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Longridge Towers

Longridge Towers School, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2XQ

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the Headmaster's Secretary

T:  01289 307584
F:  01289 302581
W: www.lts.org.uk

Co-ed, 4-18 Day, 8-18 Boarding (full and weekly)
Pupils: 330, Upper sixth 28
Fees: £2204-£3444 (Day), £6848-£7226 (Boarding),£6145-£6523 (Weekly) per term
Affiliation: SofH, ASCL


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Longridge Towers

What it's like

Founded in 1983, as a co-educational school, it occupies an impressive Victorian mansion on a fine estate of 80 acres in very beautiful surroundings. It has an indoor swimming pool and a sports hall has been added recently. It accepts a broad ability range, providing a sound general education and its examination results are good. The art department is very successful. There is quite a lot of music and drama. A good range of sports and games in which high standards are achieved. There is a fair range of other activities. A promising record in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Total age range 4-18; 330 pupils, 300 day (155 boys, 145 girls), 30 boarding (15 boys, 15 girls). Senior department 11-18, 240 pupils (124 boys, 116 girls). Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance, key stage results and own exam used (tests in English and maths); for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). State school entry, 50% senior intake plus 80% to sixth form.

Scholarships & bursaries

Variable number of scholarships, including academic, sport, music; value up to 10% of fees (or free specialist tuition for music scholars). Bursaries, for siblings, for existing pupils in cases of financial need. Also concessions for children of HM Forces. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; 20 maximum extras.

Parents

12% in the armed services; 15+% in industry or commerce; 15+% are farmers. 60+% live within 30 miles; 10+% live overseas.

Head & staff

Headmaster: Anthony Clemit, appointed 2005. Educated at University College, London. Previously Director of Studies at Wisbech Grammar School. Teaching staff: 30 full time, 2 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average age 36.

Exam results

GCSE: On average, 40 pupils in upper fifth: 97% gain at least grade C in 8+ subjects; 3% in 5-7 subjects. A-levels: 26 in upper sixth: 97% passed in 3 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 308.

Pupils' destinations

95% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (15% after a gap year). 30% take courses in science and engineering, 10% in law, 50% in humanities and social sciences, 10% in accountancy. Others typically go on to vocational courses or farming.

Curriculum

GCSE, AS and A-levels. 15 AS-level subjects, 12 A-level. Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level; in addition, all take AS-level general studies (no A-level). 40% take science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities; 20% both. Vocational: Work experience available. Special provision: Some help for dyslexic pupils. Languages: French and German offered to GCSE and A-level. Regular exchanges. ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. 36 computers for pupil use (12 hours a day), 34 networked and 22 with email and internet access.

The arts

Music: Over 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Musical groups include orchestra, wind group, choirs. Drama and dance: GCSE and A-level drama, LAMDA and RAD exams may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school productions. Numerous 1st prizes in Musselburgh Festival. Art and design: On average, 10-15 take GCSE, 3-6 A-level. Pottery, clay modelling, photography also offered. Art very popular and successful; pupils have sold clay models and received commissions.

Sports & activities

Sport: Hockey, rounders, athletics, gymnastics, swimming, rugby, cricket compulsory. Optional: tennis, badminton. BAGA and RLSS exams may be taken. 2 All-England cross-country runners; 2 represented Scotland at rugby, 1 at cricket; county representatives at hockey, rugby, athletics, cricket, cross-country; school county hockey champions (U16). Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award; 55 pupils currently at various stages. Community service optional at age 14+. Up to 10 clubs, eg computer, chess, bridge, gymnastics, photography.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn throughout. Houses and prefects: Competitive houses. School captain selected by interview from shortlist of candidates; prefects, head of house and house prefects - appointed by Headmaster after consultation with staff. Religion: Christian. Morning prayers 4 days a week. Social: Entries to Musselburgh Festival, drama and debating in competitions. Regular trips abroad eg to Norway, Germany and France. Some meals self-service. School tuck shop for boarders and coffee bar for sixth formers.

Discipline

Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a verbal warning; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises would be expelled.

Boarding

Sixth form share in pairs (with ensuite facilities); others in rooms of 1-3. Two single-sex houses. Two resident matrons. Central dining room. Four weekend exeats each term. Visits to the local town allowed.

Association of former pupils

is run c/o the school.