Learning & Teaching

Cardinal Langley’s success is built upon the philosophy of St Jean Baptiste de la Salle, where emphasis is placed on community, relationships and the value of each individual.

All that we do is rooted in Gospel Values and is designed to enable each individual to grow in maturity, faith and love.

"Students and staff are extremely courteous and respectful of each other. There is a strong sense of purpose in the school. Students behave well. "

Ofsted 2015

To achieve such aspirations, our expectations of all students are very high. Attitudes and values based on self-respect and respect for others are reinforced through clear guidance in relation to appearance, academic achievement, behaviour and participation in extra-curricular activities. In Key Stage 3, students are taught across all National Curriculum subjects in either mixed ability groups or sets according to prior learning and ability.

GCSE choices are made towards the end of Year 8 and developing good habits and a positive attitude to learning are essential. A distinctive feature of Cardinal Langley RC High School is the emphasis we place on learning experiences outside the classroom. Students benefit enormously from the extra-curricular activities we offer and from enrichment opportunities when they engage with visiting speakers, theatre groups, external visits and residential experiences.

This approach is reinforced through our commitment to developing within all students, a capacity to act responsibly, show initiative and make a positive contribution to both the school and local communities. In Key Stage 4 we offer a personalised curriculum which is tailored to the needs, abilities and aspirations of each student. A wide range of GCSE subjects are offered in addition to more vocational courses delivered on site or at a local college.

Additional Needs

"Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is extremely strong. They show great respect for all people, regardless of their background, beliefs or cultures."

Ofsted 2015

As a Catholic school we are proud of our inclusive nature and are committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for students of all abilities.

We have a dedicated and highly experienced team working in our Additional Needs department to ensure all students receive the support they require to be successful.

The school conforms to the new SEN Code of Practice and the Equalities Act. A nominated member of staff has specific responsibility in this area and works with school based staff, partner primary schools, the Local Authority and other external agencies to ensure the right support is in place.

Academic Support & Pastoral Care

"There is an obvious and mutual care between everyone and students are often seen supporting their peers."

Ofsted 2015

Students will be part of a pastoral Form Class and will normally have the same Form Tutor and Head of Year throughout the first five years at Cardinal Langley. The stable relationships which develop enable students to feel safe, secure and more confident.

Our House System runs alongside the Year Group and creates another family of staff and students which will come together for a range of activities to promote each individual’s well-being and development.

The school staff now numbers over one hundred including teachers, specialist mentors, teaching assistants, learning supervisors, administrators, librarians, technicians and premises staff. All staff are committed to work for the best interests of each individual student.