Langley School is one of the most advanced, well-resourced and forward looking independent schools in the East of England. The school has an inclusive ethos and a commitment both to academic excellence and to meeting the broader needs of every pupil.
The inclusive nature of our school means we have a broad range of pupils academically, from some of the brightest young people in the county to those who are well supported in lower sets. This means, however, that our results cannot be compared on a percentage basis like-for-like with other more selective schools.
We enable all pupils to expand their potential beyond initial expectations.
We set stringent targets for all pupils and expect all pupils to aim for at least one grade above their predictions based on cognitive ability tests in every subject. Some achieve much more than this.
Each year, in year 11, there are a significant number of pupils with a string of A/A* (or more recently 8/9 grades), some pupils achieving A* grade in all their subjects.
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And at A level we have achieved an award for best Schools Guide ‘Top 100 UK Co-Educational Boarding School by A levels’, this award takes account of pupils’ intake and looks at added value.
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This year 93% of all pupils went to their first choice institute of higher education with half of all pupils going to Russell Group universities. We have some who move into veterinary science and medicine and have had 100% success in our Oxbridge applications. However, we have an eclectic range of pupils who choose to excel in a wide range of other fields.
Theatre Studies in one example where in one year alone we had pupils accepted into RADA, the LA Academy and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (Britain’s and the world’s oldest theatre arts training school).
Another example is in Design and Technology, where we have a centre of excellence; each year we have several pupils with prestigious Arkwright Scholarships and one pupil has won the nationally recognised Young Engineer of Britain Award.
Whatever pupils’ strengths are, Langley School endeavours to take pupils to the top of their field. For example, one of our music scholars is a keen organist. Whilst at the school not only has he achieved a Grade 8 with distinction in his ABRSM examinations, but also he received and Organ Scholarship at St Peter Mancroft and performed at the Proms in The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Choir. He is now taking a prestigious place as Junior Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral for the coming year before taking up his unconditional offer at the Birmingham conservatoire in September 2018.
This academic achievement is attained in a flexible non-pressured/hot-housed way; we are a growth mindset school that looks to pupils’ strengths, looking to develop these so that we have strong, confident and independent learners. For example pupils are already able to make choices in year 9 (rather than sitting in classes for another year in subjects they know they are going to drop), and this year pupils have had an incredible 29 subjects to choose from going into next year’s year 12. We make space on the timetable for extra-curricular and co-curricular pursuits, be they adventurous (Duke of Edinburgh or CCF), musical, theatrical, engineering or, of course, sporting.
Please be aware that the school’s policy is that the interests of pupils will always come above our league table position. We, therefore, enter pupils for a range of examinations that are not always counted by the department for education and hence affect our league table positions detrimentally. These include some vocational qualifications (BTECs) as well as iGCSEs. In addition, pupils from overseas will study IELTS rather than GCSE English and so on. The statistics published by the school above and on our website make adjustments and grade equivalent substitutions to give a more accurate reflection of the results produced by our eclectic range of pupils and the subjects/qualifications for which they are entered.