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.

Consultation outcome to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)

Thank you to all who contributed to the consultation to form a MAT.  I am pleased to advise that The Governing Body will be proceeding with plans to form a MAT with Castle Rock High School and Broom Leys Primary School for the new academic year.

The partnership will be a ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ (MAT) and each school will become equal members of the trust.  The partnership would be known as the Apollo Partnership Trust but each school will keep its own name.

The governors are proud of Newbridge High School and its students and staff and are keen to see the school continue to develop and grow stronger. Working in partnership is essential to this process, forming a MAT will allow us to achieve this. Through a MAT we can collaborate with, learn from, and support other schools.  Collaborative working in a MAT offers many benefits for students and staff; sharing best practice in teaching and learning, curriculum collaboration, extra-curricular opportunities, staff development, finance and human resources, legal services, school improvement structures and governance arrangements. I also believe that by working together we can make our budgets go further and help keep school funding focused on teaching and learning.

There are many different structures across the country of MATs.  As we have not rushed into this decision, we have the benefit of learning from others MAT different approaches.  We have developed a fairly ‘Autonomous’ approach to the MAT, allowing each academy to retain its own identity and only merging services where there is a clear improvement in standards as well as a financial benefit.

In forming a MAT the schools would retain their unique identities whilst sharing some governance arrangements and some support functions such as finance, HR and maintenance. Together we will set up the vision and values underpinning the MAT and the governance structure behind it. In the future there may be other schools that wish to join the MAT, however this will only take place where values are aligned and there is a clear benefit to the MAT as a whole, and our schools.

Ultimate responsibility for the schools in the MAT lies with the Trust Board of Governors which would combine the skills and experience necessary for success with each individual school continuing to have its own local governing board providing the day to day support and challenge for the leadership of the schools.

It is important to emphasise that formation and development of a MAT would be underpinned by our total commitment to maintain and enhance the outstanding work at Newbridge High School and the other schools within the MAT. Our ethos and our standards remain unchanged but our vision is to work with other schools to form a MAT that is rooted in our local community and offers the provisions to enhance the educational opportunities for students and staff.

During the consultation which was very positive and supportive a few questions were raised which I wanted to share with you:

Why the name Apollo Partnership Trust?
Apollo was the ancient God of knowledge.  As the MAT will be a partnership of good academies we all wanted this to be included in the name.  It would have been unwise to use a name such as ‘Coalville’ in case a school should wish to join in the future, that is outside of Coalville.  Changing the name at a later date involves additional costs legally and changing various official documents, bank accounts, stationery, publicity material etc.

Why will the MAT not include King Edward VII School?
King Edward VII School is the only 14-19 school in Coalville.  The initial MAT formation will span the age group of 4 to 14 students.  Initial enquiries with the Regional Schools Commissioner (who manages academy and MAT conversions on behalf of the DfE) advised that based on the current skills and capacity of our initial proposal it is too early to consider including King Edward VII.  This aside, King Edward VII will remain our Keystage 4/5 school and we will continue our close relationship with King Edward VII in the usual way, ensuring that all students enjoy a successful transition.

I will write to you again, once the MAT has been formed and I would like to take this opportunity for your continued support and your positive and supportive comments during the consultation.

Chair of Governors

 

Year 6 Induction

On Thursday 6th July and Friday 7th July Year 6 pupils who will join Newbridge next academic year will spend time at Newbridge to get to know their new class, tutor and have a taste of their new school.

Extensive transition has already begun between schools so we know quite a lot about the children already, especially if your child has special needs of any kind.

On the evening of the Thursday 6th July there will be a parent’s information evening for families (see below).

On the two days the children will:

  • Go to an assembly with the Headteacher, Mr Goacher
  • Spend Tutor Time with their new tutor in the tutor base
  • Have lessons where they get to know other children in their new class
  • Go to break and lunch before the older students
  • Have exclusive use of the Adventure Playground
  • Be accompanied by Year 8 escorts who will help them to know where to go and answer any questions.

Important Information:

Bus

Students who will use the school bus at the start of next term can use the school bus free of charge on the two days with stops at:

  1. The Co-Op (formally the Rose & Crown) 8:15am
  2. Near No. 33 Hensons Lane 8:18am
  3. The Rangers WMC 8:19am
  4. Chip Shop 8:20am

Bus departs Newbridge at 3.25pm (2.55pm on Fridays)

Arrive

School starts at 8.45am.
Pupils should go to the Performing Arts area when the bell goes.
Student Ambassador’s will welcome your child and help with directions.

