This year we will once again be participating in the ‘Wear A Hat Day’ fundraising event on Thursday 29th March.
The purpose of the day is to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

The day will be in honour of Kieran Deakin as March commemorates a year since he was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour.
Kieran’s parents came into school on Monday and were overwhelmed knowing that we are continuing to hold their son in our hearts.

For the day itself, pupils must wear full school uniform but can wear a hat of their choosing and bring £1 to donate. We will also be selling badges and bands from 26th March at Break time in the hall.



As part of an initiative to increase the numbers of ‘girls in science’, we took 30 Yr 7 students to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in Newport.

St Julian’s School is partnered with the IPO as part of our BITC Careers Wales Business Class agreement.  Both organisations frequently work together, mutually benefitting from projects and initiatives throughout the year.

The aim of the day was to ‘Inspire, Enthuse & Engage’ the students in scientific activities and the feedback was superb.  The girls took part in activities related to space and personality types, received a presentation on famous female inventors and various team challenges.

They also took part in a number of thought provoking discussions and an interactive presentation from the IPO’s ‘Rock Doctor’ based on how physics is applied in music.

The initiative will be supported within the science curriculum back at school and we look forward to seeing what these young scientists do in the future.


Although it only seems like yesterday that we returned after the Christmas break, staff and students have been working exceptionally hard over the past six weeks to ensure our progress continues at St Julian’s.

Thank you again for your patience last week. We are delighted that our gas supply has returned, along with our heating and hot water.

Following their visit just before Christmas, Estyn have now confirmed that our improvement plan – also known as the Post Inspection Plan (PIAP) – is suitable and will serve to help our progress. The PIAP is now available for all to see on the school website (via About Us, School Improvement). They have recently informed us that they are going to conduct a monitoring visit between the 5th and 7th March. I will of course update you with their report.

Improvements have taken place across the school – the standards in books are higher than they were previously and student voice recognises an increase in challenge in the classroom. Please take a moment to sit down with your son/daughter and ask them to talk you through their work….


The school was very pleased to welcome Liz Everson, who heads up the EAS Governor Support, last week.  She came to talk to governors and leaders across the school about the role of the governing body and future arrangements for link governors.

This was a great opportunity for governors to find out more about roles within the school and for staff to meet governors and understand more about the work of the governing body.

Following this session we will be redeveloping the ‘link governor’ role so that all subjects have a governor linked with them, and agree a protocol of how this will work for visits to departments.

More information about our Governing Body can be found here



SIGNPOST_01Thank you to everyone who attended the Pathways Evening.

Please take the time to look through the Post 16 Pathways Option Booklet below, and read through the course options available before the evening.

Students in Year 11, If you haven’t already done so, can you please complete the following questionnaire to indicate your plans for the future.  That may include courses in Post 16, college, training or employment.



On behalf of the Governing Body and Headteacher, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents, and the whole community for your support of St Julian’s School. The Headteacher and staff are working hard to make changes to ensure that we are meeting parent, pupil, and Estyn expectations and the Governing Body will continue to support and challenge the school in this….


As part of our continual development, we have created a Governing Body website.

Please follow the link below to the new Governors’ webpage


Digital leaders go back to school to inspire Newport pupils

DIGITAL professionals went back to school for a national day aimed at getting young people interested in working in their industry.

Digital Day, which is run by UK digital trade body the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA), involved people who work in the digital profession going into 140 schools around the UK to share their experiences of working in the digital world.

One of those schools was St Julian’s School in Newport where Ben Hayward and Emily Harris from web design agency and online marketing agency Spindogs came to talk to pupils about their work.

The school signed up to take part in the day and as part of the experience pupils were tasked with completing a number of challenges under the guidance of digital professionals which were set by The Diana Award, with the final one based around wearable technology and the fashion of the future.

Craig Patalano, digital competence champion at St Julian’s School said: “We are incredibly excited and proud that St Julian’s took part in BIMA’S Digital Day as we know the positive and transformative impact digital skills can make on our students’ choices for the future.

“The digital sector is growing rapidly and we want our students to develop the skills necessary to thrive and build future careers.

“One key aspect of the day was to challenge students to use a variety of problem solving techniques to develop a digital solution.

“Digital Day will give students, from a variety of backgrounds, the opportunities to work on two strands of the Digital Competency Framework which are producing and collaboration.

“Spindogs helped students build relationships and develop a range of skills. These skills will then be used across the school and throughout the curriculum having a real day to day impact on all our student’s learning.”


So proud of former Llys Llywelyn and St Julian’s student George Ratcliffe.

George is representing Wales U19s in the UEFA qualifiers.

We wish both George and the squad all the best in their upcoming matches.

Well done George, St Julian’s is very proud of you!