We speak with Edwin Brown, the Headmaster of The Lyceum School
How long have you been working at The Lyceum?
I’ve been here since August 2014. I was appointed after the founding Co-Heads, Lynn Hannay and Jeremy Rowe retired. I was previously Head of Quainton Hall Prep School in Harrow.
Does the school have a long history and has it maintained its core values?
The school was founded 17 years ago by two state primary teachers who wanted to adapt their educational philosophy to an independent setting. The core values of the school were created by them and we continue to develop these values. The school is a unique blend of academic success and nurturing individual talents and abilities. We believe all children have the potential to achieve and excel. Our activities are designed to stimulate, motivate and encourage all children.
Our curriculum has a thematic approach with an emphasis on the visual and performing arts. Good manners,
interpersonal skills and respect are very important. We have a unique location and make the best possible use of the resources and facilities that London has to offer.
Being new to the school, how are you finding your new role?
It’s a privilege to be the Head of a unique and successful independent prep school
in London and I find my role here exciting, fast moving and professionally very enjoyable.
How do you help ensure every student achieves their full potential?
We believe very much in the notion of value-added and that every child can achieve and succeed in their time here. The Lyceum does a very good job of preparing children for successful transfer to a range of independent senior schools whilst offering a range of stimulating experiences through a broad and balanced curriculum. As a small school, all children are known and supported individually. Our assessment policy and procedures enable staff to set and review targets and good contact is maintained with parents so that they know how their child is doing.
Tell us about the school’s feedback?
It so happens that the school underwent an ISI inspection in October which had very positive outcomes. Part of the inspection process is a pupil and parent questionnaire and we were very pleased that the response from both was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
What’s in the pipeline for the school?
The Lyceum finds itself at a very exciting point in its history and development. The school building is undergoing a programme of refurbishment and we are seeking planning to extend the school by adding an extra floor onto our flat roof and to have a garden and play area on top of that. We are also shortly re-launching our school website, publishing a new prospectus and improving facilities, whilst still maintaining the small class sizes and the ethos and atmosphere that make the school so successful.
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