Traditional Christmas Crafts and Food

Christmas Food

Family Learning

Wednesday December 11th 6-7.00pm

Join us for an evening of family fun and feasting.  A great opportunity for the whole family to get together and get creative.  Share some of your own favourite family Christmas treats, and take home some beautiful traditional Christmas crafts.

  • Make a medieval pomander to scent your house
  • Decorate mince pies and biscuits
  • Design your own marzipan snow-scene

Each family is requested to bring a plate of some of their favourite traditional Christmas food to share with the class.

To book a place call school reception 0191 4877638 or email Mrs Richardson


Christmas Cinema visit Thursday 19th December 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is organising our annual Christmas Cinema visit and, this year, we will be going to the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. The movie will be a new release and will be a U, PG or 12A certificate.  Students will be accompanied by staff at all times.  The cinema visit is organised as a reward for Year 7, 8 & 9 students who have achieved targets set for both behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit is £12.  This includes entry to the film, insurance and coach travel.  No other costs are incurred.  Please note that food concessions will not be available to students.

We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning to school at approximately 12.30pm.  Pupils must be in school at the normal time of 8.45am and must be in full school uniform.  Pupils will have lunch as normal on return to school.

Attendance on this trip will be strictly on a first come first served basis and is dependent both good behaviour and attendance. A place will not be reserved until full payment has been received. All payments are non-refundable.

If you wish for your child to attend ParentPay is available to pay for your child’s place (£12). If you do use ParentPay you do not need to complete the reply slip below.

Alternatively, please complete the reply slip and return along with £12 payment – this should be returned to school no later than Friday 22nd November.

Yours faithfully

Mr R. Pinnock

Head of Aidan House

Download Full Letter Here

Edmund Campion Outdoor (ECO) Adventure 2019-2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

During the course of this academic year, Cardinal Hume School will be offering a range of optional outdoor adventure activities. The activities comprise of residential visits, day trips and evening events. All activities are available on a first-come-first-served basis and places are limited. If you would like your son or daughter to be involved in any part of the programme, they should see Mrs Harwood at Pupil Reception for a consent form.

Date Activity Years Cost
Sun 10th Nov 2019 Remembrance Sunday – Appreciating the freedom of the outdoors…

Combination day of climbing & scrambling, with the aim of reaching a Lake District summit.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 £21
Mon 16th

Dec 2019

Festive Mining Adventure             

An evening trip, departing straight from school. A night of exploring abandoned mines near Alston – with a Christmas twist. Some abseiling may be incorporated.

7, 8, 9 £16
Sat 25th Jan 2020 Cave Exploration

A full day of caving. Students will be treated to the awesome, untouched underground world beneath the Yorkshire Dales. A wet day with tight spaces and some abseiling.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 £21
Fri 27th-Sat 28th March 2020 Easter Overnight Stay and Outdoor Adventure Day – North Pennines

Depending on the weather, students will camp or sleep indoors. Saturday will be a day of underground, above ground and in-the-water adventure!

7-13 £45
Mon 27th  Apr 2020


Outdoor Rock Climbing and Abseiling Adventure

An evening of Easter-themed climbing and abseiling for all abilities. This will take place at a local crag.

7, 8, 9, 10 £16
Weds 13th May 2020 Bushcraft Evening

An evening of orienteering, fire-building and skills for living in the outdoors. The event takes place near Brampton, Cumbria

7, 8 £16
Fri 19th-Sat 20th Jun 2020 Outdoor Adventure Overnight Stay in The Lake District

Remote camping and bush-craft in the North Lakes, mixed with outdoor adventures (e.g. gorge/ghyll scrambling, canyoning, climbing, abseiling)

7, 8, 9, 10, 12 £45
Weds 1st Jul 2020 Murphy’s Mountain Miles

Charity fundraising event. Following on from last year’s successful event, the aim will be to climb one of England’s highest peaks.

10, 11, 12, 13 N/A
Thurs 9th Jul 2020 Evening Gorge Walk or Ghyll Scramble

A very wet and very exhilarating evening of swimming, jumping and sliding.

7, 8, 9, 10, 12 £16
Mon 13th-Tues 14th Jul 2020 Activities Week Adventure

Residential visit with two very busy days of activities, such as gorge walking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing…

7, 8, 9 £60

Events may have to be cancelled, postponed or changed (to other suitable activities) if adverse weather or other barriers to the safety of participants become apparent, either in advance or on the day of planned activities.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours faithfully

Mr. A. Johnson

Parent Partners Group

Parent Partners


Tuesday October 29th 6 – 7.00pm

At Cardinal Hume we recognise that as parents you have a vital role in your child’s education, and that a strong partnership between school and home is key to enabling our young people to flourish. In order to strengthen that partnership, we would like to invite you to join our ‘Parent Partners’ group. The aim of the group is to develop communication between home and school, and to support parents in becoming fully engaged in their children’s learning. The group will meet each half term to discuss issues which may be suggested by the group itself, or the Head teacher or other staff.  Everyone is welcome, and you don’t need to commit to attending every meeting.


  1. ‘My Child At School’, Parent Pay and FreeflowInfo – how to get the best from them
  2. Transitions – how has your child settled in their new school / key stage
  3. Making the most of opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom
  4. 6th form destinations 2019

 If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact school reception 0191 4877638 or

Y11 Achievement Meeting for Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian

Y11 Achievement Meeting for Parents : Wednesday 2nd October 6pm -7pm

As a school we recognise that this is a very important time for your son/daughter as they progress through Year 11 and continue the process of preparing for GCSE examinations.  Your child will face many challenges, and meeting them will be crucial to your child’s long term academic and personal success.

