Principal’s Welcome | Newent Community School

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre is not just another school; we are a thriving, successful, vibrant and energetic community demonstrating a common purpose – to ensure the very best for our students.

We are committed to enabling all our young people to develop into happy, well prepared and confident adults, secure in the knowledge of the role they can play in their own development.  We are proud of the extensive range of opportunities to stimulate and enhance the growth of our students into mature and responsible adults with a sense of purpose.

As Principal I have extremely high standards and expectations of myself, the staff and the students. This involves all aspects of school life from effort, work-rate and ethos to conduct, behaviour and good manners.   Under my leadership, there will be a strong focus on establishing the right climate for learning within school and an emphasis on fundamental elements of learning and achievement. This positive and caring learning environment based on mutual trust and respect and, with the support of parents and the community will lead to a true partnership that supports our students, your children.

There will be an increased focus on implementing a consistency of approach with the school’s existing core values of mutual respect, equality and opportunity for all and a determination for every young person to realise their potential within a caring environment.

Our success is based on an ethos designed to address individual needs, foster self-esteem and self-belief and meet society’s changing expectations.

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre will continue to offer many wonderful and varied opportunities for students and students will achieve remarkable success across the board both in academic and non-academic areas.   Under my leadership this school will always be fully inclusive and put the students at the very centre of all that we do.

I am thrilled to announce that I recently commissioned a company to produce a ‘virtual tour’ of the school. I believe we are the first school in the Country where students and their families can experience the school before they join us. 

We are a school at the very heart of our local community and seek to be the school of choice of all who live here.

About Us

History and Heritage

The Newent Grammar School was founded in 1925 and was sited at the crossroads in the building that is now the Community Centre. On 1st April 1965 Newent School was founded and moved into Gloucestershire’s first purpose built comprehensive school on our current site. We were, therefore, delighted to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in April 2015.

The layout of the school is dominated by the spacious Main Hall, equipped with stage lighting and sound system. There is a continuous programme of refurbishment and improvement to ensure up to date facilities in specialist areas; the most recent being the refresh of the current Sixth Form block including the Study Area, ICT and Common Rooms. This work included the commencement of a refresh to the Library.

Over the previous two summers the refurbishment programme included five Maths, three English, four Languages and two Geography rooms.

We have just completed an EFA funded replacement of windows to four blocks and a full replacement of our school kitchen.   The EFA funded work in Summer 2015 saw our student toilet facilities upgraded.  Our EFA funded work for 2017 is a continuation of our replacement windows programme involving, this year, the front of the school.   In addition, we are looking forward to the completion, and opening, of our new Sixth Form Centre around Easter.


Facilities include:

  • Fully equipped suites of Science Laboratories
  • Design Technology Workshops
  • Three Information Technology suites
  • Independent Learning Centre
  • A Sports Hall, Fitness Suite, My Ride Studio and gymnasium
  • A Swimming Pool
  • A two pitch Astroturf which is fully floodlit
  • Floodlit tennis courts
  • Sixth Form Centre
  • A suite of Art rooms
  • Student Services Support Centre

What Makes Us Special

Staff, students and visitors comment on the friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the school.  This is a caring school where staff make a point of getting to know every student.  We have a strong pastoral team, organised through a House System. Tutor groups include students in Years 7 – 11 who support each other and ensure new students feel welcome.

Teaching and Learning are both good and our Examination Results show that students do well here.  Facilities for Teaching and Learning are excellent including; a large Library and resources area; specialist areas for all three Sciences, two Languages, Drama, Music, Sports, Computing and ICT, Learning Support, Careers and Design Technology and extra facilities for the Visual Arts.

Our extensive Sports Facilities include: large playing fields; all weather astro-turf; indoor swimming pool; cricket nets; tennis/netball courts; fitness suite, gymnasium and sports hall.  Extra-Curricular activities are a very important part of the school and include: Sports; Orchestras and Bands; Choirs; a range of different Clubs (such as Photography, History, Scuba Diving, Science and Engineering); Drama Productions; Camping; International Trips and Exchanges; Curriculum Visits; Field Courses; Ski Trip; Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme; Arctic Expeditions and Endurance Cycle Challenges.

Our aim is to develop mature, confident and thoughtful citizens. We have a thorough programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) for all students as well as Citizenship, Work Experience, Enterprise Education and Careers Guidance.

We have been recognised by the Government as being a Healthy School. We have our own in-house catering team and our school dining area, Meet ‘n’ Eat, serves a range of nutritious, home-cooked food. We try to source ingredients from local suppliers and cut the cost to improve our service to students.

In Autumn 2017 we became the first Secondary School in Gloucestershire to be awarded the Mental Health Champion Award by GHLL.   An award we are particularly proud of!


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Vision Statement

Newent Community School and Sixth Form centre will be the school of choice for prospective children and parents from within our catchment area and beyond because every student will make excellent progress and will have a caring, inspiring and vibrant educational experience in our school.  

To realise our vision we will ensure that for our students;

There will be high expectations of every student and they will be supported and challenged to believe in themselves and believe that they can achieve challenging targets.

