Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre Careers Site Eteach (13180)

About Us



About Cardinal Newman Catholic school and Sixth Form Centre

Cardinal Newman Catholic School was established in the late 1960s. The main buildings date from that period with some additions in the 1970s and 1980s. The school has a ‘new’ science block that was built in the last fifteen years. Whilst we do not have the most modern of buildings the people who make up our school ensure that as a learning community we are second to none.

We are currently oversubscribed for the 2020/21 intake and our overall pupil number is on a five year upward trend. We believe that people want to come to Cardinal Newman because of our strong Christian ethos and our reputation for academic excellence.

Standards in Cardinal Newman are consistently above expectations. We outperform ‘FFT Type D’ data at each key stage. The performance of different groups of learners is strong. FSM performance at L2+ is well above local, national and family averages. Our more able and talent pupils are well catered for with specialised provision and extension opportunities such as Latin and Ancient History.

We take our role as a Central South Consortium ‘Hub School’ very seriously. As a school used to train and support other schools we commit a lot of time and resources into developing our own staff. Over 90% of lessons were graded as ‘Good’ or above in our most recent cycle. We aim to identify and develop the leadership potential of all of our staff.

We are a Catholic school. This does not mean we are a school just for Catholics. It means we are a school where Catholic gospel values are lived in all that we do. We are an inclusive school where everyone who understands this is welcomed regardless of background. Not all of our staff are Catholic. However, we will only appoint staff who understand the uniqueness of Catholic schools and support our core values.


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Thank you for your interest in our school. I am keen that you know as much as possible about us before you decide to apply. It is essential that you understand our Gospel Values and share our desire for ‘excellence in all aspects of the curriculum’.

I have been Head teacher of Cardinal Newman for eight years. I was immediately impressed by the staff and pupils of the school. I have continued to be impressed. The staff are dedicated, professional and passionate about learning. The pupils are caring, considerate and hard working. The school community is very friendly and you will feel the Christian ethos of the school as soon as you arrive. Our parents and governors are committed to ensuring that our school goes from strength to strength.

Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive School is an 11-19 school based in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd. We serve a catchment area that covers RCT and Caerphilly. In 2019 our GCSE results were 80% maths, 88% English, 75% L2+ and 100% L1. Our L1 threshold figure includes 100% of learners achieving a qualification in maths and English. We are a ‘Green School’ under Welsh Government categorisation.

At Cardinal Newman we pride ourselves on being a teaching and learning school. We have an open door policy towards teaching and learning. This applies from NQTs to the Headteacher. All of the SLT teach and there is a standing open invitation to all staff to observe. This open door policy has informed our desire to take this one step further by inviting other schools to observe what we do. We were awarded ‘Hub School’ status by the Central South Consortium in 2014. We run a range of courses and programmes for other schools across South Wales. We are also a Welsh Government New Deal Pioneer School.

At Cardinal Newman we believe that ‘people make the place’. We take great care to recruit the right people, but we also take great care in developing people once they are with us. We place a strong emphasis on CPD and training. We believe in developing everyone to be leaders of learning. We have a strong track record in producing high quality middle and senior leaders.

If you share our aspirations and values I would strongly urge you to apply.