Welcome to Newman Catholic School

Year 6 Open Evening - Thursday 24th September - 4.30pm-6.30pm

Year 6 pupils and their families are invited to visit our school to engage in a range of interactive activities, speak with staff, students and Governors, and find out why so many people choose Newman Catholic School for their children's education.

Newman staff and students have been sampling life in other countries and continents this week.

A group of Newman students, accompanied by Miss Postlethwaite and Miss Nelson, headed to the southern hemisphere this week when they travelled to Peru for a 14 day visit. As well as learning about local culture, crafts, agriculture, industry and education, the students will be carrying out voluntary work in schools and orphanages. They will be based in Lima and in Piura, northern Peru, where they will be meeting up with the students from Piura who visited Carlisle early in the spring term.

A party of students and staff set off for northern France and Paris, where they will be seeing some of the well-known sights of the capital, enjoying the Côte Opal and doing some historical investigation at the war graves in World War 1 cemeteries.

On home soil, Newman welcomed representatives from Oxford University this week when a group of students in Years 9 and 10 attended a very informative session about life as an undergraduate at Oxford and the university application process.

A group of Year 7s, accompanied by Mrs Duncanson and Mrs James, headed for Carlisle Library where they registered as lenders, had a tour of the library and chose some books.

With literacy an important focus in school, students were enthused after last Friday’s visit by award-winning children’s author Alan Gibbons. They followed up his visit by experimenting with vocabulary and sentence structures to create setting and atmosphere when writing fictional stories. The students produced some excellent fictional stories based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Copies of the stories will be displayed in school. Mr Gibbons’ visit was a great success and we hope to invite other children’s authors to school for workshops.

Well done to “team Newman” - the staff and students who completed the Race for Life in Carlisle at the weekend.

We were pleased to welcome pupils from Belle Vue primary school when they rehearsed and performed their school production in our school hall.

The busy school term will come to a close on 17 July with a Mass celebrated by Fr Millar, our chaplain.


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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.