Newhaven School

Newhaven School


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Head's Welcome

Hello and welcome to Newhaven’s website. I hope you find everything you’re looking for within our pages.

Newhaven is a complex organisation, split over three different sites, that provides personalised education and support to a wide range of students who for a variety of reasons are not accessing mainstream education. We believe in providing opportunities for students to become independent and well-rounded individuals ready to embrace all that life has to offer, removing the barriers to learning that have hindered their progress up to now.

Having experienced a wide range of educational settings including special and mainstream secondary schools, I am fully committed to special education, equality and diversity. Through my work with a wide variety of students I have developed an unswerving belief in an educational system that celebrates each individual’s worth and achievements regardless of ability.

I am fully committed to ensuring that all children, whatever their backgrounds and barriers to learning, are given every opportunity to achieve their potential and become valued members of our society. I refuse to accept that students who have failed or been failed by the mainstream education system cannot achieve academically and become fully functioning members of society.

We pride ourselves on being a ‘Thinking School’, one which aims to fully understand the reasons behind student behaviour, enabling us to work with students and their families to break down their barriers to learning and allow them to achieve. We work closely with external professionals, having our own multi-disciplinary team including Educational psychologist, Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language specialists and Art therapists who assist staff and students with all manner of challenges and difficulties.

Our ongoing drive to improve outcomes for our students has resulted in year on year improvements in GCSE qualifications over the past four years which is testament to the quality of staff we employ, our daily focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning and their unrelenting determination for our students to succeed.

I hope you enjoy our website and find everything you may be looking for. Should you have any unanswered questions do not hesitate to contact me.

Martyn Patterson



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