Newhaven School

Newhaven School



Dear Parents and Carers,


I am writing to keep you up to date with the current situation in school with particular regard to Covid 19. It has been lovely welcoming your children back to school this term and they have made a really positive start with good engagement and behaviour. As I have walked round the school, it’s been my pleasure to see so many engaged and interested young people working hard in class. Long may it continue!

We continue to work hard to keep the school safe with lots of hand washing and social distancing. The school is divided into three bubbles- King’s Park, PRU and NEST to reduce the risk of transmission across the school. Some staff have to work across the bubbles (including me) but we are taking extra care that we are following the risk assessment.

So far 11 staff have had to isolate due to family members who have displayed symptoms or contact with people who have later tested positive. They have all returned to work after negative tests. This has caused us some difficulties and the need to use more cover teachers than usual especially as tests have become harder to get. The turn-around for a test has moved from 24hrs at the start of term to 4/5 days as of now. We have also had a handful of students isolating but again, no positive tests. Please help us all to stay safe by following guidance and isolating if any of your household have symptoms of coronavirus:

  • High temperature

  • New cough where you keep on coughing. This means coughing a lot for more than

    an hour or three or more episodes of coughing in a day

  • Losing or there being a change to your sense of smell or taste

  • Sneezing and a runny nose are not considered indicators of Covid 19 so your child can still come to school if they are well enough. The table below will help you work out if and when your child should stay off school.

23rd September 2020




My child has Coronavirus Symptoms

  • Do not come to school

  • Contact school

  • Self-isolate for 10 days

  • Get a test

  • Inform school immediately about test result

Test comes back negative

My child tests positive for Coronavirus

Do not come to school Contact school
Self-isolate for 10 days Inform school 
immediately about test       result

When they feel better, they can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste.
These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection has gone

Somebody in my household has Coronavirus symptoms

Do not come to school Contact school
Self-isolate for 14 days Inform school 
immediately about     test result


The household member tests negative

Somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus

Do not come to school Contact school
Self-isolate for 14 days

Your child has completed 14 days self- isolation

NHS test and trace have identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus

Do not come to school Contact school
Self-isolate for 14 days

Your child has completed 14 days self- isolation

Somebody in my household (not my child) has had close contact with someone who has tested positive

Come to school unless the person develops symptoms then   isolate for 14 days

Straight away if the person has no symptoms.




We are absolutely committed to keeping the school open if we can. The school will continue to remain open unless:

  • There is government guidance telling us to shut.
  • We have a positive test amongst staff or students. I will then get advice from the
  • Dept. for education and they will tell us if we have to shut or partially shut. If this happens we will return to online learning as we did during lockdown.
  • If the number of staff self-isolating make us unable to stay fully open. In these circumstances we will close partially at first and prioritise staying open for exam groups from years 11,12 and 13.

I am hopeful that none of this will happen and we can just get on with it!

Finally, it would be helpful if you could click one of the links below and complete the 2 minute survey to help us know how you are feeling. Please also, phone the school if you need support with any matters including those relating to Covid.


Yours faithfully,


Jon Kelly Head Teacher Newhaven 


Gardens Survey:


King's Park Survey:








Dear parents, carers, students and friends,


I am writing to let you know that Newhaven School is appalled and outraged by the murder of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with our students, their families and all those across the world who are angry, distressed and grieving for his loss.


As a school, we are committed to equality for all and the Black Lives Matter movement is important to us because there are members of our community who continue to suffer racism and brutality. Some people will say that all lives matter and of course they do. We recognise that many of our community suffer from prejudice because of their social class, sexuality, gender, disability and a range of other characteristics. However, not all lives are affected and endangered by individual and systemic racism and to say ‘all lives matter’ at this time undermines the serious impact of racism in our society today. We know that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people are more likely to be excluded from school, stopped and searched, imprisoned, are less likely to be found in higher paid jobs and powerful positions and more likely to die of Covid-19 than white people. We know that this is a legacy of hundreds of years of slavery and imperialism and despite the progress that has undoubtedly occurred since I grew up in 1970s London, we still have a long way to go.


As a school, we have been working on our curriculum and our systems to ensure that they teach our students about the world and give them the knowledge they need to effectively fight racism where they can. We are also closely examining our own systems and processes to ensure that we challenge and minimise our own institutional racism.


I am also aware that many of you will have difficult conversations about racism with your children at this time and so I have included some links as well as some other resources you may find useful.


Further Information:






General articles:


Black Lives Matter -


Reading list -


Systemic Racism -


Clara Amfo anti-racism speech praised –


Alison Hammond -


What you can do


Charities -


Donations -




Petitions -



Finally, to repeat that as a school and a collective of individuals, Newhaven is committed to fight against racism and stands in solidarity with all those around the world who suffer racism and all those who oppose it. Please contact me through the school website or by phone if you would like to discuss this further.


Yours Faithfully,


Jon Kelly




Safeguarding Policy Update: Coronavirus Appendix March 2020

Newhaven receive Autism Education Trust Award


Kings Park are delighted to have gained the Autism Education Trust award, in recognition of the high quality provision in place for our students. The award recognises excellence in four key areas - meeting the needs of the individual pupil, building relationships, curriculum and learning and creating effective environments. Standards were assessed and met in all four categories, with evidence being collated from across all aspects of school life. This has been the culmination of a 2 year journey, where we have evaluated our provision and practise across all areas of school life - gathering evidence from all members of our community, especially the students. The award celebrates the extent to which our good practise is now embedded within our daily practise, enabling  our young people to develop positive peer relationships, actively engage in learning with enjoyment and have high hopes and aspirations for their future.




Dear Parents/Carers,
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.
Yours Sincerely,


Jon Kelly (Headteacher)

OFSTED Final Report

Curriculum Guide and Options Booklets

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Head’s Welcome

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. 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.

Through 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 society.

Central 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 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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