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Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill

Cardinal Newman High School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, comprehensive secondary school located in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The school was formed by the amalgamation of Elmwood Secondary, St. Saviour's High School and St. Catherine's. The school's catchment area includes Bellshill, Mossend, Viewpark, Birkenshaw, and parts of Uddingston. The feeder primary schools are Saint Gerard's, Sacred Heart, Holy Family, John Paul II and Saint John the Baptist.[2]

Cardinal Newman High School
Main Street

North Lanarkshire

TypeComprehensive School
MottoIn Veritatem
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Local authorityNorth Lanarkshire Council
HeadteacherKenneth Ross
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1041 as of September 2015 [1]
HousesAndrew, Columba, Kentigern, Margaret and Ninian
Colour(s)Red, gold, blue
School YearsS1-S6
Telephone01698 274 944


Senior Management TeamEdit

The headteacher is Mr Kenneth Ross, who is assisted by his depute headteachers; Mr Brown, Mrs McGhee, Mrs McDade, Mrs Murray and Mrs Mutlow. The school chaplain is Father Thomas Wilberforce.[3]


In 1977, the school was named after Cardinal Henry Newman by Monsignor Philip Flanagan, the then Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish and a former Rector of the Scots College in Rome.


The uniform for all pupils is a white shirt, black trousers or a black skirt and a black blazer. S1-S4 pupils wear a striped blue, yellow and red tie, whereas S5 years wear a plain blue tie and S6 pupils have the same tie with red stripes. The S6 blazer is black with blue braiding.


The school has five houses all named after Scottish Saints, Andrew, Columba, Kentigern, Margaret and Ninian.

Notable teachersEdit

A notable teacher at the school was William Collum, a football referee in the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Football League and UEFA competitions, who was the principal teacher of religious education. He stood down as principal to concentrate on refereeing and moved to St Aidan's High School, Wishaw in 2011,[4] returning to Cardinal Newman in August 2012.[citation needed]


In 2017, North Lanarkshire Council pledged £2 million to the school as part of a modernisation scheme to develop more facilities for the school. This funding was used to open a multi-use games area at the rear of the school during the session of the 40th anniversary of the school.[5]

In the mediaEdit

The school was featured in the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper and website after a group of staff and pupils embarked on a pilgrimage to Cofton Park, Birmingham to attend the beatification mass of the school's namesake.[6]

In February 2013, Cardinal O'Brien visited the school to bless a large set of Rosary beads to launch the Mission Matter Rosary Campaign. [7]


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Coordinates: 55°49′01″N 4°02′11″W / 55.81684°N 4.03643°W / 55.81684; -4.03643