Newland School for Girls

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Newland School for Girls is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

HeadteacherVicky Callaghan
Successfully educating girls
for over 100 years
Based in Kingston upon Hull, Newland School for Girls is
a diverse, highly aspirational and high-achieving school
that has been educating young women for more than
100 years. Operating with the central tenets of pride, aspire
and excellence, it endeavours to create a sense of family and
community that is seen throughout the school and beyond it.
Headteacher Vicky Callaghan explains how the school’s history
and values are embedded in everything it does.
We have succeeded in becoming an integral part of the city in our 100+ years of
operation. The family connection to our school is impressive, seen particularly in the
fact that one third of pupils attend because their parents or other family members
also attended here. The history of our school is integral to our present – our first
headteacher was a suffragette, and as such, our school colours are white, purple
and green. The importance of exercising one’s right to vote is emphasised at our
school, and we are proud to have such a heritage.
Our school is situated in a relatively deprived area: 15 per cent of the school’s
pupils reside in super output areas, among the most deprived one per cent in
the country, with almost 40 per cent in the most deprived five per cent of areas
and 50 per cent in the most deprived ten per cent. The overall England average
for pupils resident in the most deprived ten per cent of super output areas is
estimated to be in the region of 20 per cent – offering a stark contrast to the 50
per cent of the school’s population. The education we provide here can and does
change lives.
»Headteacher:Vicky Callaghan
»Founded in1907
»Location:Kingston upon Hull
»Type of school:Academy
»No. of students:638
Newland School
Highlighting best practice
It’s tradition
Alongside our value in tradition,
we place considerable emphasis on
the importance of good manners
and contribution to community. We
believe it is essential that our girls
have an understanding of common
courtesy, and that other aspects of
their character develop as a result
of this. Through teaching our young
women to be confident and resilient,
we find they are best prepared for the
real world, able to take the applause
(as and when it arises) as well as being
able to keep moving onwards and
upwards, even when we don’t succeed
first time.
Our central tenets of pride, aspire and
excellence are embedded within our
school life. We believe it is important
to teach our girls to be proud of what
they achieve each and every day and
work hard to ensure they are able to
pursue their dreams whatever they
might be. Our girls, regardless of
background, are encouraged to get
on, get out and achieve better in life.
Engagement arrangement
Our greatest focus for improvement
over time has been the quality
of teaching and learning. Minor
misbehaviours result from a lack of
engagement or challenge. If we want
children to engage, we must provide
engaging lessons, backed by a strong
and consistent climate for learning.
As such, we invest in our staff in order
to develop both their professional
ability and the quality of their teaching.
This helps the passion and knowledge
of our teachers to come to the fore.
Any issues we do have are dealt with
quickly and restoratively. Each and
every girl and their family is known
by the school, and we find that the
home-from-home atmosphere we
provide lends itself to a focused and
positive learning environment, where
students and families know and value
the work staff put in. The house
structure supports the journey we take
our girls on, allowing for a competitive
element while still developing a sense
of belonging in school.
Straight to the top
We ensure that all of our girls have
the opportunity to fill leadership roles.
When I began my tenure at the school,
our girls lacked confidence to lead. As
such, I felt it was important to focus
on encouraging our girls to take up
various leadership positions within
the school. Give a child responsibility
and they will act more responsibly.
From sports leaders to tour guides,
prefects to ambassadors, the breadth
and depth of opportunities we offer
ensure our girls become confident
and aware of their own value as well
as the contribution they can make to
community and society.
Our work on personal development
and the learning journey of experiences
we provide has recently been shared
nationally at a PiXL conference and
Proud to be Newland
Our central
tenets of
pride, aspire
and excellence
are embedded
within our
school life
now picked up by the DfE. Through
teaching our girls how to be resilient
and confident, we are able to show
how their own success translates
through to cultural capital.
Reading the challenges
The harmonious, ethnically diverse
student population is one of the –
girls will tell you – best things about
Newland. Around 40 per cent are
BAME. New to English students enter
the school with very little English
language, and social deprivation brings
with it underdeveloped literacy skills;
therefore, the main challenges we face
are language and literacy. The ability
to read fluently often does not match
with the academic ability of children
at our school. Around 80 per cent of
our disadvantaged students come in
with a reading age two years below
their calendar age, regardless of their
We see this challenge as a way in
which we exhibit our best practice by
accelerating the reading ability of our
children, for example by using everyday
words in a number of different
contexts. Through doing so, we can
ensure our girls have a knowledge of
language that sits with their ability
and continue to focus on reading
throughout their school life.
Believing in the future
In the coming years we hope to
continue providing an education that
is groundbreaking for children. If we
continue to deliver dreams, we will
be able to further the success of our
children. We need to maintain our
focus – it is not possible to change
what is happening in our local
community; however, we can decide
how we react to it and ensure that
we continue to send the message that
there is no mountain high enough to
hold us back.
We want all children who attend
our school to have the best possible
experience here and to leave with a
range of opportunities and possibilities
ahead of them. We want our children
to succeed. We believe in our girls and
hope during their time here they learn
to believe in themselves.
From sports
leaders to tour
prefects to
the breadth
and depth of
we offer
ensure our
girls become
confident and
aware of their
own value
Oo La La! Newland Girls
French Residential

This article was sponsored by Newland School for Girls. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy