Longdean School has specialist Maths & Computing status, and converted to an Academy in August 2011.
In our drive to improve standards we have applied for and achieved several additional standards which have allowed us to maintain our focus:
International School Status
It is vital to us that students develop a global understanding of the world they live in so that they have a greater cultural knowledge that helps them to make informed choices throughout their life. This has been a great success as evidenced by students visiting various countries such as Iceland, Slovakia, America, Costa Rica, Swaziland, Zambia/Botswana, and India Himalayas, as well as our established link with Bedomase School in Ghana.
Schools Co-operative Society
As part of the East Dacorum Learning Trust, Longdean school is also a member of the Schools Co-operative Society, which co-ordinates, supports and gives a voice to the 100s of Co-operativeTrusts and Co-operative Academies across the UK.
British Council GLP Expert School
The GLP is a funded programme of support that is helping teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. With this award, Longdean school is recognised as an outstanding International School and a leader in development education.
Longdean Academy has bronze accreditation from the eSafety Label project, a multi-stakeholder project supported by a number of leading companies. Being a part of the eSafety Label enables the school to keep up with ICT integration in the classroom, allows access to a european wide accreditation and support service, equipping us with resources to develop e-safety confidence in the future.
Co-operative Schools Network
Longdean Academy is proud to be a member of the Co-operative Schools Network and the Schools Co-operative Society. We work according to the international co-operative values and principles, seeking to achieve the very best for every member of our learning community.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
For the past seven decades, the DofE Charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. Longdean School has been running the scheme in its current format for 5 years, offering bronze and silver awards. When the scheme was first set up in the 1950s, the school was one of the first to run the award, prompting a visit to the school by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1959.
Living the Olympics and Paralympics Values
Longdean values the qualities associated with sport as demonstrated by the London Olympics 2012.
We have been successfully involved for several years in the Dacorum Dragons' Apprentice Challenge which supports the development of business and project management skills for young people and an opportunity to network with potential employers of the future and build contacts for work experience. Longdean School has the following awards:
Dragon’s Apprentice Award 2013/14
Dragon’s Apprentice Award 2014/15, Best Presentation Category Award, Best Co-operation with your charity award
Dragon’s Apprentice Award 2015/16
World Challenge is the leading provider of life-changing school expeditions, offering education through exploration. Expeditions are designed to develop important life skills, helping students to hone teamwork and leadership skills, gain confidence and self-esteem, become more globally aware and enhance employment prospects. We have worked with World Challenge for several years and are currently planning our fourth expedition.