VISION STATEMENT

 

Longbenton High School is a smaller than average, 11-18 secondary school just outside the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. We moved into our amazing new teaching space in September 2016. This gave us the opportunity to rebrand and re-launch what we stand for. We are proud to serve our local community and want to give every student the opportunity to EVOLVE, CREATE, DISCOVER, PERFORM, and ACHIEVE in their time with us. At Longbenton we have worked hard to develop a culture in our school where teachers are valued and supported.

 

At the very heart of our school ethos is the belief that every single student matters; we pride ourselves on all students being known well and understood by staff.  As an inclusive community school, we aim to create a confident, collaborative learning community, where high quality teaching and learning, honesty and respect for others drives a collective will to bring out the best in every child in our care.

 

Our aims for all teaching and support staff at Longbenton are:

 

  • A focus on clear priorities - without ‘drowning’ staff in new initiatives
  • An evidence informed approach to CPD, including plenty of opportunity for support-staff relevant CPD
  • Plenty of time to embed CPD and training in departments and teams
  • An open-door culture where best practice is shared and celebrated
  • To be mindful of teacher workload and ensure staff have a sensible work/life balance
  • To encourage participation in all aspects of school life outside of the classroom
  • To create a positive and supportive staff community
  • To provide appropriate role-specific training and encourage skills development for progression
  • To develop and nurture talent and our own excellent leaders, who in turn are able to nurture their own high performing teams
  • To support in the development of excellent relationships with students, parents and carers and our wider community

 

All students at Longbenton High School can expect:

  • to feel valued and safe
  • to work and learn together as a harmonious community based on mutual respect
  • to be challenged to learn and explore new ideas
  • to be encouraged to think independently
  • to take responsibility for their own learning
  • to make excellent progress with the guidance, feedback and support that we give them
  • to benefit from an inspiring curriculum
  • to be encouraged to stay healthy
  • to become responsible, caring, moral citizens
  • to make positive contributions to the school, local and global community

We were last inspected in November 2018, when we were judged to be RI. This has given us an imperative to sharpen our focus and ensure that our efforts are directed on the right things. We have 4 main school priorities that underpin our work: improve consistency; close the vocabulary gap; ensure attendance, engagement and aspirations are high & ultimately, improve outcomes.There is still much to do to ensure we are recognised as a ‘good’ school at our next inspection, but we have many positives already to celebrate; we are on a journey to becoming a great school.