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Headteacher's Welcome

Firmly rooted in our local community and with 140 years of experience in Catholic education, La Retraite is underpinned by its long history of academic excellence and strong values.

As an Ofsted Outstanding school, high expectations permeate all that we do, and our track record of successful outcomes including impressive results, notable destinations and enabling our students onto incredible pathways post-education is a testament to this. Our girls are encouraged to be aspirational and bold, empowered by their teachers to excel and flourish in all that they do.

Traditional values are seamlessly coupled with innovative teaching, promising each girl academic excellence, which lays the foundations for success that we are so well known for. Alongside this, we value the importance of developing the whole person, and our high standards of education are complemented by an extensive range of enriching experiences, which ensures every girl discovers and develops her passions, uncovers a world beyond the classroom and takes the time to explore these life-changing endeavours.

Our pledge to prepare girls for their future is strengthened by our unique student experience and our Traits of a La Retraite Girl campaign, which encourages the development of key skills and attributes through a wealth of experiences to stimulate and challenge, providing access to the resources and knowledge to fulfil every ambition.

Our inclusive Catholic ethos warmly welcomes girls from all walks of life, regardless of their faith. As our guiding principle, we firmly believe that our offer of a Catholic all-girls education will positively impact every one of our learners, instilling self-confidence, promoting compassion, celebrating achievement, and inspiring aspirations.

A La Retraite education is defined by creating opportunities and opening doors. We want our girls to join our lasting legacy of tenacious, empathetic, courageous, and powerful young women, who push the boundaries to make a difference in tomorrow’s world.

I hope to welcome you to our school soon, to join us as a La Retraite girl.

Dominic Malins, Headteacher

Formidable Talent – Courageous Spirit – Determined Minds
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