All our students will receive outstanding learning and teaching in order to allow them to achieve excellent outcomes.

We will develop a culture of professional learning for all staff to enable excellent learning and teaching.

The curriculum will be broad and balanced to meet the needs of students of all abilities.

Extra-curricular opportunities for our students will be outstanding.

 And in respect of our school environment;

Our school will be a safe and caring place where everyone can feel secure and happy and be confident to take risks in their learning.

We will strive to secure, and work to maintain, the best possible physical resources in our school to support and enable excellent learning and teaching.

The wider school community (past and present) is extremely important in supporting the school and the learning and teaching experience for our students.  We will work hard to maximise the opportunities for engagement with all groups in our school community and for developing mutually beneficial partnerships.

We are proud to be part of Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre.

2019 Results

GCSE Results 2019 

We are delighted to announce another excellent year of results and progress from students at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre. 

80% of students achieved grades 4+ (A*-C equivalent) in GCSE English and 74% achieved grades 4+ in Maths. Over 12% of all grades achieved by our students were either a grade 9-7 (A*-A equivalent). These excellent results are mirrored in many of the subjects in our wonderfully broad curriculum. 

We are exceptionally proud of the students for performing well in these new more challenging GCSEs, with the majority of subjects now graded on a new numerical 1-9 grading system. 

Our students have made excellent progress from their KS2 starting points. Superb results were achieved by many students in the traditional, academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate as well as in our vibrant practical, creative and performing arts departments. 

The overwhelming majority achieved the grades they required to take the next step in their lives, whether that be studying A levels with us at Newent, attending college, taking up an Apprenticeship or entering the world of work. 

Within this global success there have been many individual performances worthy of special mention. Many students have made extraordinary progress since joining Newent Community School and have achieved the remarkable outcomes listed below: 

• Sarah Bilsby achieved five grade 9s, four grade 8s and one grade 7

• Isobel Balmer achieved four grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 5

• Helen Davis achieved two grade 9s, six grade 8s and two grade 7s

• Isobel Dinic achieved two grade 9s, two grade 8s and six grade 7s

The first photograph is of Amelia Hookway-Jones, Alana Spedding, Phoebe Bonser and Lois Feld jumping for joy! The other photograph is of Poppy Jones and Anisha Rasul with Mrs Williams (English teacher). Both girls each achieved a Grade 9 and 8 in their English exams.

We are committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential demonstrating high standards in all aspects of their school life from effort, work rate and ethos to conduct, behaviour and good manners.

We strive to develop confident, informed and caring young adults who have self-belief and participate in their local, national and international communities; the school provides a wealth of opportunities for students to achieve these aims. 

Principal, Alan Johnson, said: “Our values as an inclusive community school where there are no limits on what can be achieved are reflected in these fantastic examination results. We are absolutely delighted with our GCSE results and are all immensely proud of our students’ achievements. The hard work of our students and teachers has been rewarded and these stunning results that will enable our students to move on to their A-level courses at our sixth form with confidence and pride in their ability and potential. I would like to thank all our wonderful staff for their hard work and dedication and also thank our parents and carers for their ongoing support for our school.” 

A Level Results Summer 2019 

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre is pleased to announce that 2019 has been another successful year for our Year 13 students with a 92 % pass rate at A Level as well as in a range of other courses available at the school in the Sixth Form.  

Our A* - E performance also saw a 5% increase on performance from last year. We are very pleased with all our students performing exceptionally well against targets based on their prior attainment. 

Our top performers this year included Felicity Beach-Thomas who will study International Relations with Language at Cardiff University following her impressive A* A A B grades. Elisabeth James who has secured her place at York University to study Mathematics, after achieving A* A B C. Lydia Kelly is also congratulated for securing her place in Leeds to study Law following her A* A B C grades.  

We are extremely proud of Caitlin Nolan (our Head Girl) and Lewis Mitchell (our Head Boy), who, in addition to studying 4 A levels, also completed the EPQ qualification. Caitlin, who achieved A A B C and A* for her EPQ will be studying towards her Masters degree in Neuroscience at Nottingham University. Lewis, who gained A B C D and a B for his EPQ will study Financial Mathematics at Aberystwyth University also securing a Merit Scholarship. Both Caitlin and Lewis were key members of the crew involved in our Beauty and the Beast production in February. 

There are many other individual success stories, too many to mention them all. Lily Meecham and Natalie Girard are two of a growing number of students taking up apprenticeships and have secured places in the NHS. Other very successful A level students include Ruby Sacklyn who achieved A A B and who will travel in her gap year prior to embarking on a potential Midwifery course at university. 

It has been an excellent year at Newent and needless to say we are very proud of our all of our students, and we wish them every success as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. 

Everyone at Newent is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential demonstrating high standards in all aspects of their school life from effort, work rate and ethos to conduct, behaviour and good manners. We strive to develop confident, informed and caring young adults who have self-belief and participate in their local, national and international communities; the school provides a wealth of opportunities for students to achieve these aims. 

For further information telephone 01531 820550, email admin@newent.gloucs.sch.uk or visit www.newent.gloucs.sch.uk


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