Head’s Welcome

Welcome to Longacre and thank you for taking the time to look at our website. As you explore, you will get a taste of what makes Longacre the magical school that it is.

Longacre is a co-educational independent school for children aged 2 to 11. We are just five miles south of Guildford, but set in the glorious Surrey Hills. Children have woods to explore, time to enjoy the fresh air, and encouragement to get muddy.

All our children have the chance to shine. They can discover their gifts and convert these into real talent, as well as learning how to deal with challenges. All our children have opportunities to compete, perform and be valued for who they are. Everyone is someone at Longacre.

We put exploration, fulfilment and the delights of childhood at the heart of everything we do, because we believe passionately that these characteristics form the vital foundations for motivated, confident and aspirational learners. We don’t just tell children what they should learn, or even show them: we let our pupils experience it for themselves. 

Our recent additions of bee hives and wilderness area (affectionately known as ‘Badgerville’) have allowed us to take this practical and kinaesthetic learning to the next level. At Longacre we don’t believe in making a choice between happiness and academic success: children deserve both.

We are an independent school in every sense. We set our own agenda and use our wealth of experience to give the children the best preparatory education. We are not tied to any senior school and a large part of our success is down to understanding our children, and knowledge of the wide choice of destination schools. 

We are proud of the diverse destinations to which Longacre pupils advance, with year groups of around 36 children progressing to in excess of 15 different senior schools. Children are unique and should go to the school where they will feel valued and appreciated for what they are. We take care to get to know our pupils as they go through the years here, and then work with parents to find the ideal match for the next step.

Our website has photographs, written accounts, videos and reports which will all give you a sense of how our ethos translates into everyday life at school. Nothing, however, can replicate the buzz and exhilaration that one feels by being here, so do please come and visit us. 

The children are terrifically proud of their school and you will witness how well they demonstrate the qualities which senior schools always tell me are the hallmarks of Longacre: self-assurance, humility, warmth and interest in everything around them.

I look forward to meeting you.

Matthew Bryan

MA (Cantab.) MA (Oxon.) MSc FRSA

“We put exploration, fulfilment and the delights of childhood at the heart of everything we do.”

Matthew Bryan, Headmaster

Our next Open Morning will be taking place on Monday 20th November. We warmly invite you to come and experience life at Longacre as you meet pupils, and chat with teachers and our Senior Leadership team.

We look forward to meeting you!

To register, please visit our Open Day page here.