House System

Year 7

Sixth Form

House System

Our student body is split into four distinct Houses: Franklin, DaVinci, Gates  and Pascal.  Students are allocated to a House from the moment they are given their House badge on their very first day at Longdean.  House identity is reinforced by our vertical tutoring system, where students from different year groups are registered together every day, fostering a genuine sense of community throughout the school.

House competitions are an integral part of life at Longdean and students from each House pit their talents against each other in a variety of activities, ranging from chess, to football, to computer programming and much more.  House points are also rewarded for positive contributions to the day to day life of the school.

At the end of the academic year, students from the House with the highest points total travel together for a well-earned trip to Thorpe Park!

Longdean Assistant Headteacher Mr Ratcliffe has been asked to share his insights on pastoral care with SSAT* Journal, in an article which appears in the Spring 2015 edition.  You can read the extracted article here

*Schools, Students and Teachers Network

Year 7

In order for each student to achieve his/her potential and to enjoy learning, we aim to personalize the curriculum as far as possible.  The curriculum that year 7 follows is designed to build on the skills and knowledge gained during primary school and to develop the learning skills that will enable all students to cope with the challenge of examination courses later on in their educational journey.

All students follow a core programme of English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Technology, Geography, History, PE and  Social Sciences, as well as  a Competency programme.

The Competency programme consists of four elements:

  • Opening Minds, combining English, Geography, History and Religious Education, with an emphasis on developing literacy, independent learning and emotional intelligence.
  • Future Skills, combining Mathematics, Science, ICT and Technology, with an emphasis on developing Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTs) – creative thinking, team working, self‐managing, effective participating and reflective learning.
  • Creative Arts, combining Art, Dance, Drama and Music, where PLTs are also developed.
  • Resilience Programme – learning about yourself and developing the skills necessary to cope with real‐life problems and situations.

Sixth Form

In Longdean Sixth Form we pride ourselves on our inclusivity. We offer a range of courses to suit the ability and academic requirements of our students. If students have not yet achieved the GCSE results to enable them to start A-Levels we offer them the opportunity to take a year to improve them by doing a Level 2 course while still being considered a member of the Sixth Form. Once they have completed this year and if they have improved their grades they are then welcome to start A-levels with us. If students achieve their desired GCSE grades and wish to start A Levels we are lucky enough to work within a consortium allowing students to travel between all schools in Dacorum so that they can have the opportunity to study as wide a variety of courses as possible.

During their time in Sixth Form each student is expected to become a prefect, being visible around the school during lunchtime and therefore being a positive role model for the younger students. We also require all Year 12 students to partake in some community service in order to gain a wider perspective and give something back to the community to which they belong.

During the final year of A-Levels we work closely with the students so that they can move onto the University destination or career of their choice. We have tutors dedicated to writing UCAS references and a Connexions advisor who works with us regularly offering advice on apprenticeships and job opportunities. We have had students leave us gaining extremely prestigious places in further education, such as, Cambridge, RADA, medical schools and many Russell Group institutions.

There are many extra-curricular opportunities available to Sixth formers, all designed to enhance the experiences of the students and contribute to their developing as well-rounded young people.

It is important to stress that we believe each student is an individual and we try to accommodate their personal needs in order that they achieve their full potential. Our dedicated pastoral team works hard to ensure all personal needs are met and all students leave us with the tools necessary to flourish in the wider world.

Updated 19/01/2021