It is my pleasure to invite you to browse through our website, which will give you an outline of the school's organisation and convey something of the atmosphere of the school and the aspirations and achievements of our pupils and staff.
If you are considering Long Close School for your child, a personal visit will enable you to experience for yourself the friendly, happy and purposeful learning environment.
We are a co-educational school that prepares children for 11+ and for GCSE. Our small classes encourage high standards for all abilities and our pupils obtain excellent results.
We will focus on your child’s talents so that they may be developed and your child reaches his or her full potential. Your child will learn new skills and consolidate others, while we also place great emphasis on art, drama, music, design technology and sport.
I am proud of the fact that we continue to foster an atmosphere of effort, attainment and enthusiasm, where your child will be encouraged to grow in confidence and gain the skills needed for coping effectively with the many challenges ahead.
My staff and I would be delighted to meet you to discuss your child's education, to show you round and to answer any questions you may have concerning our school. Simply complete the enquiry form to arrange an appointment.
I look forward to welcoming you to Long Close School.
Children are welcomed into Long Close Nursery at 2 years old. To find out more, click here.
Founded in 1940, originally as a boys’ school, Long Close has developed into a co-educational preparatory day school with a well-established reputation for friendliness and achievement.
Occupying a large and attractive site in Upton, Long Close now accepts children to the nursery from 2 years of age and prepares children for the 11+ entrance examinations to senior schools in and GCSE.
In 2004, Asquith Court Schools were bought by Cognita Ltd, a new education company chaired by Chris Woodhead, the first Chief Inspector of Schools. Cognita has 18 schools in its portfolio and is the largest independent schools business in the UK.
The school site has undergone extensive refurbishment to modernise its facilities and to ensure that it is well placed to provide an enriched education in which its pupils will flourish.
Our aim at Long Close is to provide your child with the best opportunity of transferring successfully to the next stage of his or her education. We, as a staff, are jointly committed to this end.
We endeavour to:
• Support each child by maintaining a happy, caring and friendly family atmosphere where staff give individual attention and guidance in small classes.
• Provide a stimulating environment that encourages the pursuit of high standards and nurtures all the facets of your child's education.
• Achieve outstanding results by employing dedicated teachers who prepare each child for the demands and challenges of secondary school, by providing opportunities to grow in confidence, self-reliance, self-discipline, responsibility and consideration for others.
• Cultivate and broaden the interests of each child through exposure to a remarkable variety of learning experiences, which include music & drama, sport, and extra-curricular activities.
Education at Long Close
Long Close offers a dedicated programme of education:
- 11+ The 11+ programme for girls and boys from 2 to 11 years of age, culminating in the 11+ examinations to senior schools.
Long Close provides a rich learning environment for boys and girls. The curriculum prepares children for senior schools at 11, but in addition we attach great importance to providing all our children with a balanced and broadly based education, from their first days in the nursery through to the ages of 11 and 16.
We cover the requirements of the National Curriculum and Key Stage testing. Great emphasis is given to a firm foundation in English, Mathematics and Science .
Subjects such as History, Geography, Games, Information & Communication Technology, Physical Education, Personal Social & Health Education, Religious Studies, Design & Technology, French, Music, Drama and Art all have a significant status.
We aim to act in partnership with the family to foster a child’s early enthusiasm for learning, to encourage motivation and self-discipline, and to instil important values of honesty and personal responsibility together with a spirit of service.
Each child is encouraged to fulfil his or her potential and to achieve success in as many areas as possible, in a disciplined and happy environment.
(Age 4 to 11 years)
The Prep School includes the Reception class and pupils in Years 1 to 6. Form Teachers provide pastoral care and are responsible for the welfare of the children in their respective form.
The School is equipped with specialist classrooms and facilities for;
• Design and Technology
• Information and Communication Technology
Reception to Year 2
Within a happy and relaxed atmosphere, the children in Reception become used to a more formal approach to education. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. The boys and girls are taught mostly by their Form Teachers, with the help of classroom assistants, in mixed ability groups. In Year 2 pupils sit the National Key Stage 1 SATs.
Years 3 & 4
Form Teachers continue to teach the majority of subjects. Pupils also receive specialist teaching in some areas of the curriculum. These two important years consolidate Key Stage 1 work and begin to prepare the children for Key Stage 2 SATs and the 11+ entrance tests.
Years 5 & 6
Preparation for 11+ entrance tests continues. Subject specialists teach children in all areas of the curriculum. Setting pupils, according to achievement, is introduced in some subjects, so that Long Close children enjoy the highest standards of teaching coupled with individual attention in the lead up to the 11+ examinations at the end of Year 6.
The Upper Prep
(Age 11 to 16 years)
The Upper School prepares candidates for the GCSE examinations.
Teaching is provided by a combination of Form Tutors and specialist subject teachers. Setting in some subjects ensures that the pupils in Years 7 and 8 can make the most of their talents and abilities. Learning support is provided in classes at no extra cost.
To develop their imaginations, creativity and self-confidence, children of all ages are actively encouraged to be involved in a variety of dramatic activities. All pupils also have the opportunity to participate in plays, recitals and seasonal performances held throughout the school year. Drama and dance lessons are taught by enthusiastic specialists throughout the school. Frequent theatre visits are also arranged for pupils in order to foster an interest in drama.
