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What underpins Lomond's approach is the encouragement for each pupil to be all that they can be. We embrace Kurt Hahn's philosophy: "We are all better than we know; if only we can be brought to realise this, we may never again be prepared to settle for anything less."
There are many approaches towards achieving that aim, some of which are covered in succeeding pages. The overall emphasis is on encouragement, but the following strands are all aimed at ensuring that each individual has exposure to influences that will develop self-confidence and gives each child his or her place.
Put simply, what we are trying to do is maximise every pupil's individual potential both academically and, possibly even more importantly, as a human being. In other words, we are trying to draw out and optimise the talents that lie within each individual. Within that overall aim there are three broad, identifiable strands:
Furthermore, I want our students to live busy, happy lives; to have inner self-confidence and self-respect and to care for and respect others. We enjoy a good social mix, set high standards and have our high quality endorsed not only by HMC status (Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) but, even more importantly, by our own pupils and parents, as reflected in personal commendations and the high demand for places.
- We provide personal attention and value each individual.
- We attempt to ensure that our pupils are 'well brought up'.
- We are conscious that students flourish in a positive learning environment with up-to-date IT and teaching facilities.
Clarendon is also home to our nursery department which accepts pupils aged three and four years old. The number of mornings required varies from child to child and the total roll is 40 children, who undertake a well-structured programme within a setting where learning through play and acquisition of pre-school skills is undertaken in a happy, busy area. Amongst distinguishing characteristics are the:
- Welcoming, caring and stimulating ethos
- Structured and planned programmes based on individual needs
- Accent on personal development
- Provision of music and swimming by specialist staff
- After-school care in the afternoons
- Qualified teaching as well as nursery-trained staff
- Liaison with the Junior 1 teacher
- Well-equipped garden and safe play area
Clarendon is a special place. Its unique building and grounds are home to pupils from the age of three to ten where they have the security of being housed in a safe but vibrant community. The caring and very professional staff ensure that pupils develop at their own pace. Clarendon is distinguished by:
- Excellent teaching in small non-composite classes
- Input from secondary specialists - Music, P.E.
- French started in Junior 5
- Innovative use of Successmaker interactive learning and electronic whiteboards
- Learning and auxiliary support
- Extensive extra-curricular programme, camps, trips and outdoor days
- Smooth transition from nursery and to Transitus
- Stimulating self-contained grounds
- Particularly active parental involvement
- After-school childcare
Clearly young people are influenced by the environment in which they are brought up. They are being prepared for a fast changing, technological world and it is hoped that they will be leaders and active participants in the future of that world. Apart from the critical human influences it is hoped that high expectations will also be engendered by:
- State-of-the-Art Facilities - modern, bright, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories, brand new en-suite boarding facilities, clean and carpeted rooms and corridors provide a calm and well-ordered setting for learning.
- Information Technology - Every department is equipped with electronic interactive whiteboards (great teaching and learning tools), there is universal intranet and internet access, superb computer provision and inter-active learning systems. IT involvement throughout the school and a commitment to effective and significant continuing investment in IT will ensure that we remain a pioneering school in this area.
- Environment - as an 'Eco-school' we are committed to principles that embrace recycling, elimination of waste and providing an attractive, secure and well-used set of facilities. There is a zero-tolerance policy for litter, graffiti and chewing gum!
- Catering - sometimes over-looked, the role of diet and hydration is given due attention - water consumption, break-time snacks and healthy eating.
Lomond's unique position in Scottish education is underlined by its brand new co-educational boarding house, Burnbrae, located 100 metres from the main teaching block in nearby scenic Campbell Street. This is home to seventy students aged from 11 years to 18 years and is characterised by:
- En-suite bathrooms in the double and single bedrooms
- Spacious social and recreational facilities
- Excellent standards of care and supervision
- A family ethos
- Flexible approach
- Full programme of activities
- Airport, visa and guardian services
- Academic and pastoral support
- Professionally trained staff
- Excellent e-mail/IT/communication systems
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