Long Lane Primary is a Community School, opened in April 1966 and maintained by West Berkshire Council. There are around 210 children on roll who are taught in seven classes. We invest in Teaching Assistants, who support the work of whole classes, small groups, and individual children.
We have a large playing field, two smaller playgrounds, one large playground and an outdoor learning environment, which serves the needs of the Foundation Stage children. We are also working on an outdoor area for Year 1 and Year 2.
The school is very well equipped with ICT equipment and has a suite with 15 PCs, 2 or 3 computers in each classroom and from Reception to Year 5/6 each room has an Interactive Whiteboard or a large screen TV. Our whole school network encompasses all 45 PCs. We have wireless connectivity across virtually the whole site. In order to make the most of the technology we have a class set of 32 android tablets called Learnpads. The children love using them!
Teaching is class based and children are grouped within their classes for Maths and English. Children are given learning activities to complete with parents at home, called Shared Learning, as well as other regular activities to practice. Our reading scheme uses a colour coding system and draws upon books from a variety of publishers. We also have a Long Lane Reading List for recommendations to read or purchase.
The school believes in the many benefits to be derived from music and through visiting teachers currently offers tuition in Strings, Guitar, Brass, Woodwind and Keyboard. There are several recorder groups as well as a school orchestra and choir. We offer a variety of after school clubs, many of a sporting nature, which teachers and outside organisations run on a termly basis.
We have a simple uniform policy which is popular with parents and children alike. The Long Lane Parent Teacher Association (PTA), a charity run by volunteer parents, is active and well supported by parents. It raises in the region of £8,000 each year which is spent on various activities and resources at the School’s request.
The Governing Body is drawn from a variety of backgrounds including finance, business consultancy, healthcare, secondary education, local council and school staff. The work of the governors is divided between two committees.