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.
REPORT FROM THE GOVERNING BODY
January to May 2014
Dear Staff, Parents and Carers,
Here is our latest report of the work carried out by the Governing Body. First a reminder of what governors are expected to do:
The words in bold have been added in the latest version of the Governors’ Handbook, May 2014.
The headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school.
We have agreed our budget for the next three years. We have made sure that we have budgeted for the planned growth of the school. The Local Authority needs more school places and in September 2017 we should have 210 pupils. We have discussed how the buildings need to be adapted and about how many teachers we will need.
Over the summer holidays the room above the library will be refurbished for the Year 6 class.
GETTING BETTER AS A GOVERNING BODY
We have thought about what we do well as governors and what we need to do better.
We are going to concentrate on:
Parents and carers can attend our full governor meetings as observers though you would have to leave the room for confidential matters, for instance personnel items. Our next full governors’ meeting is on 3rd July at 5.30 pm. We will publish next year’s meetings on the website after we have fixed the dates next term.
PRAISE FOR THE SPEECH & LANGUAGE CENTRE
The Local Authority visited the school in March to review the Speech & Language Centre. We were delighted to receive a report which highlights very good teaching, support, and progress by the children. It concludes:
What the S&L Centre provides is over and above what could be found in other similar primary schools with good SEN provision. Work has been done over the recent years to reshape the S&L Centre to what it is today, which is a very inclusive, productive and positive aspect of school.
NEWTOWN VISION AND VALUES
We have sent you the draft of the new vision and values for Newtown. We will now start on the art work so that the ideas are represented in an exciting way. Thank you for contributing and for responding to the draft vision. As people like the idea of mottos we will invite ideas through the School Council and the newsletter.
THE DATA DASHBOARD
The Government publishes basic information about the school including Key Stages 1 and 2 test results and attendance. The information is updated in March each year covering the previous academic year. This means that the information goes out of date quite quickly. There is a link to the Data Dashboard from our Ofsted report (on the school website). There is no information under Closing the Gap, as there were so few pupils in this category last summer.
We are very pleased that we have continued to achieve good attendance. The information on the Data Dashboard only covers the period up to the end of Summer Term 2013 when our attendance was still poor.
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Ruth Jones and the staff will produce a new School Development Plan later this term. It will include the things which Ofsted said we should continue to work on.
As governors we are currently working on how we can judge whether the plan is making any difference, for instance, to the ways pupils are learning and making progress. Our approach will be built into the new plan.
We will tell you about the new plan in our report next term.
You will get to know our governors through brief introductions in the newsletter. And 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
Newtown Primary is a GOOD school – Ofsted 2014
Our latest Ofsted report reflects a huge amount of hard work, commitment and clarity of purpose from our head teacher, our teaching and non-teaching staff, our parents and carers, our governors and all our children.
The governors would like to congratulate everyone for achieving a good judgement; it was an extremely rigorous and challenging inspection.
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.