This week, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Boarding Schools Association conference in London with many other Prep and Senior School Heads. Such gatherings are always a great opportunity to share ideas and practices, as well as a chance to celebrate the many strengths of the boarding environment; how it provides such an important foundation as we prepare our pupils for all that they will encounter in the future. The importance of ‘character’ was the main theme for this year and how we can develop, nurture and measure character both implicitly and explicitly within our schools.  There are, of course, numerous examples of children reflecting this ‘character’ here at Lambrook whether that be standing on the stage for the first time, overcoming a ‘block’ in Mathematics, completing a sponsored event to raise funds for others, picking oneself up after getting a ‘duck’ in a cricket match, going on an expedition to an unfamiliar country, keeping a close eye on someone who may need additional support or perhaps, working additional hours in order to attain a Scholarship. Talking of which, I am delighted to announce that Max Hersov has been awarded a King’s Scholarship to Eton College this week; a simply outstanding achievement. 

Our boarding at Lambrook continues to grow from strength to strength, and we are seeing an increasing number of our children taking part in it to some level, whether that be all week, or just the occasional night. We are fairly unique with our flexi-boarding model, and our provision is accurately described as a ‘home from home’ experience. Our boarding houses are a very happy extension of our school day, and pupils make full use of our fabulous facilities once everyone else has gone home; this term is particularly special, as many an evening is spent outside playing cricket, climbing trees and enjoying the company of each other. It has been fantastic to see the development of individuals as they have thrown themselves into the boarding community; their confidence has clearly grown, skills have developed and friendships strengthened. 

We are fortunate to have an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated boarding team, which creates a warm and nurturing environment and this will undoubtedly continue next year, with the appointment of additional staff members to that team in September. I was most encouraged to receive such positive feedback from you as parents in our most recent boarding survey, which will only help us further as we look at developing boarding all the more here in the future.  More than 80% of our pupils currently go on to boarding senior schools and I am confident that the Lambrook boarding experience provides the right preparation for this next stage of our pupils’ educational journey. 

Lambrook will be awash with visitors tomorrow morning, as we hold our Spring Open Day; I know our pupils will be the most excellent ambassadors and our visitors will not be able to help but see and experience the depth of character that we witness here on a daily basis. 

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