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Longdean School

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Established  1970
Headteacher  Graham Cunningham
Motto  Rejoice in thy Youth
Founded  1970
Type  Academy
DfE URN  137110 Tables
Number of students  1,188
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Longdean School Longdean School a Specialist Mathematics and Computing Academy
Location  Rumballs Road Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 8JB England
Ofsted  Reports Pre-academy reports
Headquarters  Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

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Longdean School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the southeast of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The academy specializes in Maths and Computing.


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Originally called Apsley Grammar School, it began as a state grammar school in Hemel Hempstead. It was founded in 1955 as part of the development of the town after its designation as a new town and the need for expanded secondary school provision. Although named for the nearby village of Apsley the school is actually situated about one mile away, in the Bennetts End district of the town. Its first Head Teacher was Valentine (V.J.) Wrigley.


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The name of the school changed to Longdean School in 1970 on the amalgamation with the adjacent Bennett's End Secondary Modern School to form what was the third-largest comprehensive school in Hertfordshire at the time.

The school motto of Rejoice in Thy Youth was retained after the amalgamation.

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Since September 2006 the headmaster has been Mr Rhodri Bryant, replacing the previous headmaster, Mr Nigel Matthias. The last Ofsted report classed the school as a ‘GOOD’ school with outstanding features [1]. Mr Bryant's appointment coincided with the £30,000 redevelopment of the 6th Form common room as well as significant refurbishment throughout the school. Further development is planned.

On 30 October 2007 a new website was released sporting the new colours of the school. The school has a VLE system (virtual learning environment) on which student work can be uploaded and teachers can contact students. A cashless catering system is operated where money can be credited to cards which can be used in the school's two canteens.


During the summer term of 2011, Longdean School attained academy status.

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The school works in consortium with two neighbouring schools to enhance post-16 provision. The group consists of Adeyfield School, Astley Cooper School and Longdean School. Staff development and well-being are also coordinated at consortium level.

In May 2012, Longdean was included in the Government's £2 billion Priority School Building Programme. Longdean's inclusion was based upon the condition of its existing buildings that have exceeded their 25-year life expectancy. As a result, a completely new school building has been constructed by Interserve/Kajima on former playing fields and both the existing premises are to be demolished. The new school opened at the end of 2016.


Longdean is a non-selective coeducational school within the state education system, accepting pupils from its catchment area of Bennetts End, Nash Mills, Leverstock Green and adjacent areas.

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  • Prof Hugh Loxdale MBE, entomologist, Professor of Ecology from 2009-10 at the Institute of Ecology, University of Jena, and President from 2004-6 of the Royal Entomological Society of London
  • Prof [ Rob Pooley [2]] PhD, FBCS, Professor of Computer Science, Heriot Watt University from October 1998 to the present.
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  • Chris Eagles - Professional soccer player, enrolled in Manchester United youth academy before turning pro, now playing for Bolton.
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  • Ben Sansom - member of UK rock band Lower Than Atlantis who reached number 16 in the UK charts with their latest self-titled album.
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