Firstly I would like to announce that Langford Village Primary School has successfully built on last year's Bronze Sports Award and has been awarded GOLD!!! We are delighted by this and hope to consolidate the hard work that started last year and move forwards by introducing more Level 1 and Level 2 opportunities for pupils. We look forward to continuing our sporting partnership with Ignite Sport, who will continue to deliver high quality outdoor PE sessions as part of the sporting curriculum, as well as offering additional after school clubs to both Key Stages 1 & 2.
'Langford Village Community School is extremely committed to all aspects of the School Games, through participation, leadership, values and ethos. I consider them to be a strong Gold Award school'. Carl Hamilton - School Sports Coordinator
We pride ourselves on our participation in local and regional festivals and celebrate the many successes we achieve as well as engaging with local sporting groups who have provided opportunities for the pupils to sample different sports. Pupils from across the school participate in a range of Level 1 competitions each term as part of the planned curriculum. In addition to this, the school is part of 'The Cooper School Family Sporting Partnership' and teams regularly complete in Level 2 festivals. We ensure our planning and delivery support ALL pupils and are differentiated to ensure everyone takes part and develops to their own potential. We plan and support pupils with SENDS and Miss Fowler is the named contact for Inclusion. This academic year has seen us participating in the Year 5 & 6 Netball Festival at 'The Bicester School' (2 mixed teams), Year 5 & 6 Hockey Festival at 'The Cooper School' and winners of The Plate competition; Year 3 & 4 Football festival (2 teams). We also entered over 80 children in the Bicester Cross Country festival. Following the successes we had at this festival, we then qualified for the finals in Banbury taking 24 children who came in the top 20 in the heats. Last year saw us sending the Year 5&6 boys team to the finals and winning, this year sees us building on this success through our popular cross country coaching and will be sending Year 3 & 4 Boys team, Year 5 & 6 Boys and Year 5 &6 girls team to the County Finals on Friday 31st March. We have entered teams into the area tennis festival and were victorious in the U9 section. Selection is difficult as we have so many pupils (largest primary in Bicester) and are limited to taking 1 or 2 teams only. It is for this reason, that we are engaging pupils in Level 1 competitions and also providing more clubs and signposting pupils to clubs in the community (see new page with further details, including SEND groups).
To ensure ALL pupils are able to access the curriculum for PE, we have a lead contact. This is Miss Fowler who is PE Coordinator. This role ensures that planning is tailored and differentiated to support pupils with additional needs and that medical concerns and support plans are shared with practitioners to ensure ALL pupils can participate in physical activity. If you have any concerns regarding your child's participation in PE lessons, please see your child's class teacher in the first instance.
Within the 'Local Sporting Organisations and Clubs' there are listing for activities for children and young people with disabilities. Further information can be found by
Wednesday 22nd May - Years 3 - 6 Quadkids at The Cooper School
Wednesday 5th June - U11 Cricket tbc
Monday 11th June - Summer Fun
Wednesday 3rd July - Girls U11
On Monday 26th November, 10 boys from Years 5 and 6 attended the first round of a national footall competition held at Oxford City Football Club. The competition was for Gifted and Talented football players. As the school's boys team have been successful within the Bicester School's league it was a great opportunity to push the current team to another level.
The boys played 5 games in their pool and comfortaby won all 5 with amazing attacking displays and tight defending. The team were strong and gelled well to showcase the talent that they have. As a result, they progressed to the Quarter finals where they met tougher competition, however, their dogged determination, blistering pace and excellent passing pushed them to their 6th win.
Now through to the Semi Finals to face Windmill Primary School, Oxford who had won all of their games. The boys pushed themselves, maintained their discipline and shone. Sadly however, they conceded a goal and lost the game. There were tears of frustration and disappointment however, everyone who watched them from the coaches, staff and teams from other schools, were all impressed and could see why they had earned the reputation as being th best from Bicester. Well done to all involved and special thanks to Mr Gubbins and Mrs Simpson.
Team: Back row - Lewis Hawkins, Jacob Neptune, Sam Lawrence, Maddox Moore, Taylor Dixon
Following on from the boy's competition on Monday, the girl's football headed to Oxford City Football Club for their competition. Once again, their reputation precded them and we were warmly welcomed. The girls had played a tough game on Tuesday night against Kings Meadow and were determined to do well .
The pool stages began and our first match started well, clear accurate passing. We were able to push forwards from the beginning and saw us take the lead with a blistering goal from Lucy Willoughby. This settled some nerves and the tempo increased. Lucy, Asha and Jessica weaving thtough their midfield and defence. A further goal from Lucy and 2 from Jessica saw us 4 - 0 up. A break from the other team resulted in us conceding a goal inspite of the valinat attempts by Grace in goal. A mistake under pressure from our forwards and midfielders saw us 5 - 1 winners from an own goal. A great first game and a good goal tally.
