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Prospectus 2017
Headteacher:            Mrs. LJ Perry, B.A. (HONS) M.Sc. NPQH
Chair of Governors:     Mr. DM Gray

      Newbridge School, Bridge Street, Newbridge, NP11 5FR

                        (01495) 243243
                        (01495) 248808
                        (01495) 248921

Dear Parents / Carers

I am delighted to welcome you to Newbridge School.

Newbridge is a ‘Centre of Excellence’ where we inspire all our young people to succeed and excel.

We are a high achieving school where your child is offered the best education and educational

This year our pupils achieved 93% A* - C and a 98% overall pass rate. We have over 1400 A* / A
grades achieved over the last 4 years, 95% pass rate in Welsh Baccalaureate and our top performers
achieved between 12 and 17 A* – A grades over the last 6 years.

                                  A* - C (Level 2) – 93%
                                  A* - G (Level 1) – 98%
                                  440 A* / A grades achieved in 2017

Our pupils achieve these high standards through the professional skill, expertise and care of my
committed staff team.

We aim that every child enjoys their education with us and benefits from our high quality teaching and
learning, our lunchtime and after school activities, our educational trips and visits at home and
internationally and the many opportunities we have for our pupils to develop as confident young people
and fine citizens.

We support our pupils in achieving their goals and ensure they are able to move on to further and
higher education or work based training at the end of their five years with us. We have strong links with
Coleg Gwent and other partner post 16 centres so that our pupils access the right courses after Year
11. Pupils also link with Cardiff University in Year 11.

We take great pride in all that our pupils learn and achieve academically and in other areas such as
sport, music and drama. My staff work hard to support all our pupils and build strong working
relationships with them. It is well known that they go the ‘extra mile’ in the time and commitment they

I am confident that your child will enjoy the educational excellence that Newbridge has to offer in our
thriving school.

We look forward to working with you over the next five years to ensure your child is inspired to succeed
and excel.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. L.J. Perry B.A. (Hons) MSc NPQH

                        This document is available in other formats on request

Admissions to Newbridge School

       Admission forms are administered to all Caerphilly Primary schools.

       Parents / Carers wishing to apply to Newbridge School from any Caerphilly County Borough
        Primary School needs to place us as first choice on the LA admission form.

       Applications from parents / carers for pupils in other authorities can be made by
        contacting the LA Admissions department for a form (Tel: 01443 864870) or apply on line.
       Any queries regarding admissions, please contact Newbridge School on 01495 243243. The
        school is happy to help with the admissions process and will provide an application form on

       Tours of the school are available on request. Please contact the school on the above number.

       Once you have secured a place for your child at the school, he / she will be included in all visits
        arranged for year 6 pupils prior to starting in September.

For admission queries contact our school admissions officer, Mrs. A. Williams on 01495 243243

School Admissions – the school works within the framework of the Local authority admissions
procedures. Pupils are admitted to the school from the designated catchment areas and beyond it.
The school admits pupils from a wide area. Parents of prospective Year 7 are required to complete a
Caerphilly Local Authority admission form and return it to the Admissions Department within the
deadline. It is vital to ensure admission forms are not late.
In-year admissions into other year groups are managed through the Local Authority admissions
Parents seeking admission for disabled pupils should contact the Local Authority admissions
department. This will also be overseen by a senior member of staff and, where necessary, the ALNCO.
Access arrangements are discussed at the point of application and managed through necessary
procedures including risk assessment, the special needs register and appropriate agencies as
The school’s capacity for admissions is 1,015; this is 203 per year group.
The school’s language category is English.


Newbridge School is a mixed 11 – 16 community secondary school of over 1,000 pupils. It is an English medium

The school is on a level site on the outskirts of Newbridge, with extensive school grounds totalling over 8 acres, set
in a wooded valley and with close proximity of the river, combining to make an attractive and pleasant environment.
The school is at the edge of Newbridge and there is easy access to all parts of the catchment area, which extends
from Llanhilleth in the north to Crosskeys in the south. Bus and rail links are excellent to the school.
The school consists of four blocks of buildings grouped around two recreation areas and the School/Leisure Centre
car park. The school is also being extended with a new block for September 2018 to replace some older
classrooms and accommodate new pupils.
The main school building is housed in the original grammar school building. It contains the Mathematics, English
and Humanities teaching areas, together with a large, well-stocked library, fully equipped computer rooms and
laptop facilities in the library.
Our Science facilities includes seven laboratories, sitting alongside our arts suites of music, art and performing arts,
with purpose built drama studio completed in 2003 and specialist rooms for individual music lessons.
In the early 1980s our Technology complex was added to the school. It comprises two well-equipped workshops, a
food and textiles room, 2 science laboratories, 3 ICT suites and 2 classrooms.
The school has exceptional ICT resources including 6 fully equipped ICT rooms and laptop facilities for 3 classes.
Every classroom has 1 PC and 8 other subject areas have their own computer suites all of which have Internet
facilities, used for subjects such as art research. There are also interactive whiteboards in all classrooms which
teachers use to enhance teaching and learning.
Finally, the school has use of the superb modern sports facilities of the Newbridge Leisure Centre which includes
the Leisure Pool. At the rear of the school is an excellent Astroturf all weather playing area and tennis court, whilst
south of the Newbridge Rugby Football club ground our playing fields extend to four pitches.
The school is maintained by Caerphilly County Borough Council. The Chief Education Officer is Mrs K Cole,
Directorate of Education and Leisure, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Hengoed, CF82 7PG (Tel: 01443 815588).
Control is exercised by Governors who include representatives of the local education authority, parents, teaching
staff, business and the local community. (List of Governors, Appendix A).


