We take pride in all that we do at John Henry Newman.  We encourage everyone to aim high, to work hard, to value each other and to contribute to re-creating the Kingdom of God in our school every day.

We place a great emphasis on hard work and consistent effort in all aspects of school life.  We like to celebrate achievement and endeavour through praise postcards, celebratory lunches, commendations from the Chair of Governors, and though the Newman Point system.

Newman Points

Newman  points are awarded for work of an exceptional or good standard, dynamic learning, good organisation, attendance and contribution to school life. They are accumulated over the course of a year and are awarded to all pupils and students.  The range of Newman Points are detailed below.

Class/Homework/ improved effort/positive contribution to class or community/ support for school events

1, 3 or 5 points

Departmental/ Pastoral Postcards

20 points

Roll of Honour - Attendance

20 points

Roll of Honour – No Sanctions

30 points

Learning Reviews

30 points

Headteacher Awards

50 points

Certificates are awarded as follows:

Bronze          100 points            1 entry to termly prize draw    

Silver             200 points           2 entries to termly prize draw

Gold              300 points            3 entries to termly prize draw

Platinum       400 points           4 entries to termly prize draw

Certificates are presented by the Learning Co-ordinator at Year Assemblies, and Gold Certificates by the Headteacher or Chairman of Governors.  Each Certificate winner is entered into a termly prize draw, according to the scale above.  Prizes will include  i-Tunes voucher or similar and in Years 11 and 13, the Autumn and Spring Term draws will include a Prom Pass.

All certificate winners will be entered into an annual prize draw in the Summer term.  The prize will vary each year but may include an ipod or similar


Each year, special awards will be presented to pupils and students who have performed exceptionally well in certain aspects of school life or curriculum areas.  These awards are given at the annual Presentation Evening and include subject prizes at each Key Stage, the Headteacher's Prize for Outstanding Learning and Achievement, amongst other Commendations and Prizes.

Everyone in our School is entitled to respect and courtesy. These should be shown in a friendly approach, in speech and good manners, in helping others in times of difficulty.

The respect shown to pupils and staff should apply equally to each other, to visitors and to newcomers to the School.

John Henry Newman School Expectations


We expect that pupils and students:

  • Demonstrate commitment to their own learning and progress.
  • Complete all work to the best of their ability.
  • Stay on task.
  • Present all work to the best of their ability.
  • Contribute fully to lessons.
  • Have the necessary equipment.


We expect that pupils and students:

  • Take pride in their appearance and look smart at all times
  • Contribute to a well-ordered, friendly environment in which everyone can learn effectively.
  • Are polite and respectful.
  • Arrive on time and settle quickly.
  • Listen attentively
  • Put their hands up and avoid calling out.
  • Are co-operative and considerate.
  • Respect the environment and others’ property.


We expect that pupils and students:

  • Complete homework to the best of their ability.
  • Take sufficient time and care over homework.
  • Present homework to the best of their ability.
  • Hand in homework when it is due.
  • Listen to and record instructions carefully.
  • Show commitment to learning from previous mistakes.
  • Check homework before handing it in.

Further guidance on the Presentation of Work, School Rules and Uniform is found in your School Diary.

Code of Conduct

  • We treat each other equally
  • We always take care of our school and our surroundings
  • We do not draw or write anything that could upset others
  • We accept people's beliefs and do not discriminate because of race or disabilities
  • We do not fight or deliberately hurt people
  • We always follow the basic classroom rights
  • We do not upset or offend anyone with our words or our actions
  • We respect each other