Placements At Newfield

Here at Newfield we are delighted to be able to offer study placements and volunteer opportunities to enhance our community and also to enrich our school family life.


We have links with a number of regional educational establishments and take students on both short experiential placements and long-term developmental placements.

We believe that it is of great benefit for our pupils to meet new people, and we enjoy being able to offer students the privilege of working with our special children and our talented, friendly team of staff.

We are always interested in the new ideas that students bring with them and feel that we benefit from their different perspectives. Both our pupils and staff have much to offer in terms of helping students to develop an understanding of children with complex needs and how, whether training to be a social worker, teaching assistant, teacher or nurse you can develop the knowledge and skills required to make a difference in your career.

Many of our teachers and senior leaders have vast experience of supporting students on placement to develop, including formal observations and target setting where required and the feedback we receive is very positive!

Before beginning a placement, all students spend time with a senior leader and take part in an induction program including safeguarding, health & safety, practical information and a comprehensive building tour.

All students on placement are required to demonstrate that they are DBS cleared and evidence of this must be seen prior to statring with us.

Activities on placement can be any or all of the following, however, this is not an exhaustive list and we are also open to different requests:

  • Pupil shadowing
  • Staff shadowing
  • Shadowing nurses for a day
  • Supporting in a single class
  • Day experiences in other areas of school
  • Team teaching with a class teacher
  • Leading teaching
  • Attending parent meetings
  • Attending annual educational review meetings
  • Supporting pupils on visits

We currently take students from:

  • University of Cumbria
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Edge Hill University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Chester
  • Blackburn College
  • Burnley College
  • Blackburn University Centre
  • St Mary’s College Blackburn
  • St Wilfred’s C of E Academy
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Volunteering at Newfield

We recieve many requests from people wanting to volunteer and try to meet as many requests as possible. volunteering at Newfield is very rewarding and may help you to get ahead in your own career, or maybe just do something positive to support your community.

Our children and staff love meeitng new people and volunteers can support our work, whilst gaining experience for themselves.

There is an application form and DBS clearance is required, at your own expense.

Volunteering can take many forms - it may be for a few hours on a particular day that is mutually convenient, for example to work within a particular actiivity, or it could be one day a week over a period of time to experience all aspects of working in a special school.

If you would be interested in a voluntary placement, you can call school to discuss, or download and complete the application form below and return it to us to express an interest and a member of the team will get back to you!

Application Form Volunteers

If you are an establishment interested in linking your students with our school, or an individual looking for a placement, please contact us to discuss what we may be able to offer.

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Newfield School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority.

Full copies of Policies and Procedures related to all aspects of Safeguarding, and the Complaints Policy, are available on request from Rachel Kay, Head Teacher and Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Equality Duty

Newfield School complies with the general and specific duties of the Equality Act (2010). In accordance with the duty we publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard to the need to;

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

These specific duties have been considered in relation to all our policies and procedures in school. Our objectives will be reported on and published as part of the Governance public documents available for inspection under the Freedom of Information Regulations and Data Protection duties and in the school newsletter to parents.

Our Equality Objectives are set, reviewed and published annually in our School Development Plan.

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