Parent Information

We recognise that you and your child may have lots of questions about coming to Longdean so please read through the information below to learn more about what to expect and how to prepare your child for their first day with us.

Dates for the diary
Date Event Information
 6 March 2024 Registration forms sent to parents These are online forms that provide us with more information about you and your child. They will come from a site called Operoo, which you will receive an invitation to register to soon after allocation day.
 29 March 2024 Deadline date to complete registration forms The information you provide will help to ensure a smooth transition for your child so please complete these forms by the deadline date.
 25 - 28 March 2024 Coffee Events

An hour long event at the school (parents attend one event only) where you will have the opportunity to meet the Year 7 staff and learn a bit more about your child’s transition to Longdean. You will receive further information about this in due course. 

 19 June 2024 Parent/Student Taster Evening

An evening organised by a cross-curricular team of colleagues from the English, Maths, Science and Performing Arts Departments and will consist of a number of workshops which will give you and your child a ‘Real English, Maths, Science and Performing Arts Lesson’ experience.

Further details will be sent to you nearer to the time.

 27 June 2024  Extra Transition Day (specific schools only)

A whole school day for year 6 children who are the only student, or one of very few students joining us from their primary school. 

The day will allow these students to get to know each other prior to joining us for the whole year group transition days in July.

Further details will be sent to you nearer to the time.

 11 and 12 July 2024  Transition Days

Two whole school days for Year 6 children to experience life at Longdean (students only).  

The day  will  include a range of activities and lessons and children will have the opportunity to meet their form group, form tutor and other members of the Year 7 team.

Further details will be sent to you nearer to the time.

 16 July 2024  Transition Fair

An evening for both students and parents to hear from the Head and visit a variety of stalls where you can purchase a school tie, second hand uniform, PE kit and find out more about school laptops, our inclusion department, pupil premium support and much more.

 19 - 23 August 2024 Summer School

An opportunity to join us at Longdean during the summer holidays for Summer School. 

Further details will be sent to you nearer the time.

 5 September 2024 First Day

First day at Longdean for our new Year 7s. No other year groups will be in school on this day so that our new students have the opportunity to explore their new surroundings.

  

Longdean Summer School

During the summer holidays we offer new students a voluntary opportunity to join us for a week of Summer School. The Summer School will take place onsite at Longdean from 19 to 23 August 2024 and will provide students with an opportunity to meet other students from their form groups and take part in fun activities such as interactive science workshops, sports, fun geography sessions, transition preparation and more. 

Students who attended Summer School last year said that it was great fun and that they made lots of new friends before starting school in September. This is especially important for those students who may be feeling particularly anxious about starting secondary school. 

Whilst the week is subsidised by Longdean, we may ask parents for a small contribution. Parents of successful applicants to Longdean will be sent a detailed letter with further information.  

Summer Holidays Task

Prior to the summer holidays, Longdean staff will visit students in their primary schools. At this visit, students will be given information about some tasks for them to complete over the summer holidays.  

The tasks will include a reading assessment using our Reading Plus tool and some fun, practical tasks for you to work on over the summer. The purpose of these tasks is to provide Longdean with information about your child before they join us in September.

School Uniform

At Longdean, school uniform plays a key role in promoting pride, self-confidence and a feeling of belonging to the school community. These factors contribute to students’ wellbeing and remove the pressures of deciding what to wear and added stress of meeting the fashion expectations of their peers. 

Uniform can be purchased from the Marks and Spencers or Stevensons websites. PE kit can be purchased from Peter Spiveys.

Click here to see a detailed list of the Longdean uniform and PE kit required. 

Students are asked to come in to school in their PE kit on days that they have a PE lesson, so take that into consideration when deciding how much uniform you may require. 

All items should be clearly marked with the student’s name and form.  If your child loses anything in school, then this should be reported to their Form Tutor as soon as possible. Students can check at Student Services, which is in Reception, to see whether it has been handed in.  Items that are clearly named will be returned to your child.

Equipment

Each student needs to bring the following items which are essential: 

  • A school bag to carry books (a rucksack is a popular choice)
  • A pencil case containing blue or black pens, a green pen, HB pencils, coloured pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, 300mm ruler, a pair of compasses and a protractor. 

