Ofsted Early Years March 2022 rated Good, Ofsted School June 2019 rated Good

'Children thrive in the early years'

'Strong, reflective teaching in a nurturing environment ensures that children achieve well'

'Pupils behave well, are polite and courteous'

Herts CC Early Years Effectiveness Inspection Feb 2020 - Children are well supervised and procedures for keeping them safe are effective

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Past Events

July 2020

This morning, we had an emotional Leavers' Celebration, looking back at the last 11 years for many of the children and looking forward too. They have secured places at a variety of secondary schools and I know they are moving on with a secure foundation and wings to fly.

March 2020

Everyone at Longwood took part in World Book Day yesterday. Most of the children dressed up; it was wonderful to see such an array of creative costumes. Preschool and Main School had a sharing assembly in the afternoon, where the children showed each other their costumes and recited nursery rhymes. We intended having one prize for the most creative costume and one for the best performance, but in the end, we had to have several, as it was too hard to choose just one. The older children had the opportunity to read to the younger ones throughout the day and classes paired up to share nursery rhymes. LKS2 had a go at re-writing the words of some famous nursery rhymes. This is not an easy task but they did really well.

February 2020

Our annual Music Assembly was a lovely occasion and the children performed admirably. I am so proud of every individual musician. My thanks to Mrs Sangster and the team for organising another enjoyable event. The children are enthusiastic, creative, building their expertise, emotionally intelligent and making our school a better environment. Do these attributes ring any bells?

January 2020

We celebrated Chinese New Year this week. On Monday, our school council acted out a play in assembly about how the Chinese years got their names. Then at lunch time, we all enjoyed a Chinese themed lunch of sweet and sour pork and noodles with prawn crackers. The children enjoyed some fortune cookies too. FW received a dragon mark from Hok Ban and loved doing a dragon dance.

Our teachers held a workshop for parents of EYFS children entitled "Why Play?", which explained the importance of play and creatitity for a child's development. We received excellent feedback and have shared a PowerPoint presentation and some video links.

December 2019

In assembly on Monday, we heard from four UKS2 candidates, who were standing at our very own Longwood election. They read out their manifestos. It was very interesting to hear what they would like to change at school. They spent the first half of the week campaigning, before everyone voted on Thursday. Thank you to all four candidates and their deputies. Congratulations to Freya and her deputy, Ethan, whose party "Double Bubble" gained the most votes. I will be looking at their manifesto to see what ideas we can implement next term. It's been great to see democracy in action at Longwood and for the children to learn how elections work.

November 2019

Assembly was exciting because we were all dressed up to support Children in Need. There's never a dull moment at Longwood. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraising effort. We raised £148.86 plus £191.05 from the nursery cake sale.

We welcomed Jaime from 52 Lives into assembly and presented her with a cheque for money raised from our art exhibition at the end of the summer term. She updated us on some of her work and told us about their newly launched Christmas appeal.

We talked about Armistice Day in assembly and learnt why it is important to wear a poppy. Then, at 11am, we assembled on the playground for a 2-minute silence. The children sensed the importance of the occasion and behaved impeccably, even the Oak and preschool children.

October 2019

In October, we celebrated Harvest Festival. It was a lovely occasion. The children all performed their songs and poems to an impressive level and their enjoyment was evident to see. I was very proud of them all. It was great to see the church full of friends and family. Thank you for all your donations to our local Foodbank and for coming along to be part of our celebration. My thanks, as always, to the wonderful staff team for their hard work in getting the children ready.

We were honoured to host an evening with Ben Kingston-Hughes yesterday. Ben, of ITV and Channel4 fame, has spent the last 30 years studying how children play and how this aids their overall development. He led a really informative workshop about the importance of play in the lives of our children and its impact on their creativity and ultimately, their brain development. At one point during the workshop, we all played at being superheroes. Here is one of Longwood's very own superheroes! Everyone who attended left inspired and full of ideas. It was lovely to have staff and parents learning together in such a supportive and fun atmosphere. One of the key messages was that time spent playing with your child is one of the best investments you can make.

What a lovely celebration we had this afternoon! Longwood has been on the present site in Bushey Hall Drive for 30 years and we think that's worth celebrating. Every child in the school has helped to make a mosaic, and we all gathered outside to watch Mr Livesey unveil it. We sang happy birthday and felt proud of our wonderful school and nursery.

September 2019

We held our annual McMillan Coffee morning at the end of September. Thank you to everyone who attended, bought some cake or donated something for us to sell. Special thanks to the Year 6 class for helping to serve cakes and making sure that all our guests were happy, to Julie (Harrison's mum) for serving the hot drinks and to Joshua, our Year 6 events prefect, for helping to organise the whole event and also for preparing an assembly to explain to everyone where the money goes. We raised just over £350 so far, which was a great effort.

The following PDFs are available:
The Importance of Play
Why Play
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