Our School

Exam Success


“The students at Cardinal Newman have performed to one of the highest levels of performance the school has ever seen.  The Teacher Assessed Grades we submitted were the result of a rigorous process including sets of mock exams and assessments – which included unseen full past papers, marked to the exam specification criteria and standardised - so we are sure that they are a true reflection of their ability. Students and teachers have worked under exceptional circumstances over the past 18 months and I am incredibly proud of the results that they have achieved. They have had to overcome challenges that no other year group has ever faced and they are to be congratulated on these results”.


Universities our students will be bringing our set of values to include; Oxford, Kings College, Reading, Kent, Keele, York, Liverpool, Bristol, Loughborough, London, Leeds, Bath, Nottingham, Royal Holloway, Brighton, Exeter, Leicester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Sheffield, Brunel and many other!


Several our students are undertaking apprenticeships up and down the country including with Ernst & Young, Quantity Surveying, Court Clerking, IT, Engineering and Finance & Business. 


Obviously this has been a challenging time for all in the Newman community. But as always students and staff have risen to the challenge and, as in previous years, many of our students will now be going on to some of the best universities in Britain or into high quality apprenticeships. Following the cancellation of the exams this year we now need to focus on ensuring that every single one of our students moves on successfully to the next stage of their education and/or employment. We are here to provide our students with whatever support they need at this time.

Following the cancellation of the A level exams, the process of calculating a grade for every student in every subject had been undertaken by Newman teachers in a rigorous and professional way to ensure that each individual got a fair and a just outcome.

That said, the students at Newman College have once again achieved excellent results in their A levels. Over 50% of all grades awarded were A*-B while 75% were A*-C. In the most recent government performance tables Newman6th was in the top 3% of Sixth Forms in England and Wales.

Our academic success has always been inextricably linked with our focus on nurturing young adults and preparing them in every way for what lies ahead, whether that be academia or the world of work. We encourage everyone who attends our college to go on from here, always keen to learn about, and care about, the world around them.

“It’s not about the grade, it never was… Please continue learning, but not for the test. Continue because it is all still (and always was) worth knowing.”

We could not be prouder of our students, past and present, for the contribution they are making and will make – to their families, to their friends and the communities in which they work and live, and the staff are very much looking forward to welcoming our new cohort in September, face to face.



Key stage 4

  • Progress 8 score          0.29 
  • Attainment 8 score     47.09
  • Percentage of pupils who got a good pass in English and Maths 65%
  • Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate combination of subjects
    (this means pupils who got a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths, 2 sciences, a language, and history or geography) 9%
  • Student ‘destinations’ 2015 - the most recent figures available:
    The percentage of students who continue in education or training
    Full Time Education 97.2%
    Apprenticeships 1.2%
    Not in Education, Employment or Training 1.2%
    Unknown 0.4%

16 TO 19 (Key Stage 5)

  • The progress students have made in English and Maths:  English Progress 0.40; Maths progress 0.04.
  • The progress students have made compared with students across England +0.05
  • The average grade that students in your college get at 16 to 19 study (key stage 5)  C
  • Student ‘retention’ (the percentage of students who get to the end of their study programme) 98.3%
  • Student ‘destinations’:
    percentage of students who continue in education or training 86%, or
    move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study 11%

View our DfE Schools Performance Table

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