The welfare of our pupils is paramount and we firmly believe in our founder, Ursula Fairfax Cholmeley’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. Our teachers work hard to ensure that all of the children are catered for as individuals and children are provided with ample time with their Form Teacher to share their anxieties but equally, celebrate every success.

Our vision is to develop in our children those qualities that cannot be defined by academic success: interpersonal skills, leadership potential, self-awareness and mental and physical stamina.

These skills are encouraged and reinforced through the school’s citizenship and pastoral social and health programme. Circle time in the Pre-Prep and tutor time in the Prep School provide a vehicle for learning and discussing these vital skills and qualities.

We believe that self-confidence, emotional intelligence and mindfulness are invaluable assets for future life.

House System

All children are part of Longacre’s house system. There are four houses: Agincourt, Hastings, Waterloo and Trafalgar. Children earn house points for their academic work and the results of the weekly house scores are announced in Friday’s Rewards Assembly with cups for the winning house and the hoisting of the winning house’s flag. There is also a treat for the winning house at the end of each term and the children in that house are able to wear their home clothes.

Shield points are awarded in a similar way to encourage kindness, courtesy and general good behaviour. The winning house each term wins the shield and is treated to an hour of Golden Time, again wearing their home clothes to school that day.

The house system encourages children to work as a team and to understand the value of contributing each point to their house’s total. The system also offers children the opportunity to engage with children in other year groups, working together in house contests such as House Bake Off and Orienteering competitions as well as numerous inter-house sporting competitions.

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 as influences than sanctions and should always be used where possible in preference to sanctions.