                                 To be a Centre of Excellence

                        Where all are inspired to Succeed and Excel

                 French                                              Welsh

           Être un centre d’excellence                           Canolfan Ragoriaeth

              Où tout le monde est                           Ysbrydoli, Llwyddo, Rhagori
          inspirè à réussir et à exceller                     (Inspire, Succeed, Excel)

                 German                                              Italian

   Ein Zentrum der Vortrefflichkeit zu sein, wo        Essere un centro di eccellenza dove tutti
    alle inspiriert sind erfolgreich zu sein und        sono ispirati a riuscire ed a eccellere
            sich selbst zu üibertreffen


   We aim for all learners to:

         achieve excellence

         enjoy their education and gain intellectually, personally, socially, morally and
          spiritually from all the learning experiences they are offered at Newbridge School

         develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in school and beyond

         strive for their future success through further and higher education opportunities
          or work based education and training


1.    To establish high levels of expectation and aspiration for all in our Centre of Excellence.

2.    To help pupils develop lively and enquiring minds, the ability to think, question, solve
      problems, become innovative and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.

3.    To provide pupils with an education that is broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant,
      helping them to acquire the knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a
      rapidly changing world.

4.    To help pupils use language and number effectively and to a high standard

5.    To instill a respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions
      and ways of life.

6.    To help pupils understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of
      individuals, groups and nations through an international outlook.

7.    To help pupils appreciate human achievements and aspirations.

8.    To develop pupils' self-awareness, self-confidence and self-reliance, and develop in them
      a sense of belonging to and having a place in society.

9.    To promote responsibility, self-discipline and sensitivity to the needs and interests of
      others, particularly those less fortunate than themselves, according each individual the
      respect and dignity which are the right of all persons.

10.   To promote equality of opportunity, irrespective of race, religion and gender.

11.   To develop positive attitudes to learning, making learning enjoyable, pleasing and
      rewarding and part of a lifelong process.

12.   To develop constructive working relationships within school and with parents, other
      educational institutions, employers and the community at large.

13.   To undertake all necessary programmes of study to satisfy National Curriculum
      requirements and 14 – 19 Learning Pathways.


The successful education of each pupil depends on an active three-way partnership between the
pupil, parents and school. Each has rights and responsibilities, which should be defined and

The School’s Commitment

1. To provide a broad, balanced education satisfying National Curriculum demands
2. To have high expectations of all pupils so that they achieve their potential
3. To provide work appropriate to the pupil’s age and ability
4. To provide a high standard of teaching, academic support and personal guidance
5. To set homework regularly
6. To mark work regularly
7. To provide written reports and a parents’ evening each year
8. To offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities
9. To provide a secure and well-disciplined working environment
10. To inform parents of matters which are affecting their child’s progress in school

The Pupil’s Commitment

1. To attend school regularly
2. To be punctual at all times
3. To bring all necessary books and equipment to school each day
4. To work as hard as possible and meet all course requirements
5. To complete homework on time
6. To wear school uniform
7. To look after the school environment
8. To respect school property and the property of others
9. To keep the school rules and to behave responsibly at all times
10. To treat all members of the school community with courtesy and respect

The Parent’s Commitment

1. To ensure excellent attendance and punctuality and inform the school promptly about any
   reason for absence
2. To encourage and support my child with his / her work
3. To supervise homework
4. To check and sign the homework diary each week
5. To attend parents’ evenings, school functions in which my child is involved and any special
6. To keep my child in correct uniform, including PE kit
7. To ensure my child has all basic necessary equipment to learn and brings this to school each
8. To pay for the replacement of lost or damaged books/equipment
9. To support the policies of the school particularly in terms of discipline and behaviour
   To inform the school of matters affecting my child’s work, progress, attitude or behaviour


A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is provided throughout the school to ensure a rich and
full educational experience.

In the first two years the subjects covered are English, Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry
and Biology), Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Religious
Education, Design Technology, French, Welsh, Italian (taster Italian lessons from Year 8), Art,
Music, Drama, Physical Education and Personal and Social Education (PSE).

On entry, pupils are placed into mixed ability tutor groups in which they generally remain
throughout their time in school. These also form the basis of the teaching groups in many
subjects, though there is setting in a number of subject areas which can help children work at their
own pace. This occurs in English, Mathematics, Science and French. In these subjects the sets
are regularly reviewed and movement can occur at any time.

At the end of Year 8 pupils choose their options for study in Key Stage 4. Choices are made
following consultation between staff, parents and pupils. Detailed guidance is provided through
an Options booklet.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, all pupils take: English, Mathematics, Science (Balanced Science or
separate Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and ICT, Physical Education, Welsh, Religious Education
and Personal and Social Education (which includes Careers Guidance) and the Welsh
Baccalaureate Qualification. Pupils select from a wide range of subjects. These cater for pupils’
strengths and interests and offer choices of ‘Learning Pathways’ which may include vocational
options. Courses include GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and Btec
(Vocational Subjects). For some pupils a college course is appropriate.

All pupils attend Religious Education lessons. The subject is approached from a multi-faith, non-
denominational stance and encourages pupils to develop mutual understanding and respect for
religious ideas. Courses follow the guidelines produced by Caerphilly’s Standing Advisory
Council on Religious Education (S.A.C.R.E.). While parents have the right to withdraw their
children from the statutory lessons it is hoped that parents will support their children's participation
in the full curriculum.

Sex education is delivered in the school through Science and P.S.E. The school aims to provide
accurate information and to help young people develop appropriate skills for fostering and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Biological aspects of Sex Education, as specified in the National
Curriculum, are compulsory and taught in Science lessons. Adolescence, fertilisation and
development are covered at Key Stage 3, while at Key Stage 4 pupils study variation, inheritance
and the role of hormones in reproduction. In P.S.E. Year 7 & 8 pupils study “Emotional Changes
and Relationships” and “Personal Hygiene” (a visiting speaker discusses sanitary protection with
Year 7 girls). Year 9 pupils study `Health and Disease’ (this includes a brief introduction to
sexually transmitted diseases). Year 10 pupils are taught about contraception, teenage
pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases supported by the School Health Nurse. Parents
may withdraw their child from those elements of Sex Education covered in P.S.E. but it is hoped
that parents will support their children’s participation in the full sex education programme.

The school delivers its careers education through the Personal and Social Education programme.
The school's careers teacher is supported by the Careers Service and a variety of visiting
speakers. Year 9 pupils have contact with the Careers Officer to ensure that option choices are
consistent with career aspirations. The school also employs learning coaches to support pupils
with options. Individualised careers advice is provided for Year 10 pupils.

Year 11 pupils are interviewed by the Careers Officer and given advice on post 16 opportunities.
The school has an excellent careers library which is a valuable source of information for pupils.

The Welsh language is taught to all our pupils in Key Stage Three and all pupils undertake a
qualification in Welsh in Key Stage Four. It is also an option subject at Key Stage Four.
Incidental Welsh is a feature across the school and pupils cover Welsh themes in the Welsh
Baccalaureate. Welsh cultural experience is also provided through the annual Eisteddfod and
Welsh trips.

The school aims for all pupils to participate in physical education and sporting activities. All pupils
take part in PE lessons through Key Stages Three and Four. An extensive range of teams and
individual sporting opportunities are provided after school at local, regional and national level,
whilst the school’s 5x60 programme offers additional activities to encourage the wider
engagement of pupils in physical activity.

Equal Opportunities at Newbridge School

(i) We believe that all pupils belong, are valued and have a right to learn regardless of needs or
    abilities. The school works towards the full participation of children in the curriculum and
    school life in general.

(ii) The school caters for pupils who are very able and talented through the range of curriculum
     subjects offered, the quality of our teaching and learning and the many extra opportunities
     offered to our pupils so that they can excel in whatever they choose to do.

(iii) The school’s SEN policy is available for inspection at the school. Pupils with SEN are
      identified through feeder school referral and screening procedures within the school. SEN
      pupils are identified at 3 stages - School Action, School Action Plus, and Statemented. They
      are placed on the school's SEN register and are extracted either in small groups or
      individually for extra help in basic work with 4 specialist teachers. Detailed records are kept
      on all SEN pupils which are readily accessible to parents. The Educational Psychology
      Service works with the school and pupils on a regular basis.
(iv) The school ensures as fully as is possible equal access for pupils with disabilities.
(v) Looked after children are overseen in the school by Progress Leaders for each year group, as
    well as Mrs Worgan (ALNCO). Their progress is reviewed and supported through specific
    review procedures that take place through the school year.

      Physical Access
       All the main school buildings have ramps and are accessible to pupils with mobility
       difficulties. Disabled toilet facilities are provided in the main school building, Science block
       and Leisure Centre
      Curriculum Access
       The school ensures access of pupils to the curriculum through adapting materials,
       equipment and resources as required.
      Communications
       Written communications are enlarged as appropriate. Parents can also request enlarged
       versions of school communications that are sent home as required.

Each pupil’s particular needs must be capable of being met by the school. Consultation must take
place between parents and the Local Education Authority who manage school admissions.
Parents are advised to begin this process as early as possible in the school year before entry is


Newbridge School offers your child a very extensive range of additional activities. These include
sport, the creative and performing arts, a wide range of educational trips and visits and the
opportunity to develop as citizens.
Examples are included in our accompanying special edition newsletter.

Homework is an important part of learning for Newbridge pupils. Homework is set daily and pupils
are given deadlines for its completion by their teachers.
Homework is of different types. It may include completion of work from lessons, revision for tests,
a research assignment or a task based on classwork.
Pupils may need to use a computer to help them with their homework. This is important in helping
them to use computers independently. If they do not have a computer at home, they may use one
at school.
The school runs a homework support club in the library after school. Our school librarians will
gladly support pupils who need homework guidance whatever year they are in.
Examination and revision classes are also run by teachers and the library.
All pupils have a planner which they carry with them at all times. This contains their timetable and
their place for writing down homework. Parents are requested to sign the planner each week and
use it as the means to communicate with the school.
We pride ourselves on the smart appearance of our pupils and expect them to be in uniform at all
times. We ask parents for full co-operation in this matter. Our uniform means our pupils identify
with the ethos of our school. It is expected that pupils are smart at all times. The school
maintains a strict uniform policy.
The uniform is:-
Black V-necked sweater with the school crest, plain white shirt, school tie, conventional black
trousers or knee-length skirt with black tights or black plain knee length socks, black shoes.
Trainers should neither be worn in school nor for the journey to and from school. Pupils may wear
a smart, comfortable and inexpensive school blazer, available from our stockists. Many pupils
choose this option.
Coats should be plain black (not denim or leather). Names, logos, markings etc. should be small,
discreet and inoffensive. Pictorial images are not allowed. Non-school jumpers and hoodies are
not allowed. Items of non-uniform are confiscated, including inappropriate outside jackets and
coats. All clothing should be clearly marked with the pupil's name.

Physical Education Kit

   Training shoes with non-marking soles
   *Navy polo shirt
   *Navy multi use shorts.
   *Rugby socks (school colours) – navy with gold hoops.
   *Navy reversible school rugby jersey
   *Navy rugby shorts (optional)
   Rugby or soccer boots (expensive boots are not required).
   Shin pads/gum shields.
   Swimming shorts / trunks, goggles

    Training shoes with non-marking soles and white socks.
    *Yellow short sleeved polo shirt
    *Navy tracksuit / sweatshirt - optional
    Swimming costume and goggles
    *Navy multi use shorts
    Shin pads / gum shield

*Items with school logo

Stockists of our school blazers, jumpers, ties and P.E. kit are:

Regis, 9 Victoria Terrace, Newbridge, Newport, NP11 4ET, Tel: 01495 246343
Morgan Sports, High Street, Crosskeys, NP11 7FN, Tel: 01495 271995

A very attractive and appropriate school jacket is also available. This is black and features the
school logo.

