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By Steve Allen, Head Master, LEH Foshan International School
I’m often asked why LEH Foshan is a boarding school: the answer is simple. It allows our students to settle into a school where they can focus on learning and living in a campus that is designed with all the facilities and staff to support and challenge them academically, socially and in a range of interests outside the classroom.
At LEH Foshan we believe in an holistic education, which means that we prepare students to thrive at university and beyond. We believe that school is so much more than examinations and should not always be in the classroom, studio or laboratory. We aim to ensure that our students learn the ‘soft skills’ that are so important in real life, as well as leaving school with a place at the university of their choice.
Our safe, comfortable and state-of-the-art facilities ensure that our students spend time living, working and relaxing in our green campus, rather than spending hours commuting to and from school.
The facilities, and our extended school day, ensure that students can participate in sports, technology, drama and music within our campus, with experienced teachers available to help them, both with homework and with projects outside the classroom. Importantly, we have a “digital detox” policy which ensures that all screens and devices are firmly locked away overnight, giving our students the eight hours rest and sleep they need for good mental and physical health.
Working and living together enables students to develop new levels of independence and resilience in a safe and caring atmosphere. They learn the benefit of cooperation and interdependence and simply grow in confidence as they tackle each new challenge together. The strong friendships and networks they develop as boarders often last a lifetime. Our students are supported at all times by our experienced team of teachers, House Masters and Mistresses and medical staff.
Some of our students choose to weekly board, arriving at School on Sunday evening and leaving after activities on Friday afternoon. This allows them to complete their work in school and then enjoy high-quality time with their families over the weekend. Parents too can focus upon their work commitments during the week knowing that they do not have to worry about their children’s homework, where they are after school or how they get to and from after school activities.
Other students, for a variety of reasons, stay over the weekend and enjoy a range of activities with their friends, including sports and the well-known Duke of Edinburgh International Award programme. Whether students choose weekly or termly boarding, parents will be reassured by the regular communication from the School, ensuring that they feel fully engaged with their children’s education and development.
LEH Foshan has modern bedrooms for its boarders, with students sharing with others of the same age, and enjoying an en suite bathroom. The rooms are designed to ensure that each student can enjoy their own private space to rest or work individually or collaboratively. While three meals a day will be provided in the Dining Hall, kitchenettes will allow students to make hot drinks and snacks at other times.
Every student at LEH Foshan is assigned to a ‘House’, which is a structure popular in UK and international schools that mixes students from all year groups in a kind of supportive family group. Each House has its own Common Room where students can come together to relax and socialise in their free time. These House Common Rooms help students to integrate and develop a healthy competitive House spirit.
It is a combination of all these things – the supportive House environment, wealth of activities, good diet and sleep, top quality medical care and a consistent focus upon our values – that make boarding at LEH Foshan a rewarding and joyful experience for all our students. We look forward to welcoming you.
Mrs Carolyn Jones, House Mistress and EAL Teacher
Mrs Carolyn Jones has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature as well as a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Previously, she held positions in international schools as House Mistress, Head of the Gifted and Talented Programme as well as teaching English Language.
Mr Darren Cowan, House Master and Head of Humanities
Mr Darren Cowan joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Humanities. Previously he was Head of Key Stage 4 at a leading international school in the UAE. Throughout his career, he has held posts as Head of Humanities and Head of Geography at schools in the UK, Germany and the Middle East. He is a qualified Rugby and Tennis Coach. Mr Cowan has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick.
The best way to find out more about life in LEH Foshan is to come and explore for yourself. I am always available to show you the School and talk about your child’s personal journey. Simply contact our friendly Admissions Team to set up a time.
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