Newport Free Grammar School
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Headteacher||Mr Gordon Farquhar|
|Location||Bury Water Lane
|DfE URN||138734 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
Newport Free Grammar School, in Newport, Essex, England was founded in 1588. 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.
Specialist and academy status
The school achieved Specialist Language College status in July 2003 from DfES and has been a Language College since September 2003. 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.
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.
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."
Notable former pupils
- Charles George Broyden, Mathematician.
- Martin Caton, MP for Gower
- Jimmy Doherty, BBC broadcaster and Farmer
- Paul Epworth, music producer
- James Frain, film actor
- Matt Holland, Republic of Ireland footballer
- Jamie Oliver, chef
- "Tradition to Technology". Newport Free Grammar School. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
- "Ofsted Report 2012". 2012. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "designated specialist schools listed by government regions and specialism excel spreadsheet" (XLS). DFES. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
- Payne, Sebastian (2011-08-19). "A-level results 2011 school-by-school". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- "Newport Free Grammar School - Inspection Report", Ofsted, 24 April 2006