Open Evening & Guided Tours

OPEN EVENING – 18 September 2017

The whole school is open for tours, with a chance to meet all teachers including tutors of the new Year 7.

There will be lots of students in classrooms on the evening, proud to demonstrate their learning. The Headteacher, Mr Goacher, will speak to parents about how special Newbridge is and the quality of the education it provides.

At the open evening you can visit the DROP IN ROOM (PC4). This will be an opportunity to meet with Senior Staff, the Pastoral Manager for your child’s year, and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.  You can talk 1:1 about your child and ask any questions you like about any aspect of the school.

GUIDED TOURS – 25 & 26 September 2017 (by pre-booked appointment) 

Tour the school with student tour guides and see us operating on a normal working day.

Meet with senior staff to ask any questions before and after the tour.

Phone school to make an appointment, use the return slip provided with the letter sent to you via your primary school or use the online booking form.

If you cannot make it on these occasions we can arrange for you to come at another time.

We are looking forward to you joining us on Open Evening and for a Guided Tour.

 

OFSTED INSPECTION NEWS

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OFSTED SAYS NEWBRIDGE CONTINUES TO BE A GOOD SCHOOL

Newbridge staff and governors are delighted that the school has retained its ‘GOOD’ rating following its inspection on 7th February. Inspectors praised the quality of teaching and recognised the progress that students make at the school. The report states:

“You have ensured that the quality of teaching is consistently good. Teachers use their good subject knowledge to ensure that pupils develop the skills and
understanding they need to be successful.”

Particularly praised were the quality of safeguarding and pastoral care at the school. The report makes it clear that:

“Safeguarding is effective. Your records show that staff take swift and appropriate action in response to any concerns they have about pupils’ welfare.”

“A number of parents praised the excellent pastoral support at the school. One
wrote, ‘Every child matters at this school. They should be proud of what they have achieved.’”

Stewart Goacher, Headteacher, said, “I am very pleased with the report. The hard work of all our staff, our students, and the invaluable support of our parents, has meant that we continue to provide high quality education for the young people of Coalville.”

Inspectors thought that the governors of the school were effective in holding the senior leadership team to account. Roger Cairns, chair of governors said:
“I am delighted that the school has received the recognition that it deserves.”

Not only is the school offering high quality learning opportunities for all students but Inspectors also found that the school has been effective in supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These students are making good progress, have improved attendance, and are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Inspectors also praised the quality of the school’s assessment system that has been devised in partnership with other local schools.

“You have worked effectively with partner schools to develop your own system of assessment that promotes pupils’ progress across different phases of education. Pupils and their parents have a good understanding of the different pathways.”

Stewart Goacher added: “The school values its partnerships. We recognise that everyone benefits when we work closely with other schools. The school continues on its journey to further improvement, with the aim to ensure all of our young people receive outstanding opportunities. Inspectors agree with our assessment of what we still need to work on. We are determined that the school will continue to improve.”

Inspectors noted that all students liked the range of lunchtime activities available to them and praised the opportunities on offer to students.  No evidence of disruptive behaviour in lessons was found. A room set up to support students with challenging behaviour was seen as effective in providing a safe haven for pupils to receive one-to-one support and counselling and re-engage in their learning.

Special assemblies have been held at the school to ensure that all students know what inspectors think of the school and to thank them for their continuing hard work. A full copy of the Ofsted report is available here.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening

It is important that you attend parents’evening as you will be able to discuss and get advice on how to support your child with their Tutor.

We use INSIGHT for booking appointments so please make sure that you are able to access your child’s profile successfully before the booking section opens.

You can do this by:

  • Going to the INSIGHT logon page
  • Click on INSIGHT.
  • Open INSIGHT – click ‘General’ then ‘Parents Evening’ along the top tab
  • Click on the relevant Parents’ Evening.
  • All tutors/teachers will be listed.
  • Click on the time that you want to see your child’s tutor.
  • Your appointment will then appear on your booking sheet.

 If you are having any difficulties accessing  INSIGHT at home before the booking goes live please phone 01530 831561 or e-mail csharpe@newbridgesch.uk  so that all issues can be rectified promptly.

