The boys and girls who enter our Senior School in Year 7 will leave in Year 11 as young men and women. We work hard at Long Close to make sure that our students make this transition in a safe, caring environment. We encourage a culture in which they feel valued and respected for who they are, and we give them opportunities to become increasingly independent, self-reliant and self-disciplined.
The students at Long Close are taught by a variety of specialist teachers but they are also placed under the care of a dedicated form tutor. It is their job to keep an eye on the personal development of each of their students, acting as someone they can turn to in times of trouble, and offering support, encouragement and advice along the way. The friendly open atmosphere of mutual respect that this system fosters plays a key role in our pastoral care provision.
We also make use of a house points system to reinforce good behaviour, with the added incentive of a termly reward trip for those who are awarded more than fifty positive points and fewer than six negatives. The house system also increases the number of positions of trust that need filling at the school. We have form captains, games captains, school council representatives, heads of house, prefects and a head of school – all of which require our students to develop a sense of self-discipline and responsibility.
The extra-curricular activities available at the school and the careers advice we offer also serve to open the minds of our students to the world beyond Long Close. And that in the end is our aim – to see our students emerging into society ready to make a valuable contribution.