Uniform

Year 6 should wear their Primary School uniform.
Newbridge Uniform can be collected at the Parent’s Evening (see below for times)

Food

The Diner will be open during for Breakfast, Break-time and Lunch-time service.

A school dinner (during lunch-time service) will be provided free for all Year 6 children on the Thursday enabled by the generosity of our catering suppliers.

Pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals at Primary School will also have eligibility for a free meal deal during lunchtime on Friday.  Newbridge will already have this information and this will be processed automatically.

Pupils can bring their own snacks and lunch if they prefer.

No energy drinks, fizzy drinks, cans or glasses bottles are permitted.
There are no nuts allowed on site either.

Money

Lunch on the Thursday is provided free but students will need some money for snacks at break-time and for Friday lunch.

Please put no more than £5.00 in an envelope with your child’s name and tutor group on the front.

(We operate a cashless catering system and register the children on Thursday. Any monies that remain on their account will be carried over for when they start in September)

Bring to School

Pupils need to bring:

  • Pencil case with pen and pencil
  • Their “All About Me” sheet
  • A change of kit, including trainers, for PE (only groups 6B, 6R and 6G on Thursday)
  • Envelope containing money for snacks and lunch – named
  • Exercise book used at primary school for transition

Home Time

School finishes at 3.15pm on Thursday and 2.45pm on Friday

Parents’ Information Evening
for Year 6 Parents/Carers

The evening starts at 6:00pm with a presentation by the Headteacher, Mr Goacher.

6.00 – 6.45pm

Welcome address in the Sports Hall and information about the iPad scheme.

7.00 – 7.30pm

Meet the Tutor in the Tutor base.

7.30 – 8.00pm

The Diner will be serving “School Dinner Canapes” for you to sample.  Refreshments will also be available. Your child will show you to the Diner where you can share the experience together.
The Diner will also be the base for the Diner for an Information drop-in session to meet SENCo or Senior Staff and the Pastoral Manager .

Uniform collection

Uniform can be collected  between 4.30 – 6.00pm.  If you miss the opportunity to collect uniform, call into the school during the day.

 

The evening will enable you to meet key staff and find out about the coming year, the schools beliefs and ethos.  You will be able to take an informal tour of the school with your son/daughter as your guide if you wish.

Those of you with older children at the school will remember that they really enjoy this evening when they have the opportunity to show their parents their new school.

Due to the nature of the evening it is not suitable for younger children.

One of our tutor rooms is not accessible by wheelchair, so please give us a call if access is an issue and we will swap rooms.

We look forward to meeting you on the 6th July.

World of Work Day 2017

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Year 7 and 8 Students at Newbridge High school in Coalville took part in a special WORLD OF WORK DAY.

On the 16th June when an amazing 56 visitors brought their expertise and experiences into the classroom.

This popular Careers theme day has broken all records this year with so many visitors offering workshops and sessions on:

  • The emergency services ( ambulance/paramedics and fire department)
  • Law and safety (Solicitor and Police)
  • Armed services (R.A.F. and army cadets)
  • Personal services ( Aromatherapy, reflexology, hair and beauty)
  • Performing arts (dance and music generation)
  • Working with animals (exotic species, voluntary care)
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • International HR
  • Property development
  • Transport
  • Land Management
  • Caring for others including childcare

Year 9 students were learning outside the school, work shadowing their parents for the day in the work place.

Judi Warren, Deputy Headteacher said: “This is always one of the most popular days in the school calendar when students begin to see how their learning in the classroom every day is essential for their development towards a successful career. They begin to realise the huge variety of opportunities available to them if they aim high.”

Objectives for the day:

  • To help students to develop an awareness of the demands of work and the various skills/abilities/knowledge required
  • To widen horizons of a variety of careers, further education and volunteering
  • To enable students to recognise and value personal learning and thinking skills common to many careers and opportunities
  • To enable students to see the relevance of their studies at school
  • To help students to be more aware of their likes, dislikes and aspirations
  • To help students to understand and value the concept of “life- long learning”

 

We would like to thank all our guests who have helped to contribute to a fantastic day.

