A village school in the heart of the city
and thank you for showing an interest in our school. We are proud of Newtown, which is a family-friendly community and maintains the feel of a village school, even though it is in the heart of the city. We are situated a short walk from the Cathedral, theatres, museum and library of Exeter city.
Other local amenities include Belmont Park, St Matthew’s church, shops, sports centre, swimming pool, hospital and police station, all of which provide opportunities for supporting the school curriculum.
If you would like any more information about any aspect of Newtown Primary, or would like to arrange a visit, please feel free to contact us
Newtown Primary School is committed to offering inclusive education. We are, therefore, very proud to be one of two schools commissioned by Devon County Council to offer enhanced provision for pupils with speech and language difficulties. A specialist 8 place resource base for pupils from Reception to Year 3 who have a specific, significant speech and/or language disorder is an intrinsic part of Newtown Primary School.
Dear Staff, Parents and Carers,
As promised, here is our second report from the Governing Body for this academic year.
First a reminder of what governors are expected to do:
The headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school.
HOW WELL WE HAVE DONE
The school is judged on the standards which children reach in external tests and the progress they make. Children are expected to make two levels of progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. Most children are expected to reach Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 in order to be ready for secondary school.
Our Local Authority Adviser attended a meeting for all the governors in December to help us interpret the information about the summer tests, evaluate how well we did and ask questions about what we should do better.
Standards & Progress
Closing the Gap: Pupil Premium funding is used to help groups of children who historically have not done well, to do better. We continue to look at how we spend Pupil Premium funding to make sure we are using it effectively to make a difference to children’s progress and attainment.
The government’s Data Dashboard will soon show the 2013 test results and other information: (http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/dash.php?urn=113083). You can also see our Key Stage 2 results by clicking on Prospectus in the About Us section of the school website. You will find details of how we are spending Pupil Premium Funding in the same section.
We know that parents value the artistic and creative aspects of learning at Newtown. It is very exciting to see so many children learning musical instruments and more children keen to join in.
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
We finally achieved good attendance figures last term, exceeding our target and the national average. We would like to thank all the staff, parents and carers, and of course the children for this improvement. Please keep up the good work: school attendance along with good teaching make a huge difference to how well children do at school.
Punctuality has improved a lot as well. This gets the day off to a really good start.
THE NEW LIBRARY & THANK YOU TO FONS
The Resources Committee made sure that the school got the best price on works to transform the computer room into a library. By subscribing to the Schools Library Service, we are also getting sound advice about layout; processing books; and help with training children as librarians.
The governors would like to say a huge thank you to FONS for their generous donation of £1,500 towards the purchase of books. The new library will be an excellent springboard for promoting reading for pleasure (part of the current School Development Plan). There is very strong research evidence that children who read widely for pleasure and talk to family and friends about their reading, achieve much better by the age of 15 than those who are not regular readers.
In response to your comments, a working party of governors have come up with ideas to make it easier to find information and to improve the way the school communicates through the website.
GOVERNORS’ TRAINING AND SKILLS
Governors on the Resources committee completed an audit to identify our skills in strategic planning and financial management; this is to ensure that we spend money efficiently and effectively.
We will continue to evaluate our skills as governors over the coming term and ensure we are appropriately trained.
NEW VISION & VALUES
Thank you for your ideas. We will send you a draft version as soon as possible so you can give us your opinions of the wording so far. Getting the right words is a challenge and we value your contributions.
You can contact me or any of the governors, through the school office via Hayley or Laura. You can find all our names in the governors' section of the school website: www.newtownprimaryschool.co.uk/governorpage.
Chair of Governors on behalf of the Governing Body
Parent View is an online questionnaire from Ofsted so that parents and carers can give their views about their school at any time of the year. It provides other parents with information about the school. It also gives Ofsted information to help them identify priorities for inspection.
The questionnaire covers a range of topics allowing you to give a view about Newtown on each issue. There is also a question about whether or not you would recommend Newtown to other parents.
Go to parentview.ofsted.gov.uk where you log on to give your views. There is also a direct link from our Ofsted report.