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.





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  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 takes part in UK Engineering Challenge

Students took part in an IET Faraday Challenge Day (FCD). The students became  real-life engineers for a day when they researched, designed and built solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

This year’s challenge was in association with THORPE PARK Resort but the brief for the young engineers is shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research. Teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.

Holly Margerison-Smith, IET Faraday Education Manager, said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year will experience working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to THORPE PARK Resort. The Challenge Days will give them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety a career in engineering can offer and just how exciting and creative engineering is.

“There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we’re confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and inspire the next generation.”

Dawn Childs, Merlin Group Engineering Director, said: “Having developed my engineering career in several large organisations, it’s clear that there’s a growing skills gap in roles where education in STEM subjects are vital. I’m pleased to see that Merlin attractions led by THORPE PARK Resort, is inspiring potential future engineers through The Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Faraday Challenge. Engineering can be creative, exciting, hands-on or office based; the diversity is amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing how the teams do and I hope this brings the best out of all those involved.”

The events aim was to encourage our young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.

Each team member in the winning group was awarded a prize and a trophy. The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final at THORPE PARK Resort in 2018 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

The Faraday Challenge Days are part of a wider Faraday education programme, made up of a whole host of teaching resources and activities to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow.

Young Chef of the Year Coalville

Seven amazing young chefs took part in this prestigious event this year held at Newbridge.

Judges, Ruth-Andre Evans and Steph Gothard, were really impressed by how challenging the menus were and how incredibly talented the young people turned out to be.

After two hours of tense competition the winners were announced and congratulated by Chairman of the Coalville Rotary club  Peter Twyneham.

Congratulations to all who took part.  It was a fantastic event and you should all be very proud of your achievements.

The Rotary Young Chef of the Year 2017 finalists.

Anti-Bullying Week

As part of our Anti Bullying week, students at Newbridge High School took part in a variety of assemblies and activities throughout the week.

A student ambassador helped to deliver the Assemblies to his peers.  The Assemblies covered topics that helped to educate how bullying can effect a victim.  Whilst also highlighting how bullying could present itself.

Students also participated in lessons that focused upon anti-bullying and being kind to all.

What can I do if I think my child is being bullied?  Click on this link for further information.

If you are concerned about Internet Safety, please see our comprehensive information on this page for further guidance and help.

Newbridge Remember

Newbridge students and staff, supported the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal Campaign by selling poppies and other items to raise money for the charity.

We wore our poppies with pride as we remembered our fallen heroes.

Mr Goacher and members of the School Council lay the Newbridge wreath on our War Memorial as a mark of respect and act of Remembrance.



Annual Harry Potter Quiz

Newbridge Library hosted an event that is becoming a firm favourite on the school calendar, The Harry Potter Quiz.

Students were invited to sign up to participate in the quiz that happened during a lunch time session.  Madam Whitham and her able assistant Madam Zake led the session of quick fire Harry Potter questions.

The participants were sorted into Houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Rawenclaw or Slytherin, they form the teams.  The teams had an iPad buzzer to add to the quick fire tension.

The questions were varied covering all aspects of the Harry Potter series, from the simplest of question to the most obscure.  We had some true fans in the quiz as they knew even the most minute details making for a competitive quiz.

The final rounds of the session saw contestants going head to head.  Slowly, one by one, players were knocked out of the round when their opponent answered the question correctly, in answering the question correctly they progressed to the next round.

The final was tense.  Three questions stood between the two contestants and the bragging rights to be named the Harry Potter Champion 2017.  The Library fell silent and the questions were posed and within moments we had our champion.

A fantastic session, all students that took part had a great attitude and showed tremendous sportsmanship congratulating the winner.

We are looking forward to next year’s quiz.