Welcome to the Longden School website. I hope you find it informative and helpful in presenting an impression of life at this school.
We are RURAL - nestling on the northern edge of the Stretton Hills, overlooking the Severn valley and the beautiful county town of Shrewsbury below, our three acres of ground include a sports field, landscaped playing field, playground, Grace's garden - our quiet space, class cultivation beds, mini allotment with chicken run, wild area for climbing trees and making dens, outdoor classroom with pond and dipping platform.
We are SMALL – small enough to know each and every one of our 137 pupils for the fascinating individuals they are; yet not so small that we can’t stand tall on the sports field and through endeavour achieve great things. Our girls and boys teams have enjoyed enormous success in football, cricket, hockey and other games – by the time they leave every child will have represented the school in some capacity in a competitive arena. Sport is a great example of the way we do things at Longden: a determination to succeed, to build on achievement, to make things better, encouraged by the pleasure of playing as a team, typical of the work of governors, teachers, support staff, parents and children.
We are CHURCH – a strong Christian ethos is evident in all we do in this serving community where learning is both an act of supreme respect for the created world and a journey of preparation for each pupil towards a later life of potential fulfilled. Thankfulness, curiosity, joy, compassion and hope are just some of the values we promote through a school whose life-giving heartbeat is daily worship, where we strive not to teach any notion of ‘right answers’ but rather to insist children learn to ask ‘right questions’ about the big issues of life…who am I, where do I fit in, is there a purpose for my life?
We are VALUED – parental support for the school is high. Parents say they value the way the older children mix with and care for the younger; the way the school works hard to make learning exciting and real; the many trips and fun projects that bring the curriculum alive; the caring attitude of the staff; the opportunities to be involved in their children’s learning, the ‘open door’ culture that encourages them to be part of school life in a variety of ways.
We are also BIGGER than we used to be with the addition of the Nursery centre as part of the school's extended provision for the community. The centre provides full-time pre-school provision (8.50am to 3pm Monday to Friday) for 2 to 4 year olds, after-school care (3 to 6pm) for 2 to 11 year olds and a part-time holiday play scheme.
Thank you for visiting this site; much discussion and research goes into the creation of this facility, determined as we are to make sure it reflects the school we know. However nothing quite substitutes for a visit in person in order to appreciate the joyous hubbub of busy children in this remarkable place.
Mr Chris Tay