If you are an external student considering joining our sixth form, please complete an Application Form. A meeting will then be arranged for you. If you need any further information then please contact Mrs Jones, our Sixth Form Administrator, who can be contacted on: (01273) 234332 or via email:

If you are a student already attending Cardinal Newman Catholic School, you will have a meeting with a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team to discuss the best choice of course for you. Further guidance will be available to you whenever necessary during the year.

For all students, offers of places on sixth form courses are subject to attainment of the necessary GCSE or BTEC grades.

If you have any questions or concerns please do contact us. We are happy to help in any way we can. We want you to feel happy and confident about joining Newman College.

Please review our Admissions Policy here: Admissions Policy

Please download our Application Form for 2016-17 here: Application Form 2017-18

For further information please go to: Admissions Procedures and Guidance

In Summer 2015, 84% of our students achieved A*-E grades in at least 3 A-levels which is the highest of any state 16-18 education institution in Brighton and Hove. We are also delighted that such a high proportion of our Sixth Form students progress to higher education. This year 129 of our Year 13 students have applied for university and many have received offers including 6 offers for places at Oxford and two at Cambridge. Congratulations to all of our students for some great results in Summer 2015.

You can find all of our results here:
A-level Exam Results – Summer 2015
A-level Exam Results by Subject – Summer 2015

Here are just some of the destinations from our students last year:

Nancy Hanna – 4 A*s and gains a place at Cambridge reading Medicine.
Andrew Derrett – 4 A*s and gains a place at Cambridge reading Natural Sciences.
David Sarjudeen – 3 A*s and gains a place at Oxford reading Mathematics.
Millie Morfitt –  A*AB and gains a place at Bristol reading English Literature.
Kitty Mitchell-Turner – 3 A*s and gains a place at Manchester reading Philosophy.
Ciara Harrison – 3 A*s and gains a place at Manchester reading Physics.

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.

Each year the College receives an annual allocation of funds to support its students aged 16-18. Students who are 18 at the start of the course but turn 19 during the academic year (i.e.; after 31 August) are also eligible.
The funds are intended to support students who face financial barriers to participate in education. There are two types of bursaries available: Vulnerable Student Bursary and Discretionary Student Bursary. Find out more information and if you are eligibile by clicking on the links below:

Bursary Fund Guidance Notes
Bursary Fund (Vulnerable Student) Application Form
Bursary Fund (Discretionary Student) Application Form

Students in Further Education can also get discounted rail fares – please complete the Sussex Student Card Application form.

The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, which were reinforced in November 2014 as a result of recent events.
These new regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of school. Schools are expected to focus on, and be able to show, how work with students is effective in embedding fundamental British values.

At Cardinal Newman and Newman College we agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our mission is for all our students to be effective citizens, equipped with the values, knowledge and behaviour which will enable them to become a full member of our society and democracy in the United Kingdom. This is expressed through our Mission Statement.

Mission Statement
“God is love, and he who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him” (1 Jn 4:16)

