Langley School, Loddon
|Founder||Jeremiah George Chapman|
|Houses||Beauchamp, Crome, Mancroft, St Giles|
|Colours||Blue, Gold, Black, Green, Silver, Red|
Langley School is a prestigious independent coeducational boarding school situated in the market town of Loddon in South Norfolk, England. The school was founded in 1910 and is a member of the HMC.
Langley School was originally the Norwich High School for Boys which was founded at St. Giles in Norwich in 1910 by Jeremiah George Chapman. Just after World War II the school under the then headmaster John Jevans moved to Langley Hall at Langley Park, near Loddon. Langley Hall is a red-brick building in the Palladian style, built in 1737 for Richard Berney, on land that originally belonged to Langley Abbey. In 1744 the estate was inherited by Sir William Beauchamp and remained in the family until the 20th century. The hall is set in well laid out grounds created by Capability Brown with an extensive spread of daffodils during the spring which are opened to the public annually on "Daffodil Day".
Curriculum and fees
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Programmes are offered in the arts and music. Typical class sizes range from as small as 12 students a class to 18, with 20 being the maximum number of students in any class.
Per term tuition is £4,614 for a day student, £7,822 for students boarding weekly and £9,376 for full boarding.
Additional sports fields and a swimming pool have been planned for several years.
The final hour of each school day is for extra-curricular activities. Academic lessons end at 3.35pm allowing students a short break before their chosen activity for that weekday. The school offers a range of activities, including, as well as typical school sports, sailing, kayaking, debating, CCF, rock climbing and yoga. Many activities involve expert visiting staff.
Due to the nature of the different terms (weather and seasonal changes, rotation in sports), students change their activity routines termly, initially choosing their activities for Autumn Term (the first term of the academic year) during the first week back of school, and then by picking new activities for the coming term at the end of the current term. At the end of each academic year, questionnaires are handed to students asking for their opinions on current activities and suggestions for future ones.
The school accepts students aged 10 to 18 (Year 6 to Year 13). There are some weekly boarders who live relatively nearby, but the majority are full boarders - some from abroad, including the Far East and Africa as well as Europe.
There is separate accommodation for boys and girls, with communal social facilities. The boys live in the main Hall in rooms for up to six students, but in individual units. Senior students have single and double study bedrooms.
The girls live in Salisbury House (the former stable block) which has almost all single and double rooms. Salisbury has its own common room and limited kitchen and laundry facilities.
There are 13 resident teachers and matrons.
There is separately located preparatory school at Beech Hill, Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich. Langley Preparatory School accepts children aged 2 to 11 (Nursery to Year 6). The school has recently completed a merger with adjacent Thorpe House School which had provided girls-only education for 100 years.
Former pupils of the school are known as Icenians, and include:
- Sir John Mills 1926?, actor
- Allen Clarke 1928?, educator
- Frederic Jevons 1947?, biochemist
- Ben Pienaar 2004, professional rugby player
- He Mingheng 2012, guest of her majesty