New beginnings for Newman Catholic School, Carlisle

Staff, governors and students were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Lancaster, Bishop Paul Swarbrick, to Carlisle. On Tuesday 11 June at 3.00pm Bishop Swarbrick turned the first sod at the new site of Newman Catholic School.
John McAuley, Headteacher of Newman Catholic School was delighted to welcome Bishop Swarbrick:
“It is wonderful to be able to welcome the Bishop, Trustees and representatives of the Diocese of Lancaster, together with members of the local community who have supported the school. These people will work with us in the coming months as we build a new school where our young people will study and grow.
“Considerable time has been spent in the design process to ensure we can offer outstanding facilities and resources for our students from Year 7 into sixth form. We are looking forward in the coming weeks to see the buildings start to rise up on the campus. We are now looking to the future to provide a new Catholic school fit for the 21st Century and are on our way to exciting new beginnings for Newman, with our brand-new school due to open in 2020.”
The Rev Canon Peter Hart, on behalf of the Trustees welcomed the next milestone in the school’s future:
“The Trustees of the Diocese of Lancaster are grateful for and fully supportive of the efforts of all concerned to build the new school which will become a beacon of Catholic secondary education in the city and beyond. We wish all the community well and will watch their progress with interest.”
The school’s chair of governors, Andy Abernethy, is delighted that work has started on the new school:
“Newman has come through many challenges over recent years, most significantly the flooding of our city centre site. We are now looking to the future to exciting new beginnings on a journey of improvement. This great news comes after an encouraging report from Ofsted inspectors and an especially positive Section 48 denominational inspection carried out by the Diocese of Lancaster.”