The second game saw Isla, Emily and Charlie come on and play brilliantly against a stronger team. Tight marking was needed and Belle Webb was given the task of man marking their key player. Her resilience, determination and nerve were on display - an excellent player who ensured that we were held to 1-1 draw. A much more defensive game where so many of our girls shone! Brilliant goal keeping on show by Isla, ensured that thier shots did not go in.
Our last game in the pool stages, saw us take on another tough team and the ppressure was on to get a win to ensure progression to the Semi Finals. Subs were used to ensure that we had fresh legs on the pitch, allowing players to make the best of situations, frustrate their defence and stop thier forwards in their tracks. Laila and Emily in defence, ensured that the opposition were kept at bay. While the strong midfielders tore through their defences. A 2 - 0 win ensured we were in key position to make it through but a lost rested on the final game in our pool with Phil and Jim's needing to score 4 goals to take pole position. Thankfully they won by 2 goals to 1 meaning that Langford were through the semis!!!
Our semi final opposition were Phil and Jim's whose boys team had won on Monday. They were hopeful of a finals place. The game was tense, with some minor injuries and subs being used to ensure that we were 0-0 at half time. The second half started and we pushed forward and were dominant in posession. Sadly, we were unable to get a goal inspite of several shoots by Lucy, Jessica, Belle and Asha. The defensive line of Emily and Laila made it tough for anyone attempts to get through. Extra time was added and the team rallied, knowing that they had to push hard and dig deep. With a minute to go, and a GOALLLLL!!!!! We had done it, we had made it through to the finals. The girls were exhausted but knew it would all be worth it.
THE FINAL: Having come runners up in the pool stages, Sir John Fisher had won their semi final game and so we faced them again. Knowing that we needed to ensure their key player was kept at bay, Jess Garside stepped up and took on the challenge. The pressure was on. Lucy, who had picked up a knock to her ankle pushed on and led the team, running circles around their midfielders. The whole team pulled together with subs cheering and showing their support. The game was tense and the opposition were getting frustrated and unsettled, conceding free kicks with our girls capitalising from them. The pressure paid off and we took the lead from an own goal, not long later a further goal secured our place as winners!
Langford Girls Vs Kings Meadow Girls
26/11/18 – KO 3.30
The Langford Girls team arrived at Kings Meadow on a wet and windy Tuesday afternoon. All twelve girls were ready to kick-start their first game of the season, against a tough Kings Meadow team. The first half line up was as followed: Eva Lefebvre in goal; Emily Durrant and Grace Baird in defence; Jess Garside and Gracie Tomlin in midfield; and Asha Butler and Maja Kiereta up front. This left Belle Webb, Lucy Willoughby, Laila Higginson, Charlie O’Hara and Isla Dunn on the bench.
When the whistle blew, Kings Meadow took kick off. The game was pretty even throughout the first half, but Langford managed to have more of the possession. Asha Butler managed to get a few good shots away, but the opposing goalkeeper looked very strong. After about ten minutes, Kings Meadow managed to score their first goal. They scored after a scrappy low corner, which Eva was unable to stop. Two minutes later, Kings Meadow scored a second goal, after their striker broke through our defence and scored a good long-range goal. 2 – 0 Kings Meadow.
Lucy Willoughby was brought on with five minutes left in the first half. However, Kings Meadow managed to keep the score line at 2 – 0.
A few changes were made to the team at half time, with Asha now in goal; Laila and Isla forming our new defence; Belle and Lucy moved into midfield; and Eva played alongside Charlie up front. The girls started the second half brilliantly. Within a few minutes, Lucy ran from half way up the right wing. She finished her run by crossing the ball into the box, where Belle tapped the ball in. 2 – 1…the comeback is on!
After five minutes, the Langford girls had managed to win a corner. Lucy stepped up to take the corner, which she smashed towards the goalkeeper, who spilled the ball into the net…2 – 2!
Langford’s third goal came after Belle received the ball from Eva. Belle then dribbled towards the edge of the box, and smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner. 3 – 2! What a comeback! Another change was made for the last 7 minutes, with Jess replacing Isla.
The game continued with Langford controlling the match, but unfortunately, they gave away a free kick on the edge of their box. Kings Meadow’s striker stepped up and scored a brilliant free kick into the top corner….3 – 3.
With seconds to spare, Jess nearly managed to score another goal, but sadly hit the ball wide. The game ended with an exciting 3 – 3 score.
After being 2 – 0 down at half time, and to come back with 3 goals in the second half showed excellent determination. They have ended with an important draw against a tricky opponent.
A special shout out to all the girls, who showed a brilliant attitude to come from behind, and with some of those girls playing their first ever competitive match.
