Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Luton
|Motto||Ex Umbris in Veritatem|
|Location||Warden Hill Road
|DfE URN||142310 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Staff||over 100 staff, 30+ support|
9 high school houses: Named after notable cardinals of Westminster. These are the following: Acton (A), Bourne (B), Godfrey (G), Griffin (Gr), Hinsley (H), Heenan (He), Hume (Hu), Manning (M), Vaughan (V), Wiseman (W)9 sixth form houses
Cardinal Newman Catholic School is a Roman Catholic secondary school that caters for pupils aged between 11 and 18, located in the Warden Hills area of Bedfordshire, England. Opened in December 2000, the current head is Mr Richardson, with the deputy heads being Fleur Musonda and Lucy Whelan. There are currently over 1400 students on roll. The school is named after a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, John Henry Newman.
As the only Roman Catholic secondary school in the whole of Luton, the school is constantly oversubscribed with over 400 applicants yearly, yet with 242 places to offer. Cardinal Newman is also the only secondary school in Luton to have its own BTEC campus, and this has over 150 places to offer students from both inside and outside the school.
School life and houses
The school was opened in September 1968 under the headship of William Davies. When the school opened there were only two year groups, the first year as it was called then which had five classes and a second year consisting of pupils who had already completed their first year in other non-Catholic senior schools in the town. Year two had three classes. It was not until September 1971 that the school had year groups from one to five. The Sixth Form was opened in September 1974. In the early years there were three houses identified by a colour rather than by a name or title.
In the sixth form, there is the lower and upper sixth (Year 12 and 13 respectively) and these years are again split up into Tutor Groups, which are named after notable saints including St Patrick, St Jerome, St David, St George, St Cecilia, St Thomas-Aquinas, St Michael and St Catherine.
Specialisms and academy status
The school has previously acquired Specialist Science Status with Mathematics. This award has given the school funding to build and complete a new sixth form and science block extension, install a new computer and server network across the whole school, install brand new equipment including SMART Boards in many classrooms, purchase new equipment in many departments, especially in math and science and the renovation of certain areas of the school site including the PE block. Despite the specialist schools programme ending, the school continues to offer science and mathematics as specialisms.
Its last OFSTED report gave the school an excellent feedback, including talking about the 'good quality of the teaching in lessons' and the 'very good management and leadership in the school'. Main areas for improvement included the ICT Provision and the induction process of new students. These areas and others, are currently being addressed and substantially improved with the help of funding and support from the feeder schools and the board of governors..
The School motto is Ex Umbris in Veritatem, which means Out of darkness and into light and the School's Mission Statement is "Together towards our Lord, through learning, love and faith with Christ in all we do"
Notable former pupils
There have been several famous people that have attended Cardinal Newman and this includes:
- Cliff McNish, author.
- Kevin Blackwell, Ex Luton Town Football Club Manager.
- Kingsley Black, ex Luton Town Football Club player.
- Gary Doherty has played for Tottenham Hotspur and is currently at Charlton Athletic football club.
- Kevin Foley, currently plays for Wolves Football Club.
- Liam George, footballer.
- Keith Keane, currently plays for Preston North End Football Club.
- Conor Travers, the youngest Countdown champion winning at the age of 14 years studied for his GCSE's and then moved to do his A levels at Luton Sixth Form College.
- "Conor crowned Countdown champ". 5 March 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.