I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at Longwick School, I really appreciate the hard work that everyone has done during COVID 19. I know how guidelines change every day and as a parent I have found the school's response quick and reassuring. My emails are always replied to really efficiently with the information I need.
I particularly want to highlight what an amazing teacher Mrs Vasey is, she really is worth her weight in gold. The children and parents alike adore her. She has set fun work and has been a great help. She has responded to concerns on how to help X learn straight away and has given me wonderful tips as well as reassurance. She really has been a guiding light for me whilst attempting to home 'school' during this hard time and willing to speak with me over the phone if needed, and I never feel that she has minded helping at all.
In addition when X then returned to school I was so impressed with the information I received. The photos of the layout really helped me explain to X. He has been so happy at school since his return. The school environment I feel has been safe and fun for X and I think it has been very beneficial for him to have returned.
Many thanks to all the staff and i wish you all a well deserved and relaxing summer break.
Reception Parent during Covid Pandemic
We just wanted to say well done for a great job of managing things during COVID.
We have no doubt that there has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make things run as smoothly as possible for pupils and parents. The plans you have put in place and the parent communications have been exemplary - during an extremely challenging time.
Well done and have a lovely well deserved summer break.
Year 1/3 Parent during Covid Pandemic
May I take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff at Longwick for all your incredible hard work over the last 4 months. You have been amazing at keeping the school system going, providing sufficient and well balance school work through Google Classroom and ensuring a safe return for those pupils that were able to get back to school. Having home-schooled during lockdown we appreciate the great work teachers do more than ever. We are keeping everything crossed for a full return in September.
Year 5 Parent during Covid Pandemic
I just wanted to email a little thank you to all the staff who have supported and worked tirelessly towards helping us families get through this pandemic. It's not been an easy time but some of the staff have been my absolute rock with X's education and our emotional management who it comes to learning.
I would also like to say a very special heartfelt thank you to all those who, long before the pandemic, gave me and my family some real extra special care as we've had a bumpy ride over the last couple of years and I can honestly say you have made a safe haven for X and given me so much support and confidence, turning a very shy nervous little girl into a confident expressive reader and writer, really surprising us with her capabilities!! Sadly with Covid things are a little on hold but I'm confident you will all bring her back on tract in no time!
You should be so proud, you really do make a difference!
Year 2 Parent during Covid Pandemic
Dear Mrs Feltwell
I just wanted to say that I think you have been doing a fabulous job as Acting Head of Longwick School, not least because navigating the coronavirus pandemic must have been a true trial by fire. Having exchanged experiences with friends, the way you and the rest of the staff at Longwick have handed it with flexibility and reassurance has been a model they wished their own schools had followed.
Reception/Y3 Parent during Covid Pandemic
"I wanted to write with our feedback on Google Classroom.
Basically, despite the initial blip which no-one could at all have predicted, we love it! With myself and my husband both working from home, it's so helpful that we can literally set X up (or he sets himself up!) and he can just work through things while we are working alongside. He is really enjoying the work too as it's really engaging and making him think, set at a perfect level and the smile on his face reading the teachers' comments on his work is just lovely to see. He's also really motivated by Times Tables Rock Stars leaderboard so thank you for this - it really does make him want to do it more and more!
Finally Mrs Feltwell's story time. X and I sit and watch this together and it's a really precious time at the moment - we're enjoying the story and it's also nice for X (and me!) to see Mrs Feltwell, such a great idea.
Very finally.. thank you to everyone at the school (either there or working remotely) for everything you are doing to support us and our children in these strange and uncertain times."
Year 4 Parent during Covid Panemic
Just a quick note to say thank you for giving year 5 such a positive return to school today. X had a great morning and really enjoyed seeing teachers, staff and friends. Thanks for all you are doing to support the children in their safe return to school.
Year 5 Parent during Covid Pandemic
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed attending both yesterday's Easter play and today's celebration assembly.
The play was so professional and the children did a marvellous job with their lines - I think particular praise should go to the pupil who played Jesus who had so many to learn!
I always enjoy the end of term assemblies as I think it is so important to recognise the children's achievements. Obviously I was there this time also with my proud parent hat on but from a governor's point of view, to hear about all of the successes is wonderful. I would especially like to mention the two amazing RE performances from the Year 6s, both of which blew me away through their song writing skill and confidence in performing.
We would be very grateful if you could pass this email or forward our thanks to staff for helping to make the Echoes concert at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday such an amazing and memorable event for my child and us!
We went to watch last night and were left quite emotional by the scale of it and the collective enthusiasm of all the children (and parents!). Really appreciate the logistical work that has gone into making Longwick part of this event, but well worth it. Thank you once again.
I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the Maths workshop today – it has really helped me as a parent to understand how Maths is taught and how I can provide extra support from home. I really like the emphasis on reasoning/mastery vs providing the correct answer only and the enthusiasm which you both had for the topic was also infectious!
A huge thank you to the staff involved
I WhatsApp’d the year 6 parents last night saying how useful the evening was and have pointed them in the direction of the school website safeguarding page. I know that many of the children will be getting phones (if they haven’t already) in preparation for high school.
Just a quick note to say, yet again, another very informative e-safety evening this evening. All phones now checked!
Every year I learn something new and this year was no exception.
Please thank Graham and the staff for giving up their evenings.
I just wanted to drop an email to say what a great meet the teacher meeting it was yesterday. The teachers were brimming with enthusiasm which was infectious. I’m sure the children will enjoy the year and all the challenges ahead of them. I almost wish I was in the class and certainly wish that the teacher could have taught me Maths!
I also wanted to say what a great idea the new homework project is. Having a child in secondary school I think it will give them a lesson in time management and whether they work a bit at a time or complete it just before the deadline. It is also open to all the children’s interpretation and differing approaches and is so much more appealing than the homework grid.
