Headteacher’s Welcome

It is a privilege to be headteacher of Long Furlong Primary School; a place where we know everyone is valued. Our children, staff, governors and parents have enormous pride in our school, and this is evident when you talk to them.

You can read on the homepage of this website about our vision for the years ahead; we never stand still, always striving to do our best. We actively collaborate with others; this includes local schools – we are active members of the Abingdon Partnership –  a range of agencies, and the wider community such as Oxford Brookes University. We are well supported by our Governors who work with us on our strategic development.

Our school opened in 1993, and continues to be a place where the best possible learning, nurturing, aspiration and a sense of family and community are still as important as they were over 25 years ago.

We have five key values that provide a strong foundation: Respect, Compassion, Responsibility, Courage and Resilience. By encouraging and living out these values we have a school that is a  warm, caring, inclusive and fun place to be. Our children thrive under the care of the dedicated and hard working staff; we believe that our children deserve the very best as they start their school journey with us.  Each pupil is special to us and we want all of them to be the best they can be; this includes developing a “Growth Mindset” to be able to face challenges and learn from them – including when things may go wrong!

From the moment our children join us we actively encourage parents and carers to remain involved in their child’s learning in many different ways. By working closely together, in partnership, we can build upon the experiences the children have had before they join us, and ensure they have the happiest and best possible time here. We are also fortunate to have parents and carers who actively support the school in many different ways, including volunteering or through supporting our Parent Association, FOLF (Friends of Long Furlong).

We understand the importance of professional development and our staff work closely with one another to deliver high quality, exciting and engaging, teaching and learning experiences across the primary years. We also give our children rich opportunities beyond the National Curriculum that enables them to make a positive contribution to our diverse, ever-changing society, both near and far. This may be through joining our School or Eco-Councils, taking on responsibilities such as Playground Leaders, House Captains or Anti-bullying ambassadors or representing the school in a tournament or challenge.

We are fortunate to have a Nursery class  and both the Nursery and Reception classes have their own purposeful areas for indoor and outdoor learning. The outdoor learning continues as we have staff trained as Forest School leaders and who make the most of our wildlife area with our children. Sport and physical activity feature heavily and take place both in our school hall and by shared use of the community field, as well as further afield when we are entering tournaments. We also encourage music, drama, art as well as other subjects. This has included participating in a choir in Wembley Arena as well as our own incredible performances and pop-up Art Gallery.

If you would like to know more, please  explore our website or contact us. We enjoy showing what our children and staff do, so please make an appointment if you would like to see more.

Dr Natasha Crellin