Welcome to our Senior School

Berkshire Independent School

It is in the Senior School at Long Close that the value of our individualised approach to education is most obvious. From Year 7 to Year 11, our students are on a learning journey, aiming to perform as successfully as possible in their GCSE examinations, and so secure a brighter future for themselves. Each pupil will have their own Individual Achievement Plan to ensure that we focus on development both inside and outside the classroom.

At Long Close we understand precisely where every single one of our students is on that journey. Thanks to our tried and trusted systems of assessment and daily monitoring, we know where they are struggling and need a little extra focus; we know where they are excelling and need introducing to new avenues; and, most of all, we know how to help them attain success.  At GCSE level, our pupils achieve an average of over half a grade higher in every subject than predicted by national norms.

It is an approach that works across the board. For the third year running we have achieved record GCSE results. All of our pupils gained five or more A* to C grades this year, with 50% of those grades awarded at A* or A. That compares to just 21% nationally, which shows just how effective a Long Close education can be.

As they progress through to Year 11, our students are also heading towards the top of the Long Close School family. We take great pride in watching them grow up to become such fine young men and women. Over time they come to embody the school’s values of consideration, honesty, respect, compassion, hard work and self-discipline. They are academically equipped to make sense of the world, and have the confidence, drive and motivation to go out and improve it. That is a telling measure of our school’s success.

Mr David McCarthy
Head of Senior School