Headteacher'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. 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.

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 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