St Cuthbert's High School
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St Cuthbert's High School

St Cuthbert's Catholic High School
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Gretna Road

NE15 7PX

Coordinates54°58?44?N 1°40?31?W / 54.97892°N 1.67536°W / 54.97892; -1.67536Coordinates: 54°58?44?N 1°40?31?W / 54.97892°N 1.67536°W / 54.97892; -1.67536
TypeVoluntary aided academy
MottoQuies In Caelo
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderBishop James Chadwick
Local authorityNewcastle upon Tyne
Department for Education URN137900 Tables
PrincipalCarol Davison[1]
Age11 to 18[1]
Colour(s)Maroon, Gold and Pale Blue
DioceseHexham and Newcastle

St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School is a boys-only Roman Catholic secondary school with academy status located on Gretna Road in the Benwell Hill area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


St Cuthbert's is a seven-form entry school. The school admits students of all faiths, but Roman Catholic children take priority.[2]


St. Cuthbert's Grammar School was opened in Westmorland Road, Elswick, on 16 August 1881, largely due to the efforts of Bishop James Chadwick and his successor Bishop John Bewick building upon the foundations of the Catholic Collegiate School established in 1870 in Eldon Square.[] Shortly afterward the School moved to larger premises in Bath Lane in the centre of the city. In 1922 the School transferred to the present site on Benwell Hill. Part of the school (1922 Block - now demolished) was built directly over the Vallum (rear ditch) of Hadrian's Wall. During the war, boys were evacuated to Cockermouth in what is now Cumbria. In 2011 the School again became single site on the completion of the Building Schools for the Future work, the former Lower School buildings on Fox & Hounds Lane having been demolished.

It was a direct grant grammar school until September 1977,[3] then began to take a comprehensive intake.

The school converted to academy status in March 2012. The school became an academy in 2012.[1][4]


Since 1881 there have been 7 clergymen as Head:

  • Canon Wickwar
  • Fr. Magill
  • Monsignor Horace K. Mann
  • Monsignor Jeffrey
  • Monsignor Canon Cunningham
  • Canon M. Cassidy,
  • Fr. M. Walsh

and two lay Headteachers:

  • Mr E. Lovell
  • Mr J. G Murphy

The incumbent is:

  • Carol Davison

Academic statistics

St. Cuthbert's was 662nd in the Financial Times Top 1000 Schools 2008 - 17th of 34 schools in the North East to make the list.[1]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d e "St Cuthbert's High School". Get information about schools. Gov.UK. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Galloway, Cecilia (12 September 2017). "St Cuthbert's Catholic High Schoo: The schools adjudicator's admission objection decision about St Cuthbert's Catholic High Schooll" (PDF). Gov.UK. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "ST. CUTHBERT'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (ADMISSIONS)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 30 July 1958.
  4. ^ "St Cuthbert's High School". Get information about schools. Gov.UK. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Hunt, Philip A. (1988). Biographical Register 1880-1974 Corpus Christi College (University of Oxford). Oxford, England: The College. ISBN 9780951284407.
  6. ^ a b Butt, Riazat (5 May 2006). "School of scandal". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Sting (28 October 2003). "I held the record for being caned". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018.

Further reading

  • The Story of St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, Rev C. Hart (1940)

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