Longhill High School
|Longhill High School|
|Local authority||Brighton and Hove|
|Department for Education URN||114581 Tables|
|Head teacher||Kate Williams|
|Age||11 to 16|
The school was officially opened in 1964, although took its first intake in 1963. The school originally had six houses named after castles in Sussex: Arundel, Bramber, Chichester, Hastings, Lewes and Pevensey.
In 2018 the school implemented a new house system named after local landmarks: Brighton Dome, Brighton Lanes, Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Pier. It also changed its motto to “Apsiration, Determination, Success”.
Initiatives and projects
Longhill High School is involved in many different projects, some of which are listed below.
- Shortlisted for Learning through Landscapes' Fruit-ful Schools project.
- Many pupils are part of the Young Gifted and Talented Programme.
- Some pupils are part of the Aim Higher scheme.
Sports and clubs
Longhill High School offers a wide variety of clubs. Autumn to spring teams include football, year 7–11, both male and female teams; and rugby, year 7–9, boys' and girls' (girls' teams generally have fewer participants). Summer sports include cricket (years 7–9), tennis club (years 7–10), athletics (including field and track events) and girls' rounders as well as dance. Longhill also has a Combined Cadet Force (CCF), running all year long, which has won several awards, such as best drill team and best first aid team.
Longhill also offers music facilities, such as lessons in a wide variety of instruments from violin to drums, practice rooms to book at lunch and after school, a mixed choir and a variety of bands of different genres.
Homework groups (years 7–9) and revision sessions ( years 10 and 11) run frequently after school and at lunch times.
On the hottest day of the year in 2016, several dozen male pupils were punished with isolation or by being sent home due to wearing school PE shorts instead of trousers. The head teacher said, “Students have access to water in order to keep themselves hydrated" and stated that only around 2 per cent of pupils were involved. Over the next few days, more than a dozen male pupils attended school wearing school uniform skirts instead as a protest, which they were permitted to do after initially being told to remove them. Parents said that the protest should encourage the school to consider changing its uniform policy.
- "Local newspaper article".
- Fruit-ful Schools[permanent dead link]
- "Boys excluded from lessons after wearing shorts on hottest day of the year". The Argus. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- "Teenage boys in Rottingdean school skirt protest over hot weather". BBC News. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2019.