College Life

Get involved in our Student Union!

We hold social events throughout the year including fancy dress days, quiz shows, charity fundraisers and lots more. We have two key events – Strictly Dancing and Newman’s Got Talent – which are the highlight of the year. You can get involved in the planning, take part or just come along and enjoy.

If you would like to know more of find out what is happening then please contact our Student Union Team or follow us on Twitter: @NewmanCollegeVI or @NewmanCollegeSU

We have a number of opportunities for students to develop their leadership and people skills which universities and employers value.

Learning Reps: Help find ways of improving further the Teaching and Learning in the Sixth Form. Gaining a real, practical insight into how people learn is not only useful to help improve your own approach to study and grades but is also very useful for training, teaching and management careers.

Youth Leaders: Lead and support younger students in many different ways. Help teachers in classes of younger students and help with activity days, sporting events and musical productions. There is also the opportunity of gaining a Sports Leadership qualification (see p13).

Chaplaincy Leaders: Help participate in, organise and lead prayer, liturgies and retreats not only with your fellow Sixth Formers but also with younger students and also by visiting primary schools. Be an inspiration!

Discover New Experiences

We have many groups and societies for you to get involved in which may increase your self-confidence and improve your job and university applications. Most importantly, it’s about you having fun and enjoying your Newman experience!

These opportunities are based on your interests and those of your fellow students. They are often organised by students themselves.

Debating Society

Join the student-led Debating Society and improve your ability to think for yourself, argue intelligently and communicate eloquently. You will take part in National Competitions with the opportunity to win prizes and gain newspaper coverage. We have always seen great success from our Debating Team. Just recently, we got through to the South East Regional Finals. You could also develop your skills further with the Oxford Union Debating Workshop.

Politics Society

We have a student-led Politics Group who has arranged the visit of MPs, such as Mrs Caroline Lucas, the only Green MP in the country and a ‘Question Time’ General Election debate with all the candidaes for the seat of Hove.

Sports Clubs

Every Wednesday afternoon sports and leisure opportunities are available to you. These include being part of football, netball, rugby and hockey teams and other activities. We have seen great success in our sports teams and compete in regional and national championships. We can offer flexible study around your training needs. You could join our Boys Rugby Academy or Girls Football Academy.

Music and Drama Clubs

The music and drama departments give opportunities for students to develop and showcase their talents. Highlights of the year include an annual school and sixth form production, the ‘Evening of Celebration’ held at The Brighton Dome and a ‘Jazz and Pop night‘.

Christian Union

We have a Christian Union where students can explore what they believe in. You could help teach, encourage and inspire younger students by being a “Mission Leader” guiding primary school children through fun activities, prayer and song or you could become a “mass mentor”. You could raise money for charity or experience inner peace on retreats such as Taize in France.

Academic Extension Programme

We offer expert support if applying for Oxford, Cambridge or Medicine and Veterinary Science through our Academic Extension Programme. We can support you through the process with ongoing advice and resources so that you can make the right choice and be fully prepared.

Broaden your horizons by taking part in the many trips on offer at Newman College. Some are inspiring, educational trips such as to the Houses of Parliament and theatre.

Others develop your personal confidence, qualities and skills such as the annual ski trip and the ‘extreme activities’ trip in the Alps. There are also a number of departmental trips for you such as the Geography trip to Iceland and the History department’s trip to Russia.

Our Modern State-of-the-Art Facilities

Newman College is a modern Sixth Form centre with state-of-the-art design.

Lecture Theatre

We have a large lecture theatre which is a fantastic space to reflect, listen and learn. It is also used for school productions, music and social events.

Sixth Form Library

The Sixth Form Library provides a quiet study environment for students to do their course work. It provides:

  • A large collection of reading material, in printed format
  • Access to a wide range of academic journals, books, podcasts and videos in electronic format
  • Computers and printing facility
  • Wifi access which enables students to use their own electronic devices in the library.
  • Careers information and university prospectuses.
  • Research skills sessions

The library is open daily from 8am to 4pm and is staffed by a professional librarian, who can assist students with their queries. We use the Heritage Library Management System. Students can borrow up to 6 items at a time and can renew/request their books online.

Research skill sessions are offered to all students in the Sixth Form, to help them acquire Information Literacy skills. The students work in teams to complete various activities, showing them how to locate relevant material, analyse and evaluate resources, reference material and create bibliographies for their coursework.

Sixth Form Study Room

The Sixth Form Study Room is a place for quiet discussions and study. This was designed by Sixth Form students themselves and has circular tables, computers and whiteboards. It is a more informal environment that encourages you to share your ideas and learning with fellow students. If you prefer, you can also choose to study alone in the quiet, comfortable surroundings.

The Sixth Form Cafe

The Sixth Form cafe provides the ideal place to meet friends and get involved with Newman Social life.

