As you already know, Newhaven had its four yearly Ofsted inspection on the 20th-21st November. I am really pleased with the report as I think it sums us up just right and really gives a flavour of the Newhaven School community. I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the parents that were involved with the inspection. Your comments and support were really touching. I'd also like to thank the students as they were, as usual, a credit to themselves, you and the school. I have enclosed a copy of the report for you to read and have to say it is a real vindication of what we are trying to achieve with the school. Finally, I have to say thank you to the staff. Their understanding and care for your children combined with their dedication to Newhaven and hard work are making this all possible. Please get in touch if you want to discuss anything in the report.
Hello and welcome to Newhaven
School. This is an exciting and dynamic place to learn and work where we aim
for all our students to gain the skills, attributes and experiences that
prepare them for genuine opportunities in life. It is a place where we
celebrate the diversity of our students and their families and work hard to
ensure that we are an inclusive community. Having worked in a wide range of
schools including mainstream and special, I truly believe that the work we do here
makes a massive difference to our students’ futures, giving them a genuine
chance to follow their dreams and realise their ambitions.
the breadth of our curriculum and our focus on non-academic attributes
alongside the traditional subjects taught, Newhaven School offers a supportive
environment for our young people to overcome the barriers to learning that have
brought them here and to develop their talents so they can take full advantage
of their skills and abilities. Our focus on bespoke support and the dedication
of our staff working together means that our student’s develop their voice,
gain a keen sense of right and wrong and the ability to argue for their rights
whilst recognising their responsibilities as fully participating members of
to all this is supporting our students to develop the skills they need to
develop healthy, happy relationships. Through team building, co-operation and
collaboration with others, young people at Newhaven maximise their potential as
social human beings, understanding the needs of others whilst recognising the
importance of listening as much as building the confidence to communicate
positively with those they meet at home, school and in the wider community.
To these ends, we are a
‘thinking’ school who always try to understand what is going on for our young
people before we decide on how to act. We work closely
with external professionals and have our own multi-disciplinary team comprising
Educational psychology, Clinical Psychology, Speech and Language therapy, Art therapy, Music therapists
and our police officer, which assists staff and students with all manner of
challenges and difficulties.
We also work closely with a range of external agencies such as children’s
services and Camhs.
Newhaven is a safe place where
we seek to make all our students and their families welcome, where we can laugh
and cry together and where, whatever the situation, we will always do our best
to get it right and get the right outcomes for our young people. I am immensely
proud of our successes over the six years I have worked here be it a student
learning to put things right for the first time or speaking in public about
their lives, from sitting their first exam ever to getting the grades they need
for college or a training place.
I hope you find all the
information that you are looking for in these pages but if not, please do not
hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.
Jon Kelly (Headteacher)
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