Pupils should take pride in their appearance. They are expected to be clean and well groomed.
No make-up is to be worn. Pupils are allowed to wear one stud earring in each ear, which must
be removed for Physical Education lessons. No other jewellery or piercing is permitted.
Outlandish hairstyles (including shaved sides and spiked hair) and hair colours /dyed hair are not

                                      FOR ALL PUPILS

  So That You Can Succeed and Excel:

        Always strive to do your best
        Be polite and honest, respect staff and each other
        Respect the school environment and keep our school tidy
        Always wear your school uniform correctly and with pride in and out of school.
        Listen to staff and each other
        Move sensibly and quietly around the school, keeping to the left
        Make sure you have the necessary equipment for each day
        Represent our school well on all occasions


        We do not want you to shout or run, be rude or aggressive
        Forbidden items of uniform or jewellery will be confiscated
        Chewing gum is forbidden at Newbridge
        Smoking is a serious matter and is punishable by exclusion.
        Damage to property, any form of misbehaviour or disrespect is all taken very seriously at
         Newbridge and will be punished
        Mobile phones must not be used in lessons – misuse will lead to confiscation. Your
         parents will be expected to come into school to collect your phone


        Line up quietly outside classrooms ready for lessons
        Remain standing at your desk until asked to sit
        Answer your name for the class register
        Write your objectives into your books
        Complete all work and homework at all times
        Listen to your teachers
        Put your hand up to ask if you do not understand
        Write neatly in blue or black ink and underline all headings with a ruler
        Keep your books neat and cross out mistakes with a single line
        Catch up on any work missed due to absence
        Write up your targets and review that you have met them

                            BE PROUD TO BELONG TO NEWBRIDGE.
                                  WE ARE PROUD OF YOU


    Full attendance and punctuality are expected of all our pupils.

             Full attendance and punctuality are essential and a legal requirement.
             They both enable pupils to achieve their best.
             Parents are asked for their full cooperation on these issues.

    School systems for absence

             Parents should telephone the school on the first day of absence giving your child’s name,
              form, reason for and anticipated duration of absence.
             The school operates a 24 hour absence line (01495 241891) which parents are
              encouraged to use. If a message is left then it will not normally be necessary to ask for a
              written explanation. If a message is not left then parents are asked to send a note of
              explanation to the form teacher on the pupil’s return to school. The school should be
              notified will in advance of absences for medical appointments.
             Holidays during term time: - the school has the power to grant this or not – our preference
              is for no holidays during term time – since learning time is missed.
             Application forms for leave of absence for holidays are obtained from your child’s form
              tutor and should be submitted well in advance.
             No parent can demand leave of absence for the purpose of a holiday as of right. In all
              cases parents must make out a case for taking a child away from school during term time.
             Absences without explanation are classed as unauthorised and count against full
              attendance. Parents can be prosecuted for continued absence.

                                 Attendance     September 2016 – May 2017

                                               Authorised       Unauthorised
Year Group        Presents        AEA                                               Possible       % Attend
                                               Absences          Absences
Year 7              92.9           2.2            4.2               0.7                100.0          95.1
Year 8              93.2           2.5            3.9               0.4                100.0          95.7
Year 9              92.3           2.0            5.0               0.7                100.0          94.3
Year 10             91.1           2.4            5.4               1.1                100.0          93.5
Year 11             91.4           3.1            4.3               1.1                100.0          94.6
Totals              92.2           2.4            4.6               0.8                100.0          94.7


             The school day begins promptly at 8.30.a.m.
             Pupils are expected to be in form rooms by 8.30.a.m.
             Failure to do this results in a late mark. These are recorded on pupils’ attendance records.

    It is imperative that pupils arrive in school on time and begin their day feeling fresh, positive and
    ready for learning.

    The school has its own attendance administrator and school based education welfare officer. The
    EWO will visit parents at home where considered necessary. This includes circumstances in
    which pupils cannot attend school due to long term or serious illness. The two will support
    parents in these circumstances.


The school operates a policy of zero tolerance towards substance abuse and illegal substances.
Any pupil possessing, using or distributing illegal substances on the way to and from school,
during the school day including the lunch time, whilst wearing school uniform or on a school
organised activity will be permanently excluded. I am sure that you wish your child to be in a safe
environment in school and fully support this


Assemblies at the school include an act of collective worship which is of a broadly Christian, non-
denominational character.       These assemblies are taken by the Headteacher, Deputy
Headteachers and Progress Leaders. Pupils within form groups often enjoy planning and
delivering short assemblies and this is encouraged. Prefects also read in assembly on a regular
basis. From time to time local clergy are invited to conduct services. The school also operates a
‘Theme for the Week’. This is led by form tutors with their form. Parents have the right to
withdraw their children from the act of Collective Worship.


Pupils' progress is monitored on a continuous basis by all subject teachers through assessment of
classwork, homework, class tests and formal examinations. These assessments form the basis of
reports which are issued annually. Additionally, letters of commendation for good work or letters
alerting parents to concern over lack of progress may be sent out at interim periods and in the
Autumn Term parents receive a monitoring of progress summary.

Parents' evenings are held once a year, during the Autumn and Spring Terms, for progress to be
discussed. All parents are encouraged to attend these evenings. It is important that your child
knows of your interest and is aware of the home-school partnership.

Obviously, should any parent wish to visit the school at any other time, arrangements can easily
be made. Parents are always welcome at the school but it is usually better to telephone for an
appointment beforehand.

At the end of Year 11 pupils will receive a Progress File compiled by themselves. It will contain
information about attendance and punctuality, a summary of his / her work experience and a
personal statement recording the pupil’s progress in and out of school. Certificates and public
examination results are added later.


Links with our partner primary schools are excellent. We also maintain links with other primary
schools when we know pupils are joining us from these schools. We place considerable
emphasis on maintaining these links. The National Curriculum emphasises the need for
continuity of educational provision and the careful planning of pupils' progress from the primary
into the secondary school.

The Headteachers of the Newbridge partner schools meet on a regular basis to ensure that close
co-operation continues. Subject staff from Newbridge meet with subject co-coordinators from the
primary schools to ensure that pupils have common educational experiences that will enable a
smooth transition to the secondary school to occur. In the Summer Term, detailed pupil records
are received that help us plan work for each pupil ensuring that progression occurs.

