St Julian’s is successful, popular and oversubscribed 11-18 secondary school situated in Newport, South Wales with a population of just over 1600 students. St Julian’s derives its name from the St Julian’s area of Newport, which is close to several areas of outstanding natural beauty, we are a outstanding school with a reputation in the local community for providing high quality education across a wide spectrum of abilities.
Our official inspection report was published on Friday 6th February 2015. The headlines read that our current performance is adequate and our prospects for improvement are also adequate. I hope that you will be able to take some time to read through the entire report. Estyn use the word adequate when they feel “strengths outweigh areas for improvement.”
The inspection team came to visit the school in the first week of December 2014. They acknowledged many strengths in our daily practice but also identified some key areas where we need to improve.
THE SCHOOL AND ITS LOCATION
The majority of our pupils come from four primary schools – Eveswell, Glan Usk, Maindee, and St Julian’s Primary Schools. A substantial number transfer from about ten other primary schools outside our catchment area.
The main school building, which was opened in 1941, has undergone extensive internal refurbishment and is well maintained throughout. There are two additional buildings – the Jubilee Building and Technology Block. Planning permission is currently being sought to extend the Technology Block to provide specialist accommodation for Post 16 courses.
An integral part of the school is a Learning Development Centre (LDC) for 60 MLD/SLD pupils drawn from the whole of Newport. The LDC makes a very positive contribution to the school’s inclusive ethos.
The school works very closely with its Local Authority, Newport City Council, and many other partners in a wide variety of sectors. Recently, Newport City Council made the decision to maintain eight 11 – 18 community comprehensive schools. All eight schools work closely together and with the FE College, Coleg Gwent. From September 2011, secondary schools will work in two clusters to deliver Post-16 education across the City.