Newlands Academy

Southwark, United Kingdom

Location: Southwark, United Kingdom
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Boys
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Newlands Academy

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Newlands Academy is a special school for students who have social, emotional and mental health needs. We are very proud of our current ‘Good’ Ofsted grade and are on a journey to achieve ‘Outstanding’ at our next inspection. We are passionate about ensuring that, individually, we are continually improving and challenging ourselves and as an academy, striving towards our vision ‘To make our best better’.

Many of our students have had to overcome significant difficulties in their lives and have struggled to succeed in other educational establishments; in some cases, they have been regarded as unteachable. 

When they come to Newlands they are offered a fresh start and the opportunity to develop as young people. Our mission is to use our detailed understanding of every child’s personalised needs so that we can best equip them with the skills and values to ensure a successful transition to adult life.

Our Location

Newlands Academy is located in a quiet residential area adjacent to Peckham Rye and the historic Nunhead cemetery in the London Borough of Southwark. There are transport links.

Our Vision

Our school ethos can be summed up by our five key principles.

  • We are a caring and accepting community where everyone’s voice is valued
  • We see potential in all our students and offer them a fresh start
  • The students’ learning and emotional needs are at the centre of every decision we make
  • We give students time and space to gain an understanding of their own identity; we strive to nurture, educate and empower them through to adulthood
  • We work in the academy with humour, justice, compassion and forgiveness. We understand that all members of the community can make mistakes and that we learn from each other

We believe in the educational role of the family and foster strong links between the home and school environment.

We have onsite partnerships with the Anna Freud Family Project, the Southwark Troubled Families Project, as well as provision for Art therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.

We aim to provide a personalised and stimulating environment, where students can be welcomed and learn safely. We place a high emphasis on the spiritual social and moral development of each student.

Key Priorities

  • To ensure that students become independent learners to prepare them for life after Newlands
  • To work with families and students to tackle the problems of a small number persistent absentees/non attenders
  • To analyse academic and behaviour data in order to inform progress
  • To ensure that progress is good across all subjects
  • To develop numeracy across the curriculum 
  • To continue to develop a therapeutic approach to learning
  • To ensure that safeguarding is outstanding
  • To continue to develop middle leaders

Our Enrichment

Due to the varied and complex needs of our students, Newlands Academy ensures that all students are given opportunities to experience a wide range of enrichment activities that enable students to develop cognitive and practical as well as social and emotional skills. Most students undertake three enrichment activities per week. 

These activities give students the opportunity to work with different students and staff in both formal and informal learning learning environments. 

The range of activities on offer is dependent on the needs and interests of the current cohort of students as well as the skills and experience of the current staff team (as is established by yearly staff skills audits).


We are judged to be 'good' and we were last inspected in April 2016. To view all our Ofsted reports please click  here 

Our Trust 

We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.  

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 64 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.

As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.

We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our schools being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here 

We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here

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Address: Stuart Road, Peckham Rye, London, SE15 3AZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 207 639 2541
What people say about us

They understand how behaviour is managed and what rewards and consequences are likely because all staff apply the behaviour policy in a consistent manner.

- Ofsted April 2016

Pupils respond quickly to the well-structured support systems that are in place and the high expectations that staff have of them.

- Ofsted April 2016

Pupils become more confident about their learning because teachers are skilled in using creative and engaging teaching and learning strategies. For example, drama and media resources are used effectively to explain difficult concepts in science and help them make sense.

- Ofsted April 2016