Our individualised approach to education at Long Close makes us quick to identify children with particular gifts and talents. In the case of academic high-flyers, this means we can set them harder work. We also look to challenge children who excel at music, drama and sport, forging links with local cricket clubs, for example, to produce a series of county level players.
The Cognita Schools Group as a whole takes pride in the development of gifted and talented pupils, but Long Close is considered a leading light within the group. We award silver and gold badges to those who excel in their exams; we record academic achievements on an honours board in the school reception; and, more notably, we were among the first schools in Britain to adopt the concept of ‘curriculum collapse’, in which an entire week’s timetable is replaced by a single themed experience.