If you are unable to book at home, please call the school and speak to Mrs Sharpe or Mrs Thompson who will be happy to help. Telephone: 01530 831561

End of Term – Non-Uniform Days

Students can come to school in non-uniform on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December 2017 for £1.00.  The payment of £1.00 will cover both days and needs to be paid to your child’s tutor during morning registration on Thursday.  All proceeds raised will go into School Council Funds.  The School Council will vote on projects in school where the money will be used.

The school term ends on Friday 22 December 2017 and students will be dismissed from school at 12:30pm.  If your child travels on the school bus, the bus has been arranged to collect the passengers at this time.

Your child will return to school to start the new Spring Term on Tuesday 9 January 2018.  We look forward to welcoming your child back in the New Year.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a restful and relaxing festive period.

Newbridge contribute to the Famous Fifty Exhibition

Newbridge are very proud to have been invited to contribute to the Coalville Famous Fifty Exhibition that was launched on Remembrance Sunday at the Coalville Market Hall.

The “Famous Fifty” were specially selected volunteers from the Coalville area of Leicestershire who went to fight on the Western Front in 1914. Due to their mining background many of the men became tunnellers, but only 22 ever returned home.

The idea of honouring the men came from a book titled Fifty Good Men and True by Michael Kendrick.

The Coalville Hero Project CIC took the stories to local schools and groups and with their help, created a version of the ‘Terracotta Army’ – life size cut out soldiers, designed and decorated to represent one of the fifty soldiers.

The squadron of soldier cut outs were assembled at the Coalville Market Hall and unveiled on 11 November 2017 for the Famous Fifty Exhibition.

Newbridge students were honoured to be introduced to three soldiers and their stories. Each cut out chap was named and their background story shared to allow our students to plan how they want to decorate and design the soldier to best represent him.

Our soldiers, who represent William Baker, William Newbold and Charles Hatter, along with the other 47 soldiers, can be visited and viewed on market days until 2 December 2017.

Chelsea’s Choice

On the afternoon of 1 November we are showing a performance of Chelsea’s Choice in school for all Year 9 students. This play, performed by the Alter Ego Theatre Company, deals with the subject of child sexual exploitation. It will be followed up by discussion both with the performers and with your child’s tutor of the issues involved. Below is the information that we have received about the play and to inform you that there is a free showing for parents on the same evening in Leicester. If you would like to attend, please follow the link to access free tickets.

AlterEgo’s Chelsea’s Choice is currently being shown in secondary schools across Leicester city, Leicestershire and Rutland.

To coincide with this and to ensure parents can support efforts to protect their children, a free performance of the 50-minute play is being offered to parents and carers at the Sue Townsend Theatre in Upper Brown Street, Leicester, on Monday, 30 October at 7.30pm.

There are 250 places available and tickets can be booked through Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chelseas-choice-parent-performance-tickets-38802885475

‘Chelsea’s Choice’ is an internationally renowned,  hard-hitting Applied Theatre Production that has proven highly successful in raising awareness around the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).  The play, which has now been seen by hundreds of professionals and over 800,000 young people throughout the UK,  is followed by an actor facilitated post-show talk exploring the issues raised.

It tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea.  Chelsea was a 15 year old girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, met a guy called Gary.  Gary was kind, understanding, had a nice car, had his own flat and listened to her.  Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be!  Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher,  attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.

A trailer for the production can be viewed below:

The play has been seen by thousands of young people & hundreds of professionals & has proven highly effective at covering:-

  • What makes a Healthy Relationship
  • What makes an Unhealthy Relationship
  • Safe Internet Use/Sexting
  • What is Consent
  • The Grooming Process, Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing  models & methods
  • Where to go for help & advice

For adult audiences it also:-

  • Raises Awareness of ‘The Warning Signs of CSE’
  • Raises Awareness of the journey that young people may have been on that has resulted in them being exploited – a journey that can all too easily make it seem as though they have ‘made their own choices’ and can leave them not seeing themselves as victims and fighting against any intervention.

