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St John Henry Newman Catholic School– Governors’ Strategic Vision 2018-2023  


This text sets out our aspirations for St John Henry Newman Catholic School and provides a description of the school we would like to see evolve as the manifestation of our ambitions.

Each year’s School Improvement Plan will take us closer to achieving these goals and will represent the practical steps required to deliver this vision.    


We will develop a school which is characterised by:

  • Christian values, where Catholic teaching is at the centre of every aspect of school life, and kindness and compassion are qualities which are shared by the whole school community
  • equal respect for all members of the school community in which diversity is welcomed and celebrated  
  • dedicated, highly professional and committed staff who fulfil their various roles to the highest of standards and work effectively as a team
  • fostering high aspirations and determination in our pupils, and driving them to be high achievers in all aspects of their learning and development
  • a safe, nurturing and inclusive outlook


As a result of our collective efforts, we expect our pupils to be:

  • well rounded young people, independent, confident and articulate, outward facing and ready to make a positive difference in the world as responsible citizens in a tolerant and democratic society
  • happy and able to fulfil all dimensions of their human potential: spiritual, academic, personal and social
  • shaped by Christian values, and willing to contribute actively in their faith and secular communities, providing a positive example to others
  • confident in their abilities and equipped to achieve excellence in their studies leading to success in continuing education or training and future careers
  • both leaders and good team players with a strong sense of self-esteem as well as respect for others
  • the best that they can be, behaving in such a way that all can be proud of them
  • self-disciplined and courteous, setting an example to others


The school will provide an environment which is:

  • an inspirational place in which to learn: spacious, light, attractive and stimulating
  • suitable to meet all needs – physical, academic, personal, social and spiritual
  • furnished with a distinctive and prominent working chapel open to all, at all times, with regular Masses
  • supportive of learning in all domains, flexible and responsive to the changing curricular requirements of the 21st Century
  • responsive to the progression routes of all pupils, including the provision of high quality post-16 programmes within its own distinctive sixth form.
  • an environment which brings pupils together, with communal and recreational spaces conducive to a civilised experience
  • safe, secure and appropriate to the diverse needs of the pupil community
  • well resourced with the equipment and materials required to provide the best contemporary education possible

Date of
Term of     
Category Committee Membership / Link Governor Business and Pecuniary Interests
Ms Amanda Yellowley Sep-20 4 Years   Governors Parent Chair of Governors
E-Safety Governor
Parent of two Newman Pupils
Eden District Council
Mr Andrew Abernethy Oct-19 4 Years   Local Authority Local Authority Vice Chair of Governors
Standards & Staffing 
Finance & Facilities
Staff Development Governor
PRU management committee
Carlisle College Board
Miss Tina Battle Oct-21 4 Years   Diocese Foundation 2nd Vice Chair of Governors
Standards & Staffing (Chair), DIG,  
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
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,
Careers Governor
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