Principal’s Welcome

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre is not just another school; we are a thriving, successful, vibrant and energetic community demonstrating a common purpose – to ensure the very best for our students.

We are committed to enabling all our young people to develop into happy, well prepared and confident adults, secure in the knowledge of the role they can play in their own development.  We are proud of the extensive range of opportunities to stimulate and enhance the growth of our students into mature and responsible adults with a sense of purpose.

As Principal I have extremely high standards and expectations of myself, the staff and the students. This involves all aspects of school life from effort, work-rate and ethos to conduct, behaviour and good manners.   Under my leadership, there will be a strong focus on establishing the right climate for learning within school and an emphasis on fundamental elements of learning and achievement. This positive and caring learning environment based on mutual trust and respect and, with the support of parents and the community will lead to a true partnership that supports our students, your children.

There will be an increased focus on implementing a consistency of approach with the school’s existing core values of mutual respect, equality and opportunity for all and a determination for every young person to realise their potential within a caring environment.

Our success is based on an ethos designed to address individual needs, foster self-esteem and self-belief and meet society’s changing expectations.

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre will continue to offer many wonderful and varied opportunities for students and students will achieve remarkable success across the board both in academic and non-academic areas.   Under my leadership this school will always be fully inclusive and put the students at the very centre of all that we do.

We are constantly on the lookout for outstanding opportunities to enhance our curriculum and are tenacious in developing the learning experience for our students. Our trailblazing work for NHS England has to some amazing opportunities for our students such as SmartGym Gloucestershire that seek to explore the value of combining physical and cognitive exercises to help build young people’s mental resilience.

In September 2020 the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) made us a Gold Standard school for Cyber Security. This prestigious award is built on the success of our ground-breaking work as a CyberHub School and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Cyber Security Education. The safety and cyber safety of our students in our digitally connected world is paramount and the opportunities available for young people in this rapidly expanding sector are endless. It is our desire that Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre remains at the cutting edge of both innovative and collaborative practice.

Similarly high standards of effort, talent and performance are nurtured in the extra-curricular life of the school be it on the sports field, in art, drama music or in the many other opportunities for participation outside of lessons which include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Y9 Camp and our whole school Drama productions that involve a cast and crew of over 200 young people from all year groups.

I am thrilled to announce that we commissioned a company to produce a ‘virtual tour’ of the school.  I believe, at the time, we were the first school in the Country where students and their families can experience the school before they join us. To view the tour please click on the image of the school.

In the summer of 2021 we held a Summer School for students who were joining us in September 2021.  This was a huge success and it was a pleasure to see so many young people engaging with this initiative.  A report of this event is available here.

We are a school at the very heart of our local community and seek to be the school of choice of all who live here.

Mr Rhys Phillips
Acting Principal