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Headteacher's Welcome

Mr B Robson

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cardinal Hume Catholic School. We are a high-achieving, successful and oversubscribed academy and part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust. Our distinct Catholic ethos, high standards of discipline and commitment to every member of our school community make this a truly special place to learn.

Choosing a secondary school is a very important decision for all families. To help you make an informed choice, I encourage you to visit the school, meet the staff and the students, view our facilities and learn more about our provision. I am sure that you will see that we aim to live out our school motto – Fide, Labore, Caritate – in all that we do. It simply means: in faith, hard work and kindness.

Mr B Robson
Headteacher

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    We are a forward-thinking school and aim to ensure that all of our students are afforded the highest standard of education. We were awarded World Class School status in 2021 and are a leading-edge Hub school in both Computing and Modern Foreign Languages. We host a successful Centre for Teaching and support many other establishments, as well as developing trainee teachers as they embark on their careers in education. Extensive building developments in recent years have resulted in additional teaching space, a bespoke Sixth Form area and state of the art gym facilities.

    Our focus on high quality teaching throughout the school provides a stimulating and challenging classroom experience; this has resulted in excellent academic outcomes for many years. We offer a curriculum that is rich, varied and ambitious for every student and deliver a wide range of academic and technical qualifications, while ensuring that 60-70% of students are entered for the English Baccalaureate at the end of Year 11. Furthermore, we actively encourage progression from Sixth Form to top Russell Group universities and high-quality apprenticeships.

    Catholic education is, however, about much more than classroom teaching and curriculum delivery. We are also responsible for the spiritual, moral and character formation of the young people in our care. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously in our mission to form well-rounded citizens who are ready for the wider, 21st century, world. The array of careers-related opportunities, extra-curricular activities and successful sporting teams demonstrates clearly our commitment to the wider development of our students. We have a very strong pastoral system, based on high standards of behaviour, mutual respect and compassion and this is the foundation of everything we do in school.

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Welcome to our website

Welcome to Cardinal Hume Catholic School and to our website. Here you will find everything about what makes our school such a fantastic place to attend. Ofsted reports confirm our Outstanding status. There is information about the excellent examination results we achieve, for all our students.

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    You will find examples showing how our students and staff live out the school motto Fide, Labore, Caritate in everything we do: examples of Faith, Hard Work and Charity in action. There is also information about the many collaborations and associate partners we have: from our work as Computing and Modern Foreign Languages Hubs, sharing our knowledge and expertise across the region; our relationship with 3D Leisure, who provide our commercial standard gym facilities and community sports activity; and our membership of Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, an association of leading secondary and primary schools from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

    You will find information and examples to inspire participation in extra- curricular activities, from our thriving sports teams and outdoor education and Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to our musical productions and orchestras. There is information about our alumni, who progress to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities and to Degree Apprenticeships and other high value professional and vocational training. We hope that this information will encourage parents and carers who are considering Cardinal Hume Catholic School as the secondary school for their child will be encouraged to pursue their interest. For parents and carers of students already attending, we hope that the Website, together with other applications and communications packages, will provide timely, up to date and accurate information to help us all work together to promote the interests of our young people.

Our School

Here you will find information on the underpinning values of our school community. You can read more about the Ethos of our school, which is located as part of the world-wide Catholic family and has strong links to local parishes. Our students, staff and parents see themselves as part of a thriving local community and commit to the principles of service and working together. Retreats give opportunities for reflection and spiritual development.

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Parents

We hope parents and carers will find all the information they need about the organisation of the school, events and activities and what they can do to support their child.

Keeping parents and carers informed is a priority as we work together to promote the interests of all our students. As well as our Parents’ Bulletin, Parents’ Evenings and Information Evenings we encourage parents and carers to get in touch at any time to discuss any concerns or queries.

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Students

Welcome to the Student Pages of our website. Please click on your year group to see important information about the year ahead and, looking further forward, information on future careers. Don’t forget your Tutor, Head of House and Year Progress Leader can also help with any questions.

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Sixth Form

We are incredibly proud of our Sixth Form and the superb quality of education we provide to students in Gateshead and beyond. Whatever their background, all our students progress to prestigious universities, including Oxford and Cambridge and to high value vocational and professional training, including advanced apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.

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We wish all of our students, staff and wider school community all the best for a well deserved summer break! See you in September!

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