In order to support you whilst you guide your child through the crucial months ahead, I would like to invite you into school on Wednesday 2nd October from 6pm to 7pm, where senior members of staff will address several key issues.

In this meeting we will:

  • Give you important information about additional support and resources which may be available to your child.
  • Discuss the systems the school has in place to stop under-achievement.
  • Communicate how well your child is progressing, with a particular focus on their end of Year 10 examination grades.

A strong partnership of mutual support is essential to ensuring every child at Cardinal Hume achieves the best that s/he is capable of. By making you more aware of how the school operates at this important time, I hope that this meeting will strengthen partnership between home and school and therefore maximise the support that you are able to give us as we encourage your child to fulfil their potential.

I look forward to meeting you on October 2nd.

Yours faithfully

Mr B. Robson

Head of School

Best Ever Sixth Form Results


We are delighted to congratulate our students and staff on their incredible results.

We offer our very best wishes for all our students progressing to university,  to degree apprenticeships and to further study and  employment.

  • In a year where the proportion of students getting top grades at A level dropped,  almost a quarter of grades were A or A*
  • 100% pass rate in both vocational and A level subjects

Congratulations again, and all the best in your future.

School Phone System

important info

We are experiencing technical issues with our school phone system. If you need to contact the school, please email us at:

Update: 14/08/2019
Our phone system is still currently out of order. We hope to get this fixed asap. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Encounter Evening

Encounter Evening

Venue: Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Date: Thursday 12th September 2019
Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm

An opportunity for adults and young people to share ideas and faith in an informal way. Everyone is welcome, it is aimed at young people 13 and above, we need adults of all ages to come along. It’s a chance for some prayer, sharing of stories and the chance to plan some ideas for working together in the future.

An invitation for parents, pupils and parishioners to attend our Encounter Evening at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, 6-7:30pm. An opportunity to share faith and work with the Youth Ministry Team to prepare for our school Mission.

CHCS awarded Computer Hub status


Cardinal Hume Catholic School is delighted to announce that it has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools in the area.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is one of the first 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also form links with industry and universities. The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.

Commenting on the news, Mr J Dixon, Head of Computing, said: “We are delighted to be among the first wave of NCCE Computer Hubs. It is recognition of the high-quality standards we set in computing education at Cardinal Hume Catholic School and the results we achieve. We look forward to working as part of the NCCE network to help improve computing education in the North of England and beyond”

Chair of the NCCE Professor Simon Peyton Jones said: “It’s exciting to be announcing the first Hubs. They will be the local face of the National Centre, providing tailored support to all computing teachers (primary, secondary and colleges), to equip them to make the new computing curriculum into an inspirational reality in every classroom in the land.

“Our partnership with teachers is vital to our mission. A single inspired, equipped, valued and supported teacher will influence tens or hundreds of children every day, and thousands over their career.”

For more information, contact Mr J Dixon on 0191 487 7638 or alternatively through email at

See or follow @WeAreComputing on Twitter.


  • The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) was established in November 2018 with up to £84 million of Government funding and was supported by a further £1 million from Google to develop training for secondary school computing teachers.
  • The Government’s decision to substantially invest in computer science in schools followed a Royal Society report, After the Reboot, which showed computing education across the UK was patchy and fragile. It called for action to be taken in a swift and coordinated way by government, industry, and non-profit organisations.
  • The NCCE aims to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and in disadvantaged areas, and ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills.
  • The NCCE is funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by a consortium of STEM Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • STEM Learning is the UK’s largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It has a mission to improve lives through world-leading STEM education. For more information, visit
  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation creates world class educational resources for computing and computer science used by millions of people each year, and has developed online courses that have supported tens of thousands of computing educators. For more information, visit
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is the professional body for computing and, as part of its Royal Charter, sets and maintains academic and professional standards in computing. For more information, visit

Murphy Mile 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

This July the staff and students of Cardinal Hume will be undertaking a number of fun activities to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a charity close to the heart of our school community as, three years ago, one of our colleagues, Mrs Murphy, tragically lost her battle with cancer.


The main events that week will be:

 Monday 1st July: Break time cake sale – all cakes made by staff!

 Wednesday 3rd July: Our very own Race for life “Murphy Mile”. This is a participation event for ALL students but will again include our competitive race that students may sign up for.

There will be no charge for participation in the “Murphy Mile” but donation buckets will be available. As an official, registered Race for Life, all participants will receive a medal upon completion of the race and will be given a chance to dedicate their participation in the race to someone they know if they wish. On Wednesday 3rd July, all students must come into school wearing their school PE kit and trainers. This does NOT include tracksuit bottoms – ONLY kit allowed in PE lessons.

We ask for your support in making the “Murphy Mile” Race for Life, and other activities, successful in raising awareness and money for the work of those seeking a cure for cancer. You can do this in a number of ways: by encouraging your child to buy cakes in our cake sale at break on Monday 1st July and by sending in a donation on the day of the Race for Life on Wednesday 3rd July. There will also be a number of smaller fundraising across the week and collection buckets at all of the events.

Cancer has affected the lives of many of us associated with Cardinal Hume Catholic School in many different ways and we know from last year that some families and children will want to undertake sponsorship to raise as much money for Cancer Research UK as possible. We have therefore have official sponsorship form for use by those students who wish to try and raise additional funds from their friends and families. These are available for students to collect from student reception.  If your child does wish to undertake sponsorship, we ask that all monies and forms are returned by Monday 15th July.

We have also set up a Just Giving page as this may be a more convenient way of making a donation or submitting money raised. The Just Giving page is:

Thanks to you all in advance for your support with this fantastic cause.

Yours faithfully

B Stevenson

Assistant Headteacher