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 Yr 10 Public Service group are hosting a Charity Raffle for Brain Tumour Research.

The group have sourced some amazing prizes and have split them into adult and student raffles.

The group will be selling the raffle tickets during tutor time and break time from Monday 26th Feb – Weds 7th March.
Student tickets are 50p for 2 or £1 for a strip of 5.
Adult tickets are £1 each or £4 for a strip of 5.


  • Afternoon tea for 2 at the Celtic Manor
  • Frankie and Benny. Breakfast for 2 with coffee
  • Toby Carvery meal for 4
  • Blaina Warf “ meals with a bottle of wine
  • Pizza Express, starter, main course and dessert with a bottle of wine for 2
  • £20 Boots Gift Card
  • Meal for 2 at Tiffins
  • £50 Next Gift Voucher
  • £20 voucher for Pizza Hut
  • £20 voucher for Pizza Hut
  • Three course meal for 2 at the Newbridge on Usk
  • Costa Coffee hamper
  • Prosecco, chocolates, bath bomb and candle hamper
  • Prosecco, chocolates, bath bomb and candle hamper
  • Mutiny Shaving T shirt with soap and beer
  • £30 voucher for Morrisons


  • £15 voucher JD Sport
  • Wrens the bakery, voucher for fresh, made to order gateaux
  • £15 New Look voucher
  • £20 Pizza Hut voucher
  • £20 Pizza Hut voucher
  • £15 Waterstones voucher
  • £10 Beauty Lounge voucher
  • Any 2 meals at McDonalds
  • 2 Sundae desserts at Beefeater
  • £15 voucher for Smiggles
  • Jump session for 4 people at Energi
  • Cinema pass for 2
  • Cinema pass for 2
  • Cinema pass for 2
  • Cinema pass for 2
  • £10 voucher for Gemelli
  • Sweet and chocolate hamper
  • Sweet and chocolate hamper
  • Signed Dragons rugby ball
  • Nando’s chicken combo with a soft drink for two, plus a selection of their spices

Good luck, and dig deep to support a great cause!


Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.07.18On Friday 16th February, the school is closed to students due to a planned INSET day for staff.

Students should return to school on Monday 26th February to WEEK 2, timetabled lessons.



SIGNPOST_01We invite all parents and students of Yr 11 to the school on Wednesday 28th February between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

This is a really important time in the year and it is essential that students are making the right choices about their future and are informed about the different options available to them.

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

There is guidance at the front and rear of the booklet.  All students will receive a printed copy before the end of this half term.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.


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



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!



The Post 16 Head Team successfully hosted their first internal event last month, on the 28th and 29th of September, by raising over £200 through a Coffee Morning for Macmillan. The two-day event took place in the recently established Post 16 Cafe. Over the two days, students and staff baked cakes to sell alongside tea and coffee served by the Year 13 students.

We are extremely proud to have raised £231.39 for Macmillan and had the opportunity to bring together and engage with both staff and students throughout the two days. In addition to staff and students, we welcomed some Year 6 parents who were on a school tour. This allowed us to show them them truly collaborative and enthusiastic environment here at St Julian’s. We look forward to hosting many more successful events in the future.

We appreciate all the donations we received, and thank you all for supporting an excellent cause.

Post 16 Head Team

Sixth formers join Welsh Water ‘Youth Board’

3 of our students participated in a national campaign by the Welsh Water Board to address issues with water pollution and how to combat it.
They were selected from students across Wales and worked with the company to create a national media campaign to highlight issues. Well done to all the students involved.