Headteacher: Mr Kristian Hancock
Telephone: 01225 421675 / 421620
See the Newbridge Primary School Prospectus for an overview of the school.
Please note that the online prospectus is a PDF file which can be viewed with the Acrobat Reader. Paper copies of the prospectus can be obtained from the school office.
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Ethos and aims
Statement of intent
I would like to be the best that I can be
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
We aim to put our children at the centre of their own learning and place great emphasis on nurturing skills and attitudes such as resourcefulness, resilience and co-operation. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics. Themes have included Jamaica, Space, Romans, Britain Since the 1930s, Natural Forces and All About Me.
Every week, each class teacher spends half a day outside of their teaching duties to concentrate on lesson planning and evaluating their pupils’ learning. All of the teachers who provide cover for these half days are experts in specialist subjects. This allows our children to benefit from weekly specialist tuition in music, PE, art, drama and languages, or specialist early years’ support, according to which year they are in.
We enjoy strong links with local schools (both primary and secondary), our nearby hospital, community churches and local businesses. This, along with the fact that we are in the historic city of Bath, gives us plenty of opportunities for local projects. We also enjoy going on residential and day school trips. Recent adventures have included visiting the Roman Baths in Bath, the ss Great Britain in Bristol, and residential trips to Kilve Court in Somerset and St Rhadagunds Conference Centre on the Isle of Wight.
School and home
Our school has an ‘in it together’ attitude to learning. We believe in letting parents and carers know what and how we are learning. We encourage two-way dialogue between school and home and support this through Parents’ Evenings, workshop meetings, curriculum information, ‘learning diaries’ such as Reading Record Books and invitations to many of our assemblies. We also believe that homework can help reinforce what we learn at school. All our children get homework, but our teachers are careful to make sure that it is kept to an appropriate level.
Our local community
Our school is at the centre of our community. Many local businesses and people give us their support and are always very generous when we fundraise for school equipment. People in the community, including local fire crew, police officers and authors often visit us and tell us about what they do. We also visit people outside and take part in community activities such as singing carols at our local hospital, or enjoying the harvest festival at our local church.
Our school community
We are a friendly school; we like to collaborate with each other. The older children often act as ‘buddies’ for the younger children, helping them with House Activities, reading and playground activities at playtime. And even parents and carers make friends with each other when they come to collect our children at the end of the school day. Our Parent-School Association and Governors are very busy and include mums, dads, grandparents and other local people who care about our school.
A large number of our clubs and activities are run free of charge by our teachers. Others are offered for a small charge by outside coaches and teachers. Clubs vary depending on demand and the season, but regularly include:
We enjoy exciting activities during our residential trips in years 5 and 6 such as abseiling, archery and grass sledging. We also get the chance to do things like exploring coastal walks, hunting for fossils and looking for red squirrels in woodland on the Isle of Wight.
We enjoy lots of space at Newbridge. The Upper and Lower School are housed in separate buildings and have their own playgrounds. Midway between them is the administration block. Many of our buildings are joined together by covered walkways. We have big playing fields and a large conservation area, which we use as an outside classroom.
In addition to our conservation area, we have a spiritual garden and a horticultural garden (where we grow everything from flowers to vegetables). We also have plenty of apparatus to play on in the playgrounds including a wooden train and climbing frames.
There are computers and a book corner in each classroom. Our main library also has an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) suite, which is used by children throughout our school. Other multimedia facilities include interactive white boards in each classroom and a lighting and sound system in our Upper School Hall that can also act as a computer and DVD projector.
We have whole school assemblies in the Upper School Hall, which is also used for PE, plays and music recitals. The Lower School Hall acts as our Dining Hall in addition to hosting some assemblies, performances and Lower School PE.
Being happy and healthy
Ensuring a happy, healthy environment in which our children enjoy learning is central to our ethos. We do our utmost to make it easy for children to approach staff with their problems or concerns. We teach that bullying is never acceptable behaviour. We promote healthy eating, provide fruit snacks for children in the Infants and encourage everyone to drink water throughout the day. We make the most of our wonderful outdoor space and, weather permitting, head outside as often as we can.
Supporting each other
Collaboration and caring is encouraged at all levels, in both the staff and the pupils. Older children help younger children in the playground and the classroom. This happens both spontaneously and more formally through organised activities such as our House Challenges. In these, a group of children who share the same House but not the same age are tasked with completing a teamwork project. A happy, supportive working environment is further promoted through our traffic light system. This is a school-wide approach to classroom discipline, where red means stop what you are doing.