We are immensely proud of this shared achievement which is testament to the commitment of all those associated with the Newcomen Family who strive for the very best outcomes for our children, our most precious asset.
Newcomen Primary School had its last inspection in May 2022
It is a privilege to work with such supportive parents and carers, inspiring and committed staff who go the extra mile and our highly effective Governing Body, who challenge and support to ensure the children get very best start in education.
Miss Kinga Pusztai x
Quotes from the Newcomen Family
- Newcomen Primary School is improving the life chances of its pupils.
- The members of the Newcomen school community describe themselves as a ‘family’. Pupils are happy and safe here.
- They refer to the school motto, ‘believe, achieve, succeed’, with pride.
- Pupils enjoy rising to meet the high aspirations of staff. Success is celebrated in Friday morning assemblies.
- Pupils are recognised for their actions linked to important values, such as empathy, kindness and tolerance.
- Pupils explain that their opinions are heard. They talk about decisions made by the school council that have benefited the school.
- Pupils are confident that they are valued and appreciated.
- All leaders are aspirational for pupils and committed to providing them with the best possible life chances.
- Staff ensure that pupils are well equipped, with knowledge and positive attitudes, to take their next steps in education.
- Pupils enjoy learning and are proud of their achievements. A respectful culture is clear in the positive relationships around school.
- Children in the early years are encouraged to communicate with each other with respect.
- Leaders, staff and pupils believe that ‘knowledge is power’. This is evident in how leaders have planned their curriculums, and in conversations with pupils. Planning is strong, ambitious and research-based.
- Staff make sure that pupils revisit their prior learning regularly. For example, pupils talk convincingly and with enthusiasm about the depth of their historical knowledge.
- Teachers adapt the curriculum well to ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve well.
- Staff use questioning effectively to check what pupils remember and to uncover gaps in learning.
- Leaders ensure that vocabulary is prioritised throughout the school. Children in the early years are encouraged to use sophisticated vocabulary by staff.
- Older pupils routinely use precise vocabulary to explain their learning, particularly in mathematics.
- Leaders have ensured that reading is at the heart of the school.
- Pupils throughout school feel safe and are very aware of how adults protect and care for them. Pupils learn about how to keep themselves safe and can talk clearly about different types of risk. Staff are acutely aware of pupils who might be vulnerable.
- The wider reading culture is exceptionally strong.
- Stories that pupils will study are carefully chosen to inspire them and broaden their understanding of the world.
- Daily story time is valued and enjoyed by staff and pupils alike.
- Leaders ensure that learning to read is prioritised for younger pupils.
- Pupils who struggle with phonics are identified quickly and given extra support to ensure they keep up.
- Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. They treat each other courteously and explain why manners are important.
- Pupils are happy and keen to share their experiences with visitors.
- They explain that school is a happy place and talk keenly about what they have learned. Pupils display mature attitudes. They explain the importance of resilience and perseverance.
- Younger pupils explain, ‘It’s okay to make mistakes because it’s a chance for your brain to grow.’ Positive relationships are clear between staff and pupils.
- Pupils are happy to volunteer answers and are confident to ‘give it a go’.
- Leaders’ commitment to the wider development of pupils is exceptional.
- Leaders ensure that moral values and integrity underpin all aspects of school life.
- Different learning areas and displays in the school celebrate local history, world heritage and inspirational figures. Pupils develop a firm understanding of their position in the world and of their responsibilities.
- The whole school community participated in fundraising for Ukraine, for example.
- The development of pupils’ character is carefully woven through everything the school does.
- Pupils learn about British values, such as respect and tolerance. They live out these values in their daily interactions. Staff encourage pupils to ‘stand tall’ and celebrate their uniqueness. This creates a warm and positive environment where pupils feel safe and develop confidence.
- All staff are proud to work at this school. They describe the school as a family and appreciate the supportive culture that leaders have created.
- Staff say that they feel valued and heard. They recognise the efforts that leaders make to consider their workload and well-being. Staff describe leaders as inspirational. Staff remain working here as ‘nobody wants to leave’
- Staff work collectively to ensure that pupils are kept safe as a priority.