  • Our mission is to provide an excellent Catholic education for all our students which enables them to respond to the call of Christ throughout their lives.Caritas – the love which is God – is the golden thread running through everything we do. We welcome and accept all our students and staff as unique individuals created in the image of God. We treat one another with kindness and respect. We are a community of Caritas where everyone feels safe, supported and inspired to make a difference in our local, national and global communities.We strive for the highest quality of learning and teaching that inspires us all to discover and develop our God-given gifts and talents, to excel in the present and aim high for the future. We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that our children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks may be left for the student to decide upon. We encourage students to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. Through our E-Safety, anti- bullying and Personal Wellbeing PHSEE sessions, we educate students on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At Cardinal Newman and Newman College we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the students embark upon their adult lives.Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the school and in the classrooms. Our motto is “Caritas”- (The Love of God) and this is seen throughout the various relationships between students and staff. As a Catholic Christian community we seek to live out this mission statement in partnership with the home and parish. We have embedded learning to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence in our curriculum, through regular acts of worship and in extra-curricular opportunities. Knowing how to behave appropriately, whilst accepting responsibility for their actions whether in school or not, forms part of regular discussion with all our students. We stress the importance of active learning in our curriculum through which all students are given opportunities to develop effective leadership and team working skills. Students are given the opportunity to practise the skills needed to collaborate with others.Every student participates in acts of worship, year group assemblies and tutor time prayer which also incorporate quiet moments of reflection. Such acts of worship, which are regularly led by students, include consideration of our responsibility to others and to ourselves. Students take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities which aid the development of leadership skills and promote learning how to be part of a team. These activities provide opportunities for students to develop their God-given gifts and talents, to excel in the present and aim high for the future. Such activities include music groups and ensembles, sports teams and individual events, art, drama, humanities science and computing clubs, Duke of Edinburgh, environmental responsibility and action groups in addition to engagement with local, national and international communities through BBC News Schools Report and Mary’s Meals campaignWe reinforce knowledge of our laws, public institutions and services in PHSEE lessons and weekly Year group assemblies through visits from a range of diverse topics and speakers and discussions in tutor time and lessons. Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.The involvement of our students in the creation of the simple school ‘rules’ – ‘Be Prepared, Polite and Punctual’ helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Through enquiry in our tutor times and lessons we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that all our students can recognise the importance of these for their own protectionOur PHSEE curriculum ensures that all students have access to knowledge about our public institutions. Students learn about the role of government and our monarch. Students learn about how laws are made, that they are created to protect us and the rationale behind them. Being involved in such programmes as “Speakers for Schools”, provides students with the chance to hear from and speak to influential members of our society.

    The Police School Liaison Officer is a regular visitor to our school, speaking to our students about a range of law and order matters. BBC employees have regularly visited us to help with media work, including BBC News School Report, whilst the Sixth Form Question Time gave our students contact with local MPs and prospective candidates from across the political spectrum. Throughout the year we welcome several visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our students.

    Since 2008 we have held the International School Award in recognition of our work with people in other countries and how we encourage respect for different cultural traditions and faiths; indeed this is at the heart of our work being inspired to make a difference in the global communities, as well as at at a local and national level. In September 2013 we were awarded Global Learning Programme Expert Centre coordinated by the Geography Department focussing with other partner primary and secondary schools on issues such as sustainability, social justice and poverty. We stress the importance of rejecting and combatting racial or other discrimination, with the knowledge that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

    Our partnerships with many European and African countries provide our students with direct links to their peers in other countries, some of whom are members of a different faith group. In the past working with our British Council Connecting Classrooms partnership countries in Senegal and Tanzania enables our students to learn about the similarities and differences in their daily lives.
    Visits to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Iceland give our students the opportunity to experience life in other countries at first-hand. Visiting teachers from other countries, including Uganda, Iceland, Poland, Spain and France discuss life in their own country.

    The Gospel values of showing love for your neighbour are at the heart of all we do. Through assemblies, tutor time and lessons all are reminded that everyone is unique, valuable and deserves to be treated as such. Students are reminded of the meditation by John Henry Newman, our Patron.

    A Meditation by John Henry Newman

    God has created me to do Him
    some definite service.
    He has committed some work to me,
    which He has not committed to another.
    I am a link in a chain,
    a bond of connection between persons.
    He has not created me for naught.
    I shall do good I shall do His work.

    We help our students to see and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to wider society through regular liaison with other schools, local councils and a range of charitable and non-governmental organisations, such as CAFOD, Mary’s Meals and Oxfam. Students have the opportunity to work with others in the area through a range of sporting, dance, IT, language-learning and music events. Our student ambassadors assist children from local primary schools with development in a range of curriculum areas and transition. We welcome members of the local councils and constituencies and support them with their work on neighbourhood plans. We have recently worked on local travel plan with Brighton and Hove Local Authority.

    Fund-raising for local charities is an essential part of our work in all year groups. Last year we raised over £10,000 for a number of needy causes, as well as supporting the poor and hungry through our parishes. We encourage our students to respect and participate in democracy through our participation in local and national debating issues and student elections. Preparing for election to the student council involves developing an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. All students are given a voice: they are offered the chance to be part of our year group council, be prefects or student ambassadors. Through representation of the student body, these groups provide a strong role and an important voice in assisting the future development of our school.

