Academic Quality & Results

Academic Quality & Results

Long Close is a school where academic excellence is nurtured and achieved. Our outstanding teachers give individual attention to every pupil, setting the bar higher than would be expected nationally, and instilling a strong work ethic that brings richly deserved results.


Long Close students celebrated outstanding 2020 GCSE results. 99% of the grades achieved were  Grade 5 and above across all papers while  86% of pupils achieving Grade 6 and above in all subjects.

Other highlights from the results include:

100% of all pupils achieved grade 5 and above in English and Maths

100% of all pupils achieved grade 5 or above in 8 or more subjects

 English Language

65% pupils achieved Grade 7 and above compared to National Average of 19%

35% pupils achieved Grade 8 and above compared to a National Average of 9%


59% pupils achieved Grade 7 and above compared to a National Average of 19%

47% pupils achieved Grade 8 and above compared to a National Average of 10%

Triple Science

100% students achieved Grade 7 and above in all Triple Science papers

80% achieved Grade 8 and above in Chemistry compared to a National Average of 34%

60% achieved Grade 8 and above in Biology compared to a National Average of 33%

Computer Science

80% pupils achieved Grade 6 and above compared to a National Average of 49%

 Other Key achievements include:

49% of students achieved Grade 9 in one or more GCSEs

76% of students achieved Grade 8 in one or more GCSEs

Average of Grade 7 across entire cohort and all subjects

52% of pupils took 10 GCSEs

Miss K Nijjar, Headteacher said: “Despite the challenging times of Lockdown, our pupils have shown incredible resilience and adaptability. We are so proud of how hard they worked, and these incredible results are a testimony to the commitment of pupils and teachers to maintain high standards of education, whatever the circumstances.

“Our small class sizes enable teachers to understand their students as individuals and provide bespoke support to ensure every child progresses. As well as online lessons, teachers regularly checked in with students throughout Lockdown to see how they were doing from a wellbeing perspective. We were delighted when our Voice of the Student survey revealed that 89% of students felt that the key elements which make online learning successful were being delivered effectively.

“In the face of the Covid-19 adversity, I can honestly say that our staff team and pupils rose to the occasion. As a school, we have used this time positively and made some exciting changes to our provision that will start in September.”

Although Year 11 children were unable to take GCSEs this year, Long Close School replaced the exams with its Inspiring Futures programme. The Programme started in the Summer term and focused on non-academic character developments such as leadership, communication, teamwork, creativity and emotional intelligence. The programme proved so successful that it will now form part of the Year 11 curriculum moving forward.

Long Close School is holding Virtual Open Mornings. For more information and to book a place, click here.



65% of pupils achieved Grade 7 or above in English Language 


100% of pupils achieved Grade 7 or above in all Triple Science papers


59% of pupils achieved Grade 7 or above in Maths 


80% of pupils achieved Grade 8 or above in Chemistry 


49% of students achieved Grade 9 in one or more GCSEs


60% of pupils achieved Grade 8 or above in Biology 

2019 GCSE Results

2019 GCSE ResultsView/Download

Prep School Results

GL assessments are undertaken every year across the country and in British Curriculum Schools worldwide.

GL assessment enables us to check the accuracy of attainment within a national context and is also a good preparation for those wanting to sit 11+ in Year 6 as it is the system used by Buckinghamshire.

In our Prep School many children opt to sit the 11+ Plus exam and are offered a place at a selective secondary school of their choice. Destination schools for our 2020 leavers included Upton Grammar, Dr Challoner’s Grammar, Langley Grammar, St James’ Boys School, Burnham Grammar, Herschel Grammar and Eton College (2022). In 2020, 50+ of children passed their 11+ exam. To find out more about how we prepare pupils for the 11+, read here.

Their success is due to a combination of natural ability and the teaching and experiences they have received from our Nursery onwards.

KS2 Results 2019-20
Pupils reaching Expected StandardPupils reaching Higher Standard
Long Close School 88%38%
Slough – Average69%14%

2019/20 EYFS Profile Results

Our test results in the EYFS profile consistently exceed the National Average.

Our GLD (Good Level Development) results for June 2020 were above the national and county averages:

90% of children achieved a Good Level of Development (GLD) in Reading, Writing and Maths, at the end of Reception. (June 2020)

Children are defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in:

  • The Early Learning Goals in the Prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language)
  • The early learning goals in the specific areas of Mathematics and Literacy.

Read Write Inc Model School

In 2020, Long Close was awarded Model School status for the second year running by Ruth Miskin Training and Oxford University Press. We understand that the ability to read is the biggest driver of social mobility. Crucially, we make ensure the slowest progress children are not left behind: each child benefits from daily 10-minute tutoring, until they are able to keep up with their peers.

Model Schools status is given to Long Close because we achieve outstanding results by ensuring teaching children to read is at the heart of what we do. We teach Read Write Inc. Phonics for an hour a day – every day – and run weekly practice sessions for staff. Children start phonics training from the age of 3 at Long Close to provide them with the best start for a lifetime of reading.

In 2020, one of our Year 6 pupils was offered a conditional place at Eton College, others secured sixth form places at the chosen Grammar school and first choice schools. In recent years several of our pupils have also achieved academic scholarships to schools such as Hampton, Merchant Taylor’s, The Abbey and Millfield School as well as many gaining places to grammar schools at the end of Year 11 or Year 6.

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