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Newstead Wood Grammar School

Newstead Wood School is a selective girls’ grammar school in Avebury Road, Orpington, south east London, England.


The school was founded in 1957 as Orpington Grammar School for Girls and changed its name to Newstead Wood School in 1965. The school is part of the United Learning trust and has a co-educational sixth form (boys and girls). The school’s motto is Fortitudine Crescamus, meaning ‘May we grow in strength’.


The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that includes a range of subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, languages, humanities, arts, technology and physical education. The school also provides a variety of extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop their interests and skills, such as clubs, societies, sports, music, drama and trips.


The school has modern facilities that support learning and well-being. The school has a spacious campus with green areas and sports fields. The school has well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, libraries, computer rooms and art studios. The school also has a theatre, a music centre, a gymnasium and a swimming pool. The school is constantly improving its facilities to meet the needs of its students and staff.


The school is highly competitive and selective. The school receives about 2000 applications for 160 places each year. The selection process consists of two stages: a written test and an interview. The written test covers verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and mathematics. The interview assesses the applicant’s personality, motivation and suitability for the school. The school also considers the applicant’s primary school report and reference.