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Our History

Our History

Newport was built in 1883 as an Infant and Junior school and was amalgamated in 2004 into a full primary school. The school is located over three sites; the main school site (Reception to Year 6) and a Nursery and Nature reserve which are a short distance from the main school building. In 2011 Newport School increased in size and was converted into a 4 form entry school.  The school serves a diverse population; pupils come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds of which a large majority, are of Asian British/Pakistani heritage. The pupils, parents and staff work very well together to make the school a positive and happy place to be. Children tell us that they love coming to school. Since September 2009 the school has been on a journey of rapid improvement, moving from Special Measures to an Ofsted judgement of Outstanding, awarded in June 2013.  

Newport School is federated with Dawlish and Thorpe Hall Primary Schools; this family of schools is known as the Opossum Federation. The federation works in a soft federated partnership with Oakhill Primary School in the north of the borough.  These partnerships enable us to provide a shared approach to providing all children an outstanding education.