Art and Design
To develop their powers of observation, technical skill, presentation and creativity all children at Long Close participate in art and craft activities. Children are exposed to a rich variety of technique and medium, using the many facilities available to them at the school, including our own kiln.
Design Technology plays an ever-increasing role as the children move up through the school. Pupils are given the opportunity to work individually, and in groups, on a variety of design projects, when they learn to experiment with different materials and to evaluate their own work.
Every pupil is involved in class music as an integral part of the curriculum. In addition to this there is the opportunity to join one of our choirs or musical groups, such as the recorder group or orchestra.
Individual tuition is available in chosen instruments from the many visiting music teachers, and children are encouraged to enter the Associated Board examinations.
At Long Close we consider sport to be an integral part of education and development. As well as P.E. within the curriculum, the children play team games from an early age.
Seasonal games include:
Everyone is expected to take part in these healthy pursuits, unless excused on medical grounds.
In all sports, including matches, a team spirit and a sense of fair play are encouraged as much as a competitive approach and the desire to win.
A junior sports day and a school swimming gala are held at the school each Summer Term, while the annual house athletic championship is held at a professional running track in Eton.
The School Calendar has a full programme of matches and tournaments against other schools at the many different age groups and levels of competition.
Why not have a look at some recent match reports.
Clubs and Activities
At Long Close we place great importance on discovering and fostering every child’s individual talents.
Children at the school can choose from a wide variety of clubs and activities ranging from the creative; pottery, drama, computer skills, dance, to the sporting; netball, football, judo and in addition; chess, library and homework clubs*.
Many Long Close pupils participate in fundraising activities whilst others take pride in entering local competitions and examinations. Seasonal activities allow the children to take pleasure in sharing their interests and experiences in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Students in Year 6 and in Year 8 adventure trips
Ages 2 to 4 Years
• Children enter the Nursery at 2 years of age.
• Parents can choose from a variety of schedules ranging from three morning sessions to five full days each week.
• The nursery benefits from its own enclosed outdoor play area.
• There is a high ratio of staff to children, and a cheerful and purposeful atmosphere in the Nursery.
The Nursery curriculum encourages the development of the whole child. It creates a solid foundation for the growth of a happy and successful pupil. Emphasis is placed on enhancing skills, knowledge and understanding in aspects including:
• language and literacy
• emotional & social development
• knowledge of the world
• physical development
Teaching and Special Needs
Members of staff endeavour to combine the best of traditional teaching methods with modern educational ideas. We are committed to achieving high standards through sound teaching, stimulating challenges and sheer hard work.
Two specialist teachers are available to give individual help to children with specific learning difficulties. The school is also well organised to meet the needs of, and extend the talents of, the very able child.
How to Apply
Entry into the Nursery
Children joining Long Close in the Nursery take advantage of the crucially important early years where children learn and play in a safe, friendly and structured environment. Children can enter the Nursery at 2 or 3 years of age and parents can choose from a variety of schedules that range from three morning sessions to five full days per week.
Entry into the Prep
Besides our children moving up from the Nursery, entry into the Prep (Reception and Years 1-6) is according to the availability of places and the meeting of our entry requirements. Academic scholarships are offered toYear 2 pupils to be taken up from Year 3.
Entry into the Upper Prep
Besides the pupils who move up from our Prep, students may join the Upper Prep in Year 7 to continue the Common Entrance syllabus for Years 7 & 8.
How to apply
• Simply download, complete and post the registration form or contact the Registrar on 01753 520095.
• Entry to the school may require an interview or assessment, and a report from your child’s previous school.
• Completion of a registration form together with payment of a £25 registration fee will enable entry onto the School List.
• Upon acceptance a £300 deposit (held against the last term's fees) secures a place at Long Close.
Full terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions
Entry is by interview and the means of assessment deemed appropriate by the Head, to ensure that the child is of a suitable academic standard and is compatible with the aims and objectives of the School.
Pupils are accepted at any age or stage of the school year, provided they meet the entry requirements and there is a place available in the age group.
A registration fee of £25 becomes payable on signature of the Registration Form by the parent/s or adult/s over the age of eighteen years, responsible for fees. This registration fee secures a place on the school list only. The fee is waived for children transferring from other Cognita.
A deposit of £300 is required to secure a place at Long Close School. The deposit is requested on the offer of a place by the Head after a successful assessment. The deposit will be returned after any charges incurred have been deducted at the end of the last term of attendance, subject to satisfactory notice (see below) being given.
Fees must be paid in advance each term and are not returnable. Interest will be charged on overdue accounts and the Governors or Head may exclude pupils from attendance if fees are outstanding after the first two weeks of term.
Notice of removal of a pupil must be given in writing to the Head not later than the first day of the last term to be attended; otherwise payment of a term’s fees will be required.
The Governors reserve the right to increase or alter fees as and when necessary.
The Governors may at any time, at their absolute discretion and without assigning any reason, terminate the course of tuition in respect of any pupil. In that event no further fees shall be payable by those responsible for that pupil’s fees, and as such shall not be entitled to claim the return of fees, or any part thereof already paid.
Should it be necessary to close the School on account of epidemic, or national crises, or any circumstances over which the Head has no control, fees cannot be refunded or compensation made for any period of tuition lost.
No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving at School before 0830 (unless accepted into the before school club), nor money or articles of value lost on the premises.
The Governors reserve the right to amend or alter the conditions and rules of the school at any time.