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Netball at Longdean

No sooner was the school’s new MUGA completed and handed over to us, we had our very first external letting, in the guise of a local netball league who have relocated over to Longdean.

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Hemel Hempstead and District League have been playing for over 25 years based at Adeyfield School, but from now on, will be based here at Longdean.

They have 3 Divisions - Premier, Division One and Division Two and there are currently 9 teams in each Division.

Games are played on a Saturday morning and there are 4 time slots: 09.30 - 10.30 / 10.45 - 11.45/ 12.00 - 13.00 / 13.15 - 14.15

Their website is which will have contact details for anyone who wants to get involved. They also have their own League Facebook page.

Coordinator Sarah McClement reported ‘The season got off to a great start on Saturday and everyone seemed to really like the new courts’

The school is looking forward to opening its facilities to more community groups, for information about potential lettings please contact premises manager, Andy Wheeler.

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June 2016 Contractor's 'Future Architect Project'

Building contractors Interserve set a real brief to year 7 Art students to design an ‘Innovative Student Hub’ - where students can socialise.  The Hub needed to be designed around pre–set architectural restrictions to encourage the students to problem solve and to consider the sustainability of their designs. The Students who took part had four tasks to complete, for which they were awarded points.  The tasks included producing a floor plan, producing elevation drawings or artists’ impressions and creating a 3D cardboard model.  

Over the course of 6 weeks, students were given real experiences of how designers and architects work.  Students were asked to find information on sustainable designing to develop their student hub idea.  They explored and developed their ideas using a range of resources such as Google Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lego, Minecraft, building paper and wooden architectural models.  

Five final selected teams gave presentations of their work to a panel made up of Interserve representatives and our own senior leadership team.  All students proved to be very confident and innovative in their designs and ideas to save money through collecting rain water and solar energy.  One team even had plans to recycle school furniture and construct their hub from that.  Hannah Fehr from Interserve said "We were so impressed with the quality and depth of work that the students had produced, including computer aided design, 3D models, videos, powerpoint presentations and drawings.  The thought that went into the overall projects including sustainability, materials, waste and forecasting expenses and change, mirrored our industry perfectly.  Students executed fantastic presentations and were able to offer well informed answers to questions that could challenge the current workforce.  We look forward to welcoming students into our workplace to experience an insight of the construction industry first hand and anticipate some genuine talent for the future!"

The two winning teams were:  for artwork Holly Marie Brown, Owen Nightingale, Spriha Shrestha, Yakup Zigal and for presentation Nathan Westbury, Jessica Halstead, Junainah Khan.  The students will be presented with prizes in assembly from Interserve and then go on a site visit to see the new school being built.

April 2016 Contractor's Progress Report

The façade and roof are now watertight allowing attention to turn to the fit out of the building internals. We are progressing well with the internal partitions with the bulk of the classroom spaces, main hall, kitchen and staff spaces now formed. The mechanical and electrical services are currently being installed throughout the building with painting due to commence during April and joinery in May.  

Recent Events

Longdean Car Wrap

Longdean BTEC Fashion Student Car Wrap

April 2017

Epson UK Ltd. partnered with a local Hemel Hempstead school, Longdean, for a car wrap design competition amongst its BTEC fashion students


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Stretton breaks own world record in W1 qualification

The 17-year-old Paralympic Champion shot one of three world records set during Beijing qualifying.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Champion Jessica Stretton scored 657 out of a possible 720 points over the 50-metre ranking round to break her own W1 women’s world record by a point at the 2017 World Archery Para Championships in Beijing, China.

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Rio Paralympics, September 2016

Longdean School sixth form student Jessica Stretton won gold at the Rio Paralympics in the women's W1 archery event.  Arriving at the Paralympics, she was the reigning world number one and ranking round world record holder in her division, as well as the youngest archer on the qualification field.  

Jess told the official paralympics website:  “This is an amazing experience and an amazing opportunity.  I guess I was pretty nervous, I felt like I was taking a step for the youth that can be in para-sport and showing them that it can be done and it will be done.  It feels just amazing.  We’ve had a podium like this at the Europeans and it’s just the most amazing feeling ever to do it at the Paralympics.  I hope to continue to compete and hopefully go to the Tokyo 2020 Games.  I just love the rush of it, the feeling of satisfaction when you compete well and get medals.”  You can read more of this story at the local Gazette's online news website, and also the Paralympics organisation's own website.  To view exciting footage of the archery team's performance on day 10 of the Paralympic Games, including the moment when Jess won gold for Great Britain, click here.

Jess was subsequently welcomed back to Longdean at a special assembly where the whole school celebrated her fantastic achievement; click here to read coverage of the event in the Hemel Today online news report.

A Level Exam Results, August 2016

Local newspaper Hemel Gazette reported on the school's strong results in this year's A level examinations.  Amongst the students celebrating after securing their A Level results were Head Girl Molly Workman and Head Boy Thomas Dignum, who between them achieved 5 A grades and a B at both AS and A Level.  The full online report can be read here.

