4 to 10 travelled to Exeter to compete in track and field events. The prep school pupils threw cricket balls and the seniors threw shot, discus and javelin. We had runners in every distance as well as hurdles, and both long and high jumpers.
FOUR of our pupils came first in SEVEN events and thus automatically qualify for the nationals in Birmingham! Well done to Immy (300m and 1500m), Eleanor (shot and javelin), Ben (800m and high jump) and Libby (600m)! Many other Leehurst Swan pupils came second in their event and have a possibility of also being called to the finals in - we eagerly wait for news!
The PE staff team was impressed and proud with how organised the pupils were at getting themselves on track for their events, how they encouraged each other from the sidelines during races and the determination they each showed in their events. We have some incredible athletes at the school and the weekly athletics after-school training has been well attended, so the pupils deserve their placings at competitions.
We now look forward to sports day on Thursday 20th June when our athletes will have the opportunity to perform once more in a wonderful mix of events, to show both individual and team strengths.
Congratulations to Leehurst Swan pupil Hattie who placed third in the junior creative category at the HART Prize for Human Rights!
For her Geography homework, Hattie conducted independent research and produced a written creative piece entitled Girl, Wife, Mother to promote awareness about child marriage and period poverty in South Sudan.
Hattie travelled to London on Monday night having been short-listed for the HART Prize for Human Rights which is a competition for young people who are interested in global issues. Upon arrival, Hattie met Baroness Cox who went on to make a presentation before the prize winners were announced.
Hattie placed an incredible third and was presented with a signed copy of Baroness Caroline Cox’s book This Immoral Trade.
Leehurst Swan Passes CReSTeD Inspection with Flying Colours!
Following a recent inspection, Leehurst Swan is delighted to have, once again, met the requirements to be included in CReSTeD’s Register of schools providing provision for pupils with dyslexia.
The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD) aims to help parents, and those who advise them, choose an educational establishment to support a child with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). It also provides feedback to the school on the quality of teaching and learning for children with SPLD and recommends changes where appropriate.
The report summarised ‘Leehurst Swan School provides a thorough and well-resourced level of support for its SEND pupils. It provides a nurturing environment for the children who benefit from the support given by the skilled Learning Support staff, classroom teachers and the subject staff throughout the school. The parents are involved at all stages of provision and review.’
Leehurst Swan’s headmaster, Mr Philip Oldroyd, said: ‘We are thrilled to have met CReSTeD’s high standards and to have them recognise that our staff have considerable expertise, not only in classroom teaching, but in the field of Dyslexia. This is a very important report and we are delighted with it.’ Mr Oldroyd continued, ‘I want to thank all our staff for their commitment to providing the very best education and care for our students, this report is confirmation of their hard work.’
The report contains many positive observations about Leehurst Swan, such as:
‘The [Learning Support] Department provides exceptional support for the pupils’ personal development. Drop-in sessions during break-times, combined with intervention, meet both the personal and academic needs of the pupils and is an integral part of the care provided throughout the school’
‘The approach to identification and assessment of SEND pupils and their changing needs is comprehensive and thorough.’
One parent said that the school has been ‘empathetic and genuinely concerned for her child’s progress, also that communication with the LS department and the rest of the teachers has been brilliant’.
All parents reported that the staff have been quick to respond when difficulties have arisen. One parent said that she has found ‘all the staff to be approachable and immediately accessible and willing to take time out to meet me or talk to me’.
One pupil said that the school community was non-judgemental towards pupils receiving support. They each said they felt valued and the extra input from the LS had proven beneficial not only in lessons but that they felt more confident than before. They regarded LS as being central to their time at the school.
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