Cardinal Newman High

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Cardinal Newman High School was opened in 1977 following the amalgamation of Elmwood Secondary in Bothwell, St Saviour's High School Bellshill and St Catherine's Viewpark. The school is a Roman Catholic comprehensive school catering for boys and girls covering stages S1 to S6. It serves Bellshill, Mossend, Viewpark, Birkenshaw, and parts of Uddingston.

Outside view of Cardinal Newman High school

The school building is of unique design. Glass panels are a dominant feature of the building, and this, together with many other expansive angular structures, makes the school aesthetically pleasing. The iconic building is part of the Council's Lighting Strategy. At night, 140 individual panels on the school are lit by a unique multi-coloured display of LED lighting. In addition, the roof structure and futuristic plant room are illuminated internally by floodlights with vivid colours. The lights bring the building to life at night as landmark in the local community. The school is covered by security cameras and protected by security fencing.

The main teaching block is curved, with the science, social studies, technical, physical education, community and music blocks linked to it around its circumference. The main block contains five year-group areas, two dining halls, discussion rooms, year group social areas and toilets. The first floor of the main block contains a large spacious library and resource centre, business studies, staff common room and the Senior Leadership Team offices.

The foyer contains a reception area and the school administrative office.  It is also the entrance to a large theatre, which can seat 195 people and our hospitality training area, professional kitchen and Snapdragon Restaurant.  

The associated primary schools, which currently send pupils to Cardinal Newman high school are Holy Family, Sacred Heart, St Gerard's and John Paul II.

In the year preceding the transfer to secondary education, our extensive transition team hold several events for children and their parents.  Staff deliver numeracy, literacy, social studies, science and physical education courses, and, the head teacher accompanied by the S1 year head hold meetings with parents in each primary school. The purpose of all these visits is to prepare the children for life in secondary school. These visits are supplemented by our parent and pupil evening visits, pupil two-day visit, Easter School, and Summer School.

Extra-curricular activities play a significant part in school life and involve large numbers of pupils in every year group. The school has enjoyed successful excursions to Lockerbie Manor, Kilbowie Outdoor Centre in Oban, and New York to name but a few.

Football, basketball and netball continue to be the leading team sports. Many other sports are undertaken by pupils such as badminton, rugby and trampolining are also very popular. The school sends high numbers of pupils annually to the NLC cross country and athletic events and also has many talented swimmers who regularly appear, along with other featured successes, on the school twitter feed.

The school also continues to be involved in the arts. Drama and music are valued areas of the school curriculum, with pantomimes, end of term productions and talent shows being annual events.  The music department is extending its influence with the new subject Music Technology while continuing to have success in Music Performance - the school band "Violet" recently won Battle of The Bands.

One example of our students having the opportunity to be effective contributors is the strong links with our business engagement partner St Andrews Hospice. Many pupils from all year groups give freely of their time to become involved in community fundraising events.

Further information on the school can be found on the Cardinal Newman High school website and downloading the pdf icon Cardinal Newman HS handbook [4Mb].

For information on our recent successful Education Scotland Inspection Report visit Cardinal Newman HS - Education Scotland report.

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