Parents of primary pupils receive information about Newbridge and an invitation to visit us on an
open evening to see the school for themselves and to ask any questions they may wish. We also
run a summer Open Evening when parents and pupils have another opportunity to visit.

Primary pupils are visited by the Headteacher and Progress Leaders 7 in their final year. They
also have several opportunities to visit Newbridge to familiarise themselves with the site, to use
our facilities and meet some of the staff. Some activities involve all schools so that pupils can
meet children from other schools prior to joining us in September. In the summer term all primary
pupils have a full day on site experiencing the lesson pattern at the school.

Pupils from the primary schools are familiar with Newbridge and its staff well before transfer
occurs so that moving schools is a matter of keen anticipation and excitement. Our new pupils
settle into their new environment with great ease and invariably enjoy the challenges which it
represents. More importantly, our links with the primary schools mean that there is continuity of
educational provision that is educationally beneficial to each child.

Children who attend Newbridge from outside of our catchment area are well supported in making
friends and settling in. Parents and Carers are invited to a Year 7 ‘Settling In’ Evening in the
Autumn Term of the Year 7 where you can hear about Year 7 activities over the first half term of
your child’s time with us.


On leaving Newbridge, pupils are encouraged to remain in full time education. Coleg Gwent at
Crosskeys offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses and is the destination for the
majority of our pupils. The school enjoys excellent relations with Coleg Gwent. Staff from the
college visits the school to outline the range of opportunities available. Support is available from
school and college staff and the careers officer to ensure that our pupils receive the best advice
possible when making important decisions about their future. Decision making is further
supported through our Learning Coach.

We have an excellent record in external examinations. The many pupils who remain in full time
education post -16 have a high success rate at ‘A’ level and in vocational courses. Large
numbers of our former pupils go on to university, including Oxford University, Bristol and Cardiff
Universities among others.

Newbridge School has strong links with universities. This ensures we continually encourage our
pupils to aim as high as possible and have the opportunity to know what university can offer them.

Pupils have visits from Cardiff University representatives and find out about the courses on offer.
They are offered the opportunity to take part in the ‘Step Up to University’ scheme through which
they visit the university and have taster sessions of university courses.
It is essential for schools and business to work together to gain greater mutual understanding and
to ensure that the education which we provide is relevant to the needs of business and industry.
We have close links with many local employers.
Employers also support the school through the provision of careers talks, mock interviews and
teacher placements in industry. The school has organised a number of problem solving days for
pupils which have been well supported by local employers. Year 10 pupils visit the Skills Cymru
careers day in Cardiff every year where they meet a vast array of employers.
We encourage employers to become actively involved in contributing their expertise to the school
curriculum. Employers are currently involved in work within a number of curriculum areas. This
has involved employers visiting classrooms and involved staff and pupils visiting local business.
Many employers visit Year 10 classes to provide an overview of their industry. This helps pupils in
making informed choices about their futures. Pupils can take part in the ‘Young Enterprise’
scheme through which they actually learn how to run their own business.
The school enjoys excellent links with the local community and in turn receives great community
Our relationships with Gwent Constabulary remain strong. Close liaison is maintained through
regular routine visits and by providing speakers for careers and various talks. Gwent Constabulary
regularly provides a Drugs awareness programme for pupils. We also take part in the Police
Crime Prevention Quiz.
The religious studies department maintains close links with local places of worship which give
pupils a warm welcome. Local ministers and members of local churches have joined religious
studies lessons and taken part in school assemblies. We have strong links with the Newbridge
Memo, Newbridge Partnership and the Newbridge and Abercarn Rotary Club. All these links
provide important benefits for our pupils, including sporting activities and practice interviews
organised by the Rotary Club.


The school has an excellent record in raising funds for charities.        In 2016 / 2017 - groups
receiving donations included:

                   Sparkle Appeal                      £ 937.82
                   Comic Relief                        £ 904.20
                   Skipathon                           £1565.08
                   ShelterBox                          £ 591.00
                   OAP Christmas Chocolates            £ 400.00
                   Readathon                           £ 454.55

We purchased 75 large tins of chocolates were distributed to local senior citizens. We can be
justifiably proud of this record which reflects the generous and caring nature of the school and
local community and the hard work of staff and pupils.


Pupils joining the school in September will be placed in mixed ability classes. They will be under
the direct charge of a Progress Leader who leads a team of form teachers. The form teacher and
Progress Leaders deal with all pastoral and welfare matters. If pupils have problems of a general
nature in school they should turn to their form teacher for assistance in the first instance. Should
parents wish to contact the school they should establish initial contact with the Progress Leader.


Pupil welfare is important at Newbridge and our surveys indicate that pupils have a very positive
attitude to school.

(a) Medical

The school has a number of staff qualified in First Aid and also has a medical room, so that first
aid for minor injuries can be dealt with in school. If a pupil is taken ill, parents will be contacted
with a view to the child returning home as soon as possible. If it is necessary to send a child to
hospital, parents will be informed immediately. It is essential for parents to state where they can
be contacted in an emergency. You will be asked to supply this information when your child is
admitted to the school and this will be updated annually thereafter.

Parents are asked to inform the school of any special health problems their children may have.
Occasionally medical and dental inspections are arranged by the School Health Service. Parents
will be informed of this and treatment would not be administered without parental knowledge or

(b) School Meals

The school provides a varied selection of high quality meals based on a cafeteria system. Full,
balanced meals are available every day as well as snacks. Facilities are also available for pupils
wishing to bring a packed lunch. All pupils remain on site at lunchtime. The school cannot accept
responsibility for the safety of pupils who leave the school site without permission.

Free school meals are available for pupils who are eligible and application forms are obtainable
from the school office.

(c) School Transport

Pupils from any of our partner primary schools within Caerphilly C.B.C who live more than two
miles from the school will be entitled to free transport. New pupils from St. Illtyds Primary School
will receive season ticket application forms from their Primary School. Applications for these
pupils are made through the Blaenau Gwent authority.

