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									      General Information about Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre

Newent is a small town of some 4000 inhabitants and is situated ten miles north west of Gloucester city
within three miles of the Herefordshire border. Since we are close to the M50 motorway we have easy
access to Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England.

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre was Gloucestershire’s first purpose built
‘comprehensive’ and the doors were opened in April 1965 to the 650 pupils who moved from the
existing bi-lateral school in the town. More than 40 years on and it is now a thriving Foundation School
of 1300 students, serving the town and the rural community.

We are in the second phase as a Specialist School in the Visual Arts and took on Science as a Second
Specialism from September 2007. We also hold the prestigious Artsmark, Sportsmark and Healthy
Schools awards.

We are staffed by friendly, committed and well-qualified teachers and supported by a network of
dedicated administrative, financial, technical and scientific professionals. Our students are well
motivated and the quality of teaching and learning is high. Our recent Ofsted report in December 2007
confirmed that Newent is a Good school with Outstanding Features.

The school has a strong tradition of academic success with an A*- C GCSE pass rate well in excess of
the national picture (70% A* - C in 2009). As the only 11 – 18 education establishment in the Forest of
Dean area we have a Sixth Form of about 240 students who are following a range of Advanced and
Vocational courses. Approximately 60% of our own Year 11 students ‘stay on’ and we also attract a
number of students from other 11-16 schools.

As a comprehensive school we are proud of our provision for children with special educational needs.
Our SENCo, another full time teacher and a large team of LSWs staff the Learning Support department.

We have a very strong pastoral structure in the school and staff genuinely care about the welfare of the
students. The tutor groups are vertically banded and contain students from Year 7 to 11. Other local
schools have adopted our model for pastoral care, which places all students upon entry to the school
with a Tutor who they remain with for the first 5 years at the school. We have also established a strong
link with the local counselling service, ‘Teens in Crisis’, which supports our pastoral system.

Each tutor group is part of the overall House system and we have three Houses – Collingwood,
Mountbatten and Nelson. Many competitive events are run for the students within the House system
including: Football; Netball; Basketball; Swimming; Sports Day; Quiz and the House Festival.

On the 35 acre campus there are extensive sporting and leisure facilities, including: a floodlit all
weather pitch; sports hall; squash courts; gymnasium; fitness suite and recently re-furbished indoor
heated swimming pool - all of which are for use by the school and wider community. Work has also
recently been completed on a refurbishment of the Sports Centre.

As a Community School we offer a wide range of Adult Education classes, which are held both in the
school and in the dedicated community rooms. On our site there is a Sports Pavilion and a ‘members
only’ (out of hours) bar facility.

Not only can we boast academic success, we have an enviable reputation for high quality extra
curricular achievements in sport, music, drama and visual art. The school’s orchestras have a well-
deserved reputation and our drama productions are highly acclaimed.

Jane Steele
September 2009

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