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Newman College is a Catholic Secondary school serving Oldham and the surrounding areas.

At Newman College we cultivate and celebrate our distinct Catholic nature through the promotion of ‘Dignity and Excellence’ for all members of our College family.


Saint John Henry Newman wrote ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.’ Newman College is committed to placing faith at its centre, radiating the Gospel values of love, service, courage and reconciliation from the physical and spiritual heart of our learning community. ‘I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons’. At Newman College we celebrate collectively in our triumphs and we are united in our trials.

“I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons”

Holy Bible and Prayer

“We strive to have the courage to celebrate and live our Christian faith, in love and service to all others, to achieve dignity and excellence.”

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The College is very proud of our Patron, John Henry Newman, who lived in the 19th Century. Born in 1801, John Henry Newman rose to prominence as an evangelical Oxford academic and priest in the Church of England and through his work in the Oxford Movement.

The Oxford Movement was keen to see the Church of England return to many Catholic beliefs and forms of worship which were used in medieval times. By 1845 Newman had left the Church of England and was received into the Roman Catholic Church where he was eventually granted the rank of Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. Newman played a critical role in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, the forerunner to the University College, Dublin. He let his faith lead the way, despite facing many challenges in his life and is an excellent role model of perseverance, determination and courage.

On 19 September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman during his visit to the United Kingdom. From this moment on, he became known as Blessed John Henry Newman. Then on 13th October 2019, Pope Francis declared John Henry Newman as a Saint, after his miracles had been approved by the Church. This is why we are now called Saint John Henry Newman RC College.

Saint John Henry Newman used the words “I am a link in chain”, regularly used by our staff and students as a reminder that we are a family, united by Christ. He also revealed that we have our own individual mission and purpose in life. It is our hope that all of our pupils grow their gifts and talents during their time at Newman to be able to find their purpose and live their mission.

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