IAPS – the Independent Association of Prep Schools
Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.
Members of the IAPS are all committed to the pursuit of an excellent, well-rounded education – valuing academic success and the personal development of each individual child through an unrivalled range of opportunities in sport, music, modern and classical languages, art, drama, science, technology, and the early years.
ISA – the Independent Schools Association
Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is a member of the Independent Schools Association.
ISA offer high quality training opportunities while pupils enjoy an extensive programme of local and national Sporting, Arts and Cultural events. All ISA members and their schools share a desire to meet fully the needs of the young people in their care, treating everyone as individuals and providing a high-quality and personalised education. They encourage pupils to make the most of their talents, building confidence through academic achievement and offering a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.
Government inspections and regular lesson observations ensure high standards are always maintained and result in consistent praise for the teaching and pastoral care at our Taverham Hall site, having received no less than six outstanding inspection reports since 2010.
Headmaster. Mike Crossley:
“The School is delighted to have received such glowing inspection reports on its Early Years and school as a whole. To be graded as ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’ is very rewarding and a wonderful reflection on all the staff, pupils, parents and governors.”
ISI Educational Quality Inspection, November 2016 – Excellent
ISI Focused Compliance Inspection, November 2016 – fully compliant and the School meets all 8 National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2015
ISI Early Years Foundation Stage Inspection, June 2014 – Outstanding
ISI Boarding Welfare Inspection, June 2014 – fully compliant and the School meets all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2013
ISI Interim Inspection (whole school), November 2010 – Excellent all-round education and Outstanding EYFS
Ofsted Social Care and Boarding Inspection, May 2011 – Outstanding
Ofsted Early Years Provision Inspection, January 2010 – Outstanding
WAS Wellbeing Award for Schools
The School is the proud recipient of the WAS Wellbeing Award for Schools.
“Langley Preparatory School is an outstanding school in terms of Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health (EWMH). The School obviously sees EWMH as central to its work and has done for several years. They have used the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) process to constructively evaluate what is working well and identify areas to develop and improve even further.”
Read more about the School’s Wellbeing approach.
Nace Challenge Award
The School is the proud recipient of the NACE Challenge Award for its outstanding provision for more able pupils. Following assessment by The National Association for Able Children in Education Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall has been accredited with The NACE Challenge Award for excellence in whole-school provision for more able, gifted and talented pupils.
Platinum School Games Mark Award
The School is the first and only school in Norfolk to have been accredited with the top Platinum accolade of the national School Games Award for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. This follows on from having obtained four previous consecutive gold awards in 2018/2017, 2017/2016, 2016/2015 and 2015/2014. The Award recognises the School’s ‘sport for all’ philosophy, the high level of attainment, inclusivity and provision for sport in the School, as well as our contribution to the wider community and the leadership opportunities for pupils.
FSA Recognised Forest School Provider Award
The School is the proud recipient of the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider Award, the first school in Norfolk to receive this prestigious accolade. The FSA is the professional body and UK wide voice for all things Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for All’.
Mike Crossley, Headmaster: “We are absolutely delighted that Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall has received approval as the first FSA Recognised Forest School provider in Norfolk. Outdoor learning has always been such an integral part of pupils’ lives here on our idyllic 100 acre woodland site since 1921 and this has been significantly enhanced by the integration of Forest School within our curriculum over the past 10 years. The FSA’s official award is testament to all the excellent work our dedicated Forest School leaders undertake with all our pupils.”
Green Tree School
The School has achieved the Gold standard for the Green Tree Award Scheme of the Woodland Trust, having obtained Silver and Bronze before this. The aim of this award is to encourage schools to become more eco-friendly and have a greater concern and awareness of the wildlife environment.
The School have earned points by joining the Nature Detectives for young children, ordering free trees each year and registering ancient trees on our site, to name a few.
Read more about the award status here
The School seek to take an active role in recycling in various ways and the most recent addition is a household ‘battery bank’ recycling unit.
Food waste from the School’s kitchen is recycled and used at an anaerobic digestion plant to produce green electricity, all cardboard waste is also recycled and some suppliers deliver produce in reusable cardboard boxes which the School return to help reduce waste further.
National Healthy Schools Status
The School has been awarded the National Healthy Schools Status which promotes the link between good health, behaviour and achievement.
To qualify for National Healthy School status required the School to meet criteria in four core themes. These criteria relate not only to the taught curriculum but also to the emotional, physical and learning environment that the school provides and include personal, social and health education, healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing.
Norfolk Food & Drink – Finalist Best School Food Project 2013
This award showcases the best in food education, provision and innovation across the county’s schools. Judges were looking for outstanding school dinner staff, whole school or individual class projects encouraging interest and involvement in growing and using produce, and school-based food schemes that have involved the wider community, as well as teaching staff, partnerships and pupils who demonstrate a commitment to developing understanding of food production and cookery.
The School was 1 of 4 finalists and were awarded a Highly Commended Certificate.
The School’s Sports Hall facility is used by the Norfolk Cricket Board for their Norfolk Youth Cricket training. It is also used as the home venue for the National League Thoroughbred netball team’s indoor training and Norfolk United Netball Club’s regional home games.
Norwich BioScience Institutes (NBI) School Engagement
The School’s Science department has a good working relationship with the John Innes Centre through the Teacher Science Network. The aim is to inspire young people and raise awareness of career opportunities within the field of Science. Various scientific activities, expertise and resources are at times shared to enhance the curriculum of pupils here at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall.
NBI consists of The John Innes Centre, The Institute for Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre. Read more about the NBI.