Polite Reminder

If your child is going to be late to school due to an appointment please can you ensure that you let the School Office know in advance. Please call the attendance line on 01491 683364. Thank you for your kind support.

Also, if you are phoning in your child’s absence due to illness please could you do so before 9am, when the registers are taken.

The 11 – 16 South East Oxon Secondary Partnership

Langtree enjoys a close working partnership with other 11 – 16 schools in the locality, namely Chiltern Edge, Icknield Community College and Gillotts School. Together with Bishopswood Special School and The Henley College, the schools make up the 11 – 16 South East Oxon Area Board.

The Area Board meets termly to discuss strategy across the secondary phase, although numerous informal meetings take place between the partnership Headteachers on a frequent basis. Issues addressed recently have included the development of a coherent 14 – 19 curriculum for learners in all institutions, funding issues and a collaborative approach to staff development.

Three of the four schools now enjoy the benefits of specialist status, and the remaining school has a current application in for a specialism in Modern Foreign Languages. This additional dimension of separate areas of specialism will provide a further structure within which the schools can build even stronger sustainable links into the future.

Community Arts at Langtree School, Specialist Arts College

Within the Arts, we aim to: Increase opportunity, widen experience, encourage participation and stimulate enjoyment.

How? By offering a variety of high quality arts and craft-based, friendly courses and hosting these courses in specialist rooms. By subsiding the cost of these courses via our Community Arts Grant and engaging successful practitioners to lead the courses who have the skills to encourage, support and develop ‘the artist’ within the course participants.

Do you have any suggestions for courses that could be run at Langtree? Are you a Tutor and would you like to lead a course here?

Please contact our Community Co-ordinator, Mary Taylor-Lane on [email protected] or on 01491 680 514 x 239.

Woodcote Correspondent

The Woodcote Correspondent is the local monthly newsletter for the village of Woodcote and surrounding area. It is delivered free to all houses in Woodcote and Crays Pond. http://www.woodcote-online.co.uk/facilities/woodcote-correspondent/17

It has grown in size and sophistication as village organisations have realised its potential for spreading news and attracting new members.

Most articles are village based, but some outside organisations have become regular contributors. Langtree is also a regular contributor, keeping people informed of the huge range of activities in which the students are involved.

The Correspondent Committee members are all enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers, some having been involved since its inception. Chairman of the Committee is Sam Peates, known to generations of Langtree students and staff through his thirty years teaching at the school,  [email protected] .

Please email copy to the The Editor is at:  [email protected]

Sponsored Walk Postponed

At 5 am the met office posted a revised weather forecast which included possible thunderstorms in the Woodcote area between 11 am and 12 noon.

Despite my hatred of the risk-averse culture and the fact I know I am going to look out my window at 12 o’clock to see bright sunshine I cannot send the students out into the woods if there is a risk of lightning.

I have therefore taken the decision to postpone the sponsored walk today and revert to normal lessons.

Students will not be expected to wear uniform.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Simon Bamford


Langtree School Press Release

The Class of 2019 Achieves Best Ever Results

Students, staff and governors are celebrating yet another excellent year of GCSE results at Langtree School. The Class of 2019 secured exceptional results which are the best the school has ever known.

Overall, 82% of students achieved the Basics Measure of English and Mathematics at level 4 or above, and 57% did so at level 5 or above. This measure alone exceeds the very best ‘basics measure’ the school has ever achieved.

Furthermore, 81% of the cohort secured at least five GCSE passes at 9 – 4 including English and Maths, which again represents the best measure the school has achieved since the new GCSEs were introduced.

Attainment 8 score, which at 54 is well above the previous high levels of 51, and the indicative Progress 8 score of +0.43 is again better than the previous best +0.33, which indicates that overall, on average students at Langtree achieved  nearly half a grade higher than expected in their GCSE subjects.

At the top end of the ability range, results were consistent with previous years of excellent outcomes. 27% of all grades were awarded at 9 – 7. Amongst the high flyers in the year group were 

Bella Burbea – achieved 11 grade 9s and A^, 

Niamh Walker – achieved 9 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and an A^

Eve Singleton – achieved 8 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and an A^

Danny Harris – achieved 8 grade 9s, a grade 8, a grade 7 and an A^

and Will Cusak, Andrew Carr, Ellis Brindle, Will Graham, Dan Nicoll, Violet Gibson, Juno Norman, Katie Harris, Olivia Graham, Anya Decmar, Hattie Palmer Coulson and Jack Botham all of whom also achieved 8 or more GCSE passes at level 7 – 9, which are equivalent to the old A* and A grades. 

However, we are also keen to recognise those students who may not have achieved the absolutely top grades but whom worked extremely hard to exceed targets and predictions. Students including Lilla Bish Groucott, Grace Child, Izzie Cleall, Demi Fatus, Chloe Beeton, Lois Joslyn, Chris Sims, Isobel Yarwood and Tristan Astles-Jones did extremely well and matched or exceeded the highly aspirational targets we set for all our students.

Headteacher Simon Bamford was keen to praise the efforts of students and staff alike. 

‘We are delighted with these excellent GCSE results. They are a reflection of the hard work put in by students over many months at Langtree School. They truly deserve these fantastic grades. Yet again, the staff have gone above and beyond to help the students prepare for these very challenging examinations, and our students have responded by working very hard indeed. 

Many thanks are due as well to our very loyal parents, who have supported their children and the school throughout the whole process. 

Most importantly however, these young people were a joy to work with. Mature, sensitive, supportive of their peers and positive role models for our younger students.’

Key Information

  • Langtree School is a high performing, state funded, single academy trust located in Woodcote, south Oxfordshire.
  • We have 600 students on roll, aged 11-16. Our catchment area serves nine local villages. We are always significantly oversubscribed due to our local reputation as being a caring school which nonetheless prioritises learning as our core function.
  • We have always achieved results that significantly exceed local and national averages for all key indicators.
  • New GCSE grade 4 is equivalent to the old C grade and grade 7 is equivalent to the old A grade.
  • Progress 8 measures how students do compared to estimates based on expected progress from a student’s Key Stage 2 SATS across 8 subjects.
  • Attainment 8 measures the grades the student attains across 8 subjects.
  • The ‘basics measure’ is the percentage of students that achieve passes in both maths and English. 
  • The Headteacher is Simon Bamford. [email protected] 
  • School switchboard: 01491 680514