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,
It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new Headteacher of Newbury School and to look forward to, what I am sure, will be a very busy and exciting year ahead.
Over the last 24 years, I have worked for the majority of my career in inner city schools across Birmingham. Having started as a professional school librarian and Learning Mentor, I was given the opportunity to train as a teacher - thus giving me a fairly unique perspective having worked as a member of support staff, as a teacher and now in leadership. The last 15 years have been spent working in pastoral roles, helping children with challenging behaviours and later moving into working children with special educational needs. The skills and experiences I have acquired working in these schools have provided my most valuable and rewarding experiences and have helped me to understand the unique position children and families/carers find themselves in when searching for the best place to educate their child.
During my interview and tour around Newbury School, I was tremendously impressed by the whole school, especially the respectful way the students greeted me as a visitor. It is clear to see the hard work of the owners, governors and staff and the standards set by the current leadership.
I feel it is really important to assure parents/carers that Newbury School has great potential and I am determined to build upon the solid foundations made by the team so far. I have the very highest expectations of the staff and all the children and it is my intention by working together we can make our school the best it can possibly be.
I am looking forward to working closely with you from September 2019 and hope to invite parents/carers to a coffee morning in September so we can meet in person.
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.