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  • Newstead Wood School
    Avebury Road
    Orpington
    Kent
    BR6 9SA
  • Head: Mr Alan Blount
  • T 01689 853626
  • F 01689 853315
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.newsteadwood.co.uk
  • A mainstream state school for girls aged from 11 to 18 with a co-ed sixth form.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bromley
  • Pupils: 1,065; sixth formers: 267 (including boys)
  • 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 September 2018, Alan Blount, previously a deputy head here. A graduate of both Exeter (biology and education) and Canterbury Christ Church (masters in leadership and management in education) universities, he taught science at Oxted School and Carshalton Boys Sports College before joining Newstead Wood in 2014.

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...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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