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St John Henry Newman Catholic School– Governors’ Strategic Vision 2023-2028   

This text sets out our aspirations for St John Henry Newman Catholic School and our pupils.  It provides a description of the school we would like to see evolve over the next five years.

In everything we do, we aim to affirm Cardinal Newman's Inspirational maxim:

Cor ad Cor Loquitur (Heart Speaks to Heart) 

We will strive to be a school which is marked by:

  • Christian values, where Catholic teaching is at the heart of school life
  • equal respect for each member of a school community which is safe, inclusive and nurturing of all
  • a staff team dedicated to our pupils and committed to professional self-improvement no matter what our role
  • a curriculum which fosters curiosity, challenges all pupils and enables them to explore wider horizons to make sense of the changing world around them
  • promotion of positive career routes for all pupils, including through membership of our own distinctive sixth form
  • active participation in the Bishop’s vision for Catholic education in the diocese as a member of the Mater Christi multi-academy trust

As a result of our collective efforts, we anticipate our pupils will:

  • become well rounded young people, open minded and receptive, honest and truthful
  • grow into generous, grateful, hopeful adults able to fulfil their spiritual and personal potential
  • be shaped by Christian values, discerning, compassionate and actively serving society
  • know that they are valued and cared for, confident in their personal gifts and equipped to develop their unique strengths
  • have respect for their own dignity and the dignity of others, able to act as both leaders and good team players
  • develop into self-disciplined and courteous young people, conscious that they can be a positive example to others


Each year’s School Improvement Plan will take us closer to achieving these ambitions and will represent the practical, short-term steps required to realise this vision.

Date of
Term of     
Category Committee Membership / Link Governor Business and Pecuniary Interests
Ms Amanda Yellowley Sep-20 4 Years   Governors Parent
E-Safety Governor
Parent of two Newman Pupils
Eden District Council
Mr Andrew Abernethy Oct-19 4 Years   Local Authority Local Authority Standards & Staffing 
Finance & Facilities
Staff Development Governor
PRU management committee
Carlisle College Board
Miss Tina Battle Oct-21 4 Years   Diocese Foundation Chair of Governors
Standards & Staffing (Chair), 
Chaplaincy Group
SEND Governor
Safeguarding Governor
Well-being Governor
RE Governor
Mr Don Austin Jul-21 4 Years   Diocese Foundation Finance & Facilities
Student Discipline Cttee (Chair)
Attendance Governor
Mrs Cath Fullerton Sep-20 4 Years   Diocese Foundation Standards & Staffing 
Behaviour for Learning Governor
Safeguarding Governor
Mr Stephen Higgs Sep-19 4 Years   Governors Associate Finance & Facilities (Chair), Remuneration
(No voting rights)
Health & Safey / Premises Governor
Tho. Graham Trust Wetheral Parish Council     
Executive member - Carlisle City Council   
Governor - Shankhill CofE Primary School
Mr Jack Johnstone Dec-22 4 Years   Diocese Foundation Standards & Staffing 
Finance & Facilities
Careers Governor
Mr John McAuley N/A N/A   N/A HeadTeacher All committees  
Ms Cath Reynolds Dec-19 4 Years Jan-22 Governors Associate Standards & Staffing, DIG
(No voting rights)
Sixth Form Governor
Mrs Francesca Robinson Sep-21 4 Years  June 2022 Diocese Parent  Standards & Staffing Parent of two Newman Pupils
Fr Luiz Ruscillo Sep-21 4 Years   Diocese Foundation Chaplaincy Group Trustee - The Faith Movement
Trustee - The Metanoia Project 
Governor - Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust
Mr John Sherrington Nov-17 4 Years Dec-21 Diocese Foundation Standards & Staffing, DIG,

Parent of a Newman pupil    Carlisle College
Mrs Louise Tickell Nov-20 4 Years   Staff Staff  Standards & Staffing Staff member at Newman
Mr Chris Wilkins Dec-19 4 Years   Diocese Foundation Standards & Staffing
Equality Governor
Cumbria Education Trust
Think U Know
Young Writers
Catholic Teaching Alliance
Accelerated Reader
Microsoft Office Specialist
Ofsted ParentView