Longdean School

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Longdean School
Longdean School , Hemel Hempstead - geograph.org.uk - 1754052.jpg
Motto Rejoice in thy Youth
Established 1970
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Graham Cunningham
Location Rumballs Road
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire
HP3 8JB
England Coordinates: 51°44′31″N 0°26′35″W / 51.74195°N 0.44293°W / 51.74195; -0.44293
DfE URN 137110 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,188
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Pascal, Gates, Da Vinci, Franklin
Colours Blue and Silver/White
Precursor Apsley Grammar School
Precursor Bennetts End Secondary Modern
Website www.longdean.herts.sch.uk

Longdean School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the southeast of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The academy has specialises in Maths and Computing.

History[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

Originally called Apsley Grammar School, it began as a state grammar school in Hemel Hempstead. It was founded in 1955 as part of the development of the town after its designation as a new town and the need for expanded secondary school provision. Although named for the nearby village of Apsley the school is actually situated about one mile away, in the Bennetts End district of the town. Its first Head Teacher was Valentine (V.J.) Wrigley.

Comprehensive[edit]

The name of the school changed to Longdean School in 1970 on the amalgamation with the adjacent Bennett's End Secondary Modern School to form what was the third-largest comprehensive school in Hertfordshire at the time.

The school motto of Rejoice in Thy Youth was retained after the amalgamation.

Since September 2006 the headmaster has been Mr Rhodri Bryant, replacing the previous headmaster, Mr Nigel Matthias. The last Ofsted report classed the school as a ‘GOOD’ school with outstanding features [1]. Mr Bryant's appointment coincided with the £30,000 redevelopment of the 6th Form common room as well as significant refurbishment throughout the school. Further development is planned.

On 30 October 2007 a new website was released sporting the new colours of the school. The school has a VLE system (virtual learning environment) on which student work can be uploaded and teachers can contact students. A cashless catering system is operated where money can be credited to cards which can be used in the school's two canteens.

Academy[edit]

During the summer term of 2011, Longdean School attained academy status.

The school works in consortium with two neighbouring schools to enhance post-16 provision. The group consists of Adeyfield School, Astley Cooper School and Longdean School. Staff development and well-being are also coordinated at consortium level.

In May 2012, Longdean was included in the Government's £2 billion Priority School Building Programme.[1] Longdean's inclusion was based upon the condition of its existing 25 year buildings that have exceeded their 25 year life expectancy. The plans and schedule have yet to be decided.[2]

Admissions[edit]

Longdean is a non-selective coeducational school within the state education system, accepting pupils from its catchment area of Bennetts End, Nash Mills, Leverstock Green and adjacent areas.

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Notable former pupils[edit]

Apsley Grammar School[edit]

Longdean School[edit]

Notable former staff[edit]

Apsley Grammar School[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Priority School Building Programme; Schools Prioritised for the Programme". 24 May 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Cunningham, G P (28 May 2012). "Longdean School". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 

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