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Welcome to Benfield School

Benfield School is a fully inclusive 11-18 school in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne's East End. In our most recent Ofsted inspection we were rated as Good with Outstanding features. The school was commended for the "thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning" of the students. It was also noted that we are an ambitious school and that we encourage all of our students to be the best that they can be.

Benfield has an incredible team of excellent teachers and support staff who genuinely care for the children at the school and a fantastic group of pupils who have a great love for the school and who take great pride in what they do here.

"The quality of teaching is good. Teachers are enthusiastic and have high expectations of the students. Students rise well to challenges and as a result achieve well." - (Ofsted 2015)

As a school we are small enough to ensure that we get to know every single child really well and we make a point of finding out about and nurturing their individual talents and interests. It is a matter of great pride to us that no pupil slips by unnoticed and that each student is provided with a personalised curriculum that best suits their needs.

"The school's work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Keeping young people safe is a high priority and child protection procedures are exemplary. Adults know their students and look after them." - (Ofsted 2015)

We are also very proud of what our students have said about their school:

"I think it's great here. It was so easy to settle in, the lessons are really interesting and I've made loads of new friends" - (Year 7 student)


"Benfield has been an incredible environment for learning and I have been very well supported." - (Year 13 pupil - leaving to study Physics at Oxford University)

About us

Our Vision

At Benfield, we instil in our students a belief that they have the potential to be successful. Simply believing that they can do it, is half the battle.

We see our job as providing the right guidance, environment and high quality learning to help make each student’s dreams come true.

We don’t see ourselves as an ‘education machine’. While high academic marks are certainly something to aim for, they are only part of what makes a happy, confident and successful student.

At Benfield School we aim to develop thoughtful, well rounded young people, who will make a positive contribution to society.

"Students are extremely positive about their school and describe it as one where 'the teachers are always there for you'." - (Ofsted 2015)

We do this by:

  • Creating a calm and caring learning environment
  • Offering a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum
  • Inspiring students so they become motivated to learn
  • Ensuring everyone shows respect for each other
  • Helping students become sensitive, tolerant and responsible individuals
  • Encouraging students to believe in their own worth
  • Challenging students to develop leadership skills
  • Helping students prepare for adult life
  • Promoting Benfield Values

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As well as the wide range of courses we offer we give students the opportunity to take part in many different enrichment activities, both within school and the wider community, such as mentoring, charity work, environmental projects, coaching and leadership courses.

“Helping out with Year 5 and Year 6 transition projects was not only great fun but it helped me to realise that I wanted to work in a primary school so I am off to university to study to be a primary teacher” – Year 13

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Our Ethos

As a small school we can take a more personalised approach to the care and guidance we provide, we are committed to recruiting staff who are prepared to go the extra mile.

We are recognised as being an exceptionally nurturing and caring school by Ofsted, other professionals, parents and visitors.

Working closely with parents is a key priority for us and we aim to involve parents and carers at every opportunity.

The happiness and wellbeing of our students is our number one priority. Each student has a care support team of Form Tutor, Year Leader and Progress Manager, to whom they can turn at any time.

We have other staff, with specific skills, to provide additional help and advice, as necessary.

"The school is very inclusive and it works well to promote equality of opportunity, tackle discrimination and to foster good relationships" - (Ofsted 2015)

Our offer for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

We are a fully inclusive school. We ensure that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum (regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs). Children with SEN at Benfield School make good progress and achieve in line with other schools nationally.

  • We have an Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP), the Cherrywood Centre, for young people with social communication difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder.
  • We have an Additionally Resourced Centre (ARC) for young people with a physical or medical disability.

To find out more about what we are able to offer, please refer to the following documents:

Our Offer for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Benfield School directly.

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

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