By Belle Webb and Jess Garside (Year 6)
Langford A Vs Kings Meadow A
26/11/18 – KO 3.30
The Langford A team arrived at Kings Meadow on a wet and windy Tuesday afternoon. The boys were ready to start their second game of the season, against a typically tough Kings Meadow team. Due to a shoulder injury, Lewis Hawkins was unable to attend, but the other eight players were ready to play. James started in goal, with a defensive pairing of Taylor and William J; Sam and Jacob formed our midfield dynamic duo; and Maddox and Thomas leading the front line. This left Leo Simpson on the bench.
The matched started well, with Langford dominating possession. However, Kings Meadow were solid in defence. The breakthrough finally came after 10 minutes, when Jacob tiptoed round Kings Meadows defense, before squaring the ball to Maddox, who calmly finished making it 1-0. A second goal soon came when Sam set up the ball for Maddox, who finished with a strong strike into the bottom left hand corner…2-0! An impressive third goal came after Sam went on a ‘Messi-like’ run, beating three players in the process, before setting up Maddox for his hat trick…3-0! Langford continued to hunt for more goals. The half ended after Maddox won the ball back in midfield, before passing out to Jacob. He then dribbled the ball to the byline and crossed it to the unmarked Thomas styles, who fired it into the roof of the net…4-0 HT
A message of ‘keep this up!’ came from the Managers for the match, Mr Holt and Mr Craft.
The whistle blew and within a few minutes, Kings Meadow scored a great goal, which was smashed into the roof of the net. 4 – 1. This was somewhat of a wakeup call for the Langford players. The players upped their energy levels once more, and within a few minutes had extended the lead to 6-1, after goals from Sam and Maddox.
With the game still ebbing and flowing, James Mackay showed his class between the sticks, with a ‘point blank’ save with his left foot to deny a definitive second goal for Kings Meadow. This was followed only two minutes later, when he made yet another great save, tipping the ball around the post with an outstretched right hand.
The game ended with a final flurry from the Langford players. Sam headed the ball on towards Maddox, who lifted it first time with a no look pass to Jacob. He then ended the move with a finish into the bottom corner. Finally, Jacob once again found himself in some space on the right flank. Taking his time to see his options, he spotted the unmarked Maddox, and lifted the ball to his feet. Maddox finished the game off with a final shot into the bottom corner….8-1 FT.
Well done the boys, who have now won their first two games of the season.
Special mention goes to James Mackay, who despite having long periods of the game with very little to do, was able to stay alert, making a series of fine second half saves. Well done! Impressive work James. A second shout out goes to Maddox Moore, was simply on fire in front of goal today, scoring an impressive 5 goals and helping out in the buildup for the other 3.
It was the time of year once more, for the annual Bicester primary schools swimming gala. This years’ team, which was made up of children from Year 5 and 6, had big shoes to fill, with Langford finishing in the top three over the past two years.
Ready and eager to go, the Langford children were filled with optimism, confidence and eagerness to do their very best. Langford were given lane 1 for their races, and faced many strong swimmers, who represented 12 different schools from around the Bicester area. However, Langford started with some impressive displays from the off. All children won their own individual races, across the four different strokes (Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle). Evidently, the Langford swimmers had plenty to cheer about and this was matched by the parents and family members who came along to support for the morning.
The final two races were the relays – Medley relay and the Freestyle relay. Both the boys and girls won their relay races by at least a pool’s length – impressive displays all round.
The result were then collected and Langford were announced as first place overall. Well done Langford! We have now qualified once again for the North Oxfordshire finals, which will take place during Term 3. Good luck! The team would like to thank the parents who came to cheer and Mrs Tatineni who accompanied them for the morning.
Langford Gala team (from left to right): Jack Green, Thomas Sames, Holly Whaymand, Maddy Sollis, Anoushka Tatineni, Isla Dunn, Thomas Styles and Maddox Moore.
Girls team: Anoushka Tatineni, Holly Whaymand, Maddy Sollis, Isla Dunn.
Boys team: Jack Green, Thomas Styles, Thomas Sames, Maddox Moore.
North Oxfordshire U11 Swimming finals – 4/2/19
After finishing in 1st place at the Bicester Swimming Gala back in December, all of the Langford swimmers were excited to get back into the pool, at the North Oxfordshire finals in Banbury.
The format of the competition remained the same, with each team member competing in two relay races (the freestyle relay and the medley relay) as well one individual race – either freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly. The children opted to keep the same options in both the medley relay and individual strokes – why change a winning formula?
The children were expecting to face some very stiff competition, and this only led to more determination from both of our teams. Both teams performed amazingly, with Langford producing the loudest cheers all morning.
The boys faced up against some very strong opponents, and can certainly come away from the competition feeling very proud of their performance in the water. Although they did not manage to finish in the top two, they can be proud of their 4th place finish.
The girls team however, went on to produce another spectacular performance by securing two 2nd place finishes and four 1st place finishes - ending the morning in 1st place overall. This team of four will now qualify for the Oxfordshire county finals this summer. It is worth noting that Langford has not gone this far in the competition for many years - well done girls!
Well done to Langford girls for this huge win at the start of a new year. Let's hope for more of the same!