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Our pastoral ethos is based on caring for every individual. Personalised support is the cornerstone of our approach. Girls are encouraged to speak, share, listen and flourish both within our community and beyond it. An overarching philosophy of building resilience engenders self-respect and self-confidence within each individual. It is our aim that girls are happy within themselves and well prepared for the promise that their futures hold.

 
BUILDING
A
COMMUNITY
 
 

BUILDING A COMMUNITY

Integration
We actively encourage inter-year mixing so that girls of different ages feel comfortable together. We achieve this through a wide variety of activities such as: School Council; clubs and societies often run by senior girls for younger audiences; the Sixth Form educating younger girls about e-safety; creative activities in Music and Drama; a plethora of House events.
Support
The girls informally help each other throughout the school. In addition, we have a range of initiatives in place to promote the importance of helping others including: our buddy system in Years 7 and 8; Sixth Form students allocated to younger forms to provide support; inter-year training in leadership for School Council representatives.
Leadership
Edit the School Magazine or write for it. Be a Digital Ambassador or your form's Raising and Giving rep. Lead the girls' activities for the Christmas Bazaar or steer Challenge Your Limits Week. Be a member of the House Captain's team or set up your own society. At G and L, if you want to take the lead you can.
Working Together
All forms throughout the school have two form reps to raise matters at the frequent School Council meetings. Recent work by the School Council includes: re-design of the girls' cloakrooms; input into this very website; re-organisation of the buddy system; feedback on our PSHEE syllabus.

Opportunities to flourish

CHALLENGING YOUR LIMITS

In March each year the whole school challenges their limits in an action packed week of events and activities. Resilience is a trait that can be learned and, whilst it is wonderful to have a week to give focus, the philosophy of resilience is a core element of our aims.

Encouraging Enterprise

Girls taking part in enterprise education develop a broad range of skills from problem solving and dealing with uncertainty to innovation and creativity. The Year 9 programme is run in conjunction with Kensington Aldridge Academy where the girls meet their peers where enterprise is a focus of daily learning, finding out how they go about selling their produce on Portobello Road. Further up the school the Sixth Form girls participate in an in-house young enterprise scheme.

Approaches to Wellbeing

Remaining calm and mentally and physically healthy, in times of stress, and learning to cope with challenging situations is something we hold high in our pastoral approach. Yoga, Pilates and Zumba are all offered, exercise is championed and encouraged, education about nutrition is given and general wellbeing is valued very highly.

Reaching Out

Girls can extend their interests to the local community and beyond in a variety of ways. Whether it is getting involved in a school organised event or activity in school or out there is something for everyone.

Attempting to ride the backwards bike is just one event of many in Challenge Your Limits week.
Fashion limits were tested to the limit here in a House challenge.
We have had many speakers give their inspirational stories. Here, John Pritchard, an Olympic rower addressed the girls.
Learn magic with Amigo the magician.
Designing and making headresses proved a popular challenge.
Even the staff got together to form a choir and perform to the girls. True resilience!

Encouraging Enterprise

Girls taking part in enterprise education develop a broad range of skills from problem solving and dealing with uncertainty to innovation and creativity. The Year 9 programme is run in conjunction with Kensington Aldridge Academy where the girls meet their peers where enterprise is a focus of daily learning, finding out how they go about selling their produce on Portobello Road. Further up the school the Sixth Form girls participate in an in-house young enterprise scheme.

Yoga led by a fully qualified instructor
Mindfulness sessions are available throughout the week for all girls to attend
The dance studio hosts pilates, zumba and dance groups.
Fitness Studio
Education on nutrition is part of the pastoral programme at all ages

Girls can extend their interests to the local community and beyond in a variety of ways. Whether it is getting involved in a school organised event or activity in school or out there is something for everyone.

Amnesty International

Our Amnesty International group is led by girls in the Upper Sixth and a member of staff and is open to girls from all ages. The weekly sessions are popular and involve learning about events across the world and writing letters in support of some of the situations that have come to exist.

Annual Tea Party

The School community work together to put on a Christmas Tea Party for local elderly residents. The girls in Year 9 work together to host each table of guests whilst girls in Year 7 perform in their Christmas production. Over 100 local residents are invited, their transport to and from school taken care of, to ensure they can participate.

Raising & Giving

The Raising and Giving team is led by a team in the Upper Sixth. They coordinate all fundraising activities, including the twice weekly cake sales, discussion with raising and giving reps from each form, larger fundraising events (such as the staff Lipsync battle) and the choice of charities to support throughout the year.

