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Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys
Langton Lane, Nackington Road, CT4 7AS, UK Canterbury
+44 (0)1227 463567

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From the Headteacher

Welcome to Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys. We are a school community of nearly 1000 students and staff set in the Kent countryside on the outskirts of the medieval city of Canterbury. We enjoy a high reputation locally and nationally as a school with an enviable academic record consequent upon inspirational teaching and top quality pastoral care. We also consider ourselves to be in the vanguard of English schools developing a 'futures' strategy and applying innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Our students join us in Year 7 from all over East Kent and the overwhelming majority ultimately progress to take up places at the better universities, both at home and abroad. Our alumni have gone on to play leading roles in the arts and sciences, in the military, in politics and in the professions around the world. Our A level results show us to be one of the most successful boys' schools in the country. We admit girls into the Sixth Form and their results are equally impressive.

We enjoy a reputation for humanity and strive to maintain high quality relationships between staff and students at all levels of the school. Pastoral care is given a high profile and is backed up by professional agencies, aiming both to bring about effective learning and to support the emotional and spiritual development of all our students. The result of this is a caring and happy community, offering leadership and team based opportunities to all our students.

Our curriculum is designed to put learning firmly at the centre of all that we do and the academic staff have used their expertise to produce a set of principles for high quality, effective teaching to which they all adhere. Whilst we have specialist Science status, we remain confident that our strengths range across the wide variety of disciplines that we offer, from Theatre Studies and Philosophy to Economics and Music. The unusually high qualifications of the teaching staff and their commitment to professional development and further academic study, as well as the impressive work of the support staff, mean that standards are maintained at a very high level.

So what of the future? Our strategic plan is long term and 'futures' based so that we consider closely the world that we are ultimately preparing our students for and the skills they will need to live and survive in that world. The twenty-first century will provide many challenges for young people. Our aim is to shape lifelong learners, critical and innovative thinkers who will thrive in the acceptance of those challenges and whose moral integrity will enable them to determine a better world for all.

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Matthew Baxter


The dates for the academic year 2007-2008 are as follows:

Term 1: 3rd September 2007 - 19th October 2007
Term 2: 29th October 2007 - 19th December 2007
Term 3: 3rd January 2008 - 15th February 2008
Term 4: 25th February 2008 - 4th April 2008
Term 5: 21st April 2008 - 23rd May 2008
Term 6: 2nd June 2008 - 23rd July 2008

Staff development days (no students in school are as follows):

3rd September 2007
4th September 2007
19th October 2007
25th February 2008
7th July 2008

PLEASE NOTE: 5th September 2007 - Year 7 and Sixth Form students ONLY in school - all other years start on 6th September


The weeks (A or B) for each week of the year are now on the
school calendar.


The Langton Sixth Form is a mixed community of over 250 students, from a variety of backgrounds, who have achieved creditable performances in their GCSE’s in Year 11 and are currently embarking on AS or A2 level study. 95% of the Sixth Form go on to further study at national and international universities, with a sizeable percentage taking places at Oxford and Cambridge. The Sixth Form is characterised by a desire to learn, a readiness to display wit and humour, the desire to help others and the need to foster a good community spirit. In all, it should be both the Bridge to Opportunity and the Jewel in the School’s Crown.

The Sixth Form has a pleasant atmosphere; it is ordered, well disciplined and friendly. Our students have a reputation for academic excellence, good manners, confidence and honesty. These strengths are testament to the unusually high quality of pastoral care and guidance which have been prominent features of this school for many years and account for the high numbers of external students wishing to join our Sixth Form. Those who join are welcomed and quickly become part of the scene.

In the Sixth Form we take our grammar school status seriously and have not allowed the obvious strengths of our intake to foster a complacent culture. We are, first and foremost, an academic grammar school, though that does not mean we do not take time to develop the full potential of our students in other areas. Sixth Formers are encouraged to act as part of the team responsible for maintaining school discipline and developing a positive community spirit throughout the whole school community. Sixth Formers act as support tutors for younger students, both for academic studies and for sports; they work as form guardians and counsellors as well as being prefects and assisting with administration.

As a consequence of their part in assisting the day to day smooth running of the school the Sixth Form are afforded privileges. We do not expect our Sixth Formers to wear a uniform, only ask that you come to School tidily. We do not require you to study in your free periods, but provide ample amenities should you wish to. For those who need to relax, a social area is provided within the Sixth Form Area.

Study in the Sixth Form is definitely not easy, but it should always be rewarding. Your time with us is brief and it is my hope that in the short space of time you spend with us you feel happy and valued in your contribution to the School. There will be times of stress and times when the pressure really bites, but, planned properly, the Sixth Form could be the best time of your life. And when things go wrong, there is both a talented team of Sixth Form tutors to turn to and, in serious cases, the services of the School Counsellor.

At Simon Langton we are committed to providing the very best in terms of teaching and learning. We want you to be aware of your preferred learning style and we endeavour to tailor our lessons to cater for the learning styles of all, enabling all students to achieve their potential. We provide a balanced Sixth Form curriculum that we believe is of value and monitor the service we provide in lessons to ensure a premium quality service.

So enjoy your time with us. Work hard, play hard. But mostly, fulfil your potential in every way you can.

I hope you find studying at the Langton rewarding and enjoyable. Please download the Sixth Form Prospectus.

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Ken Moffat

Head of Sixth Form

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