The School caters for pupils throughout their school career from the ages of 3-19 years. Pupils may enter the School at any age provided a vacancy exists. Longridge caters for pupils with a wide spectrum of abilities. All pupils are assessed upon entry. Pupils seeking entry to Year 7 and above are assessed in English and Mathematics, and the purpose of these assessments is diagnostic and used mainly for setting purposes. Entry to the Sixth Form is based on the attainment of at least 6 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above. It is recommended that pupils have a grade 5 in the subjects which they wish to study at A’ Level. Financial assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries is also available. Our entry table provides helpful information on what year your child will be placed in upon admission.
The School offers a limited amount of addition support for pupils with Special Needs: for more information download our our Special Needs Policy. To apply, please download, complete and submit our Registration Form.
The countryside location provides a safe and secure environment for all students, whilst our proximity to the historic cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle allows for enriching days out and easy travel access.
Here are just some of the reasons why parents and pupils choose Longridge:
Community Ethos “Carpe Diem” -“Seize the day” (make the most of your opportunities) is the School’s motto, and everyone is encouraged to do so. Longridge has a tangible school ethos that is expressed through its pupils in their interactions both within and outside their school community. Longridge is characterised by its nurturing and caring environment as well as by its holistic approach to education. Individuals develop and gain confidence throughout their experiences at school. Underpinning this is an academic approach that is challenging for pupils and innovative; a curriculum that is broad as well as inclusive, together with a learning environment that is enjoyable. This ethos permeates the School’s aims and mission. It is supported by the School’s values and beliefs. We have an active school community where everyone plays their part in ensuring that this ethos is an enduring one.
Exciting programmes in art, drama and music encourage participation, creativity and individuality. Our library provides a bright and comfortable environment in which to study, read or research. Our sports teams enjoy regular local and regional success, often against much larger schools. We provide a diverse and exciting calendar of extra-curricular activities, trips and events.
We provide small year groups and small teaching sets. Public exam results are always above the national average for a non-selective school. Good “value added” scores are achieved at all levels. A clear and thorough grade system ensures a pupils’ progress is closely monitored and supported. The majority of Longridge pupils go on to full-time university education at their first choice institution. The Telegraph–ranked 19th in the UK, 2019 (A’ Level results: small independent schools) The Times – ranked 8th in North East, 2022 (Top Independent Secondary Schools: The Times Schools Guide).
Here at Longridge we strive for excellence in all aspects of school life. This approach pervades pupils’ approach to their academic and extra-curricular activities, as well as to the way we create a nurturing environment in School and in boarding. We try and adopt innovative methods of education and this, coupled with personal support and encouragement, ensures that pupils can achieve and grow at all levels.