Loughborough Amherst School
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
About Loughborough Amherst School
Loughborough Amherst School , originally OLCS - Our Lady’s Convent School, was founded in Loughborough in 1850 by the Rosminian Order of the Sisters of Providence. The School is located in the centre of Loughborough on a 10 acre, self-contained campus. In September 2015 it became the fourth school in the Loughborough Schools Foundation and in January 2016 was recognised as ‘Excellent’ in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Despite its population of only 60,000 Loughborough contains one of the “Top Ten” UK universities. Loughborough is situated at the edge of the Charnwood Forest and there is easy access to beautiful countryside for walking. Communications are good. Loughborough is 3 miles from the M1, Leicester and Nottingham are only 30 and 40 minutes drive and there is a direct rail service to London St Pancras International taking from 90minutes.
The School accommodates a wide age range, taking girls from 3 to 18 and boys from 3 to 11. There are currently 214 on roll. Details of provision on offer are described on the website and in the prospectus.
The School’s main aim is that students develop to their full potential. Most achieve very good results in public examinations. However the School has resisted the temptation to improve its position in national performance tables by being more selective in its recruitment. Instead the focus is on educational value-added. An important strength of the School is its success in providing support to students with learning difficulties or disabilities. However it also attracts recruitment from parents/guardians of gifted and talented young people.
There is a strong ethos of caring and nurturing in the School coupled with high expectations of behaviour and respect towards others by both staff and students.
It is not the policy of the School to restrict recruitment of students or, excepting a small number of posts, staff to Catholics. Those of other faiths or none are welcomed in a spirit of respect for diversity, within the overall Christian caring ethos of the School.
The Rosminian Sisters recently moved from the Convent into a new purpose built Convent on the site. This allowed the School to carry out a substantial programme of improvement to refurbish the former Convent Building, creating Sixth Form areas, catering and meeting facilities as well as staff and administration work space.