Welcome to Longfield 

KS2/KS3 Transition

This section of our school website is dedicated to all things linked to KS2 – KS3 Transition.  

Our curriculum encompasses the ‘two-hands’: the academic hand and the welfare hand. The two hands blend together to support, secure and create happiness within each pupil to allow personal success to enhance personal qualities, employability skills and cultural capital.  

Please take a look at the Longfield Learning Station tab within this pageIt details information regarding lessons, homework and our exciting Above and Beyond: Rising Stars programme. For information regarding Emotional Wellbeing, Safeguarding and pastoral issues, please visit the Welfare@Longfield tab. Both pages have booklets, videos and links for you to explore.  

The Longfield Way is our KS2-3 Transition programme. This programme covers everything you and your child need to know before joining Longfield. You will discover a range of information from who your Form Tutor might be, to how we reward our pupils, to picking up practical tips and guidance, such as how to pay for school lunches / refreshments. The initial ‘WeAreLongfield’ lessons will also be dedicated to learning how to do things ‘The Longfield Way’ 

If your child has any special educational needs (SEND) and you require any help or support during this transition period, please visit our SEND Transition tab for advice and guidance.  

Our FAQ and Useful Links segment, answers some of the more common questions that are asked regarding moving from primary to secondary school. Here you will find ‘Parent FAQ’s’ and ‘Pupil FAQ’s’, along with a number of links that you may find useful when preparing to join our community. 

Thank you for visiting the Transition pagewe hope you enjoy exploring our website. If you have any further questions, please email: transition@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk 


Welcome from the Head of School

We are Longfield – 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 our 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.  

We look forward to welcoming you into our thriving community when you join us in September 2021.   

Yours sincerely,  

Nicholas Lindsay
Head of School  

Welcome from the KS2-KS3 Transition Coordinator

Welcome to Transition at Longfield! 

The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the lives of children and their families. At Longfield, our extensive transition offer aims to ensure the smoothest possible start to secondary education, with a focus on both the academic and pastoral needs of your child.  

We work closely throughout the year with both feeder primary schools and external agencies to ensure pupils and their families receive comprehensive support and guidance at this significant point in their educational journey. Our offer includes in-school support throughout Year 6, and the relationships that are established during this time are invaluable to the smooth and successful transition process we aim to achieve.  

Our intention is to be equipped with comprehensive knowledge of your child and their individual academic and pastoral needs. This allows us to be able to support them throughout Year 7 and beyond, and ensure they achieve their full potential.  

As well as our 2 local offer Transition Days in June of Year 6, Primary pupils will be offered a range of Longfield experiences, aimed to welcome them into our school community over time and at their own pace. For pupils and families who require additional support, bespoke packages are created around the family as part of our extended transition offer.  

For more information on our Transition offer, please contact me at Transition@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk   or via our school reception.  

Miss Angela Metcalfe
KS2-KS3 Transition Coordinator 

Welcome from the Head of Year 7

Welcome to Longfield…Year 7!

I am delighted to say I will be leading you throughout your time here. The transition from being the oldest in Primary School to the new, fresh generation at Secondary school is a massive jump, but this doesn’t mean the experience can’t be exciting, invigorating and intriguing! This journey you are embarking on is a huge life lesson.

You will change, develop, build relationships and have experiences throughout the time here at Longfield that will help shape you into the adult you are going to become – and I will be by your side every step of the way.

Parents/carers – welcome to our Longfield community! My role as Head of Year is to make your child feel safe and happy in their new setting. I am here for advice, support and sometimes just a friendly face. You can contact me regarding anything from emotional support to academic support, and everything in-between. I look forward to getting to know you and joining you in your child’s journey throughout secondary school.

Miss Rachael Piggett

Head of Year 7

Virtual Classrooms

Click on the images below to explore Longfield via our exciting ‘Virtual Classrooms’. In each classroom you will find videos, information and examples of what you may experience in each of our curriculum areas. To watch a short tour of each department, click the link on the interactive board in the classroom.

To access the welcome from our Heads of Department, please click on their Bitmoji. Every virtual classroom has up to sixteen links with information on areas such as homework, careers, our ‘Golden Threads’ and whole school strategies. We do hope you enjoy looking around Longfield. Please do not forget to visit all areas of the school. 

Example of a Virtual Classroom


Year 7

Your child’s Head of Year is the first point of contact for all parents / carers. The Head of Year will stay with your child from years 7 to 11. They have a central role,  linking with subject teachers, welfare staff, form tutors, promoting good behaviour and tracking progress. Your child’s Head of Year is: Miss Rachael Piggett.  

All year 7 pupils are placed into one of eight form groups. These are Atlanta, Beijing, London, Paris, Moscow, Rome, Sydney and Tokyo. Pupils stay in this form group throughout their time at Longfield.  The form tutor is very important as they see pupils twice a day, once for registration and once for their 20 minute ‘We Are Longfield’ daily. This is where key messages will be shared.  

Before School 

Some of our pupils arrive on site prior to the official start of the school day to access the Library or have breakfast in our dining hall. Both areas are open from 8.15am. 


All pupils will register with their form tutor from 8.50am until 9.00am. During this time, they will be registered and take part in uniform and equipment checks.  


Pupils move around the school site to their lessons. Therefore, pupils need to quickly become familiar with the school site and be organised to ensure they have the correct equipment on the right days. Lessons last for one hour and all pupils will be actively learning; consequently, they must come to school prepared to be engaged and committed to learning to maximize the progress they make. 

We Are Longfield Daily

At 11am each day, all pupils return to their form tutor groups for their ‘We Are Longfield’ daily. These sessions last for twenty minutes. During this time, they will be involved in developing a wide range of valuable educational experiences such as developing literacy and numeracy skills, completing spelling tests, contributing to class discussions and attending assemblies on a variety of themes. 

After School

A large number of our pupils are involved in a wide range of enrichment activities after school. We encourage all of our pupils to get involved with the various clubs, activities and projects that take place before, during and after school to enrich their educational experience. 


Our school uniform consists of: a navy polo shirt with school logo, a v-necked jumper with school logo and / or school blazer, plain black trousers or skirt (plain or pleated, knee length) and black shoes. For more information on our school uniform, please contact Elizabeth’s Embroidery on
(01642) 674973 or visit: elizabethsembroidery.co.uk
(password: longfieldee)

Lunchtime Arrangements

Longfield Academy offers a high quality, progressive catering service. Menus are varied and in line with the government’s drive on healthy eating. 

We operate a cashless payment system for school meals. Every pupil has an account into which parents / carers can pay money via the ParentMail app.  

A biometric system reads each pupil’s finger at the till points. This is a secure system which speeds up queues at the tills. 


The food we serve is healthy and excellent value. Pupils can purchase both hot and cold food at lunchtime and breaktime. A two-course ‘meal deal’ is £2.20 and consists of a main course, a pudding and a small drink. Drinking water is available, at no cost. Pupils may also choose to bring a packed lunch.  

8.50-9.00 9.00-10.00 10.00-11.00 11.00-11.20 11.20-11.35 11.35-12.35 12.35-1.20 1.20-2.20 2.30-3.20
Year 7 Registration Lesson 1 Lesson 2 We Are Longfield Daily Breaktime Lesson 3 Lunchtime Lesson 4 Lesson 5

Contact Us

Longfield Academy
Longfield Road
Co Durham

T: +44 01325 380815 / 01325 380816
E: enquiries@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk


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