Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 209 (Boys) 159 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1921

General Information

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is a co-educational IAPS and ISA day and flexi/weekly boarding school set in 100 acres of beautiful woodland conveniently situated near Norwich whilst also offering extensive school transport covering Norfolk and Suffolk for those living further afield.

The school was recently awarded the NACE Challenge Award for its outstanding provision for more able pupils. The high standards achieved by pupils are recognised by both senior schools and inspection teams. Since 2010 the school has received four outstanding inspection reports. There is a firm educational focus on the individual and personalised learning along with a commitment to small class sizes. Pupils are offered exciting performance opportunities in music and drama as well as 4–5 hours each week of PE and Games lessons including weekly sporting fixtures, termly tournaments and competitions at local, regional and national level. The school’s Gold Schools Games Mark, Healthy Schools Award and Good Diabetes Care in School Award all demonstrate the importance the school places on emotional health and well-being.

The school is dedicated to providing outstanding pastoral care combined with personalised, academic learning programmes and investigative hands-on Forest School experiences. The school offers a breadth of opportunities together with a focus on how children learn rather than simply what they learn. Inspiring teaching staff identify learning styles, set personalised targets and tailor teaching to the individual, ensuring that each child has every opportunity to achieve their personal best. Through small classes and individual academic guidance and a carefully thought out PSHEE program, pupils are encouraged to analyse their strengths and target their weaknesses.

Specialist teachers throughout the school ensure children flourish in the school’s vibrant, warm and friendly atmosphere. Pupils are heard to read every day in the Pre-Prep department whilst pupils in the Nursery and Reception classes follow a bespoke curriculum which draws on the strengths of the Early Years curriculum whilst crucially offering children, who are ready, the opportunity to read and write at a younger age and to develop their mathematical skills beyond the current levels of expectation. The introduction of this bespoke curriculum has only been possible as a result of the school’s excellent inspections including an ‘outstanding’ grading from Ofsted – the basis on which the school has been allowed to exit the EYFS framework whilst maintaining the funding. This is a fabulous time for the school to build on such solid foundations.

High pupil achievements contribute to the school’s excellent record for when Year 8 pupils move to senior school as well as obtaining senior school scholarships each year.

As pupils approach Year 8 and Scholarship examinations, there is a greater move towards independence. Pupils take increased responsibility for their learning and conduct, as well as obtaining leadership roles within the school, including Prefect status and mentoring Year 3 pupils when in Year 8. Both the school’s Council and Boarders’ Forum provide pupils with a voice and an opportunity to play an active role in the school’s community as well as enhancing ways in which pupils can communicate with staff and the school in general. In their top two years pupils are taught life skills which culminate in an exciting post-Common Entrance programme with a clear focus on fun, adventure and teamwork.


We have separate Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School buildings, a Design & Technology Centre, Music block and new computing suites.

The Outdoor Woodland Classroom, a timber frame building, with a living, sedum roof, acts as a base for Forest School lessons. Plans for the installation of environmentally friendly energy sources such as solar panels and mini wind turbines to create an electricity supply will further enhance this fantastic facility.

The Sports Hall – shared by the Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep departments - provides space and equipment for a multitude of indoor sports, hobbies and clubs. These include PE, hockey, netball, cricket practice, badminton and tennis. Parents are also invited to make use of the facility. Other sport facilities include an indoor swimming pool, high spec Astro Turf, Tennis and Netball courts, Cricket pitches and nets, Rounders and Rugby pitches, Athletics fields, Football areas and an Assault course – including zip-wire and ropes.

Also in the school grounds we have space for golfers to practise, the golf club is located next door to the School, a new Wildlife and Science Pond, Pupils’ Garden, forest area for den building, tree climbing, bush craft and bird watching and we enjoy fishing rights on the Wensum River, which runs through the school grounds. Canoeing also takes place on the river.


Scholarships are available for children aged 7 to 11 in the areas of music, sport, academic and art

Open Days

2018. Teas Tours and Talk: Tues. 27th March, 10am – 12noon. An ideal opportunity to learn more about our outstanding Nursery, Reception and Prep School classes and new building developments starting this Summer. Join us for refreshments, an informal chat with the Headmaster and key members of staff prior and after tours of the School with our Year 8 pupils.