Dance Showcase, July 2016

A group of Longdean students took part in a showcase named ‘Dance through education’ at Sandpit Theatre, Sandringham School.  The showcase involved students from over 10 different schools, with ages ranging from primary to university standard.  

The group of 6 girls who represented Longdean were all from year 7 and 8, so we were one of the youngest groups there. They performed a contemporary piece named ‘Yearn’, which they had been working on at dance club for about a month. They behaved extremely professionally throughout the evening, and other schools commented on the high standard of their work.  

@SandPitTheatre tweeted after the event "FANTASTIC community show this evening! Showcasing the very best of #dance, roll on next year!" 

Games Day, June 2016

This year’s School Games Day event took place at Jarman Park Athletics Track and involved every student in Years 7- 10 representing their House in at least one athletics event.  

Despite the poor weather conditions at the start of the day Staff and Students pulled together to make the day an enjoyable and successful one with many students participating in events that they had never tried before.  It was also great to see many students entering into the spirit of the event; the students were all dressed in House colours and supported their House throughout.

Although it was a really close event this year with a number of different House winners and lots of records being broken, Pascal House again won the overall award of School Games Day Champions.  The final placements for each House is as follows: 1st Pascal 2nd Franklin 3rd Da Vinci 4th Gates.

The PE Department would like to say thank you to staff and Year 12 students for officiating, Form Tutors and the Directors of House for motivating and organizing their students, as well as parents and friends of Longdean who came along to watch and support the event.

Science Enrichment, June 2016

The science department and its students welcomed the return of Jungle Jo and her exotic animals, and over a 2 day period year 7 had the opportunity to attend a session to learn about classification through hands on experience.

Over the two days Jo brought in a: giant african land snail, stick insect, millipede, tree frog, pacman toad, jumping tarantula, bird eating tarantula, boa constrictor and Rosie the python.  Pupils were able to feel, smell and hold these animals, many pupils were able to overcome their fears and get involved in this, for most, a once in a life time experience.  A brilliant time was had by all over the two days.

Pupils' Book Collection for Global Literacy, June 2016

Year 9 students at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead have been collecting text books and fiction books to donate to The Musangu Foundation, which sends them to schools and libraries they have set up in Zambia.

English teacher Haya Redwan said: “We have collected text books from subjects such as maths, history, art and food technology, as well as fictional books.  Students have been excited by the project and are proud to be playing such an important role as global citizens.”

Read the Gazette's online report here.  More information on getting involved with the Musangu Foundation can be found here.

Geography Field Trip, May 2016

Year 7 Geography students enjoyed beautiful weather on fieldtrips to Ivinghoe Beacon and Chesham, where students were able to practice collecting a range of primary data in both a physical and human environment.

In Ivinghoe students measured the footpath erosion on the path leading up to the Beacon, whilst in Chesham they were investigating if it was a ‘Clone Town or a Home Town’ by looking at the range of independent and chain stores Chesham has to offer.  Students also carried out a questionnaire with members of the public, which included questions on their purpose of visit and how they had travelled to Chesham.

Rocket Science Experiment, April 2016

Year 9 pupils have embarked on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.  In September 2015 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March this year.  The seeds were sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Longdean school has now received 200 seeds from space and the Rocket Science group have begun their 35 day experiment.  100 of the seeds have been in a micro-gravity environment on the International Space Station (ISS), and 100 have not. We will be germinating these seeds and determining whether exposure to micro-gravity has any effect on germination and growth over the 35 days. The pupils are really excited to see what will happen, and had lots of fun setting up the experiment – under the watchful eye of Tim Peake!

PE Sports Tour, April 2016

Our annual Sports Tour visited Barcelona at Easter with 64 students from Years 8,9 and 10 playing either Netball or Football.  The week-long tour was a huge success with our students faring really well against International competition.


Thirteen A level Geography students, accompanied by Miss Lilley and Mr Goatley, visited Iceland to observe volcanic, glacial, fluvial and coastal landforms at first hand, as well as the human responses to living in this challenging environment.  The four day trip was packed with activity: as well as a visits to three spectacular waterfalls, columnar basalt cliffs, the ice features at a glacier, exploration of the ‘Bridge between Two Continents’ (where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are moving apart), boiling mud pools, the natural hot springs at Geysir and a tour of Kerið crater, the group visited a geothermal power station, and exhibition about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption and an earthquake simulator, and the Heritage Site at þingvellir, scene of the world’s first Parliament (and the setting for Game of Thrones!)  Less strictly geographical experiences included a dip in the Blue Lagoon thermal pool (and another in the geothermally-heated City Pool in Reykjavik), quad biking and sampling the local ice cream on a dairy farm.

The weather was fine (and sunny and warmer than in UK!) but the Northern Lights did not make an appearance on this trip.  Maybe next year!!  


Forthcoming Events

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In the Press

Tour of Britain bike ride thrills Dacorum spectators - Hemel Gazette

Decorate Bike
Longdean School were announced as the winners of the ‘decorate a bike’ competition with bikes from Signpost and Youth Tenant Group as runners-up. Ruth Glasheen collected the trophy on behalf of the school.

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