Longfleet Primary School

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50°43'30"N
001°58'23"W
Country
 United Kingdom
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Description

Longfleet Primary School or Longfleet Church of England Primary School is a large co-educational, primary school located in the parish of Longfleet not far from the centre of Poole, Dorset, England. It became an academy in 2016.

Location

Longfleet Primary School is on Jolliffe Avenue in Poole. It describes itself as a "large, exciting and vibrant school where all children are important and the individual development of each and every child is paramount."

History

Longfleet School was originally located opposite St Mary's Church on Longfleet Road, but moved during the late 20th century to its present site which was constructed by Dean & Dyball and opened in 1996. The old school buildings were demolished and are now the car park for St Mary's new church centre building and site of The Adam Practice, all that remains are the school gates some fencing and the back wall of the main building that runs along a lane behind, the pond was filled in with rubble now under a car park. Longfleet was different in that it never had its own playing field for sport and would use Poole Park cycle track for running events, when the new school facility opened a football match was organised between pupils and local professional team AFC Bournemouth. The school was originally under control by Dorset County Council and then Poole Borough Council following a review by the Local Government Commission for England (1992). The school remained mainly open during the Teachers' Strike of 17 October 2013.On 1 July 2016, the school changed its status from voluntary controlled to become an academy. The school is now sponsored by the Coastal Learning Partnership.

Character and achievement

Longfleet is a large primary school, the majority of whose pupils are from a White British background and an average number of pupils with Special Educational Needs. The school holds the Artsmark, Sportsmark, School's Environment, Healthy School and Eco School awards.The school is a member of the Poole Teaching School Alliance.

Ethos

The school is "very proud of [its] strong links with St Mary's Church and the church ethos runs clearly through the life of the school".

Inspections

Longfleet was last inspected by Ofsted in May 2010 and was assessed as "good".

Head teachers

Nigel Helm (present) Diane Brierley (former)| Miss L M Benjamin (former) John Rose Brooke (schoolmaster in 1841)

Chairs of Governors

Mr F.W Wretham (former) to 2015: Emma Jackson 2015–2018: Revd. Justin Tomkins 2018–present: Mrs Michelle Vaughton
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