Polite Reminder

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.

The 11 – 16 South East Oxon Secondary Partnership

Langtree enjoys a close working partnership with other 11 – 16 schools in the locality, namely Chiltern Edge, Icknield Community College and Gillotts School. Together with Bishopswood Special School and The Henley College, the schools make up the 11 – 16 South East Oxon Area Board.

The Area Board meets termly to discuss strategy across the secondary phase, although numerous informal meetings take place between the partnership Headteachers on a frequent basis. Issues addressed recently have included the development of a coherent 14 – 19 curriculum for learners in all institutions, funding issues and a collaborative approach to staff development.

Three of the four schools now enjoy the benefits of specialist status, and the remaining school has a current application in for a specialism in Modern Foreign Languages. This additional dimension of separate areas of specialism will provide a further structure within which the schools can build even stronger sustainable links into the future.

Community Arts at Langtree School, Specialist Arts College

Within the Arts, we aim to: Increase opportunity, widen experience, encourage participation and stimulate enjoyment.

How? By offering a variety of high quality arts and craft-based, friendly courses and hosting these courses in specialist rooms. By subsiding the cost of these courses via our Community Arts Grant and engaging successful practitioners to lead the courses who have the skills to encourage, support and develop ‘the artist’ within the course participants.

Do you have any suggestions for courses that could be run at Langtree? Are you a Tutor and would you like to lead a course here?

Please contact our Community Co-ordinator, Mary Taylor-Lane on mtaylor-lane@langtreeschool.com or on 01491 680 514 x 239.

Woodcote Correspondent

The Woodcote Correspondent is the local monthly newsletter for the village of Woodcote and surrounding area. It is delivered free to all houses in Woodcote and Crays Pond. http://www.woodcote-online.co.uk/facilities/woodcote-correspondent/17

It has grown in size and sophistication as village organisations have realised its potential for spreading news and attracting new members.

Most articles are village based, but some outside organisations have become regular contributors. Langtree is also a regular contributor, keeping people informed of the huge range of activities in which the students are involved.

The Correspondent Committee members are all enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers, some having been involved since its inception. Chairman of the Committee is Sam Peates, known to generations of Langtree students and staff through his thirty years teaching at the school,  sampeates@ndo.co.uk .

Please email copy to the The Editor is at:  wood_co@runbox.com

New Headteacher Announced – Message from the Chair of Governors

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

The Governors of Langtree School are delighted to confirm that, following a rigorous two-day interview process over the past week, we have unanimously decided to appoint our current Acting Head, Mr Simon Bamford, as the permanent Headteacher of Langtree, with immediate effect.

We are extremely grateful to the staff and students of the school for all their input and support during the interview process, and would like to express our warm congratulations to Simon!

With warm regards,

Jan Seal-Roberts

Chair of Governors

October 2018






Students, staff and governors are celebrating yet another excellent year of GCSE results at Langtree School. In a year in which the new 9 – 1 GCSE specifications have been adopted in almost all subjects, results at Langtree remained consistently high even in the context of students taking the more challenging examinations, and the Class of 2018 secured exceptional results which matched the best the school has ever known.

The 2018 cohort is the largest the school has ever taken through to the final examinations in Year 11, with 137 students in the year group. Overall, 77% of students achieved the Basics Measure of English and Mathematics at level 4 or above, and over half did so at level 5 or above. This measure alone equals the very best basics measure the school has ever achieved.

Furthermore, 74% of the cohort secured at least five GCSE passes at 9 – 4 including English and Maths, which represents the second best measure the school has ever achieved, even with the introduction of the new, more challenging examinations.

The proportion of the cohort eligible for the EBacc and who achieved the measure was 72% with standard passes at level 4 and above, and 56% with strong passes at level 5 and above. Attainment 8 score was in line with previous high levels at 51, and the Progress 8 score was an extremely pleasing positive score of +0.29, which indicates that overall, students at Langtree achieved on average almost one third of a grade higher than expected in their GCSE subjects.

At the top end of the ability range, results were consistent with previous years of excellent outcomes. 26% of all grades were awarded at 9 – 7, the equivalent of A*/A. Amongst the high flyers in the year group were Hazel Drury, Maddy Warren, Laurie Stevenson, Oscar Hewlett, Alex Ostridge, Saoirse Coveney, Erin Varnes, Ben Stodolnic, Laura Ogden, Craig Moran, Jessica Li, Mungo Leveroni and Tom Canning, all of whom achieved 8 or more GCSE passes at level 7 – 9, which are equivalent to the old A* and A grades. One student of particular note is Erin Varnes, who secured three nines in the core subjects of English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.

Outgoing Headteacher Rick Holroyd was keen to praise the efforts of students and staff alike.

‘These excellent GCSE results are a just reflection of the hard work put in by students and staff over many months at Langtree School. Yet again, the staff have gone above and beyond to help the students prepare for these very challenging examinations, and our students have responded by working very hard indeed.

Many thanks are due as well to our very loyal parents, who have supported their children and the school throughout the whole process.

Most importantly however, these excellent results will ensure successful progression for so many of our students onto their chosen pathways for post 16 courses and, on behalf of all the staff, I wish our students every success with the next phase of their education.’

Langtree School Friday 2nd March 2018

Message from Mr Holroyd – posted 02/03/2018 at 10.50am

Dear Parents/Carers

I am extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused by my decision to close the school today. I fully appreciate that most of you will need to be in work yourselves, and I do appreciate the difficulty school closures cause in this regard. Many thanks in advance for your understanding.

However, travel conditions in the local area were simply not safe earlier this morning and when coach companies are reluctant to take to the roads, we have to take note of that.

In addition, the site is quite unsafe as the snow has frozen to ice overnight on all pathways.

I have asked staff to work from home today and the first priority is the setting of homework for all students via Show My Homework. Consequently, I can see already that a good deal has been posted. Your sons and daughters will clearly have plenty to do to keep them up to date with their studies, if not today then certainly over the weekend.

I hope that, in these difficult circumstances at least, this facility will help all our students to keep ‘Putting Learning First’ even when the school building is not accessible.

We sincerely hope to be open on Monday as usual. Please look out for further updates over the weekend on the school website.

Kind Regards,

​Mr ​Holroyd