Latest News

There’s always so much going on at Long Close, providing lots of new reasons to be proud of our pupils and what they achieve, both inside and outside school. You’ll find a few of these stories mentioned in our school newsletter, but here you can read about some of the most recent events, activities and successes in more detail.

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    Long Close celebrates another year of outstanding GCSE results

    23rd August 2017

    Students and teachers at Long Close School are celebrating after another set of excellent GCSE results. In line with last year’s record results, 50% once again achieved grades A*-A, which represents 30% more than the national average. For the fourth year in a row, 100% of pupils gained 5 or [...]

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    Review of Senior Girls' trip to watch Thriller Live!

    13th February 2017

    On Friday 3rd February, the Senior girls attended a live show performance of Thriller Live! at The Lyric Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. With a range of girls from Years 7-11 we experienced an outstanding performance, which ‘thrilled’ us all from beginning to end. We began our evening taking the trains [...]

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    Year 8 visit the 'birthplace' of Gothic

    9th February 2017

    Yesterday, our Year 8 pupils went to on an English trip to Strawberry Hill House, Horace Walpole's home, where 'Gothic' was created. After a longer-than-expected journey due to traffic problems on the M3, they went on a tour of the house and every room was different, projecting a Gothic atmosphere [...]

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    Prep School pupils have a 'stomping' time

    8th February 2017

    As Curriculum Collapse Week continues, our Prep School pupils had a 'stomping' time at their body percussion workshops today! Thank you very much to Ollie Tunmer from Beat Goes On for making them so much fun. The children enjoyed copying the moves and rhythms and some of them even had [...]

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    Prep School ready to step back in time for the week!

    6th February 2017

    It's finally here! Curriculum Collapse Week has arrived for Years 1-6 and this year's theme is Pre-history. Exciting lessons have been planned for the week, including the incredible world of the awe inspiring dinosaurs for younger year groups and the work of Charles Darwin and his study of evolution and [...]

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    Year 1 children become weather reporters for the day!

    3rd February 2017

    Over the past two weeks, Year 1 children have been focussing on the weather and different seasons. To continue their learning this week, the teachers incorporated a fun, practical activity into their geography lessons by using a Green Screen App on the iPads! Miss Staniford introduced the weather theme by [...]

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    Year 10 attend 'Skills for Life' seminar

    31st January 2017

    Yesterday, our Year 10 students attended a Skills for Life seminar led by Learning to Work as part of the build up to their work placements later this term. The group were involved in some active discussions and debate around some vital aspects of life in the workplace. It was [...]

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    Catering team help us to celebrate Chinese New Year!

    30th January 2017

    Our catering team managed to get us all in the spirit to celebrate Chinese New Year today with delicious sweet and sour stir fries for lunch, Chinese decorations around the dining hall and fortune cookies for all our pupils (and staff!). It all looked and tasted great. Happy Chinese New [...]

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    Local entrepreneur inspires our Year 9-11 students

    27th January 2017

    Thank you to Mr Iftekhar for coming in to speak to our students in Years 9-11 this morning as part of our Inspire the Future programme. They were fascinated to hear from a successful entrepreneur about setting up and running their own business in the recruitment industry. Mr Iftekhar gave some [...]

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    Year 5 pupils enjoy Shakesperean experience in Stratford-upon-Avon

    26th January 2017

    Today, our Year 5 pupils visited Stratford-upon-Avon and learnt all about Shakespeare's life. The children took part in various activities including writing with quills, Tudor shopping, studying real Tudor coins and naming artefacts from the era. Later we visited Anne Hathaway's Cottage, where he was born, and we then walked [...]

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    Year 3 become Ancient Egyptians for the day

    25th January 2017

    Year 3 children had a fantastic time at their Ancient Egyptian workshop yesterday! The children were put to work right from the start, thinking about the huge amount of maths involved in designing and creating a pyramid. They were in awe as it was brought home to them the immense [...]

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    Cricket success for Year 7 pupil

    24th January 2017

    Congratulations to Tegh in Year 7, who was recently selected for the U12 Berkshire County Cricket winter training squad 2017. This was after eight weekly assessment and selection sessions during last term, involving over 150 boys from all over Berkshire. He has now joined the other 40 plus selected boys [...]

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    Review of the choir trip to 'Young Voices' at the O2

    20th January 2017

    On Tuesday 17th January, Year 5-11 choir members took a trip to the O2 to perform at the annual performance of Young Voices. The performance was accompanied by guitar slinging performer Tabby Callaghan, the Beatbox Collective (made up of a cast with MC Zani, The BFG and Ball-zee), Natalie Williams [...]

