Our School

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This is a new school and a new way of learning for the families in west Newcastle. We aim to provide space and time for children to develop a deeper way of learning, seek and for parents to be engaged in that process. By exploring learning in small groups and in many different contexts; the city, forest, beach, school and home we will ensure every child has many opportunities to learn in ways the best match their interests.
We hope that supportive environment, together with a high ratio of skilled staff, volunteers and parents, will enable children to be enthusiastic and independent learners.
Children will be encouraged and expected to outperform their peers educationally, socially and make a positive contribution to their community. Test sdJFsdhfskdksdksjd 


The School’s Aim

To enhance the school choice for families in west central Newcastle by providing a different way of learning in varied contexts.


Our Ethos

The school’s ethos is based on respect for the intrinsic capabilities of children and the recognition that all children are unique individuals with a wide range of abilities and potentials. Children will be valued as strong, sociable and capable individuals, constantly learning and enquiring about the world around them. The school will be a place where children will be encouraged to be curious, to ask questions, to learn from one another and to create their own theories and solutions.

We believe that, for children to flourish, the educational opportunities provided at school must be supported by caring, knowledgeable adults in the home. Parents and carers will therefore be encouraged, welcomed and respected for the knowledge and experience that they bring to a child?s education. Moreover, they will be invited to partake in the ongoing program of training to further enhance their nurturing skills and improve basic skills in literacy and numeracy so that they are better able to support their child?s learning.

Dialogue with, and democratic decision-making between, children, staff, parents and the wider community will be central to the running of the school, with parents actively involved in school activities.

Moreover, as much learning as possible will be experiential, open-ended and enquiry-based and undertaken in rich and exciting learning environments, including the outdoors. As often as possible, the arts will be utilised to encourage free expression, imagination and creativity. We recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of every child, not least by cultivating and celebrating the various talents and interests every child possesses.


The School’s Vision

All children will achieve their full potential, with holistic support, whilst they enjoy, own and drive their learning, gaining self-respect, self-esteem and self- belief.

All children:

  • Will achieve their full potential and all can achieve excellence

  • Have a supportive learning environment at home and school with parents valued as the primary educators

  • Develop a love for learning when seen as unique individuals and engaged in meaning projects

  • Have high levels of respect, self-esteem and self-belief when they learn through collaboration with others

  • Cultivate a variety of intelligence’s and competencies when given the opportunity to learn from experts in a democracy.


WNA is a place where children are encouraged to be curious – to ask questions and learn from one another. Teaching and learning is child-centred with a balance between teacher-led and child-initiated learning.


Children spend two days every week learning away from the school – in ‘forest school’, at the beach or visiting museums, farms and parks.

Our Inspiration

Sir Ken Robinson says "Bring on the learning revolution" - TED Talk

Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves - TED Talk

Term Dates

Our term dates are here:

Term Dates 2018-19


Accessible Access

West Newcastle Academy is currently situated in temporary accommodation within Benwell Nature Park. There is wheelchair access to the school via a ramp through the classroom. There is also a disabled parking bay available. Our new school will be fully DDA compliant and will include wheelchair access, an accessible life and disabled parking bays. Please call the school office for further information.


Contacting the School:

Phone calls will be answered by Carol or Saj in the office. Our Headteacher is Susan Percy. You can call the school on 0191 273 9477 or email on admin@westnewcastleacademy.org


Pupil Premium & Free School Meals:

Pupils whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits are entitled to Pupil Premium, which gives free school meals and school uniform to the pupil and gives extra funding to the school to ensure every child reaches their full potential.

All children in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year One and Year Two) are entitled to free school meals.


Apply online here

Breakfast Club

Parents and carers can register their child for West Newcastle Academy's Breakfast Club by emailing us at admin@westnewcastleacademy.org


School Uniform

All children are encouraged to wear school uniform to help foster a sense of belonging to the school community. Details of our school uniform can be found here.


Links to our pages on Ofsted and Parent View

We always welcome feedback – please visit Parent View to give yours: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

Our most recent OFSTED report from 2015 can be found here

Further information can be found on our OFSTED and Performance page.



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URN: 139729

LA: 391 Newcastle upon Tyne

DfE Establishment No: 2019

GSS LA Code: E08000021

Company registration: 07647538

Safeguarding at West Newcastle Academy 

Effective safeguarding at West Newcastle Academy is paramount. A link to our Safeguarding Policy can be found here

Eco Schools Award

We are proud to announce we have been awarded the Bronze Award from Eco Schools! We are now working towards our Silver Award.


Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life: http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/

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