The Setting

Newman College is set in 17 beautiful acres of grounds. The heart of Brighton’s lively and cosmopolitan city centre is within walking distance. Here you can find a wonderful array of restaurants, theatres, pubs, clubs and entertainment. The centre of Hove is also nearby with a selection of shops, restaurants and facilities. The seafront runs alongside these areas and brings a welcome relief to students on a hot, sunny day. Our College is located beside major bus routes and is a 10-minute walk from Hove station. We also have facilities for bicycle storage.

We have a whole team of staff here to support students and help them reach their goals.

Form Tutors

Regular form tutor sessions, individual mentoring and reviews help students reflect, challenge, progress and succeed.

Progress Tutors

The Progress Tutor will know each student as a unique individual and is always there to support, challenge and congratulate.

The Pastoral Team

The Pastoral Team give daily encouragement to students to ensure happy, positive and successful individuals.

The Wellbeing Team

Our Wellbeing Team here at Newman College supports students and families with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. The Wellbeing Team includes Pastoral Leads, Matron, CAMHS, the SENDCo, and Inclusion Mentors and anyone can make a referral (or self-refer) to the Team via

Newman College encourages its students to think and act positively with regard to their future education, training and career goals. Students are encouraged and supported in the development of their career ideas and ambitions, forming strategies and clear plans for moving forward. Clear goals can help students to find motivation for their current studies as well as equipping them for the future.

We want students to gain an understanding of the world of work and take inspiration from the delivery of PSHE sessions exploring: self-awareness, progression pathways, factors affecting career choice, the labour market and career management skills

  • curriculum-led sessions with speakers from or visits relating to the world of work
  • the offer of post-16 work experience
  • our Enrichment Week activities
  • the Sixth Form Moving On Day and Taster Day
  • Careers Fair – where employers, training providers, universities and other external speakers broaden and challenge the outlook of our students, exposing them to a range of exciting and stimulating opportunities
  • career and employment notices, links to useful career websites and resources located on Firefly

In addition to the advice and support offered by staff at key decisions-making points, our students also have access to an independent, CDI Registered Careers Adviser, Amanda Carroll, who is based in the sixth form every Tuesday – offering both a drop-in session and booked appointments. If you have any career or progression-related enquiries or would like to book an appointment please email Amanda Carroll:


There are so many opportunities at Newman. I’ve helped run a Year 7 Science Club, taught Year 9 Maths lessons, helped run a primary school for a day, represented Newman at debating competitions, toured the United Nations headquarters at the Palais des Nations in Switzerland and spent a great week ski-ing down the French Alps!Most importantly, I felt valued here at Newman. I’ll never forget the passion, encouragement and support from my teachers. My Maths teachers never let me achieve anything less than my very best. My Physics teachers never gave up finding ways to inspire – even going as far to arrange a weekend trip to see the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratories in Geneva! I don’t think I would have done as well as I have without them. The whole experience has helped me feel ready and confident for the next step of University.

Personal Goal Achieved: A-levels: A*, A*, A*, University of Oxford reading Physics.


I have really enjoyed my time at Newman College and, in particular, the general warmth and support of both the teachers and fellow students. The teachers are always encouraging and helpful. There are many different clubs so I joined the Debating Society. Despite beginning with crippling nervousness, it really boosted my confidence in terms of public speaking and articulating arguments on the spot. The subjects I studied also made me more aware of my academic interests as well as improving my essay writing and mathematics skills. I also really enjoyed the trips to Russia and the Houses of Parliament. All of these positive experiences helped me to decide what I like and the degree course I wanted to follow. I finally decided to study Economics and Politics at university and am very grateful to everyone at Newman for helping me to get my first choice!

Personal Goal Achieved: A-level grades: A,A,B, Place at University of Southampton reading Economics and Politics.


Studying A-levels at a different Sixth Form I felt I wasn’t supported and didn’t gain the results I needed so I went to Newman for a year to improve my grades. The pastoral care and support throughout the time was outstanding. The subject teachers were always willing to offer support and encouragement whenever I needed it. I felt the teachers were constantly willing me to get the best grades, not for the purposes of league tables or for their own gain, but to make me feel proud of what I could achieve. The teachers got to know me personally and helped me win a place on an apprenticeship scheme with Nestlè where I study for my Professional Business Practice Bsc degree at Sheffield Hallam University and earn an annual salary. I couldn’t have wished for a better first placement and it’s all down to the help and guidance given to me by the wonderful teachers at Newman College.

Personal Goal Achieved: Apprenticeship placement – Nestlé, University of Sheffield Hallam studying Business


All the teachers gave me a great deal of support throughout my studies and on all of my courses, the small class sizes meant I constantly felt engaged and able to ask questions. Teachers were always willing to give up their time for extra revision sessions or give me oneon-one help. Being President of the Student Union also developed my confidence and leadership skills. I feel that this has really prepared me for any similar role I may undertake at university. The highlight of my time at Newman was the History trip to Russia. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced and an unforgettable opportunity. The best thing about Newman is the community feel where everyone is involved and feels known. I would recommend Newman to anyone that appreciates the benefits of a close community. It is a supportive, challenging academic environment which enables you to achieve your potential and more!

Personal Goal Achieved: A-levels: A*, A, A, University of Bristol reading History