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    Student's view of the Destinations Expo Careers event

    19th January 2017

    On Wednesday 18th January, Years 10 and 11 departed from school to Windsor Racecourse for a careers expo. Once we arrived we were greeted by some of the organisers of the event and they introduced us to the venue and showed us where to go. We were amazed and engulfed [...]

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    Year 7 pupils work with Year 4 on their maths skills

    16th January 2017

    Year 7 pupils helped to teach Mrs Rees's Year 4 maths set this morning, using games and giving their advice on the best way to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. Afterwards they all took part in a timetables challenge to test their mental arithmetic, and the Year 4 pupils [...]

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    Year 2 share their favourite healthy meals

    10th January 2017

    As part of their homework last weekend, Year 2 children were asked to prepare and bring in a sample of their favourite healthy meal for everyone else to try at school yesterday. What a fantastic variety and selection of food they provided! We had a wide range on offer from [...]

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    Year 1 Wish Tree for 2017

    9th January 2017

    Last week, the children in Year 1 reflected on their achievements in 2016 and thought about what they could do better in 2017. They were then tasked with writing their wishes for the new year before hanging them on the Year 1 Wish Tree. Well done to all the children, [...]

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    Altiora Petimus - we seek higher things

    5th January 2017

    In spite of the cold and frosty weather, there were lots of smiles and laughter as our pupils returned to a very warm welcome this morning! During the first school assembly of 2017, Mr Pavey linked the idea of New Year resolutions to the importance of having the right attitude, [...]

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    School choir spreads Christmas cheer through carol singing

    12th December 2016

    Our Choir members in Years 5-6 (plus Mr Pavey, Mrs Bingham and a couple of Year 10s) sang carols beautifully at Age Concern's Day Centre in Manor Park this morning. We were so proud of them! The audience was very appreciative of the children's efforts and some of them even [...]

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    Christmas lunch goes down a treat!

    9th December 2016

    We'd like to say a massive thank you to our amazing catering team at Long Close for serving us such a delicious Christmas lunch today. A lot of hard work and preparation went into feeding the special meal to 350 pupils and staff in four sittings over two and a half [...]

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    Pupils shine at our special Carol Service

    9th December 2016

    Our Year 3-11 pupils performed brilliantly during last night's special Carol Service at St Mary's Church. From poems and readings through to solos and carols, they all did so well and it was a real pleasure to watch and listen. Thank you to all our parents for coming along to [...]

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    Senior girls excel at Sports Hall Athletics competition

    6th December 2016

    Some of our Year 7 and Year 8 girls attended the Sports Hall Athletics competition at Langley Grammar yesterday. The competitions included an obstacle relay, triple and vertical jumps as well as speed bounce and shot put. The girls did very well in all the events and managed to achieve 154 [...]

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    KS1 parents enjoy performance of 'Gabriel's Big Break'

    5th December 2016

    We're ever so proud of our Year 1 & 2 pupils for giving such an incredible performance of the nativity, 'Gabriel's Big Break', today. From narrators and shepherds to angels and stars (and not forgetting Mary and Joseph!), they all sang and acted brilliantly, putting a smile on everyone's faces [...]

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    The PTA Christmas Fair proves to be a hit with the children!

    2nd December 2016

    Children from a range of age groups across the school gathered in the main hall and dining hall after school today to enjoy the PTA Christmas Fair. With Santa's Grotto, lots of stalls and fun activities run by senior school pupils as well as parent and staff volunteers, carol singing [...]

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    Inspire the Future careers talks kick off with corporate law

    18th November 2016

    A huge thank you to Mr Lall for coming in to speak to our Year 9-11 students this morning about his career as a corporate lawyer. It was a very interesting and informative session, which provoked some excellent questions from our pupils (and Mr Pavey!). This was the first in [...]

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    Year 7 student raises £800 for the Little Princess Trust

    17th November 2016

    Congratulations to Keira in Year 7, who recently decided to donate some of her hair to the Little Princess Trust in order to help make wigs for children suffering from cancer. We're also delighted to hear that Keira raised an impressive £800 in sponsorship for her efforts. Congratulations, Keira!

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    Young Shakespeare Company performs 'Twelfth Night' with Years 5-8

    14th November 2016

    Years 5 to 8 enjoyed a fabulous re-telling of 'Twelfth Night' by the Young Shakespeare Company at school today.  This is a lively comedy, which was absolutely hilarious to watch.  The performance was also interactive with the pupils invited to join in with some scenes and they were all fully engaged [...]