The following are available to purchase from the school shop: 

  • Stationery packs containing all basic equipment of pen, pencils, ruler, rubber, coloured pencils, compass, protractor, set square and glue stick
  • Scientific calculator (sufficient to GCSE standard)
  • Art equipment in the form of sketch pads and materials 

Please note that the School will not be liable for any loss, damage or theft, however caused, to personal property whilst on, or off the Longdean School site. Please ensure that any personal property is covered by your household or other insurance policy. Valuables (for example mobile phones, music players etc.) are brought into school at the owner’s risk.  Musical instruments are also the responsibility of the owner and again should be covered by your household, or other insurance policy.

Students are expected to pay for any damage that they may cause to school property, furniture or equipment.

First Day

Year 7 have an annual 'transition day' to kick start their Longdean journey which is a day in school with no other year groups on site. On this day students are expected to arrive at school from 8.15am where they are met outside the main school building by the Year 7 team and taken to the hall for an assembly at 8:30am. Students are expected to be in full uniform and to come equipped for the day, including a reading book. Parents will have already been informed about which House their child is in and can therefore purchase the correct tie in preparation for their first day.

During the Transition Day students will spend time with their form tutor and tutor group and take part in some tasks to get to know the school and find out about life at Longdean. Students may also complete their biometrics registration

Students receive a free breaktime snack and lunchtime meal on this day, however they can bring a packed lunch if they prefer. Students are also required to bring a drink with them for the day. The day finishes at 3:10pm.

Students will have a school photo taken within the first two weeks of starting and parents will be able to purchase the school photo during the first half term.

A Typical School Day

The school timetable runs on a two weekly rotation and students follow a Week A and Week B timetable. The school day starts with morning registration at 8.30am and ends after period 5 at 3.10pm.

A typical Year 7 school day runs as follows:

Registration 8:30 - 8:50
Period 1 8:50 - 9:50
Break 9:50 - 10:10
Period 2 10:10 - 11:10
Period 3 11:10 - 12:10
Lunch 12:10 - 12:50
Period 4 12:50 - 13:50
DEAR 13:50 - 14:10
Period 5 14:10 - 15:10

 

Years 7 and 8 follow the same timetable and Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 run on a slightly different timetable. This helps to reduce the number of students in communal areas during break, lunch and in between lessons.

Below is a sample timetable and each period on the table details the subject (yellow), the teacher (green, using three initials and a key at the bottom), the class code (blue) and the location (pink). Please note, the below timetable is an introduction to the format and students will be taught how to read their individual timetable when they join us in September.

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School Laptops

Longdean School offers the opportunity to participate in a laptop lease scheme (1:1 Device Scheme) which enables families to provide a laptop specifically for their child without the upfront costs, which can be used in school and at home.  Use of the devices in school is as directed by teachers for use in lessons to enhance learning. 

For full details please see the School Laptop Scheme page

New Parent Checklist

You can refer to the checklist below to help you prepare for your child starting with us in September.

To complete the registration forms, you will require access to our Operoo site. You will receive an invite to register for this soon after allocation day on 1 March. 

  • Complete the following registration forms online:
    • Pre-admission form
    • Student Information form
    • Biometric consent form
    • Home School Agreement and Responsible ICT Use form
    • Consent for Local Trips and Visits
    • Digital Likeness Consent form
    • School Dog Consent form
    • Register an interest for a school locker (optional)
    • Register an interest for music tuition (optional)
    • Register an interest for Summer School
  • Download school Apps (including Go4Schools, Show My Homework, Operoo) 
  • Order school uniform (including the correct house tie - you'll find out your child's house around June time)
  • Read about our STEM/Performing Arts Pathways and discuss applying with your child (optional). The application forms for this will be shared in July.
  • Ensure your son/daughter completes the summer holidays task
  • Make sure your child has an appropriate school bag and the required stationery
  • Ensure your child brings a book to school every day for DEAR
  • Make sure your child has some money on their account for purchasing items from the canteen
Longdean Link

The school produces a fortnightly newsletter, which is sent to parents via email. It can also be viewed on the school website in the News and Events section.

Forms/Letters Library

Once we start sending letters, you will find links to printable forms and letters here.