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The convent, where many lessons are taught, is a beautiful building built around a quad with the nuns’ garden as its inner sanctum. This is now used by the sixth formers, who have their common room on the top floor of the convent. Pupils were able to choose the décor; do note the very elegant chandelier. The strength of the school is the small class sizes (the largest class we saw was 11 pupils; sixth form average is five) and the lack of pressure. ‘They know my child and the way they learn,’ was said more than once...

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The School campus includes the Loughborough Nursery and therefore offers care and education of boys and girls from 6 weeks old through to age 18.

Entrance assessments consist of: 11 - Maths, English & Non-verbal reasoning, 12+ - Individually assessed. 16 - Dependent on ability and attitude together with a minimum of five GCSE passes at Grade C or Grade 4, or higher. Some subjects may require higher grades for entry. A personal interview may be conducted.

No past papers given.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since September 2023, James Neville, previously senior vice principal at English Martyrs’ Catholic School in Leicester and before that, assistant head (sixth form) at Ratcliffe College where he took a leading role in strategic and educational leadership. He began his career at one of Wales’ leading independent schools, St John’s College in Cardiff, where he rose through the ranks to head of humanities and then to assistant head (academic). Read modern history at Magdalen College Oxford before completing an MPhil at King’s College Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar in the world-famous choir. He is a committed Catholic and married with two children. Loves history and music, with wider interests including current affairs, politics, architecture and travel.

Since September 2018, head of prep school is Izzy Winton. A practising Catholic,...

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Our academic support department values the abilities and achievements of all of our learners and is committed to providing the best possible environment for learning for each pupil. Our results data shows that we do an exceptionally good job of ensuring that no pupil is disadvantaged due to a special educational need. The aim for all of our pupils is inclusion. We work collaboratively with pupils, parents, staff and external agencies to ensure individuals realise their potential, have access to a broad and balanced education, and go into the world and make it a better place. We understand that many pupils will have additional needs at some time during their school life. At Loughborough Amherst School we recognise that appropriate support and intervention will enable all pupils to experience and enjoy positive achievement. Support may be short, sharp bursts of intervention, or more regular support across the academic year. We use expertise within the department and school to guide teaching and training to ensure our mission of fully inclusive education is adopted in each classroom.

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