Newport Free Grammar School

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Newport Free Grammar School
Established 1588
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Gordon Farquhar
Location Bury Water Lane
CB11 3TR
England Coordinates: 51°59′26″N 0°12′50″E / 51.990558°N 0.213817°E / 51.990558; 0.213817
DfE number 881/5436
DfE URN 138734 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 987
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses      Frankland      Caius
     Saxie      Banstead
     Morden      Trappes

Newport Free Grammar School, in Newport, Essex, England was founded in 1588.[1] The school is a mixed secondary school with a sixth form. It previously existed in different forms including a boarding school and a grammar school. The Headteacher is Mr Gordon Farquhar and the Deputy headteachers are Kay Turner, Matthew Gibson and Mike Hodgkiss. There are 987 students, including 160 in the sixth form.[2]

Specialist and academy status[edit]

The school achieved Specialist Language College status in July 2003 from DfES and has been a Language College since September 2003.[3] The school achieved a second specialism in Science, commencing 1 September 2008 but this was later lost.

The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2012.

Academic standards[edit]

A-Level results

In 2011 NFGS was ranked 405th out of the 429 institutions supplying A-Level results to the Telegraph league table, based on A-Level A*, A and B grade %ages.[4]

Following their inspection on 15 March 2006, Ofsted rated the school as good, Grade 2 on a four point scale. They said:

"Newport Free Grammar is a good school which provides good value for money. The acquisition of language college status has had a big impact on standards and quality. Much of the teaching is good though it needs improving in mathematics and information and communication technology (ICT). In subjects such as languages and humanities, teaching is sometimes outstanding, even inspirational. The school demonstrates that it has good capacity to maintain high standards where they exist and to use these as exemplars of good practice and thus further improve overall."[5]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Tradition to Technology". Newport Free Grammar School. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Ofsted Report 2012". 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  3. ^ "designated specialist schools listed by government regions and specialism excel spreadsheet" (XLS). DFES. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  4. ^ Payne, Sebastian (2011-08-19). "A-level results 2011 school-by-school". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  5. ^ "Newport Free Grammar School - Inspection Report", Ofsted, 24 April 2006

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