Getting Started Evenings

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

As we start the new term there are always many questions about what to expect for the forthcoming academic year and how parents and carers can support their child in their studies. To help the year get off to an excellent start, you are warmly invited to attend one of our Getting Started evenings. The main focus for the College this year is to work even more closely with families and to help them to support their child’s learning. In light of the new GCSE examinations, it is evident that students with parental support make exceptional progress. During these meetings the College will share knowledge about learning and the schemes of work in place for students this year and there will be opportunities to ask questions and meet the Head of Year.

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Year 13 Exam Results

100% Pass Rate

I take great pride in announcing John Henry Newman Catholic College Sixth Form results for 2017. For the fourth consecutive year, the College is celebrating a 100% pass rate in all A Level and vocational courses, with outstanding results in many individual subjects.

Highlights include:

  • 100% pass rate at A Level, with almost 50% of A Level grades at A*- B
  • 100% pass rate in all BTEC courses, with 78% at Distinction*/Distinction
  • 100% of applicants to university have accepted a place on their chosen course
  • Our first successful Oxbridge application, which sees Luke Moss accepted at Oxford University to read Medicine at Keble College
  • Increasing numbers of students choosing to study at Russell Group universities, which are some of the best universities in the world

These results show that John Henry Newman Catholic College is an outstanding place to come and learn at Post-16 especially for students who are interested in A Level/BTEC courses or those who wish to study a combination of both, which is an increasingly popular option amongst many students and universities.

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 now off to university to study their chosen courses.

                     Luke Moss is off to Oxford to study medicine at Keble College

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 join John Henry Newman Catholic College Sixth Form, enrolment is on Thursday 24th August and Friday 25th August 2017.

Mrs McGuirk

GCSE Results for John Henry Newman Catholic College

 GCSE Results Summer 2017

This year’s GCSE results day saw wonderful celebrations as students received confirmation of the grades achieved. There were some outstanding individual stories and a raft of the new elite Grade 9 passes. Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students, families and teaching staff.

Grade 9 is not the same as an A* grade; it’s a brand new grade, designed to recognise the very highest performing students and will be used by universities and employers to select the highest calibre of student onto competitive courses, such as medicine and prestigious apprenticeships. It was estimated that only 2-3% of students across the country would achieve the new grade 9 at GCSE English and Maths.

Special congratulations to the following students who  achieved at least one Grade 9 or A*:

Jim A
Megan B
Geneva B
Josh D
Dan E
Christian F
Shannon G
Millie H
Laura H
Leah J
Joseph M
Helena P
Farrah S
Virjan S
Lena S
Lauren T
Lena S
Nathan W
Yilun W


Joe M and his proud Mum, with his brilliant results

Joseph was one of only 2000 students across the country to achieve all three Grade 9 GCSEs. He also achieved four Grade A* GCSEs and two Grade A GCSEs. This will put him in an excellent position for when he applies to university to study medicine in two years time. He now plans to study A levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at our Sixth Form.

Mrs McGuirk, Principal said

”I am very proud of all of our students. The new examinations have increased the anxiety around these results and I am delighted that so many students set themselves high expectations and worked hard to achieve them. This would not have been possible without a committed and talented staff who gone the extra mile to support students and the wonderful support from families. A huge well done to the whole community!”

We have provided some initial analysis below and will add to this shortly once the further detail is available.

  • 74% pass rate at C and above for Science overall (Chemistry, Physics and Biology students achieved 100% pass)
  • In English 66% achieved a grade 4 and above
  • In Maths 67% achieved a grade 4 and above
  • In RE 71% achieved a grade C and above

Awards Evening 2017

On Tuesday the 18th of July, staff and students at John Henry Newman Catholic College gathered together to celebrate the achievements, successes, hard work and resilience that has been demonstrated throughout the year. The students recognised have consistently gone above and beyond in their pursuit of excellence. There were a range of awards given to students for both academic success and demonstrating our heart values. In addition, the audience were treated to a showcase of talent from our Performing Arts department. A massive congratulations to all students who received an award.

Oaker Wood Trip

On 21st June, forty-three Year 8 pupils set off to Oaker Wood Leisure in the Herefordshire countryside for 3 days of glamping and outdoor activities! The 3 days were full of adventure: rafting; paint-balling; high rope courses; crate staking; zip wiring; tree climbing; quad biking; team challenging; and of course – hide and seek in the dark! All pupils participated in each activity, showing high spirit and excellent team work. They were all a real pleasure to take on the trip.

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Year 12 Induction 2017

Tuesday 27th June saw our new Year 12 students begin their induction programme. The day began with an introduction to the college by the Sixth Form Leadership team. Students then completed a rotation of sample A-Level and BTEC lessons to get a taste of the more challenging studies they will commence in September. In each lesson, students were provided with ‘bridging’ work to complete over the summer in order to further aid their preparation for September. This work is available here and we encourage parents and carers to look over the work your son or daughter has been set, regularly checking their progress. Continue reading