Head of School Message

#WeAreLongfield – the beating heart in the north of Darlington, with a determination to maximise the potential of the young people under our care and support the community as a whole.

Meeting the needs of children and families is essential to our vision to maximise the academic potential of the pupils in our care. We aim to work with families and carers of all pupils to create a bespoke package of support, that will enable our young people to progress to the Post 16 provider of their choice and ultimately beyond this into successful employment.

Since joining SWIFT Academies in Spring 2018, Longfield has seen its progress figure improve by circa +0.52.

Equally significant is the improvement in attendance of 2.72% over a similar period of time

The global events of 2020 have been a great challenge to all, we are very proud of our continued welfare package and of the developments in the sphere of Blended and Remote Learning which have seen the school continue to improve.

Having entered the building in November 2017 I know this to be a very unique and interesting community.

Our key focus is always to understand the individual and those who care for and support them and what makes them unique. The welfare and safety of the families of the community we serve is of paramount importance to us; working with community partners we seek to improve the circumstances for all of the families within our care umbrella who require support.

We have an ethos of mutual respect based around Fundamental British Values and seek to support everyone with a range of expertise to assist capitalising on the town-wide approach towards Early Help.

We are aspirational and wish to prepare all our pupils for adult life.

We have a Personal Development offer which builds on a core value of community cohesion and seeks to instil a sense of purpose, self-discipline, resilience and determination around the pride which is hugely evident in the streets in and around this school site.

Please see this short video which tells you more about us. #WeAreLongfield

Nicholas Lindsay

Head of School

January 2021