Headteachers Welcome

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Newstead .

 At Newstead we pride ourselves on our successful track record. We believe in giving pupils a fresh start in which they are able to build a strong foundation to set them on the right track to strive for excellence, as well as fostering compassion, moral responsibility and a sense of justice in each member of the school.  We provide good quality teaching and learning and strong pastoral care in our safe, disciplined,  stimulating environment.  Our approach offers increased opportunities and encourages and better enables our pupils to take an effective and active role in society.  We believe in awakening minds, achieving dreams and   serving others, and our curriculum is designed to unlock the potential in our pupils to achieve this.

We serve Key Stage 2 (Years 4, 5 and 6), Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), with very distinct purposes.  For students in Key Stages 2 and  3, our aim is to prepare our students to return to mainstream school, and in Key Stage 4, we aim for all students to leave in Year 11 with a good range of qualifications / accreditation, so that they are able to take their place in society as responsible young adults, who contribute to their  community, by either going into employment, further education or training. We have a successful track record and we strive to improve on our past record year on year.  Our younger students do not mix with the older age range and our site is zoned to enable our  different age ranges to function independently from each other.

 At Newstead all our staff are specifically trained and experienced in working with students with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that often prevent them from succeeding in a mainstream school environment.  All students follow a range of subjects and those in Key Stage 4 also have opportunities to engage in vocational ‘Work Based Learning Programmes ,’ with a range of  providers.  In addition, all students benefit  from our Pastoral and Personal Development Programme.  This is a very important aspect of our work as it is designed to ensure that  all students develop the skills required to enable them to reach their full potential – both educationally and socially.

We believe that a ‘Personalised’ approach best serves the needs of our students.  We have a  number of different key roles employed at Newstead to deliver a whole range of educational programmes.  We have an experienced team of teachers who specialise in particular subjects, who are ably  supported by a talented team of Learning Facilitators.  Our class sizes do not exceed 12 and there is always one teacher and at least one Learning Facilitator  in each lesson.   All our students also have regular access, from day one, to our team of 4 Inclusive Education Mentors, who work very hard to ensure students social needs are  being met and everyone receives a supported warm welcome and exit from our school.  In addition, we have a full time therapist on staff, and we commission the services of an Educational Psychologist, SEN Learning Support Teacher and a Personal Advisor for  advice and guidance planning for beyond school life.

We hope that you find the information on our website useful.  If you have any queries then please don’t  hesitate to contact a member of the Leadership Team – either myself, Mr Devlin (Deputy Head) ,  Mr Riley or Miss Parle (Assistant Heads).

Kindest Regards,

Mike Marshall   -  Head Teacher & Local Authority Head of Service for Inclusion