Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, originally founded in 1921, is a co-educational IAPS and ISA day school set in 100 acres of beautiful woodland conveniently situated near Norwich whilst offering school transport for those living further afield. Scholarships are available from age 7 (Year 3) in the areas of music, sport, academic and art and open mornings take place each term. Under the leadership of its experienced Head of Prep, the School has received six outstanding inspection reports. The Head is also a mental health first aid instructor, a District Representative for 63 independent schools and a regular inspector of schools.
About the school
The School is proud to be known as a warm, friendly, welcoming school, where academic excellence flourishes alongside creativity and fun. Its aim is to develop empowered learners, and pupils are actively encouraged to think, plan and make decisions for themselves as well as showing kindness and consideration to others. They are given every opportunity, time and space to grow into independent learners and well-rounded citizens. Pupils recognise the value of their responsibility in the learning process, and via the School Council they are able to play an active role in the school’s community.
Pastoral care and personalised learning. The school is dedicated to providing outstanding pastoral care for its pupils. Its Growth Mindset culture from Early Years onwards recognises that pupils can change and grow throughout their lives and that there is no limit to their potential. Teaching staff will help identify a pupil’s learning style, set personalised targets and tailor teaching to the individual, ensuring pupils have every opportunity to achieve their personal best. As pupils approach Year 8 and scholarship examinations, there is a greater move towards independence. Pupils take increased responsibility for their learning and conduct, as well as obtaining leadership roles within the school, including Prefect status and mentoring Year 3 pupils when in Year 8. From Year 6, pupils embark on the school's bespoke Wensum Award where the acquisition of life skills is rewarded with bronze, silver and gold levels. This award links in with the school's Pre- Senior Baccalaureate, an academic framework for pupils in Years 7 and 8 which seeks to reward achievement in a range of subjects as well as the development of lifelong skills such as resilience, collaboration and creativity. Their final year culminates in an exciting leavers' programme with a clear focus on fun, adventure and teamwork. High pupil achievements contribute to the school’s excellent record for Year 8 pupils obtaining scholarships each year.
Pre-Prep for ages 2 to 7. Children in the Pre-Prep department are heard to read every day and those in the Early Years and Reception classes follow the school’s own bespoke curriculum. This curriculum draws on the strengths of the nationally recognised Early Years curriculum whilst crucially offering children, who are ready, the opportunity to read and write at a younger age and to develop their mathematical skills beyond the current levels of expectation.
Awards and wellbeing. The school is the proud recipient of the prestigious NACE Challenge Award, which recognises the excellence of its provision for able and talented pupils, as well as the Platinum Schools Games Mark based on its ‘sport for all’ philosophy, the high level of attainment, inclusivity and provision for sport in addition to the school’s contribution to the wider community. Pupils are offered 4–5 hours each week of PE and Games lessons including weekly sporting fixtures, termly tournaments and competitions at local, regional and national level. The school has a dedicated Mental Health First Aiders team, led by the Head of Prep, which demonstrates the importance it places on wellbeing. The school recently attained a nationally accredited Wellbeing Award. Its holistic approach to education is further enhanced through fully integrated outdoor Forest School lessons. The school is the first in Norfolk to receive the esteemed FSA Recognised Forest School Provider Award as a result of the quality of the work the Forest School Leaders undertake with the pupils who simply love the freedom to explore the 100 acres of beautiful wooded parkland.
Art and drama. Creative thinking and imagination are further developed through a performing arts programme which offers a wide range of opportunities within Music, Drama and Art and is taught to all pupils in the school. A purpose-built Music and Art block houses the latest interactive whiteboards as well as music recording and composing equipment.
Extended day. Choice and flexibility are central to what the school is able to provide for families. This includes length-of-day options, after-school clubs and lift sharing/school transport provision. Sibling discounts and means-tested bursaries may be available for some families, whilst scholarship opportunities exist for those in the Prep School.