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 in the Prep School, this means we can set them harder work – making use of the ‘Challenge Corner’ set up in the classroom for just this purpose. And we can arrange for our Senior School students to attend local universities for short courses on, say, creative writing or art. 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 and offer academic scholarships to our Senior School.
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. During these weeks boys and girls from across the school come together to take part in activities designed to break down the traditional barriers of curriculum and age group. The idea is to give pupils a chance to demonstrate their gifts and talents by immersing them in an enriched and inspiring learning environment.