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We took the time to catch up with some of our girls and Sixth Form students, both present and past, to find out more about their experience at La Retraite, and why they would recommend us.

Min Luo, Alumni

Min Luo left La Retraite Sixth Form in 2019 with a long list of achievements under her belt and having secured a place at the prestigious University of Oxford, to read Oriental Studies and Japanese. Citing the support of staff, Min Luo speaks highly of her teachers, who coached her to achieve her potential and encouraged her to pursue her goals, commenting that she will remember the kindness and support for years to come.

When asked what advice she would offer her younger self, Min Luo recalls the varying experiences offered by the school to push her out of her comfort zone, that enabled her to become confident in her own accomplishments. Referring to the school as a safe haven, she fondly refers to the school as family.

"My greatest achievement to date is getting in to Oxford University, despite challenges faced and high entry requirements. It was incredibly rewarding to have achieved my greatest goal, and I believe La Retraite helped me in every aspect: from the supportive community of staff and peers, opportunities offered that provided me with the skills I would use beyond school, including different learning techniques and preparation to adapting to a new environment. I am so grateful and proud to have attended the school and Sixth Form, and truly cherish my seven years at La Retraite."

Treasure, Year 9 Student

"At La Retraite, there are numerous opportunities that every girl should take advantage of and not miss out on!  As a Year 9 student, I have basked in the greatness of my school for three years, and as a student leader, I also act as an ambassador for the school. Within my role, I work with teams to take a stand against bullying, I support younger year groups and the wider school community. With the help from my teachers and my own passion for education, I look forward to being the first member of my family to attend Oxford University."

Zeinab, Year 8 Student

With dreams to work within law and politics and to demonstrate to younger girls that anything is possible, Zeinab is a strong presence and active member in our school community.

In Year 8, Zeinab has already participated in a wealth of enrichment and learning experiences offered to all of our girls. A member of the student leadership, anti-bullying ambassadors and library assistant teams, Zeinab is also a scholar recipient and proudly represents our school in Debate Mate and on the school council. When asked why she would recommend the school, we thought it was best to let her explain for herself:

"Attending La Retraite has opened my eyes to see I can achieve anything I want to. High expectations, encouraging and friendly teachers, a school that cares for your wellbeing, the opportunity to enjoy your passions in clubs and positions to take on responsibility and learn new skills is all La Retraite, and it is very special."

Renee, Year 10 Student

"La Retraite is unique because the staff care about the whole girl, and every girl. They are dedicated and passionate about providing each and every one of us with a challenging but interesting education and teaching us that if we work hard and persevere, we can achieve our goals. Not only this, but the school cares for our wellbeing, provides us with the very best experience 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."

Klotilda, Year 10 Student

"As student leader, I take pride in supporting the running of the school and helping those around me. La Retraite puts emphasis on students’ mental health and wellbeing, and this is clear in every aspect of school life. Our teachers put students at the heart of all they do, care for us and want us to achieve our very best and we all look out for one another –within our anti-bullying ambassador teams and as members of the member of the La Retraite family."

Kalifa, Year 12 Student

For Kalifa, the highlight of her time at La Retraite is belonging to a supportive community and establishing long lasting friendships. Crediting teachers for going the extra mile and always inspiring her to pursue her ambitions, Kalifa takes pride in establishing her sense of independent and learning what she can do to make a difference in society, as a result.

With plans to read Law at university and ambitious of becoming a barrister, Kalifa praises teachers for providing additional resources and networking connections to further her interests.

"I have loved my time at La Retraite, from the interesting lessons and supportive learning environment to the endless encouragement and sense of family among us. The entire school community is welcoming, nurturing and wants the best for one another and each other’s wellbeing. In addition, the student body has a voice that is listened to – which I feel has provided me with practise and experience to prepare me for the court of law."

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