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Institution of Engineering and Technology Faraday Challenge

Mr Robinson is taking a team of  Year 7 students to compete in the Faraday Challenge Day at Nelson Thomlinson School on Friday 6 May 2016.  The STEM activities during the day are designed to give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions using a Microbit.  At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for the school.  Good luck to Toby Clayton, Bethan Hewitt, Joseph Hooper, Abby Walker, Maddie-Jane Wildridge and Lewis Wilkinson.

Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Expedition

The next practice expedition is planned for the weekend of Friday 6 - Sunday 8 May 2016 to Ullswater.

Spelling Bee Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the first round of the Spelling Bee Competition:

Year 7 - Olaf Lason, Sophie James, Paige Bowes  Year 8 - Liam Watson, Sophie Bowman, Cameron Heatlie  Year 9 - Kristine Porte, Owen Smith, Zachary Varah - click on the link below to see more.

Spelling Bee Year 7

Please find attached a letter to parents/carers outlining the school's progress to date School Progress Letter - April 2016Year 11 Exams

Exam season is now underway and we are delighted with the performances of both our GCSE Drama and PE students who undertook their practical examinations on Friday 22 April 2016.


The LRC is now up and running in U4 and students enjoyed choosing new books and taking part in competitions to celebrate its reopening.  Congratulation to our prize winners - Chelsea Wilson (7LNA), Holly Little (8ECN),  Tyler Metcalfe (9LJP), Jake Jackson (9CLT), Jessica Hartley (10JAR) and Casey Stewart (11MAD).

School Choir - Mass for the Community

The School Choir will be leading the singing in a Mass for the community supporting religious vocations on Thursday 28 April 2016 at St Bede's Parish Church.

Rock Challenge 2016

Congratulations to everyone who took part on Thursday 21 April in the Rock Challenge Competition at the Sands Centre.   This is the first year that the school has entered a team and we were delighted to be awarded in 7 categories – Community Spirit, Visual Enhancement, Performance Skill, Concept, Lighting and Entertainment.  The RC students are invited to celebrate their achievements after school on Wednesday 27 April at 3.05 pm - 4.00 pm in the School Dining Hall.


Changes to bus information

Number 5 Route - Wigton Road - Thomson Coaches will no longer be supplying the bus for this route. Stagecoach will now run this bus service. Same times apply.

Sixth Form Scientist CERN Visit

On the 3 February 2016 Mr Riddick and Mrs Love took a group of six Y12 and Y13 students to Geneva. The main purpose of this visit was to spend a day at CERN and learn more about the particle Physics experiments that they perform there. During the trip they had time to have a guided tour of the  United Nations, visit the History of Science museum, have a boat trip on the lake and experience a fondue restaurant on the lake. The students engaged with a pretty intense particle Physics lecture, asking interesting questions on the organisation of CERN and gained experience of listening to scientists who are truly passionate about their work.

School Transport Arrangements - Update

Good news - there will be a slight change to the bus arrangements. There will no longer be a bus at 4.00 pm from school for students who are attending after school clubs. Instead students who attend will be given a mega rider which will take them directly to the nearest bus stop to their home, including transfers to another route. Tickets should be collected after the club at reception from Mrs Fisher.

School Bus Routes - Jan 2016 Updated travel arrangements - 1st February

Exam InformationSummer exam timetable has now been published and can be viewed herePE Department – Uniform Information

Now that things are returning to normal after the floods we need to take this opportunity to remind all parents of the school uniform policy for the PE department. All students should have the correct clothing for PE lessons before the end of February. We are aware that a number of students have had difficulties replacing their kit as a result of the flood. If your child does not have any of the compulsory school kit then they can bring an alternative until the end of February. Any family facing financial hardship should contact school.

Compulsory PE Kit:

School Rugby Shirt (All boys and girls for all lessons), Black Shorts, Red socks, Trainers for the 3G astro- turf.

Additional Optional Clothing:

Black tracksuit bottoms, additional hoodie/waterproof jacket to go over the top of the school rugby shirt.

High Performance Badminton Club is back up and running at the Sands Centre on Wednesdays after school. Badminton club is also running at school on Thursdays and Fridays at school 3.05 - 3.55 pm.

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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.




Have a look at our after school clubs. There's a club for everyone

2015-16 Term Dates

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Why Choose Newman School?

Here you will find some very good reasons why you should choose Newman Catholic School.


BBC News Reporter

We are participating in the BBC News Reporter programme- to view our stories please click here.

GCSE Reform

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GCSE Maths Reform

GSCE English Reform


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.