SNAPCHAT PRIVACY WARNING

Warning to all Parents and Students

Snapchat has just launched a new feature which lets other people find out exactly where you are at any given moment.

Snapchat say that this is an opt in feature.

Snap Map lets you share your real-time location, which can be seen on an interactive map precise enough to show not only which street you’re on, but whereabouts you are on that street too.

This is very alarming, there are many privacy and safeguarding implications of this new feature and we STRONGLY urge parents and students to turn this feature off.

How to switch off Snap Map location sharing

  • When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing
  • Photos and videos posted to Snapchat’s public ‘Our Story’ will still be discoverable on the map.

 

OFFLINE AFTER NINE

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  • To sleep properly, young people need uninterrupted sleep where possible.
  • Electronic devices in the bedroom and lighted screens energise. It is recommended that all are switched off at least one hour before you are trying to get to sleep.
  • Young people who are in contact with others late at night are not resting and in many cases are not doing the sort of activities that will help their state of mind or studies the next day.
  • Sleepy children are more likely to make decisions that put them at risk of being groomed.
  • Research from Cambridge University suggests that fourteen year olds who spend an hour a day above the 3 hour average on screens during their leisure time score 9 fewer points at GCSE when the sum of their grades are calculated (equivalent of dropping two grades from a B to a D or from a 6 to a 3).
  • Young people who spend a lot of time on their phone and on social networking sites are not engaged in normal family life.

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Consultation to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)

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April 2017

Dear Parents and Carers, or members of the local community

Consultation to form a multi-academy trust

The Governing Body’s priority is to enable the school to continue to provide an excellent education for our children while protecting the school’s role at the heart of our community and retaining its unique qualities and strengths.  We recognise that the role of local authorities in supporting schools is diminishing and that it is Government policy to encourage effective schools to become Academies.

The Governing Body believes that the best way of driving standards even further forward is for Newbridge High School to extend its role as a Single Academy (as we have been since August 2012) to form a local partnership with Castle Rock High School and Broom Leys Primary School in the first instance.  The partnership would be a ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ (MAT) and each school would become equal members of the trust.  The partnership would be known as the Apollo Partnership Trust but each school would keep its own name.

The governors are proud of Newbridge High School and its students and staff and are keen to see the school continue to develop and grow stronger. Working in partnership is essential to this process, forming a MAT is a formal partnership of schools, all with unique identities and features, working within a single Trust. Through a MAT we can collaborate with, learn from, and support other schools.  Collaborative working in a MAT offers many benefits for students and staff; sharing best practice in teaching and learning, curriculum collaboration, extra-curricular opportunities, staff development, finance and human resources, legal services, school improvement structures and governance arrangements. We also believe that by working together we can make our budgets go further and help keep school funding focused on teaching and learning.

In forming a MAT the schools would retain their unique identities whilst sharing some governance arrangements and some support functions such as finance, HR and maintenance. Together we would set up the vision and values underpinning the MAT and the governance structure behind it. In the future there may be other schools that wish to join the MAT, however this will only take place where values are aligned and there is a clear benefit to the MAT as a whole, and our schools.

Ultimate responsibility for the schools in the MAT lies with the Trust Board of Governors which would combine  the skills and experience necessary for success with each individual school continuing to have its own local governing board providing the day to day support and challenge for the leadership of the schools.

It is important to emphasise that formation and development of a MAT would be underpinned by our total commitment to maintain and enhance the outstanding work at Newbridge High School and the other schools within the MAT. Our ethos and our standards remain unchanged but our vision is to work with other schools to form a MAT that is rooted in our local community and offers the provisions to enhance the educational opportunities for students and staff.

We have prepared the attached document which includes answers to many frequently asked questions.  A feedback form is included within the document for you to return.  If you wish to provide comments on the proposal, please ensure this is sent to the school office by Friday 28th April 2017.

Yours faithfully

Mr Roger Cairns
Chair of Governors

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Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download the Consultation Response Form (pdf version)

Click her to download the Consultation Response Form (WORD version)

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YOU ARE FABULOUS!

Newbridge students and staff got into the true spirit of Comic Relief on Friday 26 March 2017.

We were able to purchase red noses, and to get involved with other fundraising events on the day.  Students arrived at registration to be greeted with the staff lip sync video, their version of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off!  It was a fantastic day and Newbridge raised £385 for the charity.

Well done to the School Council for arranging the successful event.

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