In 2015, six pupils have won places at Newport’s grammar schools. Pupils have won scholarships at Wrekin College, Shrewsbury High, St Dominic’s High Brewood and Stafford Grammar schools.
The headmaster, Richard Walden was 2014 Chairman of ISA.
He was Vice-Chair in 2013 and again in 2015
Our boys’ gymnastics teams have won two national GISGA titles and the ISA National title.
- Two pupils came first in the ISA National Art competition. Eleven pieces won awards in the Midlands event.
- Two pupils swam for ISA Midlands in the ISA National Swimming Gala at the London Aquatics Club and won four individual and team medals. In the ISA Midlands gala our year 6 team came third.
- The school was re-accredited to ISA following inspection by ISI.
- Six members of the Chess Club have qualified for the national Gigafinal 2015.
- The football team reached the semi-final of the Wrekin Tournament.
- Lower School children (ages 4 – 7) put on an amazing Christmas play.
The Hayward Trophy for best primary sports team in Shropshire has been won again, in 2015.
In September 2014, three new teaching rooms above the hall were opened.
The mayor of Newport attended a meeting of the School Council.
In 2013 – 2015, thirteen pupils have won places at Adams’ Grammar or Newport High Schools; and four more at Thomas Telford School. In 2014 three won places at Old Swinford Hospital. The 2013 class (of 16) has also won twenty-one places at good senior independent schools including five with major awards.
In 2012, four boys (out of six) passed for Adams’ Grammar School. In 2011, nine pupils (out of 17 in the class) passed the 11+ entrance examinations for the maintained grammar schools, Adams’ Grammar School, Newport High School and Wolverhampton High School. In 2010, five pupils (out of a class of 8) passed. Six won places in 2009.
From 2004-2015, pupils in year 6 have won 73 places at maintained grammar schools. They have also won numerous places, scholarships and awards at prestigious independent senior schools, including Stafford Grammar School, Shrewsbury High School, Wrekin College, The Cheltenham Ladies College, Winchester College, Ellesmere College, Wolverhampton Grammar School and Moreton Hall. Classes have averaged 14 pupils, of mixed ability, over the period.
In 2014 the gym teams won three team and four individual titles and in 2013 all four team titles at the ISA National Gymnastics Championships. It is the tenth consecutive year that the school has won gold medals at this competition.
In 2014, 2010 and 2009, the school won national GISGA 2 piece gymnastics titles.
The school came 8th in England in the Four Nations Maths Challenge 2012 and received a splendid certificate, having been placed 9th in the 2011 Challenge. More than 12000 schools took part! The school came 40th in the world in the World Education Games for Maths and Science.
Pupils showed outstanding enthusiasm on a residential camping trip in 2014.
In 2012 CHerubS Nursery gained outstanding grades in local ECERS and ITERS audits and was highly praised in an ISI Early Years inspection.
In 2008, the school was presented with the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Award of Excellence, in recognition of the outstanding achievements of its gymnastics teams in national, regional and county competitions since 2000.
A pupil was Highly Commended (effectively 3rd) in ISA’s national essay writing competition in 2012.
Excellent concerts have been given by instrumental soloists and groups, the choir and the orchestra, to appreciative audiences. The choir sang beautifully at the carol service in St Nicholas Church and to the residents of old people’s homes.
In 2015, 2013 and 2012, pupils have been selected to swim for The Midlands in the ISA National Swimming Gala. In 2010 and 2009, pupils represented the Midlands in swimming and won gold medals at the ISA national swimming finals. Recently the school’s netball team won 15 out of 16 inter-school matches and were ISA Midlands champions.
In the last nine years, first-class drama productions involving every pupil have included “Oliver”, “Porridge”, “We (Schools) Will Rock You”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Joseph”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Scherezade”, “Robin Hood, a musical”, “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest”. The Shakespeare performances used the full language of the plays.
In 2015, Castle House gymnastics team was awarded the Derek Hayward Trophy by Shropshire SSAA for the best primary school sports team in the whole of Shropshire. The school’s gymnastics teams had also won the trophy in 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006 and 2004.
The school holds the Sportsmark Award.
Charities. In the last eleven years, more than £21000 has been raised for charity by pupils, most of it in ventures organised by themselves. In 2014, funds were raised for Medic Malawi, Samaritan’s Purse and Marie Curie Cancer Care. In November/December 2013, £2100 was raised for the NSPCC. A pupil-led venture raised £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society. £1230 was raised for Medic Malawi in 2012. A small group of year 6 pupils raised more than £1000 by themselves to build a school in Zambia, leading the rest of the school in fund-raising activity. 83 shoeboxes were made for Operation Christmas Child in 2012.
Confidence. Each year, head pupils and senior monitors have made their own speeches to the large audience on Speech Day, written by themselves without teacher help.
In 2014 and 2013 the school won four 1st place prizes in the ISA Midlands Art competition and a 2nd in the Nationals. In both 2012 and 2011 different pupils were placed 1st in two prestigious art events, the ISA Midlands under 11 art competition and the Emerging Talent exhibition at Wrekin College. In the Midlands ISA it is now the thirteenth consecutive year the school has had a winner. More than fifty pieces have won prizes or been highly commended in these events. School art was displayed in Telford Shopping Centre.
The school team became Newport Tag Rugby champions in 2012.
Numerous children have gained skiing award badges on the dry ski slope – most recently in 2015.
Pupils have won numerous certificates, many with merits or distinctions, in Associated Board music exams, LAMDA speech and drama and ISDT dance examinations over the past few years. Many chess players have qualified for area “megafinals” or national “gigafinals” of the UK Chess Challenge, including six in 2015, three in 2013 and four in 2012. For two years running one boy has been West Mercia Chess Supremo.
All the children were magnificent hosts on a delightful Grandparents Day in 2014.
All pupils have presented class assemblies to the rest of the school – every term.
Three members of the school became licensed radio operators after taking the four day training course – as did two parents!
In 2011, the headmaster was re-elected to the ISA national executive council on which he had served for nine years. He was chairman of the ISA national finance committee. He is also vice-chairman of Midlands ISA (having been chairman for six years) and is a regular Team Inspector for ISI. In 2013 he was Vice-Chair of ISA. He was Chairman in 2014 and is now Vice-Chair.
Mr Walden has contributed articles to NOVA news magazine, in every issue for the past thirteen years.
Four members of staff have gained up-graded professional qualifications in the last two years.
The kitchen was again graded Five Star in Environmental Health’s “Scores on the Doors” scheme.
The Parents’ Liaison Association has raised more than £30,000 for school funds in the last few years. They held a highly successful Summer Ball in 2014.
BBC TV presenter Nick Owen praised the children for their conduct, attitude and friendliness when he presented the prizes at the school’s Speech Day in 2012. Newport High School headteacher, Ros Garner, made similar comments after presenting the prizes in 2013, as did MP for The Wrekin, Mark Pritchard in 2014.
Everyone enjoyed a Diamond Jubilee “street party” event and special visits and activities connected with the Olympics in 2012.
A pupil’s design was chosen for the front cover of Newport Carnival’s programme. Another pupil was elected Newport Carnival King and another to be a Lady in Waiting.