Cardinal Newman Testimonials

A good education for students including their personal development & academic achievement. Ofsted 2013





We work collaboratively with other schools as we believe strongly that together we are stronger and produce better outcomes. The key partnerships for Cardinal Newman School are:

St Alban’s Deanery Catholic Schools Soft Federation

We work very closely with St Martin de Porres Primary, St Josephs Junior and Infants, Sacred Heart Primary, St Margaret of Scotland Primary, St Vincent’s Primary and St Mary’s Lower School. This is our most well established partnership as we are bound naturally to our Catholic Feeder Schools by our shared faith and philosophy of Catholic education. This strong relationship is the reason why we have exemplary transition procedures, shared chaplaincy arrangements, retreats, prayer resources, Specialist Science links and our new Literacy and Learning in Depth programmes. All the schools are very committed to this partnership and we are currently discussing ways in which can further strengthen our links so that Catholic education across Luton, which is already recognised as outstanding, can continue to raise standards.

Thinking Schools’ partnership

Since we were accredited as a Thinking School by Exeter University we have been approached to work in partnership with other Thinking Schools across the country. The key advantages of this work being:                                    

• To have a stronger voice nationally  in school to school support through a Thinking school philosophy

• To raise standards of achievement across all phases of education through a shared philosophy for cognitive education and pedagogical  research in thinking skills

• To ensure sustainability/capacity in our schools and supply future leaders of those wishing to lead thinking schools.

• To deliver training and professional development through our schools and their partnerships – sharing and extending “good practice”

Working closely with other schools, in the current political climate makes good sense as we need to be conscious of making economies of scale. However, collaboration has always been a key part of the way in which we choose to work as a Catholic community and the net result is to constantly drive up standards through sharing good practice.