About Us


Langstone is a school of 300 pupils that come from Langstone and the surrounding villages. It opened in 1954 with 157 pupils and even though numbers have increased dramatically since then, in many ways the school still has the feel of a ‘country school’ and enjoys its rural setting.Whole School Flag

 

Our mission statement is ‘Learning Promotes Success’ and this can be seen in our principle aim, which is ‘to provide a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the school community can grow in self-esteem and develop their potential as human beings’.

 

At Langstone we are committed to offering many ‘windows of opportunity’ to pupils so they can flourish academically, socially, physically and creatively. Pupils’ needs are fully catered for both within the classroom and through the wider life of the school. This includes educational visits, educational visitors and a comprehensive range of extra curricular activities. We are indebted to our staff for providing these opportunities to our pupils.

 

We recognise the importance of basic skills and in 2009 we were one of the first Newport Schools to receive the 'Basic Skills Cymru Quality Standard' for our on-going commitment to the teaching and learning of English and Mathematics for all learners and for effective pupil tracking. The ASD Friendly Award in 2012 also acknowledged our commitment to pupils with additional learning needs.

 

Citizenship is highly valued and is developed through our School Council – the pupil voice within the school, our Eco-Committee who lead our sustainable development programme and ensure we are responsible in our use of resources. The Eco-Committee were successful in obtaining the Bronze ‘Eco-Schools’ award in 2004, the silver award in 2005 and the highly acclaimed ‘Green Flag’ award in 2006. We were successful in renewing our Green Flag status in 2008 and 2010 and in receiving the highly sought after Platinum status in 2012.

 

We are a school that uphold and practise basic values through our ‘Education in Human Values’ programme that runs during school assemblies; truth, love, peace, good conduct and positive relationships. We promote equality for all both in academic and social learning. In 2009 we received the 'Inclusion, Diversity, Equalities Award'. Our learners develop an ongoing awareness of Global Citizenship and this is supported through our links with our ‘Comenius’ project, funded by the British Council. Since 2011 we have been working with partner schools in Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Turkey on a project entitled, ‘Protecting Nature is Preserving Life’.

 

Learning is at the heart of our core business. Providing our learners with high quality resources is crucial, both in the classroom and in the playground. Our most valuable resource is, without question, our well qualified, hugely committed staff who are very well versed in current educational developments in our changing world. Our project based learning is fun, innovative, creative and gives pupils a real zest for learning. Captivating project launches, theme days, project evaluations and Learn Share sessions with other classes are embedded features within our school. Assessment for Learning is strong and consistent and this ensures that learners know how to improve and share the responsibility for it. ICT is well resourced with a dual boot ICT suite where pupils are able to work on Windows and Apple applications. We have and an interactive SMART boards in all of our 11 classes which are used as tools for both learning and teaching. Ipads are used effectively at KS2 and have taken pupils technology learning to a whole new arena. Ipods are used constantly in Foundation Phase as a tracking tool.

 

Through financial support from our active PTA and our links with our Community the school has been able to install outdoor Physical Play Equipment both at Key Stage 1 and 2 to encourage and support activities through play. This includes a tyre park for Foundation Phase, active play areas for Foundation Phase and KS2 and a traversing wall that children can climb across to develop strength, flexibility and stamina. With the introduction of the new skills based curriculum in 2008, outdoor learning has grown in significance. Our 'Nature's Classroom' funded by our Big Lottery grant provides learners with a pond, log circle, bug palace and wildlife garden. Hedgerows, a butterfly garden, an orchard, a sensory garden, a meadow area, a woodland area and a raised bed for every class is also located on site. We have a poly tunnel in which to grow seeds and bring on young plants and each class has a raised bed which then plan, plant and nurture. At Langstone, the health of our pupils is promoted. We achieved the first leaf of the Healthy Schools programme in 2004, the second leaf in 2005, the third leaf in summer 2006, the fourth leaf in 2008, the fifth in 2010 and we are working towards accreditation of the newly launched Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Schemes National Quality Award.

 

Our educational standards speak for themselves. Not only do nearly all children attain the expected level at Foundation Phase and KS2 but the expected level plus 1 statistics across all curriculum areas are extremely high. Our most recent Estyn inspection was in June 2008. The school received the highest possible grades - grade 1 in all seven Key Questions. Since this time, the school has continued to go from strength to strength and is often sign posted to other schools for its exemplar practice. We are recognised by the Welsh Government as a Lead school.



Langstone Primary School, Old Roman Road, Langstone, Newport, NP18 2JU
Tel/Fax: 01633 412200
langstone.primary@newport.gov.uk

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