Summer Arrangements 16/07/2021

Please click here to download a copy of this letter dated 16th July 2021.


Dear Parents and Carers,

At the end of a challenging year for everyone in our school, local and wider community, I would like to thank all of you for your support of the school. I am incredibly proud of our students – their resilience, compassion and strength of character has been truly outstanding, and I hope they all enjoy a well earned break this summer. I am sure you will join me in also thanking our excellent teachers and support staff who have worked so hard for the young people throughout the pandemic.

Below is an outline of arrangements for the start of the new term. In line with government guidance, and to allow for on-site lateral flow testing, the start of the school year will be staggered.

Please be reminded that Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September are training days and only staff will attend school.

According to current guidance, all students will be offered two lateral flow tests on their return to school in September. Arrangements for this process will be published during the Summer holidays and the start of term will be very slightly staggered to allow this to happen.

How the tests work
In-school tests will be supervised by trained staff. Most students will be used to the process by now, but we assure new Year 7 parents and carers that we will be particularly careful with the supervision of their children, for whom this may be new. Students will swab themselves. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, this time using a double nasal swab. Results (which take around half an hour) will be shared with the individual participant. Parents/ carers will also be informed of positive tests.

During the holidays, we will be sending out links to an electronic consent form and a privacy notice for you to opt into testing. The testing is voluntary and students will not be tested without consent.

Arrangements for Testing Wednesday 8th September

Year 7 Transition day (Arrival 8:45am)
Year 8 to Year 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)
*Year 11 are on Work Experience week beginning the 6th September.
*Year 12 and Year 13 timetables will begin on Monday 13th September

On-site testing

Year 7 – test 1 (morning)
Year 10 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr10 parents over the Summer holidays.

Thursday 9th September

Year 7 and Year 8 in school.
Years 9 + 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)

On-site testing

Year 8 – test 1 (morning)
Year 9 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr9 parents over the Summer holidays.


Friday 10th September

Year 7 to Year 10 students in school.

On-site testing

6th Form – test 1 (morning)

Yr11 students who are not in placements – test 1(afternoon)

Exact times for testing will be shared wit h Year 11 – 13 parents over the Summer holidays

Monday 13th September

Year 7 to Year 13 students in school.

On-site testing

Year 11 students who have been on work Placement – test 1.

All students will receive their second test during the course of this week.

I wish you and your family all the very best for the summer. Take care and stay safe.


Yours Faithfully,

Mr B Robson

Parent Letter on Mandatory Face Coverings

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18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

In view of local restrictions in the North East of England, face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of the school, for students, staff and visitors, from Monday 21.9.20.

The school already has in place several measures to minimise contacts between people and to enhance personal hygiene and cleaning. The advice of Public Health England is that these measures will have the most impact in mitigating against the transmission of Covid-19. It, therefore, remains the case that all students must adhere to the strict social distancing and enhanced hygiene rules that have already been implemented.  The introduction of face coverings is an additional mitigation and should not be viewed as an alternative to the measures we have established this term.

So far this term, I have been extremely proud of the way the school community has adapted to the new systems in school and I would like to commend students for their outstanding conduct.

As communicated in my letter at the start of term, masks must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour. Students may wear the widely available standard blue/white disposable masks, but we are discouraging their use for environmental reasons.

From Monday 21st September, students, staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering:

  • when moving between lessons
  • when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses in indoor areas
  • when using toilets
  • during break and lunch times in indoor areas
  • other communal areas of the school

While eating in the dining area, pupils should remove face masks. Face coverings will not be worn during lessons. Students may wear them on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school.

To further protect against the transmission of the virus:

  • students must clean their hands before and after touching their mask – including to remove or put it on. We advise the young people to come to school with a personal supply of hand sanitiser;
  • they must store the mask in an individual, sealable plastic bag between use. Parents/carers will be responsible for ensuring their child’s mask is clean or new each day.

Form tutors will remind students about the guidelines on appropriate use, removal and storage of face coverings.

As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory. Any students found to be removing their mask while on scholars’ buses will have their pass removed and be prohibited from using the service.

School has a limited stock of plain reusable masks. We encourage students to provide their own; however, we can supply them for a price of £1.50. Please contact the school office if you need us to provide a mask for your son or daughter.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings.  This applies to those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, or impairment or disability
  • speak to, or provide assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.

If your child is, or you think may be, exempt please email and write EXEMPTION FROM FACE COVERING as the subject.

Some of the young people may wish to wear a visor rather than a mask, or indeed both. Please contact the school office, by phone or at the e-mail address above, for further information if this applies to your son or daughter.

We hope that this will be a short-term measure until local cases are controlled.


We thank you for your continued support of the school.

Yours faithfully,


Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher



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

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

Bulletin for Parents September 2018

The new academic year is an exciting and busy time in school. We are delighted to welcome our new Y7 students, and to celebrate the fantastic exam success of our outgoing students at KS4 and 5.  It is also a busy time for families, settling back into old routines or establishing new ones.  We hope that this brief summary of information and events is useful.

