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Welcome / Ethos / Values

Executive Headteacher Welcome

As the Executive Headteacher, I am committed to providing the very best education for the young people in our care, and every day I feel privileged to be part of this school and to see the many great achievements of our pupils. Our school has a long tradition of being at the heart of the community, and we are proud to serve the market town of Beverley, providing an excellent education and opportunities for each and every pupil.  

Longcroft is a school with a distinct vision for education. Our view of an exceptional school is based on shared values, where every child is known and cared for as an individual. To cultivate this, we build a supportive and caring community, where a child’s talents can grow through academic study and the opportunity to participate in the many activities, productions and visits that make Longcroft School unique. We are a school with a positive, welcoming, warm atmosphere, in which pupils take pride in their achievements and where each individual pupil achieves academically through consistently good teaching, in an environment that seeks to nurture their love of learning and challenges them to excel. 

Founded in 1951 Longcroft's school motto celebrated the distinct education the school sought to bring. This motto is, for me, an integral part of our school life; it defines who we are as a community.  

“As free make I thee as heart may think or eye might see.”

We encourage, celebrate and reward:

  • Acts of great heart: The human qualities that define an individual. For example, demonstrating kindness, offering support or actively engaging with the wider community.
  • Acts of great thought: Academic success or excellence. The production of outstanding classwork, homework or impressive thinking in class.
  • Acts of great vision: Demonstrating readiness for the future by developing the skills and qualities that will lead to success in life beyond school.

I truly believe that part of what makes this community so special is the holistic education we provide for our pupils. As a school we provide an exceptional platform upon which pupils can develop new skills, grow in confidence and, as people, develop qualities, in an environment where their talents are nurtured and then celebrated. This holistic approach to school life, for me, is integral to a good education and wonderful preparation for future life.  

Academic achievement is equally our top priority.  Strong academic achievements and outcomes are testament to the hard work and dedication of teachers, staff, and they draw upon a combination of academic rigor, pastoral care of the highest quality, excellent teaching and learning, complemented by structures that monitor progress and intervene to provide individual support for each and every student and pupil. Ensuring our children’s achievements are recognised, celebrated, and promoted fairly, to create a culture of praise is vital, so all children are recognised regardless of their ability, gender, ethnicity, religion, social or parents’ economic status, so no child is left behind and all achieve their targets. 

I am absolutely committed to ensuring Longcroft School continues to develop with a clear, confident and strong identity based on shared values and with each pupil known and cared for as an individual. Our culture of collaboration and success will be matched by our determination to do the very best, both pastorally and academically, for the children in our care. 

  • A School where each child is known and cared for as an individual. 
  • An environment in which our pupils feel valued, safe and enjoy school. 
  • A School where every child is challenged and supported to succeed academically