Newtown High School, Powys
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|Newtown High School|
|Motto||Caring Yields a Flourishing Learning Environment|
|Type||Mixed non-selective comprehensive|
|Students||approx. 1200 pupils|
|Location||Newtown, Powys, Presteigne, Wales, United Kingdom|
|School website||Official school site|
Newtown High School is a secondary or comprehensive school for boys and girls. The school is based on two campuses in the towns of Newtown and Presteigne in Powys. It has a complement of approximately 1200 pupils aged 11 – 18 years.
The High School received its most recent Estyn inspection report in 2009, with many outstanding features noted including the teacher-sixth form pupil relationship and the school's support for a wide range of Post-16 vocational and academic subjects.
The school reached Band 1 in the Welsh Government banding system in 2012, and reached band 3 in 2013. 100% of pupils achieved the Level 2 Threshold (5A*-C equivalent) in 2012 and in 2013.
The school was managing John Beddoes School in Presteigne which had been judged by Estyn to be in the Special Measures category, as well as assisting through its role as a Lead Practitioner school in the Lead and Emerging Practitioner Schools project.
On the 10th of April 2014, John Beddoes School was closed, and on the 11th of April reopened as a campus of Newtown High School, named the John Beddoes Campus. The Newtown site became the Newtown Campus of Newtown High School.
Senior Leadership Team
The current School Leadership Team consists of:
- Headteacher - Mrs J Pryce
- Deputy Headteacher - Mr S Waldron
- Assistant Headteachers - Mrs A Francis, Mr D Owen, Mr D Owen, Mr P Jennings
Newtown High School opened in 1957 as a comprehensive school, replacing the existing grammar schools. It was built on the site of a WWII prisoner of war camp on Dolfor Road, Newtown. It became co-educational in 1964.
The school was expanded over time, with additional buildings added in its first fifty years of use. This included the Art/Welsh block, Girls' Gym, Humanities (formerly English) block, Music (formerly History) block, Canolfan Cyfle (formerly Biology) block, Home Economics block, Technology block and the Sixth Form block. All demountable classrooms that were installed have now been removed.
In April 2014, the school was expanded to a two-site model, as it incorporated John Beddoes School in Presteigne. The school now consists of the 'Newtown Campus' and 'John Beddoes Campus' of Newtown High School.
- "ESTYN Inspection report". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Welsh Government Secondary school banding". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Welsh Government Lead and Emerging Practitioner Schools". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
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