Examination Success

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our students this year. Over 60% of Year 11 achieved a grade 5 or above in both Mathematics and English, and more than 80% secured a grade 4 in both subjects. Our English Baccalaureate performance was particularly pleasing, with 57% of the entire year group achieving a Standard Pass and 44% a Strong Pass. In Mathematics, a third of candidates received grades 9-7 and in English, 76% of the year group scored a Grade 5 or above. Special praise must go to those pupils who averaged grades A/A* or 9-7 across all of their subjects – a feat achieved by one in five students.

Diamond Standards

We demand the very highest standards of work, presentation and behaviour at Cardinal Hume.  Please look in your child’s exercise books and folders to find  copies of the Diamond Standards, ‘personalised’ by each department, outlining exactly what your  child needs to do to achieve the very highest standards in presentation and behaviour.

Year 7 Lunchtime Reading

As part of our programme to develop students love of reading and general literacy skills, all Y7 are timetabled for a 35-minute silent reading class one lunchtime each week.  The children are required to have two reading booked with them as part of their standard equipment for lessons.  Reading is in teaching groups, not tutor groups.

Class Day Staff   Class Day Staff
7N MON Mr Crowe   7S THURS Mr Jones
7K TUES Miss Murphy   7A THURS Mrs Riley
7O TUES Mr Jones   7C THURS Mr Errington
7R WED Mr Addison        
7E WED Mrs Flint   7F FRI Mr Robson

Reporting to Parents: Y10 update

In January, pupils will sit internal exams and you will be invited to attend a Parents’ Evening.    Modular reports will be issued in January and July following internal exams. There will be no written comments from the class teacher or tutor.

Modular reports include short-term for the next module, and the end of Y11 target and other aspects of your child’s attitude to learning. Below is an example of modular report.


Subject Target End of Yr 11 Target Attainment Presentation of Work Completion of Work Homework Response to Feedback General Behaviour Teacher
Art 4- 5- 4+ 1 1 2 2 2 Mrs J Smith

Attendance and punctuality

To ensure that all students achieve their full potential, it is vital that they attend school every day, punctually.  100% attendance =190 days in school.   95% sounds good but…

  • 95% equates to missing more than 1 lesson a week
  • Over a year that adds up to 2 weeks – or 50 lessons
  • Over 5 years that equals ¼ an academic year
  • It is likely to mean a drop of at least one GCSE grade

Home / School Partnership

An effective partnership with positive communication between home and school is vital to ensuring that our children flourish.  There are many ways you can support your child’s education and be involved in school.

Parent Pay 

An online facility which enables payments for school meals, trips and other school activities.  Using the secure website you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card. You can also view your child’s purchases in the canteen each day and make payments trip payments for educational  visits throughout the academic year.

My Child At School

Check your child’s attendance, progress reports and much more. Login details to be issued very soon. Go to

Family Learning

We have an extensive programme of activities for students and carers – an excellent opportunity for families to learn new skills, have lots of fun, and for parents to experience the school from their child’s perspective. Family Cooking is underway with a full class of Y7 families. For the full programme of  events go to:

Parent Partners

Join our Parent Partners forum where staff and parents / carers meet to discuss a range of curriculum issues and any other matters arising. You don’t need to make a long term commitment, there is no fund-raising or social activities, just an opportunity for parents to discuss ideas and issues with other parents and with school staff.       Next meeting:  Tuesday 16th October 6-7p.m.

Contact details

It is vital for safeguarding purposes that school has up-to-date contact details for parents and carers in case of emergency.  Please contact school immediately if you address or phone number changes, or if you want to change the named person to call.

Extended School

Our staff give a lot of time to offer students a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom. Have a look on the website and encourage your child to get involved!

Extra Curricular Timetable:

Eco Club events:

FREE MCROSOFT OFFICE 365   for students to use on up to 5 devices.  Includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. Use school email and password to log in ( (

Y7 Parents’ ‘Meet The Tutor’   Wednesday 10th October  4-6pm

4 pm for parents of children with surname A-M

5pm for parents of children with surname N-Z

An opportunity for parents to meet their child’s tutor and chat about their child’s first few weeks. There will be opportunities to attend presentations in the Main Hall regarding, assessment, curriculum, and how to support your child at school.

Important dates for your diary:

25.9.18            Y11 Achievement meeting for parents   6-7pm

10.10.18          Y7 Parents ‘Meet the Tutors’ and assessment information evening 4-6pm

16.10.18          Parent Partners meeting – 6-7.00pm  All welcome.

17.10 19          Sixth Form Parents Information Evening

23.11.18          Modular reports to parents of Y7, 8, 9, 12 and 13

26.11.18          Y8 Parents Evening 2.45 – 6.00pm

19.12.18          Advent Service 6.30 – 7.30 pm


Healthy Child Programme Service

14 June 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

From 1 July 2018, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) will be providing the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme Service in Sunderland and Gateshead, transferring over from South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT) and will form part of a new approach to working with children, young people and families.

