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On Tuesday 14th July at 4.15am the Peru trip will be leaving! We head to New York first to catch a connecting flight to Lima where we will spend 2 nights before heading up to a smaller town called Puira. This is where we will spend most of our time visiting Catholic schools, orphanages as well as learning more about the local culture. We are taking lots of school supplies and soft toys with us to give to the children in the orphanages so if you would like to donate any second hand items please drop them in at school before Monday 13th July.

Year 8 History archives visit, Monday 29th June. Miss Lowrey took ten Year 8 students to Carlisle Archives along with students drawn from schools across Carlisle. They undertook local history research work on the slave trade and Cumbrian connections as well as WW1 research.

Wednesday is our Preparing for Work day for our Year 10 students. Students should dress professionally and prepare questions for their interviewer.

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On Friday 10 July, gifted and talented young writers at Newman Catholic School will have the opportunity to take part in a creative writing and literacy skills workshop delivered by Alan Gibbons, award-winning author of children’s fiction. The writer, famous for his best-selling novel Shadow of the Minotaur, will be working with Year 7 and Year 8 students, and some of the pupils from our partner primary schools. The visit will include a workshop on the skills required for writing an effective horror story and a session promoting the importance of reading and literary skills. Mr Gibbons will also read a section from one of his books and will be available for a book signing at the end of the day. Mrs Louise Tickell, Head of English, organised the author’s visit to the school. “This is a fantastic hands-on opportunity for our students to work with an award-winning author and to learn how to improve their creative writing and literacy skills. “Alan Gibbons is well known for his gripping fiction and I am sure he will inspire our
students to use their imagination, to be creative and to develop a plot and characters. Before becoming a full time writer, Alan Gibbons was a teacher for 16 years and now makes numerous visits to libraries and schools where he runs workshops and promotes the importance of reading and literacy skills to young people.

Newman’s Year 12 biology students enjoyed a “Biology Olympiad” for schools at Edge Hill University, where their brains were taxed with a competition which involved a variety of activities and lab-based investigations. The competition tested their practical skills when they prepared microscope slides and extracted their own DNA. They were then assessed on their biology knowledge and had to read from a Dichotomous key and took part in a biodiversity quiz. The day was a really interesting experience as many of the group are considering biology-related degrees. It was helpful to learn about what the degree course involves and the grade requirements. They had a very enjoyable experience and they achieved sixth place out of over 40 teams who took part in the competition.

Our gifted and talented young scientists enjoyed a day with visitors from Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Year 7s learnt all about the Sun at a hands-on workshop while Year 8 and Year 9 students enjoyed practical sessions on electricity and magnetism. Miss Lowery and the history department were delighted to receive over £8,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which will focus on how the First World War affected the lives of individuals and families from Carlisle – “The Impact of the Great War in Carlisle”. The project will benefit the students and the local community. The school choir has been busy leading some events in the school chapel. The students sang at a service of Benediction and will also sing at a Mass on 14 July to mark the one year dedication of the school chapel.

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Ofsted letter for parents. Letter to Parents
Ofsted report 2015

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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.