Let’s Talk About It – Mental Health

The first of six sessions, open to all Apollo Trust parents & carers.

As part of the initiative of the new Apollo Trust Partnership, parents and carers from all three schools (Castle Rock, Newbridge and Broom Leys) are invited to a “Let’s Talk About..” information event on Wednesday 25th October.

This will hopefully be the first of six events this year, providing you with the opportunity to meet professionals from different areas of the community and to listen to a short presentation, which will cover some of the topics which may be of concern to you and your children.

Areas such as Mental Health, Knife Crime, Child Sexual Exploitation, eSafety, Radicalisation, and Extremism will be covered by experts in their own field to raise awareness and also offer advice.

The first “Let’s Talk About..” will be led by David Perkins, Mental Health Practitioner at Castle Rock High School, from 6.00-7.00pm. There will be a light buffet and refreshments provided and transport pickup points will be available if required (booking essential).

To reserve a place or for more information please contact Cheryl Pell on 01530 834368 or email cpell@castlerock.leics.sch.uk.

The Parliamentary Review – Newbridge High School Feature

Newbridge High School shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

Newbridge High School appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review.

Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar.

Newbridge High School features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding schools in a document that looks back on the year in schools and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

Roger Cairns, Chair of Governors at Newbridge High School said: “I am always saying that Newbridge is a brilliant school to anyone who will listen. I’m delighted to learn that this news has even reached Westminster!”

Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.

The Prime Minister commented that ‘this year’s Parliamentary Review follows a significant year in British politics’ and this is reflected in the articles from leading journalists and best-practice representatives alike.

The PM’s former cabinet colleague, Sir Eric Pickles, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Review, said ‘it has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.’

The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman concurred, saying ‘Newbridge High School and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.

Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential work and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.

It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.

It is my belief that innovation is contagious, if only it is given the platform to spread. It is the Review’s purpose to provide this platform and I am confident we are fulfilling it.’

An e-copy of The Parliamentary Review can be viewed here:

To view a copy of the document in a different format,  please click here. 

Hard copies of The Parliamentary Review are available from the Newbridge High School.

e-Safety – The ‘Honesty’ App

We would like to make you aware of a new app and website called ‘Sarahah’.

What is Sarahah?

  • An app and website that allows users to send and receive anonymous messages.
  • Users cannot respond to messages but they can “favourite” messages.
  • By default, anyone can leave a message on a profile even if they don’t have an account.
  • Now in the top 20 free apps meaning more people are downloading the app

Why are we posting about this?

  • The Sarahah app has become popular amongst teens and we’re aware that some of our students are already actively using it.
  • The app promotes anonymity – making teens feel like they can hide behind their anonymous screen names and bully others without repercussions.
  • Sarahah is predominantly used to bully other users.
  • There is no filter for explicit content.
  • There is no way to report inappropriate content or threats.

What can parents do?

  • We would advise parents to discuss the dangers of anonymous apps and have their child delete their Sarahah account (if they use Sarahah).
  • Students can link their Sarahah account with their Snapchat account, we advise your child not to do this.
  • Ensure your child knows what is appropriate to send in private and public messages, whether they are anonymous or not
  • If your child has a desire to use apps like Sarahah, please challenge them to give positive and constructive feedback offline instead.

A full video guide covering all aspects of Sarahah can be found below:

As a school we do cover many aspects of anonymity, appropriate online behaviour and social networks in our regular e-safety assemblies and lessons.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding e-safety please do check out our dedicated e-safety section where you can find guidance on many different websites/apps.

Activities Week is now LIVE

You are now able to explore the exciting options available for Activities Week 2018.
Students are to consider the options and make three choices, in preference order, as to what they would like to do in Activities Week.

Students will need to be logged into their account on the website to make their choices.  They will need to click on the “Apps” icon found on the grey tool bar (this will only be visible when the student is logged into their account).  Once this menu is selected, they should select “Activities Week Choice Form”.  Please complete the form and press submit to make your choices.

To see what is on offer, please click on this link.

Any queries should be directed to Mrs Greene.