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Winners of Best School 2018 in The News We Can Do It Awards!

Our School

Our school is situated in the Borough of Gosport, South Hampshire. We have delightful grounds and an extensive playing field. We have two large playgrounds, one with a gazebo, the other has a large wooden climbing arrangement. The smaller Early Years playground has a sandpit, various outdoor play areas and a smaller wooden climbing arrangement similar to that in KS2 playground.

 

We have recently been awarded Best School in the local area for our community contribution. To read more on Newtown being awarded Best School, please visit The News website.

 

In 2018 we were also the first school in Hampshire to become an “Outstandingly Happy School”. Presented by Andy Cope, the author of “Art of Being Brilliant”, we were given a fantastic banner to display outside the school. Please visit our latest news section to read more about how we gained the happy school status.

 

We admit 60 pupils each year into Reception. Organised into two classes per year group, each class teacher is supported by a full time Learning Support Assistant and some children have a 1-2-1 LSA. We also support trainee teachers through the Pioneer Teaching Alliance and through collaboration with universities.

 

Mrs Watson and Mrs Berry are the Learning Leaders for Early Years. As Leading Foundation Stage Practitioner (LFSP), both Mrs Berry and Mrs Watson advise other schools on the best Early Years practice. Since joining us in 2017 they have made several changes to the Early Years setting, introducing exciting outside and inside learning and play areas to stimulate the mind and tap into every child’s individual way of learning. The Learning Leader for KS1 is Mrs Oakes and for KS2 is Miss Wandless.

 

The school is well resourced with a colourful extensive library that is also home to our two reading rabbits, Nibbles and Cupcake (named by the children).  We also have wireless IT capability with laptops, tablets and netbooks available for the children’s use. 

 

We are linked very closely to Christ Church in Stoke Road. Father Andy regularly visits the school to deliver Collective Worship for year groups and whole school. We have strong Christian ethos values and these are practiced every day throughout school via learning and play. We have weekly awards for children who show our values throughout lunchtime and in the dinner hall and for children who attend our Early Birds and Tea Timers clubs. You can read more about our school ethos values and learning behaviours here.

 

There is a strong commitment for excellence in the arts and sports at Newtown. We encourage participation in a wide range of sporting activities. We have a long standing relationship with Planet Education, a provider of Physical Education and coaching. Planet Education deliver some of our PE lessons, provide sport at lunchtime and for our after school extra-curricular activities.

 

Our choir is led by Miss Murray, Year 1 class teacher and Miss Powell, Year 2 class teacher. The choir meet once a week after school and participate in public singing at the school fairs and Christmas concerts. We also encourage musical learning via Rock Steady, an external company who come in to deliver fun music learning with instruments such as drums, guitar and keyboard. The group regularly put on end of term concerts to parents to showcase their learning throughout the term.

 

We value the external and internal environment of the school and high quality displays of the children’s work are evident in every classroom and shared areas. This shows the value we place on our children’s efforts and achievements.    

 

Our feeder secondary schools are Bay House School and Brune Park Community School which are part of the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust.

 

How we care for your child

 

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is important for everyone connected with Newtown CE Primary School. We want to help pupils develop an understanding of themselves and the world, to enjoy positive memorable experiences and to shape the communities they live in. Your child’s happiness, health and safety are most important. We are responsible for the pastoral care of your child and work closely with you to ensure that your child can flourish at Newtown.

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