Open Evening 2019



We opened our doors on Tuesday the 1st October to all of our prospective families from our local and wider community. The staff and the Longdendale learners had worked really hard to make the school site and building as welcoming as possible. The activities taking place in the classrooms created a real buzz. The delights of food were evident, the English department served afternoon tea, whilst in languages there was international food tasting, the aroma of pain au chocolat filled the classroom café, to the delight of all the visitors.

There was an evening of ‘exploration’ in the science department. A combustion experiment created a fireball that wowed our visitors. In humanities there was face painting and rather gruesome medieval medicine and cures were investigated! In Art, the class of 2025 were enthusiastically creating florescent finger prints. In music the learners were given the chance to get hands on with the instruments, parents described the department as ‘spectacular’! Whilst in technology they were busy creating wooden bookmarks, complete with their names to take home and treasure.

In the Drama studio it was definitely ‘lights, camera, action’! There was plenty of singing, chanting and prancing, it was a real spectacle to see. In the sports hall learners were treated to a pressurised penalty shoot-out and ‘battling badminton’, the shrieks of laughter were heard all around the school.

Longdendale learners were a real credit to the school. Our Senior Student Leaders and Transition Leaders were a shining example of professionalism and embodied all of our core ASPIRE values and competencies, as they conducted tours around the school. We had large numbers of learners helping in classrooms, families leaving school were full of praise for the enthusiasm and support their child had received. Year 11 Head boy George and Head Girl Megan, along with two Year 8 Transition Student Leaders George and Charlotte stole the show in the Outdoor Pursuits Centre with their impressive aspirational speeches.

A group of year 11 media learners were our press pack for the evening and on the night produced 'The Longdendale Mail', a comprehensive, well written account of the evening’s activities, celebrating success and showcasing our learners’ talents. A copy of this is available to view on our website.

 Every year Longdendale’s Open Evening gets bigger and better. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2025 on July 1st 2020 for their exciting three day induction  programme and their families into our Longdendale community.