School Uniform Update May 2017

Blazer ConsultationFollowing our recent consultation, the school will formally adopt blazers for September 2017. The linked documents details the expectations for uniform and contains photographs to highlight what is acceptable. The school believes that uniform is an essential part of discipline and demonstrates a pupil's readiness to work. Our updated uniform is smart and business like. It signals our high expectations for all our pupils. The new uniform will be compulsory for Yr7 and Yr12 from September. It will be phased in for other year groups, becoming compulsory in September 2018. However, we hope as many pupils as possible adopt the uniform from this September. School Uniform.pdf

Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 09:22


Congratulations to Debate Team


A huge congratulations to the Cardinal Newman debate team who were runners up in the Pixl Up for Debate National Championships. It is a wonderful achievement to be second out of over 120 schools in England and Wales!

The competition took place on Thursday 6th July in the prestigious Harrow School, near London. After an early start, the whole debate club, accompanied by Mr O'Sullivan, Mr Castle and Mrs Nickolls, arrived at Harrow with enough time for a quick tour around its oldest classroom.

This was the room in which the famous 'wingardium leviosa' scene from Harry Potter was filmed and is steeped in history. The whole room is adorned with the names of past pupils etched into the wood.

 Following the tour and a quick briefing, the team had to debate on the topics of national service, the monarchy and funding for the arts. Despite fierce competition, and after a wait which would put the X Factor to shame, we found out that Amelia, Tom and Melanie had made it to the finals! 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:48


Dining Facilities Upgrade

dining july 2017The school will have reduced catering facilities between Monday 10th and Friday 21st July. This is due to the refurbishment of the kitchen and dining areas. A reduced menu will be in place during this period and there will an increase to waiting times. Children are advised to bring packed lunches where possible. Apologies in advance and thank you for your patience.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 13:22


Year 10 Parents Evening

Parents Eve

Monday 10th July at 5pm

The evening will start at 5pm and last approximately one hour.

During this time you will hear short presentations from:
Mrs Pearce, Head of Key Stage 4
Mrs Lazenby, Director of Learning English
Mr James, Director of Learning Maths
Mr Nicholas, Director of Learning Science
Mrs Basini Guy, Head of Key Stage 5
explaining expectations in Key Stage 4 and changes to the Core GCSE subject specifications.

It will be beneficial for your child to be present for the meeting.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and meet staff after the presentations. Please confirm your attendance by returning the slip at the bottom of the invitation letter.

Please email Mrs Pearce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:29


Year 8 Cross Curricular Trip


Pupils in Year 8 enjoying a cross curricular trip to Ogmore by Sea with Geography, PE, Art and English.

In Geography pupils were experiencing interesting headland and beach tours. In PE pupils were involved in a range of beach activities.

In English pupils were creating meaningful Haiku poetry. In Art pupils were inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and created beach sculptures out of rocks and pebbles.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:51


A Summer Celebration of Music

MusicNotesWednesday 28th June 6pm
Cardinal Newman School Hall

A concert celebrating pupils' musical achievements

Tickets available at the door.
Admission charge: Adults £3, Children and Concessions £2.
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)  £8
Refreshments will be available throughout the evening

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:22


Year 7 Exams

gymYear 7 internal exams will commence Monday 19th June and end Friday 30th June.

Students have been informed via letter and assemblies. Students have been given a revision materials to aid revision at home.

Good examination outcomes are fundamental to young people's employment and education prospects and we want to try and help your child achieve the best possible results. It would be greatly appreciated that you could support your child at home and ensure they revise for all exams. Examination timetables will be distributed shortly and are also linked below:


Year 7 Examinations Timetable

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:04


Lawn Tennis Association “Education Programme of the Year Award”


Staff and pupils at Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Pontypridd are ecstatic after being awarded the "Education Programme of the Year Award" from the Lawn Tennis Association.

Christine Sprowell, Schools Tennis Manager at the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain's leading tennis charity, said: "The PE staff and Senior Leadership Team have been hugely supportive in radically hanging the way tennis is delivered in the school and subsequently bringing more students to the game so they can enjoy all the physical and social benefits which tennis brings."


The PE Department will be presented with the National Award by the Duchess of Gloucester at Wimbledon on the 4th July 2017.

Full Press Release

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:22


Hay Festival


On Friday the 26th of May, 29 pupil librarians and keen readers set off with Miss Davies, Miss White and Mrs John for a day at the annual book festival at Hay-on-Wye.

Celebrating its 30th year, the festival had much to offer; the group from Cardinal Newman saw presentations from three fantastic writers.




Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 10:11


Director of Learning - KS3 Maths and Numeracy Vacancy

vacancies2Due to the promotion of the current Director of Learning Numeracy, the governing body is seeking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic Director of Learning KS3 Maths and Numeracy to join our outstanding Maths Department. The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher, have first rate leadership skills and have the aspiration to become a senior leader. We are an inclusive school and we welcome applications from both Catholics and non Catholics.

Please download the linked documentation:

Full Job Advert Director of Learning KS3 Maths & Numeracy.pdf

Director of Learning KS3 Maths and Numeracy Candidate Pack.pdf

Application Form.doc

Completed application forms should be returned to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 May 2017 15:41


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