Awards and Accreditations
At Newfield we work hard to ensure that we follow recognised standards of best practice. We strive to gain accreditations and awards from these organisations as part of our ongoing quality management systems.
Here are details of some of the Awards and Accreditation’s we are proud to have achieved.
The Arts Award is a national accredited course for work relating to the arts. This covers areas such as art and craft, music, drama, ICT, research and communication. Newfield School became an Arts Award Centre in January 2015 which offers our pupils the opportunity to participate in the Arts Award scheme and gain nationally recognised accreditation for their achievements. It provides young people with opportunities to develop themselves creatively, learn new skills, communicate effectively, and hold exhibitions and performances. Pupils can achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and new certificates which will be introduced are discover and explore. Pupils in the secondary phase have been working towards the award since January 2015, with the award being open to students in the post 16 phase and primary phases since September 2015.
The Autism Accreditation programme provides an autism-specific quality assurance programme for hundreds of organisations throughout the UK and across the world. By providing a unified standard of excellence and a systematic framework for continuous self-examination and development, the aim of the programme is to continuously improve the quality of service provision for people with Autism and Asperger syndrome. Newfield School first under went an Autism Accreditation review in June 2011 with a review team spending 3 days in school observing lessons and other parts of the school day. They also reviewed planning, policies and training for staff and was initially accredited in September 2012. In June 2014 the school was delighted to go through the review process again successfully, achieving confirmation of the re-accreditation in September 2014.
Inclusion Quality Mark
The Inclusion Quality Mark is an award that is given to schools who can demonstrate that they provide equal opportunities for all their pupils regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background and attainment. It is about each individual being a valued member of the community and providing every child with a real sense of belonging.
An Inclusive Curriculum should provide relevant and challenging learning to all children by setting suitable learning challenges, responding to diverse learning needs and overcoming barriers to learning. After a very rigorous assessment process, Newfield School was deemed to meet the requirements and was first awarded the Mark in 2006.
Successful applications were made again in 2009 and in June 2012.
In recognition of our achievements we were invited to apply for ‘Flagship School’ status which we first gained in October 2012. We were delighted to be re-accredited with Flagship Status in June 2013, July 2014, June 2015 and again in May 2016. Having this accolade enables us to share our exemplary inclusive practise with other schools.View award report
Leading Parent Partnership Award
LPPA is a national award that provides a coherent framework through which schools, early years settings and other educational organisations can deliver effective parental engagement from early years to post-16. It is awarded to schools who are committed to investing in parents and carers for the achievement of pupils and students.
The LPPA Programme is based around 10 objectives. These are the key areas through which high quality parent partnership is delivered in LPPA schools. The commitment of pupils, parents, staff and governors is essential and a detailed portfolio of evidence demonstrates, for example, that the school is a welcoming environment and provides learning opportunities for parents and carers to support their child’s and their own learning.
Newfield School was proud to first be awarded LPPA in May 2013; the report stated that we offered ‘an exemplar approach to improving parental involvement through the LPPA process’. The award has enabled us to celebrate the strengths of the school and the excellent working relationships we have with our parents and carers. We were delighted to be successfully re-accredited with the award in September 2016.View award report
Quality in Study Support
Quality in Study Support and Extended Services (QISS) is a national award which recognises excellence in the areas of Study Support, Extended Services and learning activities outside normal lesson time. These extra curricular learning activities are all about increasing motivation and raising self-esteem and achievement - Achievement of the quality mark demonstrates excellence in a variety of areas including raising attainment and achievement, engaging learners with a variety of needs and significantly improving behaviour and attendance.
Newfield first achieved the QiSS award in 2010. In March 2013 following successful re-accreditation we were pleased to be revalidated as an Established Centre for Study Support and Extended services.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
The RRSA is a whole school award governed by UNICEF that celebrates the rights of children and recognises a schools achievement in putting these rights at the heart of their planning, policies, practice and ethos. Children’s rights are central to all aspects of UNICEF’s work, including education, and they use the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a framework for the RRSA activities. Essentially this award is relevant to us at Newfield because it celebrates what is central to our work, this being that it is our duty to ensure that all of our children have their rights protected and that this is celebrated.
We began our journey with the RRSA in October 2011 and in May 2012 we achieved the Recognition of Commitment, RoC, level award from UNICEF. In May 2013 we were delighted to welcome to school UNICEF assessor, Mrs. Pat Peaker, who was very impressed with our work and was happy to accredit us with the Level 1 award. In July 2014 following an accreditation visit in June from UNICEF assessors Pat Peaker and Martin Russell we were delighted to achieve the highest accolade - the Level 2 award.View award report
SEN Specialist Schools
Newfield School gained Specialist Schools Status in 2010 in the specialist areas of Communication and Interaction. Schools achieve Specialist Schools Status in partnership with private sector sponsors and through added government funding. Newfield School believes that the development of communication should be a central focus for the educational process of all pupils within the school and we are committed to unlocking the communicative potential of all our pupils.
Additional opportunities ‘Communication and Interaction Specialist’ status brings to our pupils include:
- Funding which has enabled the school to build and develop a Communication and Interaction Suite, including Speech and Language Therapy rooms and a state-of-the-art studio equipped with the latest in immersive technology. The studio enables teachers to create instantly adaptable environments in which to stimulate, encourage and develop creative thinking through light, sound, projection and space.
- Pupils’ communication needs are regularly assessed and communication needs developed through a range of differentiated programmes, including Sensory Integration, Speech and Language Therapy, Makaton signing, PECS, objects of reference and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- The development of effective methods of enabling ‘pupil voice’ and successful ‘self advocacy’.
- On going CPD ensures comprehensive training programmes for all staff in the areas of communication and interaction.
- Close links with parents and carers ensures communication strategies are shared and training and resources are available.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE Award) is a personal achievement award for young people aged 14 to 25. Accredited by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity, it provides young people with opportunities to develop as individuals, learn new skills, become active citizens, communicate effectively and form lasting relationships with their peers. Newfield School became a DofE Award Centre in September 2013 and, in partnership with Mencap and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity, we offer our pupils the opportunity to participate in the Award Scheme and gain nationally recognised accreditation for their achievements.