One of our series of podcast discussions about school improvement, Dave Jobbings interviews John Flockton the headteacher of Newhall Park Primary to gain some insight into the effective development of extended school provision, and its impact on the quality of education.

Newhall Park Primary School opened as a brand new primary school following a large-scale re-organisation in 2000 by the Bradford Metropolitan District Council in West Yorkshire, England.

JohnNewhallJohn took up his headship in September 2000 with children who had been moved from closing schools and with redeployed staff.

As a newly formed, all age primary school, John faced a big challenge and began to work with his new staff to build the confidence of the children, parents, carers and his staff as well as raise the profile of the school within the local community.

The school is a larger than average 3-11 community school, located towards the south-west of the city centre of Bradford. The school serves an area of severe social and economic deprivation At the last Ofsted inspection, the school was described as an efective school "As a result of outstanding leadership by the headteacher and deputy".

As part of the extended school agenda, John and his team have established an independent company - Newhall Park Day Care Limited - to provide day-care nursery for the community based on the school site.

Areas covered in this interesting podcast include:

  • The context in which extended school activities were started
  • The range of activities provided for children, parents, carers and the local community
  • The positive impact brought by involvement in breakfast club, after school activities and the Day Care Nursery
  • Establishing partnerships with public, private and voluntary community organisations
  • Thoughts on the opportunities and threats of introducing extended schools


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