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.

 

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.

Tutor Parents’ Meetings – Tuesday 10 October 2017 2:00-6:00pm

Governors have agreed that the school will close at 1.45pm that day and that the Parents’ Evening will run from 2:00pm. Students will be allowed to leave following a brief registration period, but should come with their parents for the meeting with their tutor. The meeting will involve a discussion over how well your child has settled into their new year group and early signs of progress or concerns.

If you wish your child to remain at school until 3.15pm, we will be able to arrange supervision. However it would be helpful to know in advance. Therefore, I would be grateful if you would send an email to info@newbridgesch.uk stating your wish.

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.

This year we are using our new online system INSIGHT for booking appointments so please make sure that you are able to access your child’s profile successfully before the booking section opens on Monday 2 October 2017 at 9am.

You can do this by:

  • Go onto the INSIGHT LOGON PAGE
  • Enter you USERNAME & PASSWORD
  • Open INSIGHT – click ‘General’ then ‘Parents Evening’ along the top tab
  • Click on the Autumn Term Evening.
  • All tutors 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 on 2 October please phone 01530 831561 or e-mail csharpe@newbridgesch.uk  so that all issues can be rectified promptly.

 Thank you in advance for working with us to provide the best possible outcome for your child.

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

Students AIM HIGH at Newbridge

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.