Polite Reminder

November 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms U Hope

If your child is going to be late to school due to an appointment please can you ensure that you let the School Office know in advance. Please call the attendance line on 01491 683364. Thank you for your kind support.

Also, if you are phoning in your child’s absence due to illness please could you do so before 9am, when the registers are taken.



December 18, 2014 in Community, Front Page News, News by Ms U Hope

On Wednesday 10th December Langtree School hosted the annual Christmas party for the senior citizens in our local community, and yet again the event was a resounding success. Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 acted as hosts to over 70 guests, who were treated to a high tea, a musical cabaret, and a raffle. The raffle  prizes were donated by local businesses, we are grateful to: The Highwayman – Checkendon, The Woody Nook – Woodcote, Kimberley’s Hair Studio – Woodcote, The Cooperative – Woodcote, The Red Lion – Woodcote, Albert Fields Hair Salon – Goring, Goring Hardware and Woodcote Garden Centre for the wonderful raffle prizes. The event concluded with carol singing as a celebration of Christmas.

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And for those local residents who were too unwell to attend, members of our Langtree School community contributed donations of food and treats which helped us to make up 38 gift-wrapped hampers, which were delivered to the homes of elderly residents in the community following the party.

OAP 2 2014

It was a huge pleasure to welcome so many visitors to the school and, above and beyond the lovely food, treats and gifts exchanged, the real value of the event yet again lay in the opportunity for our students to meet and spend time with senior citizens who enjoyed and valued the company of teenagers so very much. One guest was kind enough to write in her letter of thanks: “I was so impressed with the caring and sensitive attitude of your Y11 students at the OAP party. It was impressive how attentive they were”. We were equally proud of our students, who made new friends for the day and who were excellent ambassadors for the school.

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Christmas ought to be a time for thinking of those who might be lonely or less well off than ourselves, and this is why the senior citizens’ party is so important to staff and students at Langtree School. It is wonderful to see how hard our students are prepared to work in order to provide an afternoon of entertainment for such worthy members of our community.

The Christmas party will be repeated again in 2015 in the second week of December. Look out for confirmation of the date on our website – do you have any elderly friends or relatives who might like to come along and enjoy the event? If so, please contact our community co-ordinator who organises the party, Mary Taylor-Lane at Langtree School.


Science into Schools

December 10, 2014 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Ms U Hope

Science into schools 2014

We are very excited to have joined the Science into Schools initiative for the 3rd year which will enable us to collect and swap unwanted textiles for fantastic new science equipment. In the last 2 years we saved 634 kilograms of unwanted textiles from landfill and 3.87 tonnes of CO2, as well as raising over £250 for science equipment. The programme is delivered by: EDF Energy’s education programme the Pod, Wastebuster and the British Science Association.

By joining the scheme we not only have the opportunity to teach our students about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling but also to inspire them to get interested in science and engineering with some  fascinating new science equipment and resources. We will be holding a collection day and inviting everybody to look deep into their wardrobes for unwanted items they can donate to our project. The more we collect the more new science equipment we can get.

Please fill and bring your bags to school on the morning of: Thursday 15th January 2015. We are able to recycle all clean, dry clothes including bed linen, towels, and curtains. We can also collect trainers, boots, sandals and shoes if they are in pairs. Unfortunately, we cannot collect pillows, duvets, sleeping bags, slippers or single shoes.

You can find out more about the Science into Schools project at www.scienceintoschools.org  or cthatcher@langtreeschool.com .

Thank you very much.

Dr C Thatcher


Langtree welcomes Jaco Van Gass for an inspirational assembly

December 1, 2014 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Ms U Hope

‘Success is not final, Failure is not final, It’s the courage to carry on that counts’.

Jaco Van Gass Dec 2014

The entire Langtree School community gathered on Friday 28th November to enjoy a truly inspirational presentation from ex Paratrooper Jaco Van Gass. Jaco sustained severe, life-changing injuries during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, when he and his platoon were engaged in a 45 minute fire fight with enemy forces. As a result, Jaco lost his left arm at the elbow, and suffered many other critical injuries.

Following rehabilitation, Jaco embraced the philosophy that has shaped his approach to life ever since that fateful incident: ‘What happens to you in life is not the most significant thing, it is how you respond that is important’. Armed with this philosophy, Jaco has gone on to conquer many unbelievable challenges, either alone or with other wounded ex-servicemen. These have included competing in the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team, running marathons for various charities and trekking to the North Pole with the Walking Wounded team accompanied by Prince Harry. Jaco is now preparing for Rio 2016, where he hopes to be competing as a member of the British Cycling Paralympic Academy.

Jaco’s presentation at Langtree was truly inspirational, and left students, staff and visiting governors with a tremendous amount of thinking to reflect upon: Jaco has achieved amazing successes in spite of his disabilities as a result of his unswerving resilience, determination and courage. There were many messages in this wonderful presentation to inspire us all to do the same in our own lives.



Christmas Concert

November 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms U Hope

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November 25, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms U Hope

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


Resistant Materials GCSE project work on display at BP

November 20, 2014 in Design and Technology, Front Page News by Ms U Hope

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.


Let’s grow scheme

November 20, 2014 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Ms U Hope


Langtree has joined Morrisons ‘Let’s Grow Scheme’.

If you shop at Morrisons, please collect Let’s Grow vouchers and bring them to school.





The value of pets

November 20, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms U Hope

A first for Langtree! A student led assembly on the values of pets. Katie Turner Stevenson with her pony visiting Who said never work with children or animals?


Italian Club, Wednesdays at 3.30pm

November 20, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms U Hope

Did you know we run an Italian Club every Wednesday at 3.30pm? Contact Ms Tontini if you would like to join.

Italian 1Here 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”




Creativity is just connecting things.

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms U Hope

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!