St Cuthbert's High School

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St Cuthbert's High School
Schs School badge.jpg
Motto Quies In Caelo
(The motto of Bishop Bewick adopted by the School. c.f. Rev C. Hart - The Story of St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, 1940)
Established 1881
Type Voluntary aided academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Principal Mrs C Davison
Chairman of Governors Dr. Michael-J Mc-Dade[1]
Founder Bishop James Chadwick
Location Gretna Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 7PX
54°58′44″N 1°40′31″W / 54.97892°N 1.67536°W / 54.97892; -1.67536Coordinates: 54°58′44″N 1°40′31″W / 54.97892°N 1.67536°W / 54.97892; -1.67536
Local authority Newcastle upon Tyne
DfE number 391/4715
DfE URN 108535 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff c.75
Students 1098 (12 May 2013)[1]
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Colours Maroon, Gold and Pale Blue
Diocese Hexham and Newcastle
Website St Cuthbert's HS

St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School is a boys-only Roman Catholic secondary school with academy status located in the Benwell Hill area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


St Cuthbert's is a seven form entry school. The School has a series of pre-entry tests, called CATS, the results of which help to decide which class a boy will be placed into. The school admits students of all faiths although it is a Roman Catholic school.


Grammar school[edit]

St. Cuthbert's Grammar School was opened in Westmorland Road, Elswick on 16 August 1881 largely due to the efforts of Bishop James Chadwick and his successor Bishop Bewick building upon the foundations of the Catholic Collegiate School established in 1870 in Eldon Square. Shortly afterward the School moved to larger premises in Bath Lane in the centre of the city. In 1922 the School transferred to the present site on Benwell Hill. Part of the school (1922 Block – now demolished) is built directly over the Vallum of Hadrian's Wall. During the war, boys were evacuated to Cockermouth in what is now Cumbria. In 2011 the School again became single site on the completion of the BSF building Phase, the former Lower School buildings on Fox & Hounds Lane have now been demolished.

It was a direct grant grammar school until September 1977, then began to take a comprehensive intake.


In recent years, St. Cuthbert's High School gained Science College status and was recognized in 2007 as a Modern Foreign Languages Specialist School (2nd Specialism).[2]


The school converted to academy status in March 2012.


Since 1881 there have been 7 clergymen as Head:

  • Canon Wickwar
  • Fr. MaGill
  • Monsignor H. (Dr.) Mann
  • Monsignor Jeffrey
  • Monsignor Canon Cunningham, V.G.
  • Canon M. Cassidy, MA, STL.
  • Fr. M. Walsh, MA (Cantab)

and two lay Headteachers:

  • Mr E. Lovell, BA, M.Litt
  • Mr J. G Murphy, BA.

The present incumbent –

  • Mrs. Carol Davison, BA, M.Ed.

Academic statistics[edit]

St. Cuthbert's is 662nd in the Financial Times Top 1000 Schools 2008 – 17th of 34 schools in the North East to make the list.[1]

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School". Newcastle City Council. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  2. ^ "'Our School' at school website". Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

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