One thing that every parent appreciates about Long Close is the fact that we have a large free car park directly next to the school. Finding a space is always easy at the beginning and end of the school day, which makes it so much safer and simpler to collect your child. It also makes so much difference to the sense of community at the school, giving you time to talk to the teachers and to other parents in the playground.
Visitors to Long Close are always pleasantly surprised by how much space the school enjoys. There are generous outdoor play areas set aside for pupils at every stage in the school, including specialist sports facilities such as cricket nets and astro-turf pitches. The site also backs on to local playing fields, giving our pupils access to sports pitches of every type.
The school buildings are full of character and charm – with a mix of quirky original features and purpose-built modern additions. We have dedicated, well-equipped rooms for music, art and ICT, a much-loved library and a separate space for performing arts. We also boast the Sir William Herschel Laboratory, where pupils can follow in the scientific footsteps of the great astronomer, who discovered the planet Uranus from his observatory just a mile or two down the road. Even the school’s kitchen block has been designed to double as a learning area, where we teach our children about food science and nutrition.
We are always looking to make more use of the space available to Long Close, with a popular new climbing frame added to the main playground recently and an extension to the nursery building recently approved. That way, we can continue to surprise and delight prospective parents and develop new educational possibilities for our pupils.