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Student Support

At Cardinal Newman College, every student really does matter and parents and carers should be aware that the College will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its students. If you are worried about a student you can contact the Pastoral Support Managers at the College.

We recognise the damage that can be caused by bullying, in all its forms and have a zero tolerance policy towards any behaviour that causes anxiety or distress to others. We regard each person as worthy of the utmost respect.

Learning Support

To enable all students coming to Cardinal Newman College to achieve their learning goals, the College has a dedicated and specialist Learning Support team. The team has wide experience in supporting students with specific learning needs and is able to continue with the support students may have received at their high school. They also support students with the management of any special health needs, or if students experience other difficulties at particular times.

They also liaise with the Examinations Office to ensure that there are individual arrangements in place for examination concessions. This can include assessment for additional time, provision of readers and scribes, and the use of word processors.

JCQ - Parent Guidance Information SheetFor further information, or to arrange an appointment to discuss study support, contact the Learning Support Manager on 01772 460181.

Your Achievement Tutor

When you start College you will have your own Achievement Tutor, who will be like your form teacher at school. Your Achievement Tutor will support you in all aspects of College life: from guidance in your studies, help with your study skills, advice regarding possible career progression and applications to Higher Education, to arranging any extra help or support you may need during your learning. Through regular one-to-one reviews of your progress, individual target setting and action planning, your Achievement Tutor will work with you to ensure that you reach your full potential. 

Wellbeing Services


We have a team of qualified counsellors at College, who are available if you feel the need to talk in confidence about any issues that are worrying you. All our counsellors are registered members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. Counsellors aren’t there to tell you what to do or give you advice, but will work with you to help you better understand yourself and the problems you are facing. Our counsellors are trained in Person Centred Therapy but work in an interrogative way offering different approaches to therapy that suits you best.

If you feel the need to talk in confidence about issues that are worrying you, then we have College staff counsellors available for consultation.

Health & Wellbeing
The Health and Wellbeing Team are here to support students struggling with any aspect of their life. They offer practical advice and guidance and will signpost you to various internal and external services if appropriate. The team can suggest a range of practical resources to support your emotional needs, with signposts including mental health organisations, NHS-Approved apps and worksheets, as well as advice on things like balancing workloads, healthy eating, exercise and getting a good night’s sleep.
You can refer yourself to either service or you can ask your Achievement Tutor to refer you.

Don’t forget that your Achievement Tutor, or any member of the College staff is also available to discuss anything at all that might be bothering you during your time at College.


Open throughout the College day and during most College holidays, CNC Library is Located in the Main Building between St. Bede’s and St. Wilfrid’s. 

The Library offers a welcoming and student-friendly environment with a wide variety of print, digital and audio-visual resources to assist you with your studies.  In addition to our wide range of fiction books, study materials and feature films, there are also digital cameras, camcorders, portable photo studios and iPads available for loan.  Study space is readily available for students to work individually or in groups.

The CNC Library Moodle page offers a wide range of online resources that can be accessed 24/7 including eBooks, eJournals and newspapers, and useful website links. Students can also access the Library catalogue via the Moodle page where you can search for, reserve and renew Library resources.  In addition to this, you will find a range of useful ‘how-to’ guides on the Library Moodle page, including help with referencing, revision techniques and research skills.

iPads are free to borrow from the Library, which also has a suite of 30 computers (including MACs) where you can complete assignments, carry out research and check emails.  Printing, photocopying, and scanning facilities are available and there is also a shop where students can purchase various items of stationery and some course textbooks.

You will receive a full Library induction at the start of your first year and further Library workshops throughout your time at Newman, where appropriate for your course.  A member of the Library team is always on-hand and happy to help with any enquiries you may have.

CNC Library – We’ll help you achieve!!


Child Protection and The Curriculum

The College curriculum can play a part in Safeguarding. The College offers this in RE and the Tutorial programme where related issues may be highlighted in a sensitive and reflective way. Awareness can be raised about the risks of different kinds of abuse and young people can be taught skills they need to help them keep safe and to feel that they can speak to members of staff should they have concerns of this nature.