Langley School, Loddon

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Langley School
Langley School Logo.png
Motto "Perseverando"
Established 1910
Type Independent
Headmaster Dominic Findlay
Founder Jeremiah George Chapman
Location Loddon
52°33′11″N 1°28′03″E / 52.5530°N 1.4674°E / 52.5530; 1.4674Coordinates: 52°33′11″N 1°28′03″E / 52.5530°N 1.4674°E / 52.5530; 1.4674
Gender Co-educational
Ages 10–18
Houses Beauchamp, Crome, Mancroft, St Giles
Publication The Icenian
Former pupils Icenians

Langley School is an independent coeducational boarding school situated in the market town of Loddon in South Norfolk, England.[1] The school was founded in 1910 and is a member of the HMC.[2]

The school's latest Ofsted report gives it an overall quality rating of "good".[3]


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 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".[4]

Curriculum and fees[edit]

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 £3440 for a day student, £5830 for students boarding weekly and £6995 for full boarding.


Sports include rugby, cricket and hockey. Football is offered during the spring term. The school has several cricket, football and rugby pitches. There is an astroturf hockey pitch.

Additional sports fields and a swimming pool are planned.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

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 transports day students from Sheringham in North Norfolk, Dereham in Breckland and Southwold on the Suffolk coast in Waveney.


The school accepts students aged 10 to 18 (Year 6 to Year 13) for boarding full-time or weekly.


There is separate accommodation for boys and girls. Communal social facilities exist for all. The boys live in the main Hall in rooms which house up to six students, but in individual units. Senior students have single and double study bedrooms.

Younger 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.

Senior girls have separate accommodation in the White House, which hosts up to 9 girls (with staff resident). There are kitchen and laundry facilities.

The ground floor of the main hall has common rooms, games room, a music room and quiet rooms. In the evening, younger boarders have access to the Learning Resource Centre, in the main hall, for supervised homework. In addition to library resources there are ten open access terminals plus wifi.


Meals are taken in the dining room. After breakfast students tidy their rooms, and attend school in adjacent classrooms.

In the afternoon there are over 80 extra curricular activities.[clarification needed] From 5pm-5.45pm is free time, followed by the evening meal and supervised prep. The length of prep varies according to age group and at the end of prep the Matrons open up the kitchens for tea and toast. Students are then free until their fixed bedtimes. These range from 9pm to 11pm when seniors are expected to be in their study bedrooms.

Weekends are less structured though there are allocated times for study.

There is a planned programme of visits, events and outings. A Chapel service is held on Sunday.


There are 13 resident teachers and matrons. There are cultural and recreational events and visits at weekends and in the evenings. Senior students assist the matrons in the running of the house. The children have their own representatives to promote their views, as well as access to Independent Listeners as approved by the regulatory bodies.


Children board from the ages of 10-18. There are some weekly boarders who live relatively locally, but the majority are full boarders - some of whom come from different parts of the world including the Far East and Africa as well as Europe.

Preparatary School[edit]

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.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Former pupils of the school are known as Icenians, and include:


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