Open Morning for Nursery, Pre-Prep and the Prep School: Sat. 5th May 9am – 12noon. The Headmaster’s welcome will start at 9.30am followed by tours provided by our Year 8 pupils. You will be able to view the children’s work and displays as well as the School’s excellent range of facilities, including our outdoor classroom & pizza oven, all set within our unique 100 acres of woodland ground. Refreshments are offered throughout the morning.

Langley Prep School at Taverham Hall’s Open Mornings take place in September/October, January and May.


2017/2018. Weekly Boarding: £5,925 per term. Flexi-Boarding: £30 per night. Day Fees: Prep Years 3-8 £3,800–£4,585 per term (inc lunch), Pre-Prep Reception - Year 2 £3,325 per term (inc lunch), Nursery (per session) £33.20 (morning), £46.50 (all day).


ISI Inspection reports

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr M Crossley

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall
Taverham Park

[t]: 01603 868206
[f]: 01603 861061

Location Description

Centred around a beautiful neo-Jacobean Hall, the Prep School and purpose built Pre-Prep and Nursery facilities nestle in 100 acres of idyllic woodland in the well known Ringland area situated only six miles from Norwich.

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School News

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As part of their Ancient Egypt topic, Year 3 welcomed Lorraine Theobald from Multicultural Dance to show them how the Ancient Egyptians used to dance.


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music was played, pupils were encouraged to listen carefully and imagine themselves gliding effortlessly along the river Nile on a boat, under the heat of the Egyptian sun. Pupils were given the opportunity to play instruments, dress in traditional Egyptian style and even to try to balance a walking stick on their head, all elements of Egyptian dance.

The pupils were shown a number of Ancient Egyptian dance steps including ‘hip drops’, ‘Hathor kicks’, ‘shoulder shimmys’, and a very energetic move called ‘shimmering heat’!

The staff and pupils all really enjoyed the experience and it will certainly be a memorable morning of the year.

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To view please click on the link – ISI Inspection for Langley Prep at Taverham Hall 2016

Langley Prep and Taverham Hall, two Norfolk based independent preparatory schools have agreed, subject to confirmation from the relevant regulatory bodies, to join forces. The

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merger of the two leading schools will provide a platform to accelerate the goal of becoming not only the number one preparatory school in the region but also to be recognised within the top tier of independent education in the UK.

The current Langley Prep School and Taverham Hall School will combine to become Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall effective from September 2016. The new school will be located at Taverham Hall, a stunning 100 acre parkland estate near Norwich.

Both schools share the same objective of delivering academic excellence and believe in developing and creating a curriculum around the individual’s needs. The educational experience will be wide-ranging, stretching all children to the best of their respective abilities in academic, artistic, sporting, cultural and social activities. This is in addition to the continuation and focus of delivering the best possible level of pastoral care for each pupil. The two schools have a passion for sport and the outstanding facilities at Taverham Hall will provide the platform to advance their sporting achievements to the next level.

With the talented and dedicated teaching staff, pupils will be encouraged to realise their potential both inside and outside of the classroom and in all aspects of school life.

The Governors and Trustees are committed over the coming months to provide a smooth transition for all pupils, staff and parents. The pupils and staff are looking forward to starting a new school year and a new chapter as Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall. “We are very excited by the prospect of the merger, as are the trustees, staff and of course the pupils. It affords both schools wonderful opportunities in all areas of school life, with academia, sport, music and drama all set to benefit greatly from shared expertise and increased investment in facilities. There is a great deal to look forward to in September and a real sense of anticipation” Dominic Findlay, CEO Langley Schools and Mike Crossley Headmaster, Taverham Hall School.

Langley School is a co-educational day and boarding school, which believes in developing student’s potential both in and out of the classroom. We are passionate about sport and serious about education. Langley School (1960) Ltd Langley Park, Loddon, NR14 6BJ. Registered in England No 656498. Registered Charity No. 311270

Taverham Hall Preparatory School is one of the top independent co-educational day and boarding schools in Norfolk for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, which aims to create a community of empowered learners. We believe an education should stretch, inspire and develop every child both in and outside the classroom, whatever their ability.

Taverham Hall Educational Trust Ltd, Taverham Park, Norwich, NR8 6HU. Registered charity no: 311272, Company house registered no: 910504 To learn more about the new school, and its future development plans contact Katie Stoner email, or mobile 07947 748872

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