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Pick Your Pathway

Our enriching student experience enables every La Retraite student to embark on a pursuit of excellence, inspiring them to achieve their potential and develop as courageous, determined and spirited young adults, ambitious for themselves ready to make a difference to tomorrows’ worlds.

Through the highest of standards and practises, extra-curricular opportunities and a wealth of experiences both in and beyond the classroom, Your Pathway is weaved through every aspect of the La Retraite offer and underpinned by four key strands: Nurturing, Learning, Innovating and Leading.

The Pathways approach empowers every student to become the best versions of themselves, and not only nurtures their individual personalities, talents and aspirations, but challenges them to grow as leaders and innovators of the future, equipped with the qualities and traits needed, for success in the global world.

“I believe that the standard of teaching alongside the support from teachers has equipped me with the tools I need to achieve my very best, and the opportunities offered have built my confidence, prepared me for life after school and instilled a sense of self-belief.  At La Retraite, have developed a passion for learning and built the foundations for my future success”. Olakou, Year 12 Student

A culture that nurtures every student as an individual and empowers them to achieve their potential

A dedication to pastoral care, positive and strong relationships at school and with families and careful monitoring of progress and understanding ensures the needs of every student is met, in addition to supporting every student at every stage of their journey. Coupled with our Catholic ethos which is reflected in our Giving Back Programme that sees our girls in the community and working alongside charities, and an array of celebration and enrichment events throughout the year, the personalities, passions and aspirations of every student in our care is cherished.

“La Retraite provides us with the very best experiences and opportunities to learn and enjoy things we might not get the chance to, outside of school. In recent years, I have won Best in Year and Best in School in the UKMT Challenge, stayed onboard the HMS Bristol and participated in a range of related activities, joined the school leadership team and have been accepted into the Generation Medics Programme!” Renee, Year 10 Student

A promise of academic excellence, underpinned by a track history of success 

Our history of successful alumni and long-standing record of outstanding results highlights the quality of education and our efforts in ensuring every girl reaches their potential. Achieved through a unique Scholars programme, stimulating and inspiring lessons, uncompromising standards and a strong, broad and balanced curriculum, we deliver an enhanced learning experience, reflective of the demands of the 21st Century.

Traditional values enhanced by innovative practises 

The recent expansion of our Sixth Form offer to include T-Level education demonstrates our desire to pioneer innovation in education. We want to open doors to the highly skilled workforce for our students. through our forward-thinking approach to education, wide range of partners who enrich our curriculum and broaden horizons and an array of learning experiences beyond the classroom, on a local, national and global scale, students are prepared for life in the modern world.

Shaping leaders of the future…

At La Retraite, every student is encouraged to take on positions of responsibility and explore the different pathways to ignite their aspirations. We aim to support students by developing their understanding of their career options and provide opportunities to gain real-life experience, enabling learners to make informed decisions and feel equipped for their chosen route, with an array of desirable attributes under their belt.

“I look forward to using the skills I have gained whilst at La Retraite when I attend university to study medicine, for which I feel confident and prepared as a result of our career pathway experiences, including lectures, extra-curricular opportunities and careers fairs”.  Deba, Year 12 Student

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