I look forward to this last year at Longwick and we will work with our child at home to support the teachers work in school.
Loved the races and the relay and the super huge 1,2,3 badges which I know were an admin error but were FANTASTIC.
Thanks again for making this such a fantastic day for the kids and the parents.
Gran came all the way from Australia and loved every minute
We’d also like to thank the school for the anti-bullying week. My daughter found this very helpful.
I'm a mum and my daughter has just started in Reception, the team have been just brilliant with my daughter. She's suffered for a while with separation anxiety and really had me worried about leaving me for long periods. But how wrong was I to worry she absolutely loves school !! The support and empathy that has been shown has made her transition into full time school effortless with no stress at all. She cant wait to get into school and says her days are 'exciting' and 'too much fun mummy'. I would just like to thank you all and let you know what a great school you have.
Here's to many more enjoyable years.
I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely teddy bears picnic this afternoon. The current reception class are an absolute credit to Longwick. They were so polite and kind and really looked after my son.
It was such a lovely idea. He can't wait to join you in September.
I just wanted to say thank you for the Year 4 trip to Shortenills. It was our son's first trip away from home and he was a bit anxious about going but I had nothing to worry about because he had a fantastic time. He was so excited to tell me all about the activities and all the adventures they had. He particularly enjoyed all the delicious food. Shortenills was an excellent first trip away for him, providing a safe, caring and fun environment. He had a wonderful time and with no hint of homesickness ! Thank you also to everyone at Longwick that helped and made the trip possible. Thank you!
As I've mentioned to you before, we have found it quite stressful getting into the church in previous years, queuing for ages outside only to be at the back of the church unable to see our daughter very well at all. This year with the introduction of the seating sections for each year group and the ticketing, we felt that it was a much more civilised affair and proved to be very well organised. We think it's a more than fair way for all the parents to see their children over the years and everyone gets a turn to be nearest the front.
We would like to thank you, all the teachers and other members of staff involved in organising the play as we realise the hard work that must go into something like this!
Thank you so much for running the e-safety workshop earlier this week. We found it really interesting, slightly scary and a real eye opener for what we will meet once our children move further into the online world.
The main message we will take away is that we need to decide as a family what our approach will be, in advance, rather than just waiting to see what happens. It was great to have the opportunity to have so much explained so clearly.
Thank you for organising a great week of Science activities and lessons for the children and for inviting the parents in to see some of the work. My children really enjoyed the week. It is lovely to hear them talk about the activities when they came home from school - they even want to try some experiments themselves this weekend!
Just wanted to let you know XXX came home from school on Friday and said she'd had an
excellent week at school. She is so happy she got a pen license, got 10/10 in spellings and wrote 5 paragraphs in big write! She's looking forward to the class assembly today too!
'Congratulations on such a wonderful school you have.'
'The new assessment system seems to be very clear. Well done!'
'This school is better than private. I'm not a Christian but my children follow the Christian values and they are better behaved than children from other schools.'
'The teachers work so hard and they really are doing a great job!'
“A huge thank you to everyone involved with the organisation and running of sports day. It was such a lovely day and brilliantly run from start to finish. The picnic lunch was a great idea and a lovely way of being able to celebrate the day. The fact that the children were participating in houses rather than year groups meant that we were able to watch them all participate in each activity and track all their progress. Clearly the practise helped too, it was a first for all of them and yet they took it completely in their stride. I also greatly appreciate the fact that Longwick chose to give its pupils the opportunity to be involved in a degree of competitive sport. For those who are less academic it is a real chance to shine and this was obvious on the day."
“Thank you so much for making this a brilliant day for both children and parents.”
“The girls performed with a measure of skill, ability, maturity, commitment, competitiveness and effort that was not just the equal of every other school there; it was in nearly every case ahead of every other school. Longwick, with its small school population, was competing with and beating some schools with a population big enough to field two full strength teams. Most had a full complement of year six girls. We had a couple of year 4 girls there who only started playing this Sept but you couldn’t tell them apart from their more senior, experienced colleagues.
"The effort and application of every member of that group toward getting the results was first class. They also played in the right way; their grace and manner in victory and defeat was just the same. They supported each other fabulously; there were no cliques, no criticisms of any mistakes. Their heads never once dropped. They were positive through every single step. They represented this school with incredible maturity and I was very, very proud to be able to say one of my girls was on that team and goes to a school that produced such a wonderful group. Sometimes teams can win, but win in the wrong way. Ultimately they tend to fade because in those challenging moments that every team experiences they turn on each other and don’t have enough character to pull through. In this case not only was the performance enough to convince me but the girls attitude gives me complete faith that at some point their rewards will come. They should be very, very proud of themselves and they were a credit to you, the school and of course to their coaches who also deserve an enormous amount of praise.”
“My child has thrived at Longwick and this is reflected by his daily enthusiasm to attend and his enjoyment of school life.”
The school has a strong, caring Christian ethos.”
“I found the Year 6 assembly very moving and the children did very well with their reading. It is always a delight to join the school for collective worship – the children always behave impeccably and pay attention and join in with the prayers and singing. I am a very proud mum this morning!”
“He loves RE and really enjoys Splash Club. I am not a practising Christian but it important to me that my child has an understanding. Due to his interest in RE at school and attending Splash Club I have bought Bible stories for him that we can read together.”
“There are benefits from active involvement from the Rector, David Williams. This is embraced by the children and they talk about Christian values and life without seeing this as anything else than being part of their normal day. As parents, we value this.”
“I was lost and I was about to give up and I couldn’t believe it when my child said that I should use the Christian values and persevere! When we arrived she then told me that we were going to use compassion to help the people.”