All Different, All Equal
Kenton School's values are expressed in our motto, "All Different - All Equal." This means that we value all our students equally and inclusively, taking our students from a wide range of backgrounds across Newcastle upon Tyne.
We aim to recognize each child as an individual with his or her own talents, ambitions and needs. For example, our Gifted and Talented provision, enhanced by our state-of-the-art Advanced Learning Centre, includes Mandarin lessons and exchange visits with our partner school in Beijing, while our teaching of children with special needs, including those on the autistic spectrum, is exemplary. Yet our large Sixth Form sends many students to Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities.
Kenton has been consistently one of the largest schools in the country, oversubscribed on entry every year from 1998, reflecting the confidence that our community has in us and enabling us to make the wide-ranging provision that we need to fulfil our mission.
In 2013 there were more applications for Kenton than for any other school in Newcastle: 551 applications for our 342 places. During this period Ofsted has inspected the school four times and found it outstanding or good on every occasion.
Exceptional Teaching in a Family Atmosphere
The quality of teaching, which we believe is the key to the quality of our school, is exceptional, with over 90% of observed lessons now outstanding or good.
Outstanding pastoral care and tracking of students’ progress, together with our individual ‘First Family Meeting’ with every child and parent who has been allocated a place at the school, mean that students can benefit from our large size while we maintain excellent personal relationships.
In 2009 Ofsted said: “Despite the large size of the school it maintains a family atmosphere…treating every student as an individual.”
Seriously Academic & Seriously Vocational
In our curriculum we have been ahead of the game in insisting for many years that students should study a Foreign Language and three separate sciences at GCSE, if they are capable of success. We now insist that these students should take the full EBacc (the ‘English Baccalaureate’, which is a combination of GCSEs in: English, Mathematics, at least two Sciences, A Foreign Language such as Spanish or French and either History or Geography).
On the other hand, one branch of our ‘all different all equal’ curriculum at Kenton was always serious vocational or applied learning, including a working Hair and Beauty training salon and a fully equipped garage for Motor Vehicle Technology study.
We really do take the different needs of our students seriously.
If you have a Safeguarding issue, please contact us as soon as possible and talk to a Designated Member of staff. If you would prefer to talk to our Governors about a Safeguarding issue, please address the matter to our Safeguarding and Child Protection link Governor, Ms S O'Neil
At Kenton School we strictly follow the principles and rules as outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education policy.
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