The 0-19 Service will work with children, young people and families in your area and will be made up of Health Visitors, Public Health Nurses, Family Nurse Partnership and support staff delivering on the Healthy Child Programme.

Staff from STFT will be transferring across to HDFT on 1 July 2018. HDFT will work with children, young people and their parents/carers in a variety of settings; schools, health centres, GP surgeries, youth venues and in the family home. The Healthy Child Programme Team will offer routine health checks on children starting school and on transfer to secondary schools.

In addition, the team will work closely with nurseries, schools and colleges to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. They will continue to be responsible for measuring and weighing children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Every school and GP practice will continue to have a Named Public Health Nurse to ensure communication and referrals into the service are easy and accessible.

To ensure the continuity of care, your child’s health records used to deliver these services will be transferred to or shared with HDFT in order to allow them to continue to provide a high quality service.

We are working closely to focus on making sure services transfer smoothly across to them and there is no gap in care being provided.

For those affected we have included a frequently asked question sheet which may answer queries that you may have relating to transfer of data. However if you have any concerns regarding this change of service or require further information please contact our Community Administration Team on 2831936.

Yours Sincerely

South Tyneside                                                             Harrogate and District

NHS Foundation Trust                                                   NHS Foundation Trust


Frequently Asked Questions for those affected

Where will our information be held?

 Your current health record will transfer from South Tyneside Foundation Trust (STFT) to Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) and will be held securely on our child health information system which is called SystmOne. This is to ensure that we are able to continue to provide the best care for you and your family. STFT will hold any historical health records in an archive which you will be able to access by contacting them directly.

Can I see my school nursing, health visitor or family nurse record?

 Yes, Data Protection Legislation allows you to find out what information is held about you, on paper and computer records. If you wish to see a copy of your records you should contact HDFT and we will advise you further. You are entitled to receive a copy of your records for a statutory fee. In certain circumstances access to your records may be limited, for example if your records contain information relating to another.

Who else will you share my information with?

 We may share your information with organisations who may contribute to your support. These could include:

  • Your GP and any other NHS organisation
  • Audit organisations
  • NHS Digital

What is my information used for?

 Your records are used to help us to provide you with the best possible care and support. It is important that your records are accurate and up to date as this will help the staff who are working with you so they can provide you with the support you need, when you need it.

If you have a concern or problem with your care, your records will help us with any investigation. We may also use your information to improve the services we provide to you through audits and monitoring.

Will you keep my health records confidential?

 We are required by law to keep your information confidential however we have to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. This is only provided after permission has been given by a qualified professional.

Information we must share includes:

  • Birth notification
  • Where we encounter a public health concern for example, meningitis and measles
  • When a formal court order has been issued

Important Dates

6th October 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome back to all students following our Summer holidays.  Now that the term is underway we would like to welcome our new students to Cardinal Hume.  I hope that they take every opportunity to become involved in school life and achieve their full potential.

I am pleased to announce yet another set of outstanding examination results at both KS4 and KS5.  I wish our leavers every success at university, college or in the world of work.  May they continue to build on their achievements at school.

May I take this opportunity to provide a list of dates for your diary.

Wednesday 12th October              Year 7 Parents meet Tutors, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 19th October              Year 8 Assessment Grade Information Evening

24th – 28th October                          Half Term Holidays

Thursday 1st December                 Year 10 Parents Evening, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 7th December            Christmas Concert

Thursday 8th December                 Year 12 Parents Evening, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 21st December          Cinema Visit, AM

Thursday 22nd December              End of Autumn Term, 12.45pm

Monday 9th January                        All pupils return to school, 8.45am

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr N. Hurn

Executive Headteacher

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Traffic Around the School

14th January 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to convey my concerns regarding the traffic both on the school site and in the surrounding area.

I would like to remind you of the following:

  • Parents are not allowed in the school car park in order to pick up students.  This is to ensure the safety of all pupils and to allow easy departure for the many scholars buses we have coming on site.
  • Parents are not allowed to park on the service road.  This area of the school must be left clear in order to allow emergency service vehicles to enter if required.
  • The cycle lanes outside of school must not be used for parking.  This drastically reduces the visibility of the students who are crossing the road which again could put them in danger.

I am sure you will agree that the safety of all students is paramount and I appreciate your support in this matter.

Yours faithfully

Mrs A. Riley

Deputy Headteacher

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Christmas Advent Service

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Re:  Christmas Advent Service Wednesday 16th December 2015 at Cardinal Hume Catholic School

We will be holding our annual Christmas Advent Service at Cardinal Hume Catholic School on Wednesday 16th December at 6.30pm with advised arrival of 6.15pm for a prompt start.

This is a special time of year to join together as a Catholic school community and your attendance always adds to the wonder of the evening. Refreshments will be available after the service.

Please note that although the event is free of charge, entry is by ticket only and all students must be accompanied by an adult. You can collect your tickets from the school by contacting Michelle Richardson on 0191 4877638 or by email: from week beginning Monday 7th December.

Yours faithfully,

Nick Hurn

Head Teacher


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