Areas of Learning




Longacre School has been listed in the Sunday Times list of the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Very young children will need a great deal of adult support in learning how to function, play and co-operate with others in a group outside their own family. Support from teachers and teaching assistants is essential.

An important aspect of Personal, Social and Emotional Development is moral and spiritual development. This includes the development of personal values and an understanding of themselves and others.

Communication and Language:

In order to learn to read and write with enjoyment and as easily as possible later on, the foundations of literacy are laid in the Early Years. Children need a variety of appropriate experiences of language, listening and speaking opportunities and chance to explain their own thinking and thoughts.

Physical Development:

It is of vital importance to focus on young children’s needs to develop physical control, mobility, manipulative skills and awareness of space in both indoor and outdoor environments. This also includes a positive attitude towards a healthy way of life.


Literacy development involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials – books, poems, and other written materials, to ignite their interest. Each strand of literacy plays an important part in developing a well-rounded individual and all aspects are of equal importance in order to develop good literacy skills.


We hope that children will enjoy mathematics and the exciting challenge it offers. Through practical first-hand experience, we develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and use of number, algebra, measurement, shape, and data handling. We also develop a positive attitude to mathematics, an ability to follow new steps in logical thinking and the confidence to apply mathematical knowledge to everyday situations.

Understanding of the World:

In this area of learning, children are developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of the world. Children learn of other cultures, of past events, of the work that people do, of the environment, and of animals and other living things. They find out how things work by experimenting, building, digging, and so on, and these experiences provide foundations for confidence in Science, History, Geography and Information Technology.

Expressive Arts and Design:

We aim to develop the creative ability of the child by encouraging experimentation with a wide range of materials, followed by the teaching technique. Aesthetic appreciation is developed by observing and discussing the work of great artists, together with evaluation of their own work.

It is important to develop children’s imagination and ability to communicate and express ideas and feelings in a variety of creative ways.


  • My time at Longacre started in Form III and I made friends with everyone very quickly! Everyone from the staff to the pupils were welcoming.
  • I first joined Longacre in Form III. At first I was really nervous as I had no idea what it was going to be like. I still remember going on a tour around the school with Mrs Bolton.
  • From when I started, back in Nursery, to the moment I will leave in just a week’s time (gosh the time really has gone quickly!), I have really enjoyed Longacre…