Hello everyone and welcome to Lathom!
I’m Mrs Galbraith, Headteacher here at Lathom and I am PROUD to welcome you to our website. I hope that it gives you a very clear insight into our school and into what makes it such a special place to work and learn.
Lathom is a medium sized, friendly, family school where everyone is valued and challenged to work hard to be the best they can be and be PROUD of who they are and what they do. When I describe Lathom as medium sized it can seem huge compared to primary school but, in comparison to other high schools, it is smaller and this allows us to really get to know our students and their families during their time here. We are very PROUD of our personal and nurturing approach. We know that this helps our students to settle quickly into life at Lathom and understand the need for a strong balance between care and challenge. It also helps you as parents to feel confident that your child will be well looked after and cared for, will fit in, be safe and happy and, as a result, be highly successful as a learner and in life.
The word PROUD is at the heart of everything we do and everything we ask of our students and parents, and wider community. Our mantra is ‘work hard, be kind’ and our PROUD values help us to do just that. As Lathom’s Headteacher, I am PROUD to lead this school and want students to be PROUD to come here, PROUD of what they achieve, and of who they become – both academically and socially. Our values of Perseverance, Responsibility, Ownership, Understanding and Determination are traditional values and we know that they help our students be the best that they can be in all aspects of life.
We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which provides a range of traditional subjects – setting students up in the best possible way for further study and working life – but tailored with pathways and support to suit their individual needs and talents.
We support our curriculum offer with our Personal Development programme including our extracurricular commitment – our ‘Life at Lathom’. This is a list of 40 experiences guaranteed for every Lathom student during their time here, to make sure that they are ‘ready to take on the world’. Compiled by our students, parents, staff and governors, our ‘Life at Lathom’ list provides a wide and diverse range of life experiences including learning First Aid and CPR, experiencing live theatre and classical music, meeting people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, experience of the world of work, outdoor learning and facing our fears.
We encourage our students to have goals, to stand tall and PROUD and strive to be their best. To be leaders of their own learning and of their own behaviour. We take every available opportunity to encourage independence, strength of character and personal responsibility, and provide formal opportunities for students to develop through our Student Council, Peer Mentoring, Sports Captains and Prefect and Student Leadership System.
We are very proud of the achievements of all our students and of the resilience and confidence they show in their studies and in their personal development. This is testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the students themselves, the successful partnerships we build with home, and our staff who so often go the extra mile.
Lathom is not just a secondary school, it is a family, where all of our students are nurtured and cared for while being challenged and supported to be resilient, confident and successful learners and great human beings. Our aspiration for each and every member of our school community is simple:
Be bold, be brave and be your best you!
Mrs J M Galbraith