Welcome to Newman Catholic School

Changes to English and Maths GCSE

We would like to invite the parents of all Year 10 students to a presentation on Tuesday 27 September to discuss the changes to the English and maths GCSE qualifications.

The presentation is being held in the school hall and will begin at 5.30pm and should last for approximately 30 minutes. There will be chance for parents to ask any questions to teachers about how the changes will affect their child.  The entrance for this event will be through the school playground where parking will be available. Click here to find out more.Berlin Visit

The school is proposing the above visit next summer which will be open to students in all year groups. More details can be found here.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) for Year 7 students

Year 7 students will be undertaking CATs tests the weeks beginning: Monday 19 September and Monday 26 September. Please see the attached letter for further information.

Year 6 Primary School Visits & Year 6 Open Evening

Year 6 pupils from primary schools across Carlisle will be getting a taste of life here at Newman when they attend workshops in many of our departments. They can also bring their parents along to our Year 6 Open Evening on Thursday 22 September from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.   If any parents cannot attend the Open Evening they can contact the school to arrange a visit during the working day

Football Trials

Well done to those students who have been taking part in football trials and have been selected to play for Carlisle schools.

International Pen Pals Scheme

Miss Kim has launched an international pen pals scheme in school. Students should see her for more details in G10 Wednesday lunchtimes.

Year 11

Year 11s now have a dedicated study room which they can use after school for revision, homework or quiet study. Students should see Mr Forrester for more information.

Shakespeare Schools Festival 2016

Casting and auditions are underway for Newman’s entry in this year’s Shakespeare Schools Festival. Miss Renucci is organising this year’s production – Macbeth; more details will follow about the performance at Theatre by the Lake.   There are acting and non-speaking roles available for students who would like to get a taste of live theatre.

Progress Letter September 2016
Please find attached a letter to parents/carers outlining the school's progress to date  Welcome Letter September 2016


We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as finalists in four categories in this year's Golden Apple Education Awards.  The winners will be announced on Friday 7 October 2016.
Please see the revised school bus timetable which will take effect from Monday 5 September 2016.  Revised Bus Timetable - September 2016. Please note that the Scotby route will now be operated by Stagecoach instead of Reays.

2016-17 Term Dates


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Headmaster's Message


Mr J McAuley

Dear All

Newman is a genuinely comprehensive school. We believe that each student brings a special talent to our community. Strong pastoral care is vital to our success and creates a happy, caring atmosphere.

As a smaller school, we get to know our students well; their wellbeing is our foundation. This strong pastoral care enables us to support our students, not only with their academic work, but also in the varied extra-curricular activities which are so important as they develop. We endeavour to meet their needs as individuals, and help them to use their talents, discover new skills and to face the future with optimism.

We have high expectations of our students; we expect them to work hard, to play hard and to take a full part in the life of the school. In return, we strive to provide the best teaching and guidance in a caring and supportive environment, where students are challenged and give of their best.

Newman is a Catholic school with Christian values. Our school is open to all students, regardless of faith. We simply ask that you share our aims for high standards of discipline, trust and respect, commitment to achievement and success for all students at every level of ability.

Partnership with families is very important and we seek at all times to work effectively with parents and carers to make our students' days at Newman rewarding and successful. Students are more likely to flourish when they know their parents and the school are working together for their benefit. We invite you to choose Newman for your child's secondary education and play a vital role in this partnership.


The proportion of students attaining 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C has risen strongly and is above the national average.

Ofsted 2012

Behaviour is good and the school is very safe.

Ofsted 2012

Pastoral care is a strength of the school.