Head’s Welcome

Langtree School is one of the smallest secondary schools in Oxfordshire, with an 11-16 intake of 600 fantastic students. However, our small size is our greatest strength as we are a community in which students are known and valued as individuals and in which they can thrive with the close support of a dedicated team of subject specialist teachers. Many parents choose Langtree for this reason, and we remain heavily oversubscribed; the school is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the south Oxfordshire countryside, between Oxford and Reading.

Our successes have been significant in recent years. In March 2009 we were designated as an outstanding school by Ofsted, and re-designated as a specialist school in the Performing Arts. In 2010, we were rated as outstanding in an Ofsted inspection for Art and Design, as well as being designated as a High Performing Specialist School. In 2012 we converted to academy status, as well as securing Leading Edge status in the same year. In our most recent inspection under the new framework of 2013, we were rated as a very good school with outstanding features. Behaviour at Langtree is rated as outstanding overall. Langtree has been awarded several national awards in recent years for value added progress and attainment at KS4, and GCSE outcomes have risen steadily over the past five years.

Langtree has been awarded several national awards in recent years for value added progress and attainment at KS4, and GCSE outcomes have risen steadily over the past five years. In 2016, students at Langtree secured some of the best GCSE results the school has ever known, with 78% achieving the ‘Basics’ measure, 41% achieving the EBacc and 75% securing 5 or more GCSE passes at A*-C including English and Mathematics. Our Attainment 8 score was 56, and our Progress 8 measure was 0.37. Furthermore, 35% of all grades awarded were at A* or A. These successes are the result of wonderful students with a very positive attitude to learning, being supported by a dedicated and hardworking team of subject specialist teachers. We enjoy extremely positive relationships with our students, and we all share in our mission of ‘Putting Learning First’.

Although we are very proud of the results our students achieve in their public examinations, success at GCSE is not the only reason for the pride we all have for our school. There is a rich, diverse offer of extracurricular activities, trips and visits at Langtree, both in the UK and abroad. Furthermore, our Creativity Days and Activities Week provide opportunities for our staff to plan creative approaches to learning in what we call the ‘outside classroom’. Langtree may be a small school, but it is a very dynamic and exciting place in which to learn and work.

We are, quite rightly, extremely proud of our school and our students’ achievements and, as a result, we are always happy to show prospective students around during a working day. If you would like to visit, or if you have any further questions about Langtree which we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact the school at your convenience. In the meantime, please have a look at our on-line prospectus posted on this website, as well as our termly newsletters, or follow us on Twitter for frequent news and updates @Head4094.

I look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Rick Holroyd, Headteacher

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