Community

Community

There is a strong sense of community at Long Close. We have just over 250 children at the school, split into classes that are kept deliberately small. This means that we all get to know each other unusually well, with firm bonds developing between pupils and teachers.

We are also an all-through school with plenty of siblings and cousins to be found across our two to sixteen-year-old age span. All of this contributes to the school’s family atmosphere, which is particularly noticeable at drop-off and pick-up time when parents, children, teachers and staff all happily mix together.

The parents, families and friends of our children play an active part in school life – contributing their time and skills to help out at events or by giving careers talks to our older students. We are currently recruiting for our PTA, click here for more information.

From an early age our children are introduced to the wider community that exists beyond the school gates. They make trips to nearby farms, parks and businesses, and enjoy visits from police officers, firefighters and other professionals who serve our local area.

Community Service & Charity

At Long Close we seek to nurture a deep-seated sense of social responsibility, of belonging to and serving, their community of the school or the wider community beyond.

Fundraising has always been an important part of school life and our children are encouraged to help other people and to consider those less fortunate than themselves.   One of the most heartening aspects of charitable fundraising at Long Close is the commitment and initiative shown by the pupils themselves. The Community Fundraising Team, led by pupils, have organised numerous meaningful service activities including talent shows, non-uniform days, competitions, sponsored events, environmental projects, and carried out voluntary service to demonstrate the impact that they can have on the lives of others.

Over the past few years, the school has run the following charity fundraising initiatives:

Jeans for Genes – annual mufti day every September

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Harvest Festival – food donations collected for Slough Food Bank

Children In Need – mufti day, bake sale and other activities

Operation Christmas Child – Salvation Army

Mental Health Week – non uniform day for Place2Be

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief

Through all these opportunities for voluntary service, community awareness and concern, our pupils develop a sense of responsibility, and the skills and attitudes needed to make a difference to the community and wider community around them.

We feel that this helps to build emotional maturity and social responsibility, which has an impact on pupils’ lives, well beyond school years and educational achievements.

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