There is a strong sense of community at Long Close. We have fewer than 300 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. Some contribute their time and skills to help out our thriving Parent Teacher Association. Some come in to give careers talks to our Year 10 students. Others work as classroom assistants and stay on to train as teachers.
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. This sort of interaction continues right through to the top of the school, with some of our Year 11 students recently visiting a local food bank and talking to council staff about debt and welfare rights.
The school as a whole takes part in a wide range of charity events, some for national campaigns such as Sport Relief and Red Nose Day, others for causes closer to home, such as Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC) and the local branch of Age Concern.
Suggestions for forging other links with the local community are always welcome. Please talk to a member of staff or call the Marketing Manager, Mrs Sophie Watts, on 01753 520095.