The welfare of our pupils is paramount and we firmly believe in our founder’s belief that ‘a happy heart goes all the way.’ We aim to ensure that all of our children are happy at school and are enjoying their education. Children should be able to enjoy their childhood with the innocence and enjoyment, which it entails.
Our teachers work hard to ensure that all of the children are catered for as individuals.
Children in Forms III and IV experience quite a different form of schooling; they are expected to be more independent and manage a timetable involving a change of rooms in addition to an increasing variety of teaching staff. The teachers support the children and ensure that they are well organised as well as feeling confident about the day ahead.
In Forms V and VI staff support the various emotions, which the children experience in their final years of school. We ensure that they talk through their concerns and their hopes for the future, share the stress of exam preparation and any worries about moving to another school.
Pupils in Form VI are made school prefects and they carry out various responsibilities such as looking after the younger children, helping in the library and being responsible for equipment at playtimes. Pupils in Form V also have monitors’ duties to perform. These duties not only assist the staff but enable the children to become reliable and responsible, to gain self- confidence and to show initiative.
All children are part of Longacre’s house system. There are four houses: Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles. Children earn housepoints for academic work and the results of the weekly house scores are announced in assembly. Shieldpoints are awarded for non-academic and extra-curricular achievements such as rugby player of the week or for passing a music exam.
The house system encourages children to work as a team member and to understand the value of contributing each point to their house’s total.
Rewards and Sanctions
Every opportunity is taken to praise, encourage and reward children regardless of age, for a whole range of achievements and actions. The school’s philosophy is that praise and encouragement are essential if we are to nurture happy and well-motivated children; these are far more powerful and positive influences than sanctions and should always be used where possible in preference to sanctions.