Facilities and playing fields are excellent. The School has a strong family atmosphere throughout catering for weekly and termly boarders as well as day pupils. Academic results are consistently good or excellent, with 99% going on to university, many to Oxbridge. Music and Drama are strongly supported. A wide range of sports, clubs, societies and activities include CCF, Scouts and DofE.
Loughborough Grammar School has a total of 1001 pupils, with 310 pupils in the Sixth Form.
Loughborough Grammar School Welcomes Chinese Exchange Students
For the past three weeks, Loughborough Grammar School has played host to four boys as part of an exchange programme.
Jierui, Renqi, Qizhe and Junhe from Confucius International School in Qingdao, China, hoped to experience life in a British school and to learn about the country’s traditions and cultures. Whilst they were here, each boy was hosted by a Grammar School boy and their family.
During school days, the four boys spent their time joining their hosts, Thomas, Brady, Alec and Don in a variety of different lessons; their favourites being Mathematics and Design and Technology; sampling the School lunches and playing sports such as Hockey, which they had never experienced before.
Outside of school hours, the hosts took the Chinese boys to London and Cambridge to visit the tourist hotspots. They also visited more local attractions, such as an ice hockey game at the Nottingham Panthers, the Nottingham Christmas Markets and some of the boys even ran the Loughborough Santa Fun Run!
Jierui, Renqi, Qizhe and Junhe have said they enjoyed their time here very much, citing that the food and the weather were the biggest differences – it seemed unfortunately cold and rainy for the majority of their visit!
In the next phase of the Chinese exchange programme, Thomas, Brady, Alec and Don will visit China in August to stay with Jierui, Renqi, Qizhe and Junhe and gain an insight into the Chinese way of life and culture. They hope to be able to visit Shanghai and Beijing while they are there.
On behalf of Thomas, Brady, Alec, Don, their families, Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough Schools Foundation, we hope that Jierui, Renqi, Qizhe and Junhe thoroughly enjoyed their time here and we wish them good luck for the future.
The hot topic in education right now is students’ mental health and wellbeing and how schools can help pupils become more resilient and adaptable.
Evidence now supports what teachers already knew: that activities outside of the classroom positively affect students’ wellbeing, increase resilience and help students cope with the pressures of examinations.
At Loughborough Grammar School, we have known this for many years. Following my appointment as our first-ever Assistant Head Co-Curricular in 2016, I introduced the Thomas Burton Award (named after our founder) as a framework to develop rounded, healthy individuals and to encourage all boys to participate in school activities.
The Thomas Burton Award has three strands: Head, Hands and Heart.
· Head: intellectual endeavour beyond the confines of examinations.
· Hands: non-academic interests such as sport and the creative arts.
· Heart: community activities, such as volunteering and charity work.
Additionally, every year, all boys must take to the stage, set themselves a challenge and complete an extended independent project to ensure they value and develop all elements of their personality and not pigeonhole themselves into a ‘type’.
We also wanted to see if we could measure a correlation between boys’ participation and wellbeing. As a school, we find some parents want their child to stop playing football or drop music lessons, so they can better ‘focus on exams’, but we see time and again how those pupils often suffer the most strain. Conversely the busiest pupils are highly successful in balancing their commitments and learn to take the extra work load and stress in their stride.
For four years, we have conducted a termly wellbeing survey to get a snapshot of our pupils and identify any that need intervention. We use the simple 14-question Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) survey to track the happiness of classes and year groups. We then compared boys’ scores with their involvement in extra-curricular activities both in- and outside school. The answer was clear: the pupils with the most robust wellbeing consistently are more committed to extra-curricular activities.
Similarly, we examined the questionnaires to identify what boys did beyond the classroom that had the greatest effect on wellbeing, and what specifically made them happy or unhappy. Conclusively, in all year groups we discovered that some things had the greatest impact on wellbeing:
· trying something new
· enjoying meaningful face-to-face interaction (rather than being stuck behind technology!)
· understanding the greater world around them.
Caveats and next steps
Yes, our homemade survey has limitations, but it has been enormously useful in our care of the boys. Now, we teach boys to ‘self-medicate’ when they struggle by trying something new or by finding situations for more meaningful face-to-face interactions. Our ban on phones during the school day has also helped with this.
We have also improved the quality and quantity of whole-school enrichment days. For instance, at the end of the summer term, the school did 1,000 hours of voluntary service for the local community precisely so that boys could experience interaction with others.
And for parents, we provide a reassuring environment in which their children can experiment with activities and experiences to become both well-rounded individuals and happy in themselves, more able to cope with the stresses of modern life.
Of course, our results do not prove that extra-curricular experiences create personal happiness, but the level of correlation is enough for us to pursue the Thomas Burton Award at Loughborough Grammar School because we believe that if our boys just leave school with good grades, we have let them down.
Dr Al Waters
Assistant Head (Co-Curricular)
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A Level students at Loughborough Grammar School are celebrating outstanding examination results today.
A Level students at Loughborough Grammar School are celebrating outstanding examination results today. Our departing cohort of 175 boys was the biggest year group in the 524 year history of the School, and all students can be extremely proud of their achievements. Our top 100 boys achieved 96% A*-B grades, placing their performance among the top achieving academic schools nationally. Almost half of all results were at A* or A, and 25 boys achieved at least 2 A* grades.
The Grammar School is particularly proud this year of the performance of its bursary holders. In line with the philanthropic principles laid down in 1495 by its Founder, Thomas Burton, Loughborough Grammar School gives away a number of free and heavily subsidised places each year to boys whose families would not otherwise be able to afford an independent education. This year, our 9 bursary holders achieved 18 A*s, 11 As and 2 B grades between them. 2 have achieved places at Cambridge University (with two others applying this autumn), and 2 leave to start courses at Medical School.
Headmaster Duncan Byrne said:
“Loughborough Grammar School is delighted with boys’ outstanding grades at A Level this summer. Collectively boys achieved no fewer than 279 A*/A grades, and 68 of them achieved AAB or better. We mustn’t forget, however, that success looks different for each individual student, and I would particularly commend boys who have made huge progress during the Sixth Form in order to attain results that they originally thought beyond their reach. Their strong work ethic, coupled with the generous support of skilled and dedicated teachers has helped them to exceed their expectations. The vast majority of Grammar School leavers have achieved their first choice of undergraduate course, and can look forward to a fulfilling university career.
In addition, we are also proud that boys’ impressive exam success has been achieved whilst maintaining a healthy sense of balance in their lives. At a time when society is better aware than ever before of the pressures on young people, our boys’ participation in Sport, Music, Drama and CCF has enabled them to develop the soft skills and resilience to thrive as young adults.”
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