Following a record-breaking set of GCSE results in August, staff, governors, parents and students of the Class of 2014 gathered at Langtree of celebrate the very best GCSE results the school has ever achieved. 84% of students secured at least five good GCSE passes at A*- C grades, and 77% did so including English and Mathematics. 37% of all grades awarded were at A* or A, which placed Langtree sixth in the Times List of the Top State schools.
Prior to the presentation of awards, the school community enjoyed a truly inspirational presentation from Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Alex Gregory, a World and European champion rower from the Leander Rowing Club in Henley. Alex shared an emotional story of his path from setback and disappointment to winning Olympic Gold in 2012. There were many poignant and thought-provoking analogies from his decade-long career in elite sport to be drawn with the challenges our Class of 2014 may face in their future lives.
See our report for more details and pictures: THE RECORD BREAKING CLASS OF 2014 CELEBRATE IN STYLE 2014
Here are a few photos of last years GCSE students resistant materials project work, which have recently been on display at the BP foyer in Whitchurch.
Did you know we run an Italian Club every Wednesday at 3.30pm? Contact Ms Tontini if you would like to join.
Here are some recommendations from our students so far:
“I think Italian Club is very good because you can learn another language that you don’t need as much. I love it.” Casey B.
“I like Italian Club as it is very fun. I love my languages and this adds to my knowledge of four other languages.” Connor P.
“I think Italian Club is great. It is very educational and fun. I have learnt a lot from it. I don’t want it to end.” Amy C.
“I enjoy Italian Club! It is really fun and good to learn a different language.” Anna B.G.
“I enjoy learning Italian and it is very useful to know for the year 9 Italy trip in March.” Izzy A.
“My mother was Italian and I have always wanted to learn to speak the language properly.” Ms Hayward
“My family is Italian and I really like Italy. My granddad teaches me some but I want to take Italian to the next level. Italian is so great to learn and I want to become fluent.” Alicia M.
“I love Italian club because I don’t learn just phrases, I learn why they are written and said like that.” Sofia B.
“I love Italian Club because it is a great way to get involved with it and it is great fun”
No books or lessons, but a whole lot of learning going on!
‘Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.’
– Steve Jobs
On reflection our word of the week – ‘Tedious’ – was probably a most inappropriate selection as students enjoyed yet another outstanding Creativity Day at Langtree. On Thursday 13th of different and creative contexts, working collaboratively to solve problems and puzzles, overcome challenges and create some stunning artefacts.
Year 7 students had a day of STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), led by our own science and technology staff along with a number of staff from the BP Technology Centre at Whitchurch. We have been developing a link with BP for over a year now, and it was a huge pleasure to welcome professionals from a scientific industry to work with our students on a range of technological challenges.
Year 8 students worked with staff from English and Art to use pieces of visual art as a stimulus to create original creative writing, artefacts and even short films using animation.
Year 9 students embarked on two separate trips with the Humanities staff, with the historians paying a poignant visit to The Imperial War Museum, while the geographers visited Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower.
Year 10 students braved the elements to undertake a range of team building and problem solving activities outside in the rain! The spirit of the students was excellent in every respect, as they worked together to solve what appeared to be, on the face of things, impossible challenges.
Year 11 students visited The Henley College for the partnership open day, to receive information about post 16 options and to sample some taster lessons in a wide range of A level subjects.
Creativity Days are now an important and established part of our curriculum, when we take time out to learn in a variety of creative contexts which we cannot always do in the confines of a 50 minute lesson. As always, our wonderful students rise to the challenges with resilience, determination, enthusiasm and good humour, and they were again a pleasure to work with on this special day.
November, students in all years put their books aside to learn in a wide range. Our next Creativity Day will be on Thursday 12th activities in the coming weeks!
Our next Creativity Day will be on Thursday 12th activities in the coming weeks! Look out for details of more activities in the coming weeks!
It gives us great pleasure to inform you that Louis Stone, has Won ‘The Pride Of Reading ‘Award, in the ‘Child Of Courage’ category for 2014.
The event took place Friday 31st October at the John Madjeiski football stadium, where Louis was chosen in recognition for the courage which he has shown, in coping with all of the gruelling treatment which he has had to endure, following the diagnoses of a life-threatening brain tumor in 2010.
He was presented with his trophy by Christ Tarrant, and also being an avid Chelsea fan, received a personal greeting of congratulations from Frank Lampard, televised on a ‘large screen’, who told him he felt privileged to be able to congratulate him on how well he has done to be back playing his beloved football, and to keep it up!
He was interviewed by both ITV & Meridian news presenters, and one of the questions put to him was how did he think his teachers and the pupils at Langtree would respond to him winning?
What a wonderful achievement Louis!
Read all about Louis in Get Reading Newspaper.
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If any of your details (address, telephone number, mobile number, email address) have changed, please can you let Kris Allen know by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on: 01491 683389.
Individual and Generic timetables for Year 11 Mock exams in December were distributed to students October (absentees were posted home). They follow the same format as the Year 10 exams your son/daughter took part in in March this year – i.e. by enlarge exams run to normal lesson. There are copies of the generic timetable and other relevant documents on the school website – Students tab → Examinations →Exam Timetable and Exam Information.
There will be a briefing next term and a package will be sent home with students with another copy of the Timetables, Student Instructions and JCQ Exam Regulations. If in the meantime you or your son/daughter have any queries or questions with regard to their timetable, please contact me either via email (email@example.com or Tel: 01491 683368 or ask your son/daughter to come and see me in the Exams Office.