Wonderful to see our Post 16 students having the opportunity to perform at Tredegar House.

They had the opportunity to wear period clothing and perform their Victorian Murder Mystery in the building and the ground.

Thank you so much for the continued support of the National Trust and the staff at the house for this amazing opportunity.



Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the end of another busy term I wanted to take the opportunity to update you all of news at St Julian’s.

With our summer term looming, Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students are now on the countdown to their exams.  Display around school show that Y11 will have just 14 days of school left when they return after Easter until their first exam (GCSE Numeracy, 8th May).  For all students it is vital that they plan their Easter break wisely – to ensure that they spend time each day revising but also that they get a chance to rest and refresh themselves too: it will be a pressured summer term and the more preparation they can do at home, the better their school days will be…..


”We would like to thank all of the students and their families for their efforts in helping us exceed our goal with the donation for Brain Tumour Research. We would also like to thank all of the companies that donated prizes for their generosity. Without them this would not have been possible.

In total we raised a massive £936.10! which is incredible with this we are one step closer to finding a cure.’

Companies/People that donated prizes were:
Frankie & Bennys, Pizza Hut, Boots, Thorntons, Costa Coffee, Tiffins, Morrisons, Blaina Wharf, Pizza Express, Toby Carvery, Next, Sainsburys, Mutiny Shave Co, Wrens, Mr Hayward, McDonalds, Gemellis, Beauty Lounge, Smiggles, Waterstones, Cineworld, Beefeater, Nando’s, Energi, Celtic Manor, Nicholas Marshall-Hirenet and Nicola Marshall-Teaching for Wales.

A huge thank you from Yr 10, Miss Redmond, Miss Seivwright and Miss Preece


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.”