We have very good arrangements with our bus company, Stagecoach, who provide a bus service
for pupils joining us from further afield. Our Senior Administrator, Mrs. J. Hazell, deals with all
queries regarding buses.

(d) Pupil Support

Pupils receive day to day support through their form tutor, who is the first point of contact for
them. Individual support is given to pupils as required. On entry to the school, Year 7 are
supported by a team of pupil mentors. Our strong team of Year 11 prefects are also on hand, as
are senior staff. The school has specialist support staff on hand as required, such as our
attached youth mentor. The school liaises with parents where specialist support is offered.

Keeping Pupils’ Safe: Newbridge School Anti-Bullying Policy.

Newbridge School operates on the basis that all pupils are of equal status and deserve equal
respect, dignity and support. We create a trusting, supportive climate for our pupils. We do not
tolerate bullying at Newbridge and we work hard to ensure that our pupils know how we deal with
bullying if it should ever occur. We have a clear anti-bullying policy which our pupils have been
involved in devising. This is enclosed for reference

Newbridge School: Keeping Safe - Anti Bullying Policy

Newbridge School       Keeping Safe – Anti Bullying Policy
                       This policy has been devised by teachers and pupils at Newbridge School
                       through the Spring Term of 2008
Principles of Intent       At Newbridge we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe
                             environment in which all our pupils can learn. Any kind of bullying is
                             unacceptable here and we promote an ethos where it is the norm to report

                             This principle is communicated to parents through an initial parents’
                              meeting to pupils during their induction into school and is reiterated via
                              assemblies and the curriculum.
                             All pupils, teaching and support staff, parents and governors understand
                              what bullying is.
                             Newbridge School’s anti-bullying policy is published in the pupils’ planner
                              and the staff handbook.

What is bullying?      It can be:
                            Emotional - being unfriendly, excluding or tormenting
                            Physical - pushing, hitting, kicking or any use of
                            Verbal    - name calling or spreading rumours
                            Racist    - racial taunts or gestures
                            Cyber     - text, email or internet misuse

What are the signs     It can cause:
of bullying?                Lateness, truancy
                            Lack of concentration, underachievement
                            Changes in routine
                            Isolation
                            May threaten suicide

Practice                     We have a positive ethos and safe environment in which all staff hear and
                              listen to what pupils tell them.
                             All staff are vigilant in class and on the site to keep bullying to a minimum.
                             The School Council is consulted about bullying.
                             There is a system of Year 10 trained peer mentors who link with Year 7.
                             We use the curriculum and outside providers to strengthen the anti-bullying
                             We look at routines to minimise opportunities for bullying.
                             We have a ‘Keeping Safe’ box in the library where pupil concerns may be
                              posted anonymously. This is checked daily by two members of the school
                             Staff are made aware of pupils who have difficulties and monitor them.
                             Helplines are displayed

What we do when                 All incidents of alleged bullying are investigated and recorded.
     bullying is reported            Bullies are sanctioned; they are warned the consequences are serious.
                                     Bullies have to explain their action to their Progress Leaders, the Deputy
                                      Headteacher or to the Governors’ Disciplinary Panel.
                                     Their parents are involved.
                                     Incidents may be punished by a fixed term exclusion.
                                     A system of restorative justice is used and bullies must explain, apologise
                                      and take responsibility for their actions.
                                     Reconciliation and a change in behaviour are sought. This is monitored via
                                      the Report system.

     Pupils’ Rights           All pupils have the right:
                                   To be an individual.
                                   To learn in a safe environment.
                                   To say no to anything you think is wrong.
                                   Not to be bullied.
                                   To tell someone if you are being bullied.

     Pupils’                         To work with others to stop bullying
     Responsibilities                To realise that telling someone will make the situation better.
                                     To report incidents of bullying to protect someone.
                                     To find positive ways of resolving problems.


The school teaches 25 one hour lessons each week but operated on a two week, 50 period timetable cycle
to allow an appropriate curriculum balance to be achieved. The pattern of the school day is as follows:-

              08.30am – 08.35am                Registration
              08.35am – 8.55am                 Assembly
              8.55am – 9.55am                  Lesson 1
              9.55am – 10.55am                 Lesson 2
              10.55am – 11.15am                Break
              11.15am – 12.15pm                Lesson 3
              12.15pm – 1.15pm                 Lesson 4
              1.15pm – 2.00pm                  Lunch
              2.00pm – 3.00pm                  Lesson 5 (Registration takes place in Lesson 5)


2017 - 2018

      Term Begins              Half Term Begins              Half Term Ends                  Term Ends
       04.09.2017                 30.10.2017                   03.11.2017                    22.12.2017
       08.01.2018                 19.02.2018                   23.02.2018                    29.03.2018
       16.04.2018                 28.05.2018                   01.06.2018                    24.07.2018

May Day: Monday 07.05.2018

Staff have 5 teacher training days through the year. These will be announced in newsletters and letters.


Under the terms of the Education Reform Act, 1988, Governors have determined a policy for charging and
remissions, a full copy of which is available for inspection at the school.

Education is provided largely without charge to parents. Remission of charges will only be made where
Governors are obliged to do so under provisions of the Act. Voluntary contributions may be invited for
activities for which no charge can be legally imposed.

(i)   A charge will be made for individual instrument tuition if it is not part of a prescribed examination
      syllabus or National Curriculum.
(ii) External examination entry will be without charge provided all examination requirements have
      been met. If a pupil fails to turn up for an examination, then the parent shall reimburse the school
      for the entry fees. Reimbursements will not be necessary if the absence is due to illness provided
      that the absence is validated by a Doctor's Certificate.
(iii) Pupils taking home anything produced in a Technology lesson where raw materials or ingredients
      are required must either pay for or provide those materials.
(iv) Parents will be expected to pay for the cost of repairing or replacing school property (books,
      furniture etc) or buildings (windows, doors etc) damaged, defaced or lost as a result of a pupil's
      unreasonable behaviour.


