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                         The Lancaster School Leicester
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The headTeacher’s Message
Welcome to The Lancaster School, a Specialist Sports and Arts College. It gives me great pleasure to
introduce this school on behalf of the governors and the staff. This brochure is designed to give you
some insight into our school. We recognise the full importance of the decision to select a school for your
son. It is essential that you make a reasoned and informed judgement to ensure that your son has a
happy and successful experience over the next five crucial years.

I hope that through this prospectus, our Open Evenings and school tour, you get a fully rounded view of
The Lancaster School. Furthermore, I hope that the values and beliefs that we hold are those that you
believe are right for your son.

Lancaster is a comprehensive school for boys aged 11-16. We                                                     “Staff are committed to the
have high expectations of our pupils and expect them to strive
                                                                                                                care and welfare of pupils”. Ofsted
for personal excellence and maintain high standards of discipline
and behaviour at all times.

Our purpose is to ensure that the school is recognised as a
symbol of excellence and an enjoyable place in which to learn
and develop.

We are recognised as a good school where pupils make good progress between Year 7 and Year 11 at a
better rate than is achieved by most schools nationally.

We offer a wide and varied curriculum and provide many activities which extend beyond the school day.
I believe that Lancaster has much to offer and provides wonderful opportunities for our boys.

We strongly believe in developing a good relationship with parents. This partnership is vital if the boys are
to be successful and achieve their full potential both now and in the future.

My staff and I try to be approachable and helpful at all times as we seek to maintain high standards at the
school. Equally I hope you will support both your son and the school during his time with us.

We look forward with enthusiasm to working with our pupils and extend a warm welcome to boys and
parents alike.

Russell Kennedy
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                                         WHAT IS DISTINCTIVE ABOUT
                                         THE LANCASTER SCHOOL?

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                                         Our specialist status has made a significant contribution to improving the achievement of our pupils.
                                         Lancaster has been a specialist Sports College since 2000. We were one of the first schools in the
                                         country to gain a second specialism in 2005; this is in ‘The Arts’ – English and Art.

                                         innovaTive curricuLuM
                                         Pupils study a broad curriculum at Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14),
                                         with an emphasis on raising attainment in English, Maths and
                                         Science. At Key Stage 4 (ages 14 -16) the School allows boys to
                                         specialise by offering choices from an extensive range of modern
                                         and exciting courses as well as the traditional subjects of which
                                         the School is proud. English, Maths and Science remain at the
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                                         At Lancaster we have “created a learning environment where boys thrive” (Quote from a parent). This
                                         is a result of using teaching and learning styles which get the best out of boys: for example dividing
                                         the lessons into short sections, setting short term targets so the boys know what they have to do to
                                         succeed, and giving them plenty of positive feedback, advice and encouragement.

                                         a supporTive environMenT
                                         Visitors to the school often comment on the excellent working relationships between pupils and staff.
                                         The extensive support systems we have help to give our pupils the confidence they need to develop
                                         and succeed.

                                         Life ouTside The cLassrooM
                                         There are a wide range of activities and events which enrich and extend the pupils’ learning beyond
                                         the classroom. These provide many opportunities for pupils to develop new skills, discover talents,
                                         extend their knowledge and understanding and make new friends.

                                                                      Creativity is a hallmark of learning at Lancaster. All pupils are
                                                                      encouraged to develop their own original ideas and solutions. Through
                                                                      a well planned curriculum, carefully structured lessons and supportive
                                                                      environment we develop our pupils’ ability to think for themselves and
                                                                      be creative at all times.

                                                                      schooL uniforM
                                                                      All pupils must attend wearing the full school uniform. We believe that
                                                                      wearing uniform promotes pride in appearance for pupils and does
                                                                      much to uphold the discipline and reputation of the school.
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Learning is at the heart of all we do at The Lancaster School. We encourage pupils to explore their ideas,
ask and answer questions, listen to their teachers and peers, develop their written work and reflect on
their learning.

Subjects taught in the first three years are largely traditional with an emphasis on ‘learning to learn’. We
aim to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding and provide the boys with the skills to learn. This
emphasis on developing skills continues in years 10 and 11, when boys choose from a unique and wide
range of courses. At this crucial stage the boys receive excellent advice and support to ensure they
choose the appropriate courses to meet their needs, abilities and interests. This is so important if they are
to be successful and fully prepared to meet the challenges which lie ahead when they leave at 16.

