Lomond School is unlike any other. It is a co-educational day and boarding school guided by six core values that lay the foundation of both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities – courage, determination, self-awareness, integrity, compassion and curiosity. Here, students between the ages of three to 18 gain a well-rounded education delivered by experienced educators, small class sizes and a personalised learning approach.
Students of all ages will pick up necessary and relevant skills whilst developing traditional values and qualities that ensure their success in and out of the school. Lomond School nurtures children to be responsible and active global citizens of the 21st century while they learn in a welcoming, inspiring and inclusive environment.
Set in the small, safe and coastal town of Helensburgh near Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the surrounding scenic countryside setting allows a strong emphasis and commitment to Outdoor Education. It is also only 30 minutes from the city of Glasgow and has direct train links to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.
Rigorous curriculum, limitless learning opportunities
From nursery and pre-school to senior school, every student at Lomond School is exposed to a blend of rich academic curriculum and extracurricular activities that take learning beyond the classroom. Students have a wide range of subject choices throughout their learning stages at the school. Hong Kong student Marcus shares: “Studying at Lomond has helped me achieve my goals. There’s plenty of subject choices, teachers are dedicated and small classes enable teachers to focus more on students.”
Junior School children enjoy learning in a warm and friendly environment. While hard work is expected, children are also instilled with good manners and traditional values alongside the progressive curriculum. Classes are kept intentionally small to cultivate a strong, personal and caring student-teacher relationship. In turn, each child’s talents and strengths are discovered and nurtured, allowing them to explore their full potential.
To ease the transition from Junior School to Senior School, Lomond School offers a Transitus programme which provides students with the guidance and support they need to confidently start their secondary education. At this stage, children are encouraged to take on more independent learning while being introduced to a range of specialist subjects which will go on to be explored further in their first two years of Senior School. In Senior 3 and 4 (Year 10 and 11) students will focus on eight subjects for National 5, before moving onto Sixth Form where they have the choice of three pathways: SQA (Highers and Advanced Highers) or one of two IB Programmes.
Lomond School has a proven academic track record. This comes with little surprise with the high teaching standards at the school. Sophie, the school captain, credits this to her relationship with all her teachers: “I feel unconditional support and encouragement from them to perform to the best of my abilities and the best grades possible.” She adds that every teacher goes above and beyond to extend their help is every way they can.
Marcus agrees. “The teachers have helped me so much, not just in the language but in helping me gain a sense of belonging at the school,” he says.
Students at Lomond School benefit from a choice of curriculums at Sixth Form, picking between either SQA Highers and Advanced Highers, the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Programme with specialisation through an HNC in Business.
While the IB Diploma Programme targets all students who aspire to go to university, the IB Career-related Programme is designed for those who are planning for further education and/or a career in business.
“I think the course is making me a more well-rounded and knowledgeable individual,” says one student.
A unique boarding experience with dynamic activities
Lomond School welcomes boarders from across the globe. The family-like ethos and pastoral care are behind the reasons international boarders like Marcus find their second home here. He joined the school when he was 14 years old. “As a young boarder [at that time], I felt good staying at Burnbrae House as it was welcoming and my second home. The best part? I managed to meet a lot of friends from different places and it generally helped me improve my English,” he shares.
Burnbrae House’s facilities are top-notch and offer students a rewarding boarding experience through a variety of extracurricular activities. From sports, arts and outdoor education, weekends are never dull here.
Having played basketball for years, Marcus keeps himself active during his spare time. “Lomond has excellent facilities for sports and I’ve also been utilising the gym. It’s brilliant and it keeps my fitness and my health in check.” As for Sophie, the school was quick to recognise that her talents lay in music and drama. “I’ve been lucky enough to be provided with amazing opportunities to showcase this.”
Sophie sums up her experience: “I can truly say that the Lomond School experience is unique and wonderful and I feel very proud and privileged to have been a pupil here.”
Parents, if you’re seeking a school that nurtures your child’s learning in a supportive environment, Lomond School may be the right fit. Find out more about the school here or click here for admissions.