Longdean School

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Longdean School
Rumballs Road

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Coordinates51°44′31″N 0°26′35″W / 51.74195°N 0.44293°W / 51.74195; -0.44293Coordinates: 51°44′31″N 0°26′35″W / 51.74195°N 0.44293°W / 51.74195; -0.44293
MottoRejoice in thy Youth
Established1955, 1970
Department for Education URN137110 Tables
Head teacherGraham Cunningham
Age11 to 18
HousesPascal, Gates, Da Vinci, Franklin
Colour(s)Blue and Silver/White
PrecursorApsley Grammar School
PrecursorBennetts End Secondary Modern

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


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.


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 2012 the headmaster has been Mr Graham Cunningham, replacing the previous headmaster, Mr Rhodri Bryant. The last Ofsted report classed the school as a 'GOOD'.

A cashless catering system is operated where money can be credited onto students accounts which is scanned using their finger prints on biometric scanners. This replaced a previous system where money would be added to a plastic chip and pin card.


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 Academy, 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 buildings that have exceeded their 25-year life expectancy. As a result, a completely new school building has been constructed by Interserve/Kajima[2] on former playing fields and both the existing premises are to be demolished. The new school opened at the end of 2016.


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]


  1. ^ "Priority School Building Programme; Schools Prioritised for the Programme" (PDF). 24 May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Interserve closes £135m PF2 schools deal". 13 March 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Jessica Stretton - Archery | Paralympic Athlete Profile". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 May 2021.

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