Open Evening & Guided Tours

OPEN EVENING – Tuesday 25 September 2018
5:00 – 7:00pm

We invite you to the Newbridge Open Evening to look around the school and to meet all the 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 Head of School, Mrs Farragher, will speak to parents about how special Newbridge is and the quality of the education it provides. Mrs Patrick, Chief Executive Officer of The Apollo Partnership Trust will also be on hand and will talk to you about the exciting plans ahead for the education of young people in the Coalville area and what it will mean to you.

At the open evening you can visit the DROP IN ROOM. 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 – Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 October 2018 (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.





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.


GUIDED TOURS – Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 October 2018 (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.

Use the online booking form.  to book an appointment, or call us on 01530 831561 selecting Option 1.  Your appointment will then be confirmed to you via email.

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.

News from the Apollo Partnership Trust

18th May 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

As you are aware, at the beginning of November 2017, Broom Leys Primary School, Castle Rock High School, and Newbridge High School formed a Multi Academy Trust – ‘Apollo Partnership Trust’. This academy partnership has enabled us to work together formally with a focus on progress and outcomes for the young people within our school communities.

In April, Broom Leys Primary School underwent a highly successful OFSTED inspection, in which the trust was praised for its collaborative work.

The trustees also recently appointed two interim Heads of School, Mr Michael Gamble, as Head of School at Castle Rock who commenced this position at the beginning of this summer term, and
Mrs Katrina Farragher as Head of School at Newbridge who will take up the post in August, after the retirement of the current Head Teacher – Mr Stewart Goacher.

In my role as Chief Executive Officer of Apollo and Executive Head Teacher of the two schools, I will be supporting the Heads of School as they lead their respective schools forward in an emerging and exciting new educational landscape.

The Apollo Partnership Trust have been working closely over the past few months with Ms Jenny Byrne, Principal of King Edward VII College, along with staff and governors of the College. We are thrilled that King Edward VII College have expressed a wish to join the Apollo Partnership trust pending consultation and Department of Education approval. Thereby enabling us to work together formally and with accountability to the Apollo Partnership which will span ages 4 to 19.

Our vision, is to enable a whole town approach to ensure the best possible outcomes for the young people of Coalville and its surrounding villages, as they progress through their education. We recognise that in order to achieve this, we need to embed a clear, coherent, first class educational experience. This will enable all of our young people to achieve the success that they not only deserve, but encompassed with their own rigour and determination, is their right. Together, we wish to review our current two tier secondary system, with the intention of forming two secondary schools in Coalville, taught by the same staff, under one employer – Apollo. In reality, this will mean that an 11-16 school will exist on the current Newbridge campus and an 11-19 school on the current King Edward VII and Castle Rock High School campus. The Sixth Form will be shared across the two schools.

We are in the early planning stages of this exciting development and a full consultation will be undertaken in the autumn term 2018, where we will seek the views of all our community stakeholders. Our plan is to turn this vision into reality by September 2020. This will be a gradual change as there are a number of stages within this process, and we will keep all stakeholders fully informed of our developments. We have updated the Apollo Partnership Trust website with frequently asked questions and will of course, ensure that communication is paramount.

We are all totally committed to this vision and firmly believe that this is an opportunity to work together within our Multi Academy Trust to ensure the best educational outcomes, care, guidance and support, in order to equip our young people with the foundations to be the best they can be.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Julia Patrick
CEO Apollo Partnership Trust


Yubo – Formerly Yellow

It has come to our attention that students in the local area are using a social media app called “Yubo”, formerly known as “Yellow”.
The app uses your location and shows you who is nearby or shares similar interests with you, if both users show interest in one another – through swiping right – they are matched and can begin chatting through the app. This may lead to sharing other social media accounts like Instagram and WhatsApp.

There is no way of really knowing who is being communicated with (as with all social media), which poses obvious concerns for us as a school about our students. Whilst we are not aware of students using this at Newbridge, but we would just like to bring this to parents attention.

View our social media page for more information

Year 8 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  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

Charity Non-Uniform Day – Friday 9 February 2018

Students can come to school in non-uniform on  Friday 9 February 2018 for £1.00.  The payment of £1.00 will need to be paid to your child’s tutor during morning registration on Friday.  All proceeds raised will go Cancer Research.

This half term ends on Friday 9 February 2018 and students will be dismissed from school at 2:45pm.

Your child will return to school to start the second part of the Spring Term on Monday 19 February 2018.  We look forward to welcoming your child back.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a great half term.


Safer Internet Day is being celebrated around the world on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

The theme is Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you.

Everyone has their part to play in making the internet a better place, including you! 

Have a look at the tips and resources on the official website to help you make a positive change online, stay safe and help your friends.

A better internet starts with you…

It starts with staying safe online.

Keep your personal information safe and check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and passwords.
Never agree to meet up with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up

It starts with being a good friend.

Remember that behind every screen is a real person. Being kind and positive online is just as important as being kind and positive face-to-face.

It starts with saying sorry.

Even when we’re trying really hard to be a good friend online, things can still go wrong. If you ever upset someone online, even if it wasn’t on purpose, then saying sorry is a really powerful and positive action to take.

It starts with taking a step back.

Being online is great – there are so many fun and exciting things to do! But being connected all the time can get a little stressful. If being online is making you feel worried, upset or confused, it’s always worth taking a step back and having a break from your online activities.

It starts with asking for help.

It’s okay to feel worried or upset by something you see online – just make sure you speak to someone about it! Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that worries you online.

Let’s Talk About … Mental Health

Join us to find out more about Mental Health provisions at the Apollo Partnership Trust Schools.

Meet our Team, hear from our professionals in the field and ask any questions you may have.

5pm on

Wednesday 7 February 2018

at Newbridge High School.

All are welcome.

How to Book

You can call or email to reserve your place at this event.

Tel:  01530 831561