Welcome to Longdean

I am proud to be the headteacher of such an amazing school. If I could sum up Longdean in three words, it would be challenging, innovative and supportive.

We challenge our students to be the best they can be and encourage them to develop a love of learning that we hope they will retain throughout their lives. We have high expectations of all our students whatever their abilities and urge them to aim high. To help them succeed, we provide a high standard of teaching that enables them to excel and gain the qualifications and skills they need to do well in life. We also offer a broad, flexible and innovative curriculum that features both academic and vocational courses, giving them many career options on leaving us. They also have access to our state-of-the-art classrooms and excellent sporting facilities, and in sixth form, a dedicated study and social centre.

While exam results and the futures of our students are important to us, we also focus on nurturing and supporting our young people to become responsible adults who can contribute to the world. We provide a welcoming and supportive school environment where they can learn and grow. Positive relationships between staff and students are fostered in the classroom and through shared events and trips. Staff really get to know students and provide them with the support they need. Whether it's help with homework, careers advice or a chat about personal issues – our staff are there for them.

While we are constantly looking to innovate and evolve our curriculum, support and learning, one thing that has stayed constant throughout the life of the school is our values which are reflected in our school motto – Rejoice in Thy Youth. We celebrate childhood and make sure that, along with gaining an education, students enjoy their time at school and grow as individuals through learning, enrichment activities, and their relationships with their peers and staff.

If you would like to know more about our school or to visit us, email us or call 01442 217277. Our staff and students will be proud to show you around Longdean.

Graham Cunningham