The Governing Body take all complaints very seriously as we are committed to providing high-quality
education. We aim to make the school’s complaints procedure easy to follow with three easy steps. The full
version of the Complaints Policy is available from the school.

Step 1 – Informal stage. You must contact the Headteacher of the school first as the vast majority of
complaints are resolved at this stage.
Step 2 – Formal stage. All complaints will need to be addressed to the Chairman of Governors at the
school in writing where they will be thoroughly investigated and a response made in writing.
Step 3 – School Complaints Committee. If you are unhappy with the investigation you must write to the
school and request the Clerk of the Governing Body convenes the Complaints Committee of the Governing
Body to review your complaint.

There are other statutory processes for complaints and appeals relating to the curriculum, Special Education
Needs (SEN), religious worship, admissions, exclusions, staff grievance, teacher capability and staff


In accordance with the Education Reform Act of 1988, copies of the local education authority's Curriculum
Policy Statement, Estyn reports on the school, current schemes of work used by the staff, public examination
syllabuses, a full copy of the arrangements made by the local education authority for the consideration of
complaints about the school curriculum, all statutory instruments, circulars and administrative memoranda
relating to powers and duties under Chapter 1 of E.R.A. (The Curriculum) which are sent to schools by the
DfES and / or NAW, the local education authority's agreed syllabus for Religious Education are available for
inspection at the school.

School Security – Pupils and staff are secure on our school site. This is assured through security fencing
and the necessity for all visitors to sign in and out at the school reception. The grounds and buildings are
monitored with CCTV.

School Toilets – Pupils have access to modern toilet facilities around the school, including disabled toilets.
These are cleaned and replenished daily after each school break.

Governing Body

Chairman:     Mr. D. M. Gray                   Clerk to the Nathan Kethro
              Newbridge School                 Governors: Education Achievement
              Bridge Street                                 Service for S.E. Wales
              Newbridge                                     Tredomen House
              NP11 5FR                                      Ystrad Mynach
                                                            Hengoed, CF82 7WF
Vice Chairman: Mrs. M. Dean
                                                            Tel: 01443 863155

Representative       Name                            Elected/Appointed by   Office Ends
L.E.A.               Mr. D. M. Gray                  L.E.A.                 20.09.2020
                     Ms. L. Ackerman                                        20.09.2020
                     Mr. L. Jeremiah                                        23.07.2021
                     Mr. C. Rees                                            20.09.2020
                     Mrs. C. Tippings                                       24.10.2017

Teacher Governor     Mr. M. Guillou                  Teaching Staff         28.02.2019
                     Miss T. Clough                                         03.03.2021

Support Staff        Mr. M. Williams                 Ancillary Staff        08.11.2019
Parents              Mrs. J. Hazell                  Parents                08.11.2019
                     Dr. C. Garland-Williams                                06.02.2018
                     Mrs. S. Hulme                                          17.09.2019
                     Mrs. C. Brookes                                        22.11.2020
                     Ms. L. Kelly                                           22.11.2020

Community            Mrs. M. Dean                                           23.09.2017
                     Cllr. J. Simmonds                                      15.06.2019
                     Rev. P. Cho                                            15.12.2017
                     Mrs. S. Evans                                          14.09.2019
                     Mr. A. Lewis                                           27.05.2017

Headteacher          Mrs. L. J. Perry

Pupil                Emily Ball – Head Girl                                 31.08.2018
Representatives      Connor Chapman – Head Boy                              31.08.2018

Key Stage 4 / GCSE Results 2017
                                             Number of pupils obtaining grades
                         A*       A     B      C    A*- C   D      E      F      G    A*- G   U

Biology                  7       17    11      9     44     1      0      0      0     45     0

Chemistry                16      15     9      4     44     0      1      0      0     45     0

English Language         5       18    44     49    116     26     21     7      1    171     3

English Literature       4       13    32     12     61     0      0      0      0     61     0

French                   3        2     2      8     15     0      0      0      0     15     0

Geography                3       13    21     20     57     14     6      5      0     82     0

History                  1        7    11     17     36     7      10     8      1     62     1

Information Technology   5       25    39     18     87     7      1      1      0     96     0

Italian                  3        0     2      0      5     0      0      0      0     5      0

Mathematics              18       6    33     47    104     23     19     11     9    166     8

Music                    1        2     1      3      7     2      0      0      0     9      0

Numeracy                 13      16    37     48    114     19     16     14     6    169     5

Physical Education       5       14    14     11     44     11     6      0      0     61     0

Physics                  6        8    17     11     42     2      1      0      0     45     0

Religious Studies
                         0        3     8      4     15     1      2      0      1     19     0
(Full Course)
Religious Studies
                         2        8     5      0     15     0      0      0      0     15     0
(Short course)

Science Core             3       12    20     16     51     6      2      2      2     63     0

Science: Additional      6        8    25     12     51     4      2      0      0     57     0

Welsh Second Language
                         6       13    30     37     86     24     22     12     12   156     4

Total                    107     200   361    315   994     147   109     60     32   1342    21

Key Stage 4 / BTEC Results 2017
          Subject            Distinction*       Distinction        Merit           Pass          L1 Pass
P. of Science                      0                 0               3              60              0
A. of Science                      0                 0              24              46              0
Art and Design                     4                20              18              14              0
Construction                       0                 2              12              16              0
Engineering                        0                 0               2              35              2
H / S Care                         0                 7              31              46              0
Hospitality                        4                 4               9              32              0
ICT                                1                 2              20              40              0
P. Arts                           22                63              39               6              0
           Total                  31                98              158            285                2

                              Key Stage 4 Summary of Results 2017
                                                                        Level 2                  CSI
                    Level 2 Threshold       Level 1 Threshold
                                                                    Inc English and         (Core Subject
                        (5 A* - C)              (5 A* - G)
                                                                      Mathematics             Indicator)
       2017                 93%                     98%                    58%                  58%
       2016                 94%                     97%                    60%                  60%
       2015                 93%                     100%                   63%                  63%
   3 Yr Average          93.3%                     98.3%                   60.3%               60.3%