                                               To support pupils’ learning we provide parents with termly        “The quality of teaching
                                               grade reports. These show the achievement and progress              and learning is good”.
                                               the boys are making in each subject area in relation to the
                                               challenging targets which have been set for them.

                                               Learning is far more than sitting in a classroom! We aim
                                               to provide every opportunity to enrich pupils’ lives so they
                                               enjoy their education and build confidence as individuals.
                                               These opportunities include theatre, dance, drama, and art
                                               workshops at the school. We also create the chance for
                                               pupils to take part in a wide range of trips. Many of these
                                               involve visits to local places of interest (e.g. Bradgate Park,
                                               National Space Centre) others include visits to the theatre,
                                               museums, art galleries and sporting events. There is also an
                                               active Duke of Edinburgh programme at the school.

A range of residential trips, such as outdoor education, sporting tournaments, and field studies take
place in this country while others take place abroad. These include language trips, visits to the Belgian
Battlefields, skiing in France and studying ICT in New York.
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                                                           OPPORTUNITIES AT
                                                           A large number of activities take place after school
                                                           and we encourage all boys to take part. They enrich
                                                           pupils’ lives and extend their learning. Sport, Music,
                                                           and the Arts provide many of these but other clubs
                                                           such as Environmental, Chess, Technology, Drama
                                                           and Science also thrive.

                         sporT and recreaTion
                         We are particularly proud of our reputation in sport. As a leading Specialist Sports
                         College we provide pupils with the opportunity to take part in sport for recreation,
                         enjoyment and competition. We have extensive sports facilities including a four court
                         indoor tennis centre which is shared with the girls’ school next door. At a competitive
                         level the school has had huge success in many sports at city, county and indeed
                         national level.

                         The school has an active Music Department with Junior and Senior Choirs, Orchestra
                         and numerous rock bands. The highlights of the year are the Christmas and end of
                         term concerts. These demonstrate what a talented set of young people and staff we
“Lancaster has created   have at the school.
a learning environment
where boys thrive”.      draMa
Parent                   This is a thriving department in which a large number of boys follow examination
                         courses. The Drama Club is extremely popular and the annual productions are always
                         sold out!
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                   CARE FOR OUR PUPILS
We do our best work when happy and confident so pupil care is one of our main priorities. To achieve this
we have a strong pastoral system which supports the boys in all aspects of their learning and development.
The Head of Year is responsible for ensuring that nothing prevents pupils from learning, and carefully
monitors the progress of each boy in the year group.

Heads of Year are supported by form tutors who monitor attendance, behaviour, school uniform and the
progress the boys in their form are making. Their aim is to ensure all pupils reach their full potential.

                                 addiTionaL supporT for pupiLs
                                 The Special Educational Needs Department works to ensure that all pupils
                                 with learning difficulties receive appropriate support. It provides classroom
                                 support, small group work to increase literacy and numeracy skills, after-
                                 school sessions and individual ICT programmes.

                                 There is a school-based tutor with expertise in supporting pupils whose first
                                 language is not English.

Pupils who are gifted and talented in any area receive support from our Gifted and Talented Learning Mentor
who organises a variety of activities to ensure these pupils maximise their talents. The Inclusion Team
fosters positive behaviour and ensures that all pupils can access the opportunities offered to them.

When necessary individual and group mentoring is provided for specific academic or pastoral needs.

reLaTionship wiTh parenTs
We are fully committed to developing a good working relationship with parents. If pupils are to be
successful it is vital that we work in partnership with parents and carers.

Communication between school and home must be maintained at all times. Simple day to day issues
can be dealt with by telephone, letter or the pupil planners; other more important issues may require an
appointment to see the Student Support Worker or Head of Year. Please contact the school to arrange an
appointment when this is necessary so that staff have all the relevant information available at the meeting.
The school will contact you if your son is absent from school without a known reason or when there is a
concern regarding your son’s work or behaviour.

We also welcome parents to Open Evenings, Parents’ Evenings and
specific Curriculum Evenings. The Headteacher leads a Parents’
Consultative Group where parents have an opportunity to contribute to
policies and future developments.

The way ahead
Despite our many achievements we are constantly looking for ways to
improve. We regularly review and evaluate the work of the school in
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order to improve further the quality of teaching and learning, the care
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and guidance provided, and the wide range of enrichment activities on
offer. This is so important if we are to raise standards further and ensure
all boys make the progress they are capable of.

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