Mental Health Day 10/10/18

In preparation for Mental Health Day on October 10th. The school has launched a lunch drop in center for those in KS3 run by Miss Carter and Year 13 Mental Health Ambassadors.

But as a whole Mental Health Week should be a time when we think about the struggles we may all go through. It is important to be thoughtful, supportive and more compassionate to each other.

1/10 of people under the age of 18 in the UK have a diagnosis of mental health condition equal to 1.5 million people. Chances are you know someone who is going through or has gone through a mental health condition.

Mental Health day should be a time when we think about the struggles we may all go through. It is important to be thoughtful, supportive and more compassionate to each other.  It is not a small issue and should not be treated as such. While the stigma of a mental health condition is finally waning, we have a long way to go. It is important that as a school community we take steps towards this.

Alternatives to the drop in center include the school sharp system which is a way for someone to speak anonymously about any mental health issue they may be experiencing.


Sports Awards 2018

On Thursday the 27th of September. students, staff and parents came together for our Sports Awards Evening to celebrate some of the students’ fantastic sporting achievements that have taken place over the last 12 months. Students were awarded  for individual and team successes, including awards for commitment to school sport, , Elite Performance. Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Awards. The evening finished with the announcement of our 2018 Sports Personalities of the Year: Millie W., D.Booth & L.Dagnall. Well done to all the students who have celebrated sporting achievements this academic year and congratulations to all the award winners.To keep up to date with JHNCC students sporting events and achievements, please follow @PeJhncc.

Celebration of Success

For the last two years staff and students at JHNCC have worked closely with 5 local primary schools and arts connect in a Primary Partnership Investment programme match funded by the Arts Council. We have creating a group called ‘The Living Art’s Network’ and have enabled over a thousand students to gain skills and exposure to singing, photography, poetry, spoken word, drama, visual art and many more art forms. It also helped us gain the cross in the foyer. This year we are planning to have our biggest project so far- more details will

However, we as a network have applied for Artsmark and I am delighted to announce that John Henry Newman Catholic College have been awarded the highest prestigious award of  Platinum. This is a fantastic achievement for us as a school and is a reward for all of the hard work that goes into the arts. please see below the feedback from the Artsmark Panel:

Your Statement of Commitment and Case Study have been reviewed by our assessment panel and we are delighted to inform you that John Henry Newman Catholic College has been awarded an Artsmark Platinum Award. Congratulations!


The panel has made the following comment about your submissions:

 The panel highly commend your commitment to not only developing the arts in your own school, but leading and supporting the arts in other schools through your leadership of the Living Arts Network. It is very encouraging to read you worked with 500 students beyond your own school and adults in a Poetry Slam resulting with 93% of students saying they felt more confident with their literacy skills consequently. Your use of SHOWBIE app to monitor students’ progress in the arts and your positive belief that there is scope for all the arts to support EBacc subjects is very laudable indeed. To make further progress, the panel suggest you continue with your Arts Award work and develop a succession plan to ensure continuity with the Living Arts Network.


Congratulations on your Artsmark Platinum Award!


Arts Council England celebrates your ongoing commitment to arts and cultural education at a governing body level, and the opportunities stretching your whole setting. Your children and young people are offered equal opportunity to influence, lead, experience and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities across a wide range of media, and you contribute to development opportunities in these areas for your staff and others that make a difference in these areas. You have strong partnerships with arts and cultural organisations and other settings, and can evidence the long-lasting positive impact of this collaboration. Your children and young people have an opportunity to continually develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture, and you are working to become an opinion former and further progress the leadership role you have established.

A huge well done to all involved.








Year 7 Celebration Evening

On Monday 17th September and Tuesday 18th September we are holding a ‘Celebration of Students Work evening’ whereby we will be inviting parents in to Celebrate the students ‘All about me’ projects that will be on display. This evening will also double up as an opportunity to go through the importance of parents having Classcharts and of supporting and monitoring students behaviour.


Monday 17th September: Forms: Anne, Anthony, Bernadette, Bosco, Catherine, Edward)

Tuesday 18th September: Forms: Francis, John, Mary, Teresa, Vincent

School Diversity Week: Update

At the end of last year we celebrated School Diversity Week with our students which is a national celebration of LGBT+ equality in schools.

As a community we raised an amazing sum of £637.81 which we have donated to the ‘Just Like Us’ charity to support the work they do in leading SDW and empowering LGBT+ young people.

Thank you once again for your kind donations and pledges of support.

JHNCC Students Celebrate Exam Success


Students and staff are celebrating GCSE exam success at John Henry Newman Catholic College. The English department are celebrating a 72% Grade 4+ GCSE pass rate with 21% achieving Grade 7 + . Mathematics achieved 70% Grade 4 + .

Special recognition goes to the following teams:

Biology – 93% Grade 4+

Chemistry – 96% Grade 4+

Physics – 93% Grade 4+

Spanish – 80% Grade 4+

PE GCSE – 100% Grade 4+

History –  70% Grade 4+

Media – 100% A*-C

Mrs Jennifer McGuirk, Principal at John Henry Newman Catholic College commented, ‘The high  number of students achieving grade 7-9  has ensured that our students are now in the best position to achieve outstanding results at A Level and go on to the most prestigious universities and apprenticeships. We are all very proud of our brilliant students and their fantastic teachers.’


The success at GCSE has resulted in a record number of students enrolling on to A Level courses such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, history and english.

16th August 2018 Year 13 Exam Results @ JHNCC

I take great pride in announcing our Sixth Form Results for 2018. Yet again the College is celebrating outstanding results in both A Level and Vocational courses, with exceptional results in many individual subjects.

Highlights include:

  • Approximately 40% of A Level grades at A*-B
  • 100% pass rate in all BTEC courses, with over 85% at Distinction*/Distinction
  • All applicants to university have accepted a place on their chosen course
  • Increasing numbers of students choosing to study at Russell Group universities, which are some of the best universities worldwide

These results show that Newman Sixth is an outstanding place to come and learn at Post-16 for all students, and with a full complement of A Level and BTEC courses students are able to study a combination of courses if they wish, which is an increasingly popular option amongst many students and universities.

Pictured below are our Head Boy, who will now go on to study Automotive Engineering at Warwick University, and our Head Girl, who has chosen to read Neuroscience at Nottingham University.

Many congratulations to all of the students celebrating their results and a huge thank you to our talented and inspirational Sixth Form staff for the support and encouragement they have given all of our students. Results day at John Henry Newman Catholic College was packed full of students enjoying the thrill of success and the realisation for many that they are able to fulfil their dream of continuing their studies at university.

On behalf of the entire John Henry Newman Catholic College community, I wish our students all the very best for the future.

If you would like to study at Newman Sixth in September, enrolment takes place on Thursday 23rd August and Friday 24th August 2018, and places are still available on many different courses.

Mrs McGuirk