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

Reception (4 to 5 years)


Like Kindergarten, the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed, with the emphasis on first hand learning through well-structured play activities. Each day is different. The specialist lessons such as Music, French and PE are spread throughout the week and are taught by specialist teaching staff in dedicated classrooms. Other than lunch and breaktimes, the remainder of the timetable is flexible, though each session is carefully planned and organised by staff.

Your child will attend school assemblies four times a week and will be fully involved in other areas of school life such as class assemblies, house events and sports days.


Children join the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. All children are expected to attend full-time immediately although we are flexible in the initial weeks when some children find full-time education tiring. Family is a priority at Longacre and we are happy to consider absence if grandparents are visiting for the weekend or dad has escaped from work early!

The transition from Kindergarten is normally very easy. Children become increasingly familiar with the Reception staff and classrooms during their time in Kindergarten, enjoying the process. Many children join the Reception classes from other pre-school settings and they are integrated into the peer group with incredible ease. New children are invited to a ‘Taster Afternoon’ during the previous term and special attention is paid to these children to ensure that they settle quickly and happily, although we work hard to make the first few important days, happy and positive for everyone.

There are two full-time Reception teachers, supported by full-time Teaching Assistants. It is our policy to always maintain generous staffing levels even if children join us throughout the year. The staff take responsibility for the pastoral care of the children in addition to the assessment, record keeping and reporting procedures.



  • 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…