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Your First Day

Your First Day at Cardinal Newman College

On your first day, make sure you are prepared to start College life with some basic stationery! Ensure you have a pen, some paper and perhaps a folder where you can store any resources you are given from day one. You might also want to bring some money for food and drink.

Ask someone! Our Student Mentors will be around during induction to help you find your lessons. They will be wearing an orange lanyard and are more than happy to help!

We have 9 buildings in total at College: St. Bede’s, St. Wilfrid’s, St. Cecilia’s, St. James’, St. Francis, St. Mary’s, St. Augustine’s, St. Teresa’s and our T-Level building St. John Henry. On your timetable the room number will start with a letter which tells you which building to be in e.g. B for St. Bede’s.

Timetable Queries

You can access your timetable via your Cedar account, you will be sent information on how to access your CEDAR account via email once you have enrolled after GCSE results day!

You can log into CEDAR using your College T Number and password. These are the same credentials you would need to access your College email, MS Teams and to log on to any computer at College.

Our timetable is made up of blocks A-F. You will be given a block per subject e.g. Sociology in B block. That means that every time it is B block on the timetable you will have your Sociology lesson. The blocks may be at different times every day.

Yes, Newman Extra runs throughout September during which time you will have the option to change your subjects if you don’t feel it is the right fit for you.

It is advised that you spend 4 hours per subject, per week outside of lesson time doing independent study.

Asking for Help

If you need any help with anything you can speak to the Student Services Team who are based on the ground floor of St Francis in the Student Advice Hub, any member of staff at College will be happy to help at any time during College, so don’t be afraid to ask. You will have your teachers as well as your Achievement Tutor and Senior Tutor for pastoral support.

The College has a zero-tolerance policy towards bullying and any incidents are dealt with appropriately. Speak with your Achievement Tutor if you are worried or concerned about yourself or anyone else, alternatively go to the Student Advice Hub.

If you forget your lanyard you will need to sign in at Main Reception and get a sticker. If you lose your lanyard head to the Student Advice Hub in the St Francis Building to purchase a new one.

If your ID card breaks or you lose it, head to the Student Advice Hub to get a new one.

Campus Life

We have a lot facilities on site including a Gym, Library, Climbing Wall, Starbucks, Costa, chapel, canteen and open learning zones!

Yes, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food at Newman. We have a Starbucks, sandwich bar and pizza counter and a canteen (The Terrace) in St Bede’s building. We also have a Costa pod outside on the grounds and a Costa in St. Augustine’s building.

We have lots of study areas around College, including quiet study and computer facilities. Our main library is located in St. Bede’s building. There are open learning centres in all buildings, located within department areas, so you can study near to where your lessons are held.

Yes, we have the College chapel in St. Bede’s building and two designated prayer rooms in St. Bede Building and St Augustine’s.

Free Time

Our Newman Enhance offer gives students the opportunity to get involved in lots of trips and visits across various departments, lots of sporting opportunities, NCS, Duke of Edinburgh, Chaplaincy, CAFOD, Young Enterprise as well joining the Student Union or becoming Student Mentor.

We would advise you use your free blocks to get in some independent study done in one of our study areas or the library, attend CP and have your lunch. You might also want to use this time to get involved with activities in and around College. You can also head off site during free blocks if you wish as long as you are not required to attend any meetings with teachers/tutors or CP during that time. You must also make sure you are back on site for your timetabled lessons.

Money and Payments

We offer bursary support for eligible students which you can apply for on our website. Speak to a member of the Student Services Team in our Student Advice Hub to find out more.

You can search for WisePay on the college website. New students need to sign in with the email you applied to College with and click forgotten password to generate a password for you to use.