Principal’s Welcome Statement
Welcome to the Langdon Academy website. Whether you are already part of our community, thinking of joining us, or just browsing out of curiosity, I hope you find the information you are looking for. I hope you will also gain a sense of the energy and professionalism behind Langdon’s rapid and impressive improvement, and see why that is set to continue and grow in the years ahead.
Since becoming part of Brampton Manor Trust in 2014, Langdon has been transformed, with substantial improvements in examination results and rates of student progress which have placed the school far above the national average. A very positive Section 8 Ofsted inspection in June 2017 was followed, that summer, by the best GCSE results ever achieved in Langdon’s long, proud history.
Langdon’s GCSE results this year are even better and, whilst we won’t see the national statistical picture until October, they provide proof that our impressive gains are built on absolutely solid foundations. Given that we were in the top 7% of schools in England last year, that’s no small achievement.
Like our partner school, Brampton Manor Academy, we believe in doing the simple things well. Our growing academic success is built on high standards of discipline, the recruitment of excellent staff, clear expectations for all, and outstanding effort.
Our school motto ‘Progressio Cum Populo’ (Progress with the People) defines our purpose and reminds us of our principles. Our purpose is to ensure maximum progress for each student in every aspect of their development, and we are reminded that this is best achieved through partnership with them, their families, and our wider community. Since the 1950s this motto has underpinned the school’s values, though never more powerfully than it does today.
Langdon is a vibrant and harmonious community in which every child can feel safe, secure and able to thrive. Our core values of respect, equality, honesty and community define our culture and ensure that every child feels cared for, valued and enabled to contribute to their school and society.
Langdon is an ‘All-Through School’ providing excellent learning opportunities for children aged 4 to 16. This expertise in both Primary and Secondary education provides the key to ensuring maximum continuity and progression in students’ development.
The curriculum in all Key Stages is tailored to the needs of each student, providing a balance of challenge and support to enable each child to achieve their potential. We demand effort and determination from all students and believe that if the effort is right the progress will be outstanding. We also demand high personal standards in relation to attendance, punctuality and behaviour.
Other sensible measures to achieve success include small group sizes. Where many schools have typical class sizes of thirty students, our average is twenty-two, substantially increasing the individual attention our teachers can provide to each learner.
This is by no means our only luxury and privilege. Our wonderful, 43-acre, greenfield site provides an almost unparalleled setting for a London school, and a rich learning resource for our students. What’s more, a £26m development has ensured that we have impressive facilities in every phase and in every subject area.
Langdon Academy is a ‘Specialist Sports College’, with exceptional external sporting facilities such as our floodlit 3G Astroturf pitches, cricket nets, tennis and netball courts – not to mention the acres of grass pitches for cricket, football and rugby, or the internal Sports Hall and Fitness Centre.
Langdon is also proud to offer Resourced Provision in both Primary and Secondary phases for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Whatever talents or needs children may have, every parent wants their child to make excellent progress in school, but also to be happy, to make friends, to develop high personal standards, to behave well, to be motivated and, most of all, to be safe.
We take all of these aspects very seriously at Langdon Academy and pay great attention to ensuring that students are happy in their learning and in every aspect of their personal and social development.
So, if you were thinking of joining our community as a student, a parent or a member of staff, there’s never been a better time.
Why not browse further to learn more? And if you don’t find what you need, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.