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Open Evening 2021

Last night saw the successful Newman RC College Virtual Open Evening.

A recording of the full event can be re-watched below

Mrs Foley, Assistant Headteacher for Transition, has also answered a number of the frequently asked questions from the event below:

What does a typical day look like?

All pupils will have 5 lessons a day, these lessons are 1-hour lessons and 50 minutes on a Wednesday. Typically, a year would have lessons 1 and 2, break for 20minutes, lessons 3 and 4, lunch for 35 minutes followed by lesson 5 then home. (For more information:

How will my child be safe during break and lunchtime?

Every break and lunchtime is well-staffed, all staff have to wear a high-viz jacket so they are easily seen. We have staff both inside and outside during these times. Year 7 have break and lunch on their own.

How will my child pay for their lunch?

All dining is cashless. In the summer term following offer day, parents receive information about how the canteen work and how to put money onto the child account. Then all transactions are by fingerprint which we take in September. (For more information:

Will my child experience assemblies and worship opportunities?

Each year has an assembly weekly, in form time there are daily reflections. We celebrated as a Catholic community by following the liturgical year. We also celebrate non-Christian festivals.

How will my child get to school?

Pupils who need to use public transport may be able to access college by one of our school buses. The routes and times of these are shared in the summer term following offer day. (For more information:

Are there any clubs at lunch or after school?

There are lots of opportunities, each September these are shared with the year groups, so they know what is on and when. These are then placed onto form notice boards as a reminder.

If I have a child in school, their brothers or sisters will automatically be given a place

You must still apply, although siblings may be entitled to priority [not year 11] there is no automatic allocation of places. Please indicate the siblings on the supplementary form.

If I don’t send in a supplementary form I will still get a place.

If you do not return a supplementary form (& supporting documents if applicable) you will be ranked in the lowest criteria. It is important you return all relevant documents to ensure your child has the highest eligible criteria. Newman do not send reminders or source this on your behalf

I will be guaranteed a place at my catchment school even if I don’t put it as a preference

Newman RC does not have a catchment area but you must name all the schools you wish to be considered for in your application. If a place cannot be offered at any of your preferences you will be offered a place at the closest school with availability.

If I put the same school down three times will it make me three times more likely to get a place?

No this is the same as listing one school. You should use all your preferences to maximise your chances of getting your preferred school.