Inspection of Newman Catholic School by Ofsted

Newman School will be inspected on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January 2017 by Ofsted.  We would encourage parents to read the attached guide and complete the online survey by 11 am on Wednesday 18 January by clicking on the following link Online survey.  A guide for parents.

Sixth Form and Further Education Day – Thursday 19 January 2017

On Thursday 19 January all students from Year 11 will take part in our Sixth Form and Further Education day.  Students are not required to wear uniform but should follow the Sixth Form Dress Code.  On the evening of the same day parents/carers are invited to join students at our Sixth Form Open Evening and Careers Fair from 4 pm – 6.30 pm.  Year 11 subject revision packs and individual revision guides will be available to collect on the evening and will require a parental signature.  Please click here for more information.

Composition Workshop – Friday 13 January 2017

Students from years 8, 9,10 & 11 have been taking part in a Composition workshop with the Manchester Camerata and will be given the opportunity to sign up for the Cumbrian Calling project. The next workshop is on the 29 January at Trinity School.

Online Safety

Are you worried about keeping your child safe online? There are many dangers when young people use social media and it is important to be able to monitor their use. The NSPCC have produced a website to offer advice to parents.

As part of our programme of study we are also revisiting the need to stay safe online following the release by Leicestershire police of the video about the Kayleigh Hardwood murder after she met someone she had been messaging online for two weeks. It is important for parents to remain vigilant and to monitor ICT use at home. More advice can be found at

Extra Literacy Support

Would your child like more support with reading and spelling? We are currently running a voluntary online programme to offer support to students who would like to boost their reading and spelling age. More details can be found below.

IDL information

Dates for your diaries January 2017

Dates for your diaries in January –

12 January – Year 9 parents’ evening 4.30 pm

19 January – Year 11 next steps day and sixth form open evening 4 pm – 6.30 pm

26 January – Year 8 parents’ evening 4.30 pm

Annual Awards Evening – Wednesday 14 December 2016

We were delighted with the turnout at the annual awards evening at Carlisle Cathedral.  Students from years 7-11 were awarded for effort and attainment and our Year 11, 12 and 13 leavers returned to collect their GCSE and A-level certificates.  There was wonderful singing from our school choir and the Headteachers’ award was presented to Jordan Hall in Year 11.

Sixth Form Visit to the National Media Museum

A group of sixth form students set off for Bradford and the National Media Museum, home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance – photography, cinematography, TV and new media.  The visit, organised by Mrs Kim and Mrs Delbourgo, allowed the students to gain first-hand experience of film making techniques and the current trend in media.  It also helped them to gain a better understanding of the British film industry; they will use the experience in their own creative projects and exams.

Psychology Visit – University of Cumbria

The sixth form psychology students, accompanied by Mrs Hoskins, visited the psychology department at the University of Cumbria this week. The students attended a talk led by Dr Elizabeth Bates, Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, attended a lecture on cognitive and biological psychology and a research methods mini lecture covering case studies.  They also took part in mini experiments using the observation suite and ended the session with a careers talk and information about studying psychology at the University of Cumbria.

School Transport Update

The Reays School Bus (No.7) will now start its morning route from The Green, Wetheral at 8.22 am and drop off at the same point on the return journey home.