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    Pupils and staff mark Remembrance Day with special assembly

    11th November 2016

    Pupils from Years 3-11 and staff gathered in the main school hall this morning for a special Remembrance Day assembly. Our Head Boy and Head Girl, Connor and Ria, started off with the introduction before Year 4 performed a moving extract from their assembly last week about life in the [...]

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    Year 5 expand their history knowledge with a trip to Hampton Court Palace

    10th November 2016

    Year 5 visited Hampton Court Palace today where they learnt about life in the Palace kitchens, how food was prepared and made using the huge fires to roast beef or mutton. Did you know that the servants had two roast meals per day? They were then told stories about the jobs [...]

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    Year 4 staff and pupils to benefit from Welsh school link

    10th November 2016

    Mrs Rees has developed a link with a Year 4 class at Priory Church in Wales School in Brecon, and our Year 4 pupils wrote their first pen pal letters to them a few weeks ago. This morning, there was a lot of excitement in Year 4 as they received [...]

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    Year 11 students attend Young Ambassadors for Sport Conference

    9th November 2016

    For the first time ever, Long Close took part in the Young Ambassadors for Sport Conference today as four of our Year 11 students were invited to attend. The conference gave them the opportunity to meet other ambassadors from schools in the region and it introduced them to coaching and [...]

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    Sporting success for Year 7 student

    7th November 2016

    There has been more sporting success outside school for Tegh in Year 7, who has scored an impressive five goals in five matches in the Bucks U12 League for his club team, Gerrards Cross & Fulmer FC. At the beginning of this season, Tegh was also invited back to the [...]

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    Year 5 show great potential as storytellers for Year 3

    4th November 2016

    As Children's Book Week came to a close, Year 5 pupils have been reading their own stories to enraptured Year 3 children today. Year 5 created some amazing story boxes to help them tell their stories and we were all very impressed by the creativity and imagination shown by them [...]

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    Children and staff show great imagination for 'Dress Up as a Book Character Day'

    3rd November 2016

    What a day we've had! It has been wonderful to see so many different outfits showing such great imagination - all inspired by children's literature. In assembly this morning, Mr Pavey selected Inayah, Danny and Ophelia as the winners of the most imaginatively dressed book characters - well done to [...]

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    Impressive start to Children's Book Week

    31st October 2016

    To start Children's Book Week today, we challenged our Prep School pupils to let their creative skills run wild over half term with a ‘dress a potato up as a book character' challenge. Here are some examples of the novel spuds that were brought into school this morning - impressive [...]

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    Year 2 enjoy visit from modern day nurse during Florence Nightingale week

    14th October 2016

    As part of Florence Nightingale week, Year 2 were very lucky to have a visit from Nurse Almeyda on Tuesday. Nurse Almeyda is a modern day nurse and she came to talk to the children all about nursing and life in a hospital. First she showed them an apron used [...]

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    Year 1 visit to Winchester Science Centre

    13th October 2016

    Year 1 became young scientists yesterday when they visited Winchester Science Centre! The children spent a lot of time exploring the 100 hands-on experiences and learning about different concepts such as speed, weight, motion and air resistance. It was a super day out, enjoyed by all!

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    Harvest boxes delivered to local charities

    12th October 2016

    On Monday this week, Mr Powell and his Year 10 students helped to pack the harvest boxes from last Friday's Harvest Festival assemblies into our minibuses, ready to be delivered to Age Concern (see photo with Manager, Gaye and volunteer, Cathy), Slough Homeless (SHOC) and Slough Foodbank. Thank you again [...]

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    Year 6 go back to Victorian times on their latest school trip

    7th October 2016

    Year 6 had a truly unforgettable experience during their trip to Black Country Museum yesterday. As well as learning about life in Victorian times, they had first hand experience of walking through a mine, attending a Victorian school and having fun on some of the rides at the funfair!

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    Official opening of Nursery Expansion

    6th October 2016

    Our newly expanded Nursery was officially opened yesterday by Ms Marion Brown, lecturer at East Berkshire College and mentor to some of the school’s Early Years’ staff at the Nursery, and Ms Danuta Tomasz, Assistant Director of Education at Cognita Schools. Parents, children, staff members and friends of the school [...]

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    Year 3 inspired by their trip to the Roald Dahl Museum and Gallery

    6th October 2016

    Year 3 had a whizzpopping time at the Roald Dahl Museum and Gallery in Aylesbury on Wednesday. In the morning, they had a whoopsy-splunkering time in the gallery, learning about the life of Roald Dahl and his book characters. After svollopping their lunch, they created phizz-whizzing dream bottles with fabulous [...]

