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|Motto||Integrity Creativity Respect|
|Established||Official opening on 9 May 1951|
East Riding of Yorkshire
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Longcroft School is a community secondary school situated in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Its catchment area covers the North of Beverley, Leconfield, Swinemoor and Molescroft and has a capacity of around 1,500 pupils, including the Sixth Form.
Longcroft School has served the community of Beverley and the villages of the wider rural area since it was officially opened in 1951. In 2001 it was accredited with the specialist status of a Performing Arts College (re-accredited in 2006 and 2009), which brought with it the funds to increase class-room space, develop a fully working theatre in the school hall and extend links to the wider community and feeder primary schools. In more recent years, Longcroft acquired funding from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Football Foundation to build a new sports hall and all-weather pitch. The facilities available at the school are used by many community groups and organisations during evenings, at weekends and during school holidays. Most recently,[when?] the school name has been changed to Longcroft School, no longer a Performing Arts College status.
Longcroft School is situated on the northern outskirts of Beverley, the campus being surrounded by countryside, the Beverley Westwood and Beverley Racecourse. The school has two main buildings, known as the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) and Upper School (Years 9, 10 and 11). The Arts and Science Block, where the Sixth Form is based (years 12 and 13), has been attached to the Upper School in recent years by additional classrooms and learning spaces. The site is over 50 acres in size and includes open spaces for sporting activities.
In his History of the Anglo-Saxons, Sir Francis Palgrave (1788 – 1861) wrote that King Athelstan, who had prayed at the tomb of St John of Beverley before success in a battle (937 AD), showed his gratitude by giving privileges to the town of Beverley, saying: "As free make I thee, as heart may think, or eye may see". The quote was adopted as Longcroft’s motto.
Founded and Directed by Jonathan Chapman, the Longcroft Gospel Choir is well known in the local area, and regularly performs at parties, ceremonies, weddings and music concerts. The Choir comprises students from Year 9 and above and has a large repertoire of music. Over the choir's period of existence, the choir has performed at venues such as Disneyland Paris and the Apple Store on Oxford Street, London, have released two of their own albums and have featured on a track by singer songwriter Henry Priestman. In May 2015, it was announced that the Longcroft Gospel Choir will be one of twenty choirs in the UK to perform at and open the 2015 Rugby World Cup in London performing for the home team (England).