The New School is an international, co-educational day school offering the UK National Curriculum to pupils from age 3 to age 18. The school was founded in 1972 to provide a stimulating educational environment emphasising academic excellence, creativity and social responsibility. The strength of the school lies in its size and the unique opportunity that this provides for a close working relationship between teachers and pupils.
The philosophy of the school seeks to combine academic success with the development of personal and community responsibility. The New School encourages a sense of commitment at all levels from teachers and pupils alike, producing a very distinctive and highly successful approach to education. The school is a non-profit making Association and parents and teachers are automatically members of the Association. Shared responsibility has always been a vital part of the structure of the school and children from an early age are encouraged to play an active role in the school community. The New School is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education and is a member of the Council of British Independent Schools (COBIS). Admission to the school is on the basis of interviews (where possible), tests and reports from previous schools. Class size is limited to 16 pupils and families are advised to contact the school at least one year ahead of the date for admission. The New School is a non-denominational school and welcomes children from all parts of the world. .
The school day begins at 8:45 and ends at 15:30. The academic year runs from early September to late June. Teachers hold University degrees and teaching certification and have, on average, eight years’ teaching experience.
Early Years Foundation Stage:
Children are cared for in a stimulating environment. Learning takes place through imaginative play, language games and creative activities, ranging from role play to music making; art and outdoor activities in our extensive garden. Daily routines incorporate structured learning activity times as well as times set aside for individual choice when children are free to explore and experiment.
Children work in vibrant, stimulating classrooms where the emphasis is on individual development. The UK National Curriculum is followed throughout the Primary school and provision is made for children with differing academic needs; EAL; Italian for mother tongue children and second language learners. Excellent resources allow for a wide range of learning experiences and all children participate in Art, Music, Physical Education and Computing. Information technology is implemented across the curriculum. Primary children are encouraged to think independently and take an active role in their own learning.
Middle School and Senior School:
Courses in the Senior School lead to the IGCSE/GCSE and GCE AS and A Level examinations in the UK National Curriculum. The New School is an official centre for Edexcel (London) and Cambridge (CIE) examination boards. Drama, Art and Computing are included in the core curriculum. Pupils in Year 11 sit examinations in 10 subjects and in 2014, 93% of all grades were in the range A*-C. In Year 12 and Year 13 students are taught in tutorial style classes providing an excellent preparation for university. The school has a longstanding tradition of examination success at A level and the majority of students leaving The New School go on to attend top universities in the UK including Oxbridge; Imperial College and LSE as well as in the US and in Italy (La Sapienza; Bocconi).
The school is situated in a beautiful residential area close to the historic centre of Rome. Originally a large family house in a beautiful garden with fruit trees, school buildings have retained their former character, encouraging a strong sense of community.
School facilities include fully equipped classrooms with Interactive Whiteboards; three purpose built laboratories for the sciences; two libraries; information technology laboratory; an art studio; a music room; a multi- purpose sports pitch and a volley ball pitch. The school also uses the extensive facilities of a Sports complex close to the school campus where pupils are coached in Padel tennis; football; basketball and gymnastics.
Curriculum and Exams
UK National Curriculum
IGCSE/GCSE, AS and A level