Volunteering

Over 100 girls from Year 10 and the LVI volunteer at local primary schools, nursery schools or care homes. The program is fully structured by school and is a weekly commitment for girls. It is one of the most rewarding activities on offer.

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar is no ordinary event. The objective is to raise money for charities, usually 4 different ones, the local community and also the school's bursary fund. Girls from the Lower Sixth help to organise the event and many girls from across the school contribute to the activities on the day itself.

"A place to grow"

Lower School

First Steps

Settling in to Year 7

Form Allocation

Prior to the girls starting in Year 7, very careful thought is put into the allocation of form groups. We take into account each girl’s prior school and where they live in order to ensure a smooth and comfortable start to their school experience.

Care for the Individual

The pastoral team, comprising of head of section, head of year, form tutor and deputy form tutor, oversees the transition for each girl, through regular meetings, discussions and observations. The emphasis is on the importance of highly effective communication in order to ensure that the needs of each girl are met.

PE and Science day

All girls who accept a place are invited to spend the day at G&L in late May, taking part in sporting and science activities. This allows them to meet other new girls, have lunch with the current Year 7 and start to familiarise themselves with the school.

Parents and Girls welcome evening

The purpose of this evening in June is for parents and girls to meet with tutors and all key members of staff who will play a role in their daily life at school. Whilst the parents get a little more information from staff, girls get to head off and have a little fun in their new form groups!

New Parents welcome

A whole year welcome evening in early September precedes individual form welcome drinks, in order to give parents a chance to get to know each other.

Bonding Day

During the first week of school the whole of Year 7 go offsite to engage in fun and exciting activities getting to know tutors and other girls from within their form (whilst getting a little bit muddy!)

Year 8 Buddies

The new Year 7 girls will be allocated a Year 8 buddy from within the same House and will receive a welcome letter from them during the holidays.  Girls are encouraged to meet formally during House meetings and participate in other fun events such as a treasure hunt.

Year 7 Christmas Production

All girls in Year 7 perform in a form by form production rehearsed in drama lessons in the first term. This is a wonderful opportunity for all the girls to collaborate on a large and very enjoyable project which invariably leads to a brilliant performance.

Lower School dance group performing at the Extra-curricular PE display to parents.
Year 8 visit to Salamanca
Ypres, part of the Year 9 battlefield visit, is always popular.
Getting into the spirit in the summer term before Year 7
The Year 7 Christmas production is great fun for all concerned.
The Lower School production is always a highlight of the summer term.
A Skype call with Tujatane, our cultural exchange partner school in Zambia.
The Year 8 visit to Kew Gardens.
Sally Gardner is one of many author visits we have hosted.

Middle School

Evolve & Explore
Global
Awareness

The "Perspectives Programme" gives girls an opportunity to explore social, political and cultural questions to develop their understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Working in House groups rather than forms, to extend their friendship circles, girls discuss challenging topics such as modern day slavery, the power of the mass media and money and morals.

New
Dimensions

Leadership opportunities come in different forms; lead a House meeting or design a form session. Voluntary service is cherished by those that do it; and most do.

Work experience gives all a chance to see what lies ahead. A thorough and bespoke higher education and careers programme gives insight into how to plan for future goals and dreams. So much to think about but supported in so many ways.

Holistic
Approach

Wellbeing is at the centre of our ethos; the “Lifestyle Plus” programme equips girls for the demands of adolescence (o​r Middle School life) covering healthy living, the importance of exercise, sleep and a good diet. Yoga, Mindfulness and Pilates are all offered to help with reflection and relaxation.

Structured
Support

To ensure that every girl gets the time they need with a form tutor we operate a co­-tutoring system with one teacher for every twelve girls. This tutor will support and mentor the same group for three years allowing the staff to really get to know each girl and to develop strong bonds of trust.

Supporting the individual in the Middle School

Co-tutors

The co-tutor system in the Middle School enables each tutor to take responsibility for 11 or 12 girls, working with them and supporting them in decision making. This system provides a good transition between Lower School and Sixth form and allows the staff to really get to know the girls, developing strong bonds of trust and understanding.

Perspectives

The perspectives programme provides an opportunity for girls to discuss social, political and cultural questions whilst understanding what it means to be a global citizen. Topics such as modern day slavery, British values, women and work are considered in small groups which provide opportunity for debate and discussion.

Lifestyle Plus

Girls follow courses in yoga, mindfulness, healthy living and first aid which are designed to develop their wellbeing and help them deal with some of the challenges at this period in their lives.