                             Key Stage 3 Teacher Assessments 2017

                              English                        Mathematics                    Science
                    No Pupils          % Pupils      No Pupils      % Pupils       No Pupils     % Pupils
No Level               0                  0                0           0               0               0
Level 1                0                  0                0           0               0               0
Level 2                0                  0                0           0               0               0
Level 3                2                 0.9               0           0               0               0
Level 4                8                 3.8               12         5.7              5              2.4
Level 5                51                24.1              62         29.2             42             19.8
Level 6                96                45.3              83         39.2            106             50.0
Level 7                55                25.9              55         25.9             53             25.0
Level 8                0                  0                0           0               5              2.4
EP                     0                  0                0           0               1              0.5
Level 5+               202               95.3              200        94.3            207             97.6
Level 6+               151               71.2              138        65.1            165             77.8
Level 7+               55                25.9              55         25.9            59              27.9

Our examination results continue to be outstanding year on year. All pupils gain qualifications. The
proportion of pupils gaining the national average of at least 5 A*- C grades grows annually, now reaching
94% A*- C grades, well above the average for Wales.

These results reflect our commitment to the success and excellence of all learners who are educated with us
at Newbridge School.

Every child in our school is assured of an outstanding educational experience and excellent results through
the hard work of the outstanding, hardworking and committed staff in our school.

                                 DESTINATION OF SCHOOL LEAVERS – 2016

                                                                               Female    Male     Totals     %
                                                                               Benyw    Gwryw   Cyfanswm

Continuing in full-time education - Same School
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - Yr un ysgol                                        0       0          0     -
Continuing in full-time education - School
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - Ysgol                                              3       1          4   2.01%
Continuing in full-time education - College
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - Coleg                                             78      83        161   80.9%
Continuing in full-time education - HE
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - AU                                                 0       0          0     -
GAP Year
Blwyddyn fwlch                                                                      0       0          0     -
Continuing in Part time Education
Parhau mewn addysg ran-amser                                                        0       0          0     -
Entering employment outside WBTYP
Dechrau cyflogaeth tu allan i Hyfforddiant Seiliedig ar Waith i Bobl Ifanc          2       5          7   3.52%
Entering WBTYP (employed status)
Dechrau Hyfforddiant Seiliedig ar Waith i Bobl Ifanc (statws cyflogedig)            4       2          6   3.02%
Entering WBTYP - (without employed status)
Dechrau Hyfforddiant Seiliedig ar Waith i Bobl Ifanc (heb statws cyflogedig)        6       3          9   4.52%
Able to Enter Emp, Ed or WBTYP (Unemployed)
Yn gallu cael mynediad at Gyflogaeth, Addysg neu WBTYP (di-waith)                   1       0          1   0.5%
Unable OR NOT READY to enter Emp, Ed or WBTYP (e.g. due to illness,
custodial sentence)
Methu NEU DDIM YN BAROD i gael mynediad at Gyflogaeth, Addysg neu
WBTYP (e.e. salwch, dedfryd o gaethiwed)
                                                                                    2       1          3   1.51%
Known to have left the area
Yn hysbys iddynt adael yr ardal                                                     1       3          4   2.01%
Not responding to follow-up and therefore unknown
Dim ymateb i'r arolwg, felly'n anhysbys                                             1       3          4   2.01%
Total number of 2016 statutory school leavers
Cyfanswm y gadawyr ysgol statudol yn 2016                                          98     101        199   100.0%


The school is currently offering courses leading to the following examinations:

                      Biology                       Mathematics
                      Chemistry                     English Literature
                      Physics                       English Language
                      Physical Education            Music
                      French                        Geography
                      Religious Studies             History
                      Italian                       Science A
                      Additional Science            Welsh Second Language - Short Course

Entry Level Certificate Examination:
                     Science                        English

BTEC Level 2 First Award:

                      Art and Design                 Performing Arts (Drama)
                      Principles of Science          Applications of Science
                      Travel and Tourism             Engineering
                      Construction                   ICT
                      Health and Social Care         Hospitality

The school aims to provide all pupils with experience of a wide range of physical activities through the formal
curriculum. We aim to encourage physical fitness and to identify and foster particular strengths and interests
as a means of developing lifelong interests in sport and physical activity. Opportunities are provided through
the extra-curricular programme for pupils to develop their interests further through playing for school teams
and to gain representative honours at district, county and national levels. The school has a long tradition of
sporting excellence.

We hold a Sports Awards Evening each year to recognise excellence in sport. The awards include Player of
the Year, Team of the Year, GCSE Pupil of the Year, Endeavour Award, Sportsman and Sportswoman of the

Sports Awards Presentations - Guest Speakers for our Awards Evening have been:

      2009 - Jason Tovey and Adam Hughes, Newport Gwent Dragons players
      2010 - Tim Hazell, Paralympics Coach and Pippa Britton, Archery Team GB Paralympics
      2011 – Scott Morgan, Mens Trap Shotgun 2010, Commonwealth Games, Delhi
      2013 - Tom Shanklin, Wales International Rugby Player
      2014 – Elliott Dee and Jack Dixon, Wales U:20 Rugby Squad and Newport Gwent Dragons squad
      2015 – Oliver Griffiths, Wales U:20 Rugby Squad and Newport Gwent Dragons Squad
      2016 – Lateisha Kidner, Welsh Netball Squad and Bethan Dainton, Wales Women Rugby Squad

In July 2014 we were proud to gain national recognition and achieve the ‘Active Marc Cymru’ quality
standard for our excellence in P.E. and school sport.


Our most able pupils are constantly stretched and encouraged in all subject areas. They achieve
outstanding results in year 11 and go on to further success in Post 16 education. Our highest achievers gain
between 12 and 17 A and A* grades.

The choice of subjects at Newbridge enables these pupils to progress to any career path they choose,
ranging from medicine to engineering and law.

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