The John Henry Newman School

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The John Henry Newman School
Motto Cor ad cor loquitur (in English this means "Heart speaks unto heart")
Established 1987
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr C. Mathew [1]
Founder Archdiocese of Westminster
Location Hitchin Road
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DfE URN 137895 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,481[2]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Blue, red and gold

The John Henry Newman School is a Roman Catholic secondary school with academy status at Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. In its 2015 Ofsted inspection it was classed as a good school and the diocesan report found it to be an outstanding Catholic school. It converted to academy status on 1 March 2012.[3]



St. Michael's College was established in Grove Road, Hitchin—next to the site of a new Catholic church—in 1903 by Fr. A. Prével of the Society of Saint Edmund. In 1925, the priests from the Order of Augustinians of the Assumption assumed control of both the church and the college. St. Michael's College was a Catholic boys' school which housed a number of boarding pupils. In 1953, following a General Inspection, the College was granted temporary recognition as an independent grammar school and this status was made permanent in 1958.


The expansion of Stevenage New Town, during the 1960s, led to the relocation of the school to Sandown Road, Stevenage, in 1968. It changed its name to St. Michael's School and became a comprehensive.

In 1985, the process of merging St. Michael's School with St. Angela's School for Girls began. The merging process was completed in 1987[4] and the site of St. Michael's was sold, while the new "John Henry Newman School" moved to the former site of St. Angela's on Hitchin Road. The name of the school commemorates Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Notable people

Former pupils

Former staff

  • David Drew, politician; also a former pupil of the school
  • Rt. Reverend David Konstant, 8th Bishop of Leeds. Acting Head 1967 (at St Michael's, Stevenage)[7]

Former visitors


  1. "Home | John Henry Newman". Retrieved 2013-06-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. England. "EduBase - The John Henry Newman Catholic School". Retrieved 2013-06-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Stevenage school first to become an academy - News". The Comet. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2013-06-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The John Henry Newman School official website (in biographical sketch of the late Jill Biggs). Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  5. "Southern Counties - Sport - Lewis Hamilton fact file". BBC. 1985-01-07. Retrieved 2013-06-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Viner, Brian (6 October 2008). "Ashley Young ... sporting prodigy". The Independent. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Rt. Reverend David Konstant".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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