Welcome to our school
A Word From The Proprietors
As the Proprietors of Newbury Independent School, we believe that education is a fundamental vehicle for young people from all background and social status to achieve and become effective Citizens.
We embrace British and Christian Values and are committed to being relational, always actively seeking for ways to work with Parents, Guardians and Corporate Parents, involving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Police Community Support Officers (PSCO's), Social Care and other professionals. Our motto is that, even with challenging behaviours, every child can be educated. An African proverbs states that 'It takes a whole village to raise a child.'
Our school was formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Yvonne Mosquito, on the 20th December 2018. We want to work together with you in educating our children.'
''Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world'' ''Nelson Mandela''
Anthony Walters & Robin Smith
Head Teacher's Welcome
Dear Parents/Carers and Professionals,
Welcome to Newbury Independent School website and allow me to introduce myself as the new Headteacher. I hope to continue the good work carried out by my predecessor and take Newbury further on its journey.
I am a qualified Secondary English teacher who took the step, over ten years ago, into senior leadership in Coventry as Assistant Headteacher. Most notably, I spent 6 years at an inner city secondary school in one of the most deprived wards of the city. During this time, I developed a love for all things pastoral, safeguarding and child protection. I represented secondary schools on several different committees including: Coventry Children's Safeguarding Quality Assurance Board, West Midlands Prevent Group and West Behaviour Partnership.
I completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Warwick in 2013 which naturally led to my desire to achieve the nationally recognised Headteacher qualification, NPQH which I completed in 2017. I believe that, as teachers, we must continue to learn and develop.
Before joining Newbury Independent School, I held the position of Head of Education within a secure training centre for children and young people serving a custodial sentence. It was during this time that I developed a keen interest in special educational needs and disabilities as well as childhood trauma and mental health. Many children and young people who are entering into the justice system have SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) as well as ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and are often misunderstood and lack support. I strongly feel that all children and young people deserve the very best school experience to ensure that their life chances are not compromised regardless of their ability, background or the circumstances they find themselves in.
My leadership experience and passion for alternative education has now brought me to Newbury Independent School where I am looking forward to working with the team to develop independent, capable, happy children and young people who leave us with the best memories and the best life chances.
Newbury Independent School has the potential to excel in our field and you can be assured that, as Headteacher, I will strive to create the best education for your child whilst they are members of our school community. When restrictions are lifted, we will arrange an open morning so that I will finally be able to meet you all.
We have a highly qualified, committed and hardworking staff group who recognise the importance of a strong partnership between themselves, the student and home. Our staff are trained in behavioural management and family support strategies.
A Word From Our Governors
The Governors work with the Head and the Proprietors of Newbury School to ensure the school is effectively and efficiently led and managed. The Governing Body do not manage the operational running of the school but help to set the strategic direction supporting the school in ways which include:
1. Ensuring targets for achieving the school's aims and objectives are met
2. Reviewing policies
3. Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the school, ensuring that the outcome for pupils attending are significantly improved than it would otherwise be
Through clear, open and honest communication, the Governing Body aims to be a 'Critical Friend' providing challenge and holding school leadership account.