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    Nursery children learn about Eid

    12th September 2016

    Eid Mubarak! In the Red and Blue Room, one of the children arrived with a biscuit treat for all of the children today to celebrate Eid. Mrs Troublé showed a short video about Eid Ul-Adha whilst the children enjoyed their yummy treat.

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    Year 2 pupils show their artistic side

    8th September 2016

    In art today, Year 2 children have been painting a portrait of another child in their class, which has been a great way to get to know the new children in the yeargroup. To start with, they sketched the key features, thinking carefully about where they actually 'sit' on the [...]

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    Nursery children enjoy first Scrumys gym session

    6th September 2016

    The children from Yellow Room enjoyed their first Scrumys Gym session with coach Joe today. We pretended to be snakes, giraffes and rabbits as we warmed up and then we scored 'tries' into the coloured hoops using rugby balls.

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    Extended Nursery opens its doors for the first time

    5th September 2016

       What a busy summer we've had at Long Close Nursery! After a lot of hard work by both builders and staff here, our extended Nursery was finished and ready in time for children to arrive for their first day today. Mr Brendan Pavey, Headmaster of Long Close School, said: "With [...]

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    Prizes galore and new senior head boy and head girl announced at speech day

    8th July 2016

    Parents, staff and pupils enjoyed a fantastic end to a very busy and exciting year at this year’s Speech Day today at St Mary’s Church. There were brilliant performances by the orchestra, school choir and Years 3-6. Thought-provoking speeches came from the Headmaster, Mr Pavey, the outgoing Head Boy (Crawford [...]

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    Enrichment week for senior school

    6th July 2016

    For three days of the final week of term, the curriculum was ‘collapsed’ for the Senior School and they took part in a range of activities as part of what we call ‘Enrichment Week’. The idea is that these activities are a bit different from their normal day to day [...]

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    Junior speech day pulls out all the stops!

    6th July 2016

    We were incredibly proud of our children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 today as they put on some great performances for our Junior Speech Day. From poems and songs through to dancing and sitting still, they did amazingly well. Congratulations to all those who won prizes this year [...]

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    Long Close School SATS results beat national average by almost 20%

    6th July 2016

    Long Close School has confirmed that 71% of all pupils in Year 6 achieved the expected standard in all three subjects compared with the national average of 53%. This year, the expected standard of achievement has been raised and the accountability framework for schools has also changed, which makes these [...]

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    Year 6 raises over £200 to buy playground equipment

    30th June 2016

    Well done to our Year 6 pupils, who organised and ran an enterprise sale with Mrs Rees today. A lot of work went into deciding what to sell and sourcing the goods to sell as well. The total amount raised in just one day came to £238! The children have [...]

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    Years 5 & 6 impress with their performances of Bugsy Malone

    29th June 2016

    Wow, what a show! Big shout out to all the Bugsy Malone performers in Years 5 & 6 and to Mrs Bingham and her team for putting on two very impressive performances today. From the costumes and stage design through to choreography and singing, the production was brilliant and it [...]

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    Long Close School announces expansion plans for its Nursery

    28th June 2016

    Long Close School has confirmed plans today to expand its Nursery through a new building project to take place during the summer holidays. Planning permission has been granted for the extension work, which will expand the Nursery in two main areas. There will be an additional tinted, heat reflective glass [...]

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    Year 4 trip to the queen’s castle

    27th June 2016

    Year 4 visited Windsor Castle today to reinforce their history learning about castles. A superb day was had by all as the children explored the features of the castle and the chapel. They were very lucky to see the changing of the guards too!

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    Long Close School receives sapling from Crown Estate’s 1,300-year old oak at their 75th anniversary celebration

    20th June 2016

    Hundreds of parents, staff and pupils gathered at the Long Close School’s Summer Fayre on Saturday 18 June to celebrate the School’s 75th anniversary. One of the memorable events of the day involved pupils from the Nature Club helping to plant a very special sapling, which came from a 1,300-year [...]

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    Corporate donation tops up charity fundraising effort by Long Close School

    4th May 2016

    Pupils at Long Close School in Upton, Slough, have been presented with a generous £1,500 donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car to increase their recent charity fundraising efforts to nearly £4,500. Mr Ravi Sardana, the parent of a child at Long Close Nursery, applied for the additional donation via his workplace: “I [...]

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