Castle Newnham School
Bedford, United Kingdom
About Castle Newnham School
Castle Newnham is an all-through school where ambition and care for each of our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. We came together as Castle Newnham in January 2016 to develop all-through schooling in the community from Reception right up to 16. Our aim is to serve the needs of our local community for high standards and a coherent and smooth transition throughout each child’s ‘one journey’. Knowing pupils throughout their time in education and close working with families is a central component of our vision. Pupils who attend come from the immediate local area, as well as from further away in Bedford. We also have a ‘soft’ federation partner in nearby Hazeldene School. Pupils from Hazeldene and other local schools join in Year 7 to make up our secondary cohorts.
Our primary provision has an Ofsted grade of ‘outstanding’ whilst our secondary provision was graded ‘good’ in all areas at its first inspection in September 2018. The challenge now is to ensure that pupils’ experience of education remains excellent throughout their education, whatever their starting point and to achieve the best possible outcomes and we actively seek colleagues with a positive outlook and enthusiasm for teaching as well as great subject knowledge.
Our school is well thought of in the community and both school sites are set relatively close to the centre of Bedford in a pleasant suburb. The South site, for Nursery to Year 4 children, is situated in a listed Victorian building on Goldington Road. On this site, are classrooms leading off two main halls, offices, a dining room and a separate building housing the nursery and library. The North site, for Years 5 to Year 11, is a short walk away near the University of Bedfordshire on Polhill Avenue, of which we are a lead school in a very well-reputed teacher training partnership with the university. Most classrooms are in the main building which includes the four storey tower. There is a separate self-contained primary block which houses Years 5 and 6. There is also a sports hall and science labs, a drama teaching area and music hub, all of which are available for use by pupils and staff across the federation.
‘I'm so proud to work in a school where I honestly feel like I can legitimately have a work/life balance and still manage to do well at work. Having a supportive and understanding set of colleagues makes all the difference’. I think this sums up the school’s ethos.- One colleague recently tweeted this message