Our vision and values

At Longdean School, we want every member of our school to achieve their academic and social best in an engaging, challenging and inspiring environment. We aim to empower all our students to become confident lifelong learners and well-rounded, emotionally intelligent members of the community they live in.

Our school strapline Rejoice in thy Youth reflects our view that childhood should be celebrated, and while exam results and qualifications are important to our students’ futures, we believe their time here should also be enriching, inspiring, challenging and enjoyable.

Our vision
We want our school to:

  • provide a holistic and relevant education where every student – whatever their abilities – can achieve their best academically, emotionally and socially, and participate fully in school life
  • be a beacon of excellence, where high-quality teaching, an inspiring and motivational curriculum, personalised support, enrichment opportunities and first-class facilities combine to give students the skills and qualifications to have control and choice over their futures
  • nurture every student’s love of learning and natural curiosity – providing them with life-enriching opportunities to develop socially, academically and personally
  • be a caring, inclusive and supportive learning environment where everyone has a sense of belonging and feels safe, valued, and proud to be a part of our school community
  • encourage students to develop independence, confidence, resilience and respect for others, so they can become valued members of the local community and contribute to others nationally and globally.

Our values
At Longdean School, we value and believe in:

  • aiming high – we have high expectations of all our students – whatever their abilities – to try their best, make good progress and achieve their potential
  • valuing difference – respecting and recognising diversity as a strength to be celebrated
  • commitment, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic
  • positive, trusting relationships and clear, honest communication between staff, students and parents/carers to ensure excellent outcomes for our young people
  • choice – enabling students to make appropriate decisions as to what’s best for them and their future
  • sharing in and celebrating everyone’s success
  • encouraging a love of learning – so our students continue to learn and grow after they leave us.


Longdean School is a safe place for everyone.  We celebrate diversity, we actively challenge discrimination, and we are committed to being inclusive. 

A full Diversity calendar is available [here] and includes all religions and awareness days. Here are some monthly summaries:

  • January is cervical health awareness month, celebration of life month, Alcohol Change UK’s dry January and thyroid awareness month.
  • February is UK national heart month, LGBT+ history month and raynaud’s awareness month.
  • March is prostate cancer awareness month, ovarian cancer awareness month, UK Marie Curie Cancer Care’s great Daffodil appeal month and women’s history month.
  • April is autism awareness month, stress awareness month, bowel cancer awareness month and Parkinson’s awareness month.
  • May is stroke awareness month and UK national walking month.
  • June is motor neurone disease awareness month, stillbirth and neonatal death awareness month, Scleroderma awareness month, LGBTQ+ pride month, and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history month.
  • July is UV safety awareness month, international women with alopecia month and group b strep awareness month.
  • August is spinal muscular atrophy awareness month.
  • September is sickle cell awareness month, childhood cancer awareness month, blood cancer awareness month, world Alzheimer’s month and urology awareness month.
  • October is breast cancer awareness month, down syndrome awareness month, black history month, lupus awareness month, world menopause month and global diversity awareness month.
  • November is lung cancer awareness month, pancreatic cancer awareness month, mouth cancer action month, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease awareness month, Movember men’s health awareness month and the start of disability history month.
  • December is universal month for human rights and Decembeard.


For more details see naht.org.uk


Updated 31/01/2024