Introduction to the House

A brief history….

The Headmaster of Newent School in 1940 was Mr Peacock. He had previously been in the Royal Navy, so he decided to name the 3 houses after famous sailors/seamen, Drake, Collingwood and Nelson. When the school grew in size in the 1970's, a later Headmaster, Mr Jack Miller added Mountbatten. We have now reverted to the three House system, Collingwood, Mountbatten and Nelson.

Head of House

The Head of House oversees the pastoral care of each and every student within their House. This includes the day-to-day running of the House, coordination of the 11 tutorials within each House, organisation of rewards and sanctions, assemblies, the House sports programme, extra-curricular House activities, and many other things too numerous to mention.

Head of Mountbatten
Miss K Gordelier

Head of Collingwood
Mrs T Williams

Head of Nelson
Miss C Dufour


Our Attendance Welfare Officer, Mrs S Smith, deals with all issues of attendance within the Houses.   

We also have two SAFE officers who support the Heads of House will behavioural issues and support.


Your Child’s Tutor will be the first point of contact, either by phone on 01531 820550 or email.

Your Child’s Tutor will offer guidance, stability, support and information.


There is a detailed programme of assemblies which runs throughout the year, often with external visitors. These cover a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues such as freedom from bullying and Operation Christmas Child.

House Sports

There is a wide range of House Sports which take place throughout the year. As with all extra-curricular activities, students are encouraged to participate to develop their social and team skills. Win, lose or draw, it is the taking part which really is the most important thing. Whilst some tutees will happily sign up for all sports, we often see players who simply want to try something new.




Autumn Term

Cross Country






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House Points

The system of House Points is the principal reward mechanism in the school, although many subject teams also have their own ways of rewarding progress, effort and good behaviour.

House Points may be given for a variety of reasons and students receive certificates and lapel badges for reaching particular landmarks during each academic year.

Year 9 Camp

The highlight for many students during their time at Newent Community School is the annual school camp for Year 9, where they spend three nights under the stars in a farmer’s field in Brecon!
Student’s are responsible for cooking their own meals, have to do all the washing up, wash in a stream, climb Pen Y Fan, he highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, and yet they all return saying they’ve had the time of their lives!

Pastoral Support

The school employs a Student Welfare Officer, Miss Kelly Thompson (, who is available on a daily basis to offer support to students regarding a variety of issues and who will co-ordinate support from within school and with external agencies, including

  • Teens In Crisis Counselling Service (TIC)
  • Child and Young People Services (CYPS
  • Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL)
  • Connexions Service
  • Mentoring Service
  • Youth Support Trust (YST)
  • Families First
  • Winston’s Wish
  • Social Services
  • Children and Young People’s Directorate (CYPD)
  • Youth Workers
  • Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
  • School Medical Officer

Many of these external agencies are based in school for part of the week.

Should you feel that any of your child would benefit from any of the above services, please speak to Miss Thompson, your child’s tutor or Head of House at the School.

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