“From the youngest ages pupils enjoy speaking, listen well and develop strong reading and writing skills. They are articulate when answering questions and presenting their views. As they progress through the school, pupils develop logical and independent thought, and the ability to discuss and challenge ideas presented to them. Teachers know their pupils extremely well and recognise their individual needs.”
ISI Inspection Report 2016
The Longdon site provides a warm, friendly and secure environment in six acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside for children up to, and including, Year 4. Our enthusiastic and dedicated Form Teachers work hard to provide outstanding learning opportunities through a challenging and creative curriculum.
Our curriculum is broad and challenging, encouraging children to think independently, ask questions and solve problems. Maths, science and computing encourage children to explore “how” and “why”, rather than simply providing the answer. Geography and history foster a sense of curiosity about the world; religious education enables children to learn more about Christianity and other faiths. French starts in Year 1 and Latin begins in Year 5. Art, drama, dance and music help children to develop new skills, learn about other cultures and express themselves. PE and games encourage teamwork, foster a competitive spirit and teach children how to win and lose with grace and resilience during fixtures and tournaments with other local schools.
Stimulating educational visits and visitors to the School capture the pupils’ imaginations and inspire them to try new things. Our Forest School programme nurtures a love of the outdoor environment, with children exploring all areas of the curriculum – literacy, numeracy, art, science, and so on – in the natural environment.
Each year group holds an annual music concert and stages a drama production and children of all ages have the opportunity to take part in whole School concerts and drama productions in professional venues around Lichfield.
The children are assessed regularly and targets are set. Reports are sent out termly and there are regular opportunities for parents to meet with staff.
Our extensive co-curricular activities provide new experiences and allow pupils to discover their own particular talents.