Senior School Preparation
At Longacre we focus on preparing children effectively for senior school examinations and life at senior school. This is undertaken over a period of four years; there is no cramming or factual regurgitation and examination preparation does not drive the curriculum agenda; the children enjoy the journey as much as the arrival.
Our pupils practise Maths, Verbal Reasoning and English papers under exam conditions to familiarise themselves with working under pressurised conditions and refining their exam techniques. They also examine past papers to determine the most appropriate approaches. Pupils sit practice papers and the papers are analysed individually with the child and targets are set in order to develop knowledge, understanding and technique.
Pupils are also interviewed by the Head and a member of the Board of Governors to prepare them for the interview process. They learn to make eye contact, answer complex and challenging questions and talk freely with an adult in a formal environment.
The school works collaboratively and transparently with parents to secure the first choice of senior school and we are successful in achieving this year after year. Longacre has a distinct advantage as we have no obligation to feed any one senior school and as such we can help parents find the right senior education for the individual child.
Excellent relations are maintained with a wide variety of senior schools both in the local vicinity and further afield, both co-educational and single-sex, academic or of a more diverse intake.