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  • Newstead Wood School
    Avebury Road
    Orpington
    Kent
    BR6 9SA
  • Head: Mr Nicholas Webb
  • T 01689 853626
  • F 01689 853315
  • E office@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk
  • W www.newsteadwo…bromley.sch.uk
  • A mainstream state school for girls aged from 11 to 18 with a co-ed sixth form.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bromley
  • Pupils: 1,000; sixth formers: 236
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Last Saturday in September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th May 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 27th May 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Said one parent, ‘If they’re really not up to and up for it, they won’t enjoy it’ – ie you need to be self-motivated rather than coached to get here. From a range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. ‘They stand out for being bright, self-confident and just getting on with it,’ said one business regularly offering work experience. Building learning and thinking skills starts early; problem solving permeates the curriculum. The extended project in the sixth form is designed to promote independent study. Strong enrichment programme – the usual timetable is effectively suspended for three weeks each year... 

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What the school says...

Newstead Wood School is a hardworking, fun and caring school with a passion for learning, personal development and an outstanding record of achievement. We are exceptionally proud of our students. They are bright and happy young people who enjoy being at school, each bringing unique talents to our community. Supporting their academic studies, we offer a great many extra-curricular activities including fieldwork, exchanges, conferences, lecture programmes, masterclasses and opportunities for leadership, locally, nationally and beyond. Newstead Wood students have freedom and security to be themselves, and many opportunities to follow their interests and aspirations. We know them as individuals and support them to grow as thinking young people and active citizens, ready to take positions of responsibility and leadership on leaving school. We have high expectations and encourage students to be self-motivated so that learning arises naturally through enquiry and research, across different subjects. We know that lively minds come to us well stocked and able to think divergently. Our staff understand very able and gifted students and encourage the appreciation and acceptance of different abilities. Entrance criteria as follows: Must live within 9 mile radius of school. Entrance Exam in September in VR and non VR. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Music at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Critical Thinking at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Untranslated Literature at an English Grammar School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Computer Appreciation at an English Grammar School (OCR National First Award at Level 2)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2016, Nicholas Webb BA PGCE, previously deputy head. Degree in chemistry and geology; worked around the world for a variety of gas and oil companies before training as a teacher. Has taught chemistry and physics in a variety of schools.

Academic matters

Not so much an academic hothouse as the sort of place where if you don't work reasonably hard you're the odd one out. School places great emphasis on staff and pupils 'co-constructing' the learning experience and on staff leadership and development – they should be critical questioners and facilitate, rather than direct, learning. An active school parliament and there are both subject and house captains who feed into decision making and who support fellow learners. In addition to termly reports and annual parent teacher meetings, the pastoral team maintains home-school dialogue.
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Special Education Needs

This is a highly selective school where students perform to high academic standards. Information from the girls' previous schools and our own screening in year 7 identifies any specific learning needs, which can then be addressed either through in-house provision or by the use of external support and guidance. The school has a nurse and a counsellor.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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