Leadership

As Deputy House Captains, Year 10 girls are encouraged to take a leadership role in the organisation of House events. Girls also play a key role in running many of the extra-curricular clubs and societies which take place.

Academic Mentoring

Teacher mentors are available to provide girls with additional support if they need help with examination revision or techniques. Girls follow a structured programme which is not subject specific but designed to help them develop the necessary skills.

Voluntary Work

The Voluntary Work programme gives the girls the opportunity to make a difference and give something back to our local community. The girls make a regular weekly commitment and the placements include working with children and the elderly in Hammersmith.

Brearly Exchange

Girls are able to participate in a cultural exchange school with the Brearley School in New York. The visit provides an exciting and valuable opportunity for girls to experience both family life and an American school first hand whilst discovering many places of interest in this fascinating city.

Work Experience

At the end of Year 11 all girls are encouraged to take part in the work experience programme, with placements as diverse as working for a national newspaper or shadowing a consultant in a local hospital.

"Nurturing mutual respect"
A Year 11 volunteer at a local primary school.
Middle School girls going for the finish line in the House Ergo competition
Amongst other activities, rock climbing, was part of the Year 10 leadership day (designed by girls in the year group)
Year 10 bonding day challenged the girls (just to stay afloat!)
Year 11 head to Paris to engage with French language and culture.
Middle School girls embraced knitting during Challenge Your Limits week.
Discussions about global affairs are intrinsic in the form time programme.
Year 10 Deputy House captains take a leading role in the organisation of Sports Day.
Sixth Form

A new space. A fresh start, whether you are already at G&L or hope to join us. More freedom to manage your own time and more time to reflect. More opportunities to make an impact and to make things happen. ‘Definitely the best years at school’: girls say this again and again. Enjoy meeting a much wider range of students and adults, through your classes, tutor group, societies and positions of responsibility. In the bright and open sixth form area, away from the school bustle, you can study or hang out and relax. You choose.

Challenge Your Limits is the name of the Godolphin and Latymer resilience programme. We believe that resilience is an essential characteristic for developing the ability to overcome adversity, maintain a positive outlook and to embrace challenges. Fear of failure can be a very significant inhibitor to fulfilling potential.

We seek to give our girls the tools to overcome this fear and instead have the confidence to pursue their individual hopes and aims. We want to challenge the notion that perfection is achievable and instead capture the importance of responsible risk-taking. Resilience is an unsung form of heroism which deserves much more celebration than it usually receives!

"Don’t limit your challenges,
challenge your limits"
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PSHEE

The aim of our PSHEE programme is to inspire students to be fully engaged in the world around them as well as gaining a better understanding of themselves.

Personal

Through activities and discussion we help our students develop self-esteem, a strong sense of their own identity and emotional intelligence. Sex and relationship education is set in the context of respect for individual decisions and beliefs and making informed choices. We also emphasise the importance of personal and online safety.

Social

Each girl is encouraged to take a lively interest in current affairs and the world around them. There is a strong focus on giving to those who are less fortunate and making an active contribution to the community beyond the school gates. Environmental awareness is promoted throughout the school with a ‘green’ approach to travel, waste and consumerism.

Health

Good physical and emotional well-being is key to our students’ development. The importance of exercise, nutrition and sleep is explored in order to give girls the confidence to make positive choices about their health. The need for balance in the girls’ hectic lives is encouraged through mindfulness and relaxation sessions.

Economic

Personal finance and responsible budgeting underpin our development of the students’ understanding of how money makes the world go round. Practical examples of lending and interest and of ethical investment are discussed and debated. Students also get an insight into taxation and the choices the Government has to make when spending our money.

Citizenship

Our students learn about the privileges and responsibilities of living in a democratic country. Using our school community as a mini model of society they learn about governance and rules, voting and respect for alternative beliefs. The concept of “Britishness” in our multi-cultural world is also discussed and explored.

"Nurturing responsible
citizens of the world"

Challenge Your Limits is the name of the Godolphin and Latymer resilience programme. We believe that resilience is an essential characteristic for developing the ability to overcome adversity, maintain a positive outlook and to embrace challenges. Fear of failure can be a very significant inhibitor to fulfilling potential.

We seek to give our girls the tools to overcome this fear and instead have the confidence to pursue their individual hopes and aims. We want to challenge the notion that perfection is achievable and instead capture the importance of responsible risk-taking. Resilience is an unsung form of heroism which deserves much more celebration than it usually receives!

Every girl
matters
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The Godolphin and Latymer School
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The Charity called The Godolphin and Latymer School (charity registration number 312699) is administered by The Godolphin and Latymer School Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee (Company number 3598439)