Newsome High School
Kirklees, United Kingdom
About Newsome High School
Newsome High School is an 11 – 16 comprehensive school set in spectacular countryside in south Huddersfield. With around 600 pupils on roll and 44 highly qualified teaching staff supplemented by a very strong team of support staff, we can offer a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that we create a safe, happy and caring environment. Students are happy here and learn well, achieving success in many aspects of life. Being a small school enables us to know each and every child well and this gives our school a special sense of community – something which most schools can lack.
Newsome High School is an aspirational and inclusive school. We believe in the potential of every individual to make exceptional progress from their starting points and to thoroughly enjoy their time at our school. We believe that the wellbeing and happiness of every child is essential and the needs of our children are at the heart of everything we do.
Our journey is focused on having very high expectations. It means ensuring children who are successful and strive to achieve their best, know they are valued, believe in themselves and have respect for others. We aim to consistently promote fundamental British values and pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our Core Values
Vison: Everyone Exceptional, Every Day.
Mission: To enable everyone in our school community to achieve their very best.
Values: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Aspiration.
Our Learning Environment
We are a very fortunate to have specialist facilities in all subjects including our outdoor facilities. Floodlit multi sport and tennis outdoor playing areas, extensive grass areas and a state of the art sports hall and fitness and dance studio allow us to be a centre for sporting excellence in the community. We are very pleased that the local community makes a good use of our facilities and have in place a vigorous adult and youth programme. Our Media Centre includes a film studio and sound recording studio. A number of department resource centers and our POP (Push on Pupils) Centre enable our students to research and study independently to support their own learning, whilst the drama studio and lecture theatre allows large group presentations to take place.
A committed staff and excellent resources allow us to supplement the curriculum with a extensive programme of enrichment activities after school hours, offering a wide range of learning activities and sport.
Newsome High School is the only mainstream high school in Kirklees with two specialist provisions –one for children with physical impairment, the other for hearing impairment. It provides a centre of excellence that demonstrates a high quality environment and approach with specialist staffing, resources and equipment.
There are currently 12 places in the provision for PI (Physically Impaired) – 10 fixed term and 2 transitional places. The provision for hearing impaired students has 12 fixed term and 2 transitional places. The provisions currently have 11 students each.
Fixed places are for children and young people with an EHC Plan who have complex needs and require a specific environment that cannot be replicated in all schools and so they must attend specialist provision full time.
Transitional places are available in order to identify and assess needs, establish appropriate curriculum and teaching strategies and prepare all parties for the child’s transition to the named local school. Students are able to attend on a transitional place for up to 6 terms.
Outreach support is provided as part of the specialist provision’s role. It offers timely support, advice and monitoring to other young people in Kirklees with physical or hearing impairment, their families and schools to secure excellent outcomes.
Partnership working – both provisions work closely with parents, carers and health professionals.
About the Area
Newsome is a village, situated approximately 1 mile south of Huddersfield, the 11th largest town in the UK.
Huddersfield is a cosmopolitan, bustling and energetic place, with lots of pubs, clubs, cafes and bars, plus great sports facilities and shopping. Being a quick train ride away from both Leeds and Manchester means you can enjoy the best of city life including social, cultural and entertainment events, while living and in a friendly and welcoming town. And, with good connections to the M62 and M1 it’s easy to reach the rest of the UK by car.
Since joining Newsome High in April 2017, I have experienced at first hand the special family feel our school offers and the energy from both students and staff has been a pleasure to see. I strongly welcome visits to see this at first hand and will make myself available to facilitate these for informal discussions about how this move will be a momentous positive decision for both your future career and to join us on our journey to becoming a centre of excellence.- Dean Watkin - Headteacher