Senior School co-curricular

Read about the vast and varied opportunities on offer outside the classroom at Langley School. Activities and CCF enrich everyday life at Langley, constantly presenting new challenges, while Debating and MUN are additional co-curricular options to push pupils even further. Sport is one of our strengths here at the Senior School and the Langley Football Academy is highly renowned in its own right. Discover more here.

The Combined Cadet Force is a phenomenal organisation for training, experience and leadership. Run by ex-service personnel and teachers, Langley’s CCF is a prime example of service to the community. Cadets develop adaptability, resilience and confidence through courses such as Cadet Leadership, Navigation, First Aid and Survival Training. As all Year 9 pupils take part in CCF, everyone gets to experience this impressive offering.

Debating has given me the opportunity to improve my public speaking and also the ability to articulate my thoughts and ideas.’ Students will tell you how much they get from debating, particularly during ‘Pizza and polemic’ events, in which we invite a number of schools to debate topics such as compulsory voting and vaccinations. The pizza goes down very well too.

From Monday to Thursday, the final lesson of the day is an Activities session. We believe that an all-round education comes from a blend of academia and wider opportunity so, each term, pupils chose from more than 80 options, from Duke of Edinburgh to science specialisms, to fantasy share trading. Pupils can try new things, develop passions and broaden their horizons.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

Our Senior School library is open from 08:40 to 16:40 every day, and presents a relaxed space for students to read, play board games, catch up with their homework or have a quiet chat with friends.

The library is home to a host of fiction and non-fiction titles, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines and study materials, with resources catering for a diverse age range of pupils and students; from those who have recently joined us at the beginning of their Senior School journey, to our Sixth Formers who will soon leave to commence new adventures.

It is our belief that every young person has the right to enjoy reading, and it is thus our mission to promote and instill a love of reading for pleasure in each pupil who passes through Langley School. We understand that for some children reading can be very difficult, which often restricts their capacity to really enjoy a book. Therefore, we have an exciting selection of dyslexia-friendly books, and we are eager to start working alongside the Boarding House and our EAL Department (English as an Additional Language) to ensure the provision of resources for our international students.

We believe that the wider school can benefit from the library and its wealth of resources both academically and in a pastoral sense. Evidence has shown that reading can reduce stress levels by 68%, faring as the best method of relaxation when compared to listening to music, going on a walk, playing video games or even drinking a cup of tea (Chiles, 2009). Considering the facts, we are excited to build stronger connections with our Pastoral Hub over the next academic year, consistently working to maintain the wellbeing of our students.

Owing to the library being a fun and social environment, it is frequently utilised for enrichment and co-curricular activities such as the Reading Café, and also for the hosting of literary-themed events including Author Visits, Roald Dahl Day, and Chiller Week.

We encourage an active involvement from all of our young people, who can choose to become ‘Student Librarians’ or may volunteer with the running of library events in contribution to their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. For more information, please email

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin

Each lunchtime we run various activities from our Languages Library, Women in STEM, to an Eco Club and Coding Club. Pupils can try new things, develop passions and broaden their horizons. We are also running Year 11 activities to support with their GCSE’s.

See our Lent Activities for 2023 here

MUN events recreate real-life diplomatic summits to discuss, debate and negotiate Bills, Acts and global issues. At the start of 2020, twelve Langley students travelled to Wycombe Abbey for a three-day MUN conference, developing leadership and cultural empathy. We ranked 1st and 4th for the best interviews in the Security Council.

The Arts also enjoy a strong profile in the school. Pupils and students have opportunities to become involved in the many and varied arts activities on offer from the House Music Festival and individual music lessons to being involved in Musical Theatre Productions, being part of the School Choir and Art Enrichment classes.

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