Building Learning Power (BLP)




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

Building Learning Power (BLP)

BLP is an approach to helping children to become better learners, both in and out of school. It is about creating a culture in classrooms and throughout the school more widely, that cultivate seventeen habits and attitudes that enable children to face difficulty and uncertainty, calmly, confidently and creatively. This is not an approach that is additional to teaching; it is an integral part of it, embedded in everything we do at Longacre.

Pupils who are more confident in their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable. They perform more effectively in their internal and external examinations. BLP is about educating children not just for exam results but for lifelong learning, for a future which has not yet been determined.

Life is competitive and education should prepare children to enjoy the struggle and challenge that difficulty brings. BLP prepares children to accept and embrace the competitive world, enjoy and celebrate every success but accept that second place is good enough too when you have given your all.

Examinations are competitive and not everyone is a winner. Our children are sufficiently confident in themselves to take risks, understand and acknowledge both their strengths and weaknesses and welcome challenge and complex learning. They enjoy the struggle, seek those tasks which are stimulating, inspiring but demanding and embrace those around them in a collaborative fashion.


  • 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…