Head Teacher’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cardinal Hume Catholic School. We are high-achieving, successful and oversubscribed academy and, since 2019, have been part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, a family of schools from across Gateshead, Durham and Sunderland. Our distinct Catholic ethos, high standards of discipline and commitment to every member of our school community makes this a truly special place to learn.  

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 2019 and are a leading-edge Hub school in both Computing and Modern Foreign Languages. We are a highly successful Teaching School 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 demonstrate 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. 

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 the provision that we offer. 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  

Head Teacher