    Throughout the year student questionnaires and interviews are also conducted. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our students will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future. At Cardinal Newman and Newman College we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. At Cardinal Newman we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.


    Democracy is giving each person equality of rights and privileges including the rights to free speech, take an active part in debates and elect people. We teach, promote and practise democracy through:

  • Running an A-level Politics course (and other courses that relate to Politics, Economics and Sociology)
  • Promoting and supporting the art and skill of debating in form time debates, lessons and The Debating Society led by students.
  • Providing a “Question Time” forum with local MPs and councillors for all Sixth Formers once a year.
  • Running a trip to the Houses of Parliament open to all Sixth Formers.
  • Promoting student voice in discussions and decision-making through:
    • The Student Union
    • The Academic Council
    • Electronic student surveys
    • Mini-reviews of departments (September in Year 13)
    • Students taking part in panels used for employing staff
  • Using a democratic process to elect the Student Union Presidents.
  • Creating a general atmosphere of openness between students and staff

Rue Of Law
The Rule of law is used to ensure that the well-being and safety of all individuals is protected and should be consistently and fairly applied and enforced. We teach, promote and practise the Rule of Law through:

  • Running an A-level Law course (and other courses that refer to laws and the legal system.)
  • Having a clear ‘Newman College Learning Agreement’ expressing the rules of the College which are promoted in induction and the Student Planner.
  • Staff consistently and fairly applying these rules and expectations.
  • Form time sessions on protecting the safety of others through rules and procedures regarding bullying and discussing on a wider scale, ‘radicalisation’.
  • Anti-discrimination policies.
  • The College following national guidelines and laws.
  • Students, staff and other stakeholders therefore feel that their well-being and safety is protected.

Individual Liberty
Individual liberty involves limiting the amount and degree of rules and laws so individuals have the ability to make individual choices in terms of decisions and behaviour. We teach, promote and practise Liberty which is promoted by:

  • Giving students the freedom to choose their courses and pathway at the beginning of Year 12 and dropping subjects in the summer and beginning of Year 13.
  • Providing optional opportunities for academic and personal development such as The Extended Project Qualification, Additional English and Maths, Music and Drama drop-in sessions, Sports teams and Debating.
  • Giving students increased study time on their timetable to use for independent study and personal development both in Year 12 and Year 13.
  • Increased elements of choice in the College Cafe.
  • Increased choice in terms of clothes and appearance (within expectation of being suitable for a working environment).
  • Increased Student Voice in decision-making and Student Leadership – encouraging students to initiate, plan and run new student-led activities e.g. Quidditch !

Mutual Respect
Mutual Respect is the proper regard for each person’s human dignity, individuality and culture, which is then reciprocated. We teach, promote and practise Mutual Respect by:

  • The shared vision of a ‘Spirit of Caritas’ being ‘the golden thread in all that we do’ promoting care and respect between all members of the college, students and staff, as well as to visitors and the local, national and international community.
  • This respect being evident in the way that staff and students interact and communicate with each other and how group discussions and decisions are led.
  • Promoting equality through anti-discrimination and anti-bullying policies.
  • Supporting the disadvantaged to ensure equal opportunity to all.

Sixth Form community-based events sharing and celebrating each others’ talents and identity.

Tolerance is having a fair, objective and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own. We teach, promote and practise tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs by:

  • Accepting applications to the College from students of all faiths and beliefs
  • Staff publicly showing an awareness and tolerance of different faith and beliefs
  • Running a CSI programme for all students promoting reflection and discussion on different beliefs and faiths.
  • Providing talks in Extended Form Times by different religious representatives, e.g. A local Imam (“What it means to be Muslim”),
  • “Grill a Christian” events: questioning of Christians by individuals of all faiths.
  • Running a ‘mindfulness’ programme to allow students to develop a sense of self confidence and reflection.
  • Authorising absence for Religious Celebrations e.g. Coptic Christmas.
  • Running Anglican services as well as Catholic.