Orrell Newfold Community Primary School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Orrell Newfold Community Primary School's best practice article

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 Orrell Newfold Community Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


Phil Edge, head teacher, and
Nikki Harris, deputy head
Outdoor learning
As head teacher of Orrell Newfold Community Primary
School, Wigan, from September 2010, Phil Edge was
fortunate to inherit a staff he believed had the potential
to realise the strategic vision he had for the school. It was crucial
to ensure that every member of Newfold’s school community
was motivated and focused on securing the high expectations
and outcomes for pupils that would underpin their drive for
success. Over the past eight years, they have transformed their
approach to learning and development, and were graded as
“outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted in 2012.
Newfold’s leaders are positively infectious; they inspire and motivate others,
sharing their vision and purpose within a fearless culture to impact on the school
community. Every leader has their own unique skills and specialisms which assist in
supporting the school ethos of “enriching the lives of all”.
Newfold is a forward-thinking school that promotes a “can-do” attitude. We
strive for excellence in all we do, and provide a safe, caring environment where
all Newfold’s children can flourish as independent learners. Our children are well
prepared to meet new challenges and become active citizens in their community.
At Newfold, we are proud to have been recognised as one of the highest-
attaining schools in Wigan over the last seven years. The outstanding progress
and achievement of our pupils in English and mathematics is a testament to our
incredibly talented, dedicated and enthusiastic staff, our committed governors, our
children’s joy of learning and the strong partnerships we have with all members of
our community.
»Head teacher: Phil Edge
»Founded in 1912
»Based in Wigan
»Type of school: Community
primary school
»Two-form entry aged 3-11
»No. of pupils: 468
»Ofsted: “Outstanding”
Orrell Newfold Community
Primary School
Highlighting best practice
Our continued success is driven by
our commitment to the school ethos
through a shared vision of innovative
and inspirational learning and
development opportunities enabling all
to achieve their full potential.
Curriculum innovation
The impact of providing a creative
approach to curriculum design cannot
be understated. Creativity permeates
through every immersive learning
opportunity at Newfold to provide
a rich and diverse curriculum that
motivates learners. We are passionate
about every child fostering an attitude
towards growth (irrespective of ability)
and being happy, confident and
inspired in their learning journey.
We encourage and support all subject
leaders to promote and celebrate
their subject areas and pedagogy
through Newfold’s challenging, rich
and innovative curriculum. We do not
advocate that schools should change
what they do purely to achieve certain
awards or status, but do believe that
schools deserve recognition for the
outstanding work they already do.
As such, Newfold holds a number of
awards which celebrate our provision.
These include Artsmark Gold, Science
Quality Mark Gold, Sports Gold,
NAACE ICT Mark, Dyslexia Friendly
School Status, Healthy Schools Status,
Primary School of the Year Award,
Pupil Premium Award, Library Award
and Eco School Status.
Environments for creative
Newfold’s learning environments,
both indoor and outdoor, promote
our values and beliefs by being spaces
within which we can all thrive. They
promote a sense of ambition and set a
standard to which we hope all aspire.
We have added to our portfolio of
creative learning facilities by providing
a green-screen studio and state-
of-the-art community training and
Our school grounds are a credit to the
dedication, vision and hard work of
the school community over the past
20 years, particularly through pupil
councils. They have created outdoor
environments that engage and inspire
through their quality and quantity
of opportunity. Newfold boasts
woodlands, wildlife areas, activity trails,
pond, gardens, vegetable patches,
orchard, social play village, bird feeding
stations, seating areas, climbing
walls, outdoor gym and an early years
sensory garden. Additionally, we have
extensive playing fields which cater for
the multitude of sporting opportunities
we offer our community.
Sporting tradition
Our continued
success is
driven by our
to the school
Our grounds provide unique
opportunities to deliver and enrich all
areas of the curriculum. In addition,
they promote and nurture our
children’s physical health, emotional
wellbeing, social competence and the
connection to the natural world and
their local communities.
Partnerships for success
Newfold has worked closely with a
number of schools since 2000 in a
collaborative partnership of 18 Wigan
schools known as WOWS. All the
schools are committed to focusing on
and embracing the inclusion agenda
while developing the capacity for
continuous improvement in each
organisation and across the network
The WOWS group has grown
considerably over the years and
continues to focus on using
collaboration and learning groups to
help each school to be as successful
as possible through challenge and
support. Newfold isa strategic partner
with the St Helens Teaching School
Alliance and North West Maths Hub 3.
As a strategic partner, we provide
support and training for teachers,
school leaders, newly qualified
teachers, recently qualified teachers
and teaching assistants. In addition,
we support the Schools Direct
Programme, engage in school-to-
school support activities and take
part in research and development
opportunities. In the academic
year 2014/15, Newfold trialled a
year 1 mathematics project for the
Department for Education and the
National Centre for Excellence in the
Teaching of Mathematics focusing
on the Shanghai and Singaporean
approach to mathematical learning.
Our success atincreasing the depth of
children’smathematical understanding
through our tailored approach to the
project led to further opportunities
as a lead schoolto support the
development of teaching and learning
of mathematics masteryin a number of
schools throughout the North West.
We continue to be at the forefront
of mathematics teaching and
learning; our mathematics leader is a
mathematics master for North West
Maths Hub 3 and our early years team
lead on mathematical fluency in the
early years through to Key Stage 1. In
addition, we have three staff who have
completed the Excellent Maths Teacher
programme. These innovative whole-
school approaches have enabled our
pupils to become fluent, confident and
resilient mathematicians.
Embracing the future
As a school community Newfold has
always embraced change. We view
the many challenges of education
in the 21st century as opportunities
to progress our own thinking and
shape the learning and development
opportunities we provide. We are
continually evolving to lead our school
community towards a bright and
successful future.
We continue
to be at the
forefront of
teaching and
Historical enquiry


This article was sponsored by Orrell Newfold Community Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister