Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School

About Us

Our Mission Statement, written by our students, encapsulates what inspires and drives staff and students in all that we do.

 Newstead Wood School

Mission Statement

 At Newstead Wood we share, celebrate and are inspired by

  • a passion for learning
  • respect based on freedom and trust
  • local, national and international partnerships
  • creative and demanding learning experiences
  • all achievements, both in the class and beyond
  • each individual for who they are and who they can become
  • confidence in our ability to improve ourselves and our future

We are proud of our achievements, and always looking for fresh challenges


We are a hard working and caring school with a passion for learning and an outstanding record of achievement.  In an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, we encourage everyone to reach their potential. 

“This is an outstanding school that is not complacent and continuously strives to improve further. Students excel academically and socially and develop an impressive sense of mature and thoughtful communal responsibility.Ofsted 2010.

We are a highly selective girls’ state secondary school, with a co-educational Sixth Form, close to Orpington Station. Our catchment radius covers a wide, rich range of socio-economic and ethnic areas: over 40% of students are from ethnic minorities and many of our students will be the first of their families to enter Higher Education. The school is heavily over-subscribed. 

Newstead prides itself on providing an exciting learning environment, both in terms of resources and expectations, so that each individual can flourish. We recognize the range of students’ abilities, both in terms of specific subjects and personal and social education, and try to respond, often through links with the wider community.  Newstead is nationally and internationally renowned for offering the best ways to provide for the needs of very able students both through the formal curriculum and beyond – through extra-curricular and enrichment activities in particular. We have high expectations and encourage students to be self-motivated so that learning arises naturally through enquiry and research, across different subjects. We know that lively minds come to us well stocked and able to think divergently.  Our staff understand very able and gifted students and encourage the appreciation and acceptance of different abilities.

Students’ learning at Newstead is enriched through fieldwork, exchanges, conferences, lecture programmes, masterclasses and, sometimes, acceleration. There is an extensive range of extra curricular activities on both a school and House basis. Many are initiated and run by students themselves. Clubs for juniors include Mathemagicians, BAYS (The British Association of Young Scientists) and Arguers Anonymous, an important training ground for strong debating and public speaking activities at Newstead and nationally. 

Opportunities for seniors include the Duke ofEdinburghProgramme, Young Enterprise, Model United Nations and Community Sports Leader Awards. There are many opportunities to develop talents in sport and music.  Enrichment Week provides an additional forum for cross-curricular studies and the exploration of subjects in depth. Finally, our extensive links with the local community ensure students become involved and develop an appreciation of the wider world.

As students progress through the school they can become involved in a wide range of influential leadership opportunities.  Our Head Student and Deputies are complemented by the House Captains, Student Pastoral Coordinators, Eco Captains, Sports Captains and Year Reps in the Student Forum. These students have an integral role in representing the school, working with school Governors and staff, and implementing, and evaluating the progress of the School Development Plan. Senior student leaders have been active members of national and international student leadership networks, and  attend the annual Asia Pacific Young Leaders Summit in Singapore, taking part in development activities and international debate.

Our expert and dedicated staff inspire our students; and our students' energy, creativity and enthusiasm inspire staff. We are proud of our students' achievements - whatever field they excel in. However, neither staff or students are complacent - constantly looking for new challenges to meet and fresh problems to solve. Newstead students have freedom and security to be themselves, and many opportunities to follow their interests and aspirations. We know them as individuals and support them to grow as thinking young people and active citizens, ready to take positions of responsibility and leadership on leaving school.