Langley School 兰利学校/中学 , Langley Park,
Norwich NR14 6BJ
Tel: 01508 520210 Fax: 01508 528058
• CO-ED, 10–18, Day & Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 450, Upper sixth 35
• Termly fees £2100–£2725 (Day), £4500–£5425 (Boarding), £3900–£4500 (Weekly)
• SHMIS, BSA
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1910 (as Norwich High School for Boys), it moved in 1946 to Langley
Park, between Norwich and the pleasant town of Beccles. Girls were first
admitted in 1978 and it became fully co-educational in 1991. It is housed in a
handsome Grade 1, Palladian-style Georgian mansion set in 100 acres of grounds.
It is well equipped, with computer rooms, laboratories, workshops, studio and a
large sports hall. There are extensive playing fields, including a nine-hole
golf course and the school belongs to the local squash and sailing clubs. The
staff:pupil ratio is 1:8. It draws pupils from a wide ability range. The aim of
the school is to provide a full education, academically, socially and
culturally, to encourage pupils to develop their talents and personality, to use
time wisely, to achieve a high standard of self-discipline and to draw out and
train the qualities of leadership. Careers guidance, study skills and PSE are
taught to all pupils. There is a daily programme of 80+ sporting, artistic,
musical, dramatic, scientific, technological and other activities to which all
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 10–18, 450 pupils, 325 day (220 boys, 105 girls), 125
(80 boys, 45 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 10, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and reports
used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (including sixth-form
subjects). State school entry, 15% main intake plus few into sixth form. A
number of pupils from own prep school, Langley Preparatory School (Beech Hill,
Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 0EA. Tel 01603 433861).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 16 pa scholarships, value 25%–50% of
fees: 8 academic, 2 sport, 2 art,
2 drama and 2 music/technology (including 2 each at 11, 13and 16). Approx 4
bursaries; discounts for boarding pupils from service families and family
discounts. Parents expected to buy textbooks in sixth form.
Parents 30+% live within 30 miles; 15+% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmaster: J G Malcolm, in post from 1997. Educated at universities of
Hull (geology & geography) and Loughborough (education management). Previously
Deputy Headmaster at St Bede’s and Senior Housemaster and Head of Geography at
Teaching staff: 55 full time, 4 part time. Annual turnover 5%.
GCSE: In 2003, 50 pupils in fifth: 89% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 48 (45 over 5 years).
A-levels: 35 in upper sixth, 99% passing on average 2 subjects. Average
final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 231.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course. 30% took courses in science & engineering, 25% in humanities
& social sciences, 45% in arts. Others typically go on to further education or
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels, 24 subjects offered for each.
Classes are small and a tight monitoring and tutoring system operates at all
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4–5 subjects at AS-level, 3 at
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Qualified staff to teach both dyslexic pupils and EFL.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Russian offered to GCSE and
A-level; also French, German and Italian to Institute of Linguists. Regular
exchanges (France and Germany). Regularly pupils from eg France, Germany, Spain.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (3 lessons a week) and across the
curriculum, eg technology (CAD), languages (multimedia). 210 computers for pupil
use (13 hours a day), all on school intranet and with email and internet access.
Most pupils take National Certificate of Achievement and GCSE IT.
Music: Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 6 musical groups including brass, wind, recorder, choir,
Drama: Drama offered. GCSE and A-level drama and LAMDA exams may be
taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 15 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Design, pottery and
photography also offered. Many pupils go on to art college.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, football, hockey, cricket, athletics, netball are major
Also basketball, badminton, tennis, squash, volleyball, fencing, judo etc. GCSE
and A-level sport may be taken. U16 England and U18 regional athletes; county
rugby, cricket and hockey players.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
CCF and community service optional. Large number of other activities, eg model
railways, drama, sailing, squash, archaeology, debating, chess. Pupils chose
from an options list of 80+.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy and girl, heads
of house and house prefects, appointed by the senior staff.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: Trips abroad include language exchanges and visits, skiing
(Europe and Canada), history (Ypres). Sixth-formers allowed to bring own car or
motorbike to school. Meals self-service. School shop (second-hand clothing and
tuck). No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
warning or work-detention; those caught with illegal drugs on the premises would
be asked to leave.
Boarding 20% have own study bedroom; 50% in doubles; 30% in rooms of
3+. 2 single-sex houses. Resident qualified nurse. Pupils can provide and cook
food. 3–4 optional exeats each term. Visits to local towns allowed weekly, sixth
form unaccompanied, younger pupils with staff.