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St Cuthbert's - Catholic High School

A Catholic education for boys of all faiths and none

Offering an alternative vision of education since 1881

Beyond St Cuthbert's

Beyond St Cuthbert's

Where do our boys go?

St Cuthbert’s enjoys and maintains strong links with an extensive range of regional, national and international universities. Our pupils are known by these institutions not only for their intellectual rigour and academic strength, but for their ability to engage in challenge, exploration and engagement with diverse of ideas, concepts and interests. It is no surprise, therefore, that St Cuthbert’s has a well-deserved, outstanding reputation in preparing our pupils and students for future success.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord... to give you a future with hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Our service programme and co-curricular offer fosters an openness and desire to participate wholeheartedly in university academic, social, cultural and sporting life. Not all boys leave St Cuthbert’s for university and we also enjoy excellent links with local employers and apprenticeship providers. Click here to see our sixth formers destinations in recent years.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St Cuthbert’s leads to destination outcomes that place us amongst the top schools in the North East both in terms of university entrance and apprenticeship take up - this consistent achievement meant we received the accolade of North East School of the Year 2018-19 from the Sunday Times Parent Power survey.

Year on year we have increased the numbers of Sixth Form students moving on to study at Oxbridge, at research-led Russell Group universities, reading medicine or dentistry and winning high level paid apprenticeships.

Our careers strategy seeks to help pupils and students understand the range of opportunities available to them in today’s economy and acquire the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in the workplaces of the future. Our work with the Northeast local enterprise partnership, the ASK programme, Newcastle United Foundation and Blueprint for all allows pupils to receive market-leading advice from an array of successful local businesses through mock interviews, presentations, visits and more. Our partnership with Global Bridge embedding the Skills Builder programme enables St Cuthbert’s boys to learn the soft skills required to succeed in the workplace and beyond. You can find further information about CEIAG from the National Careers Service

Careers Calendar

Careers Programme

Careers Strategy

Year 11 Transition Overview

Year 11 transition to Sixth Form

Progression Framework

Careers Map 2023-2024

Careers Website Directory

Gatsby Benchmarks

Destinations Review 2023

By excelling in the delivery of the Gatsby Benchmarks, we aim to mould fully-rounded young men who are ready to leave St Cuthbert’s and make a positive contribution to society. Click here for more information.

What do the old boys say?

The teachers, and the Sixth form staff stood by and supported me when I perhaps didn’t deserve it. St Cuthbert's has really helped to improve my life and prospects and I could not be thankful enough.

David Anderson

St Cuthbert’s was an incredible place for my education. I am so happy with my time at the school, both in secondary school and in sixth form. No matter where I end up I will always be proud to have graduated from St Cuthbert’s. 

Benjamin Jobson

My time at Cuthies was really good, sixth form was probably my favourite experience from my 7 years there, although it was cut short due to Covid, I still enjoyed my time and was able to make some good memories. 

Zohaib Ahmad  

Careers Advisor and Progression Coach

Mrs Sarah Garay is our Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Progression Coach. 

Mrs Garay can be contacted at the school on 0191 274 4510 or by emailing [email protected]

Mrs Garay is working towards her Level 6 Diploma on Careers Guidance. The extensive provision on offer at St Cuthbert's can be found in our Careers Calendar. 

Provider Access Statement

Provider Access Policy

Useful Websites and Further Information

There are lots of different resources available to help you as a parent/carer to support your son as he prepares for life 'Beyond St Cuthbert's'. 

Talking Futures provides a range of resources, activities and practical guidance for schools, parents and carers. 

For those boys considering apprenticeships, HM Government has a dedicated website to help Find An Apprenticeship.  

North-East Ambition also offers a range of useful resources to help young people with their next steps. 

Newcastle City Council Careers Team

Newcastle Careers Team support young people in Newcastle schools to make successful transitions into further education, employment and training.

Each school has a named Careers Adviser, from the team, who can offer support. The advisers are experienced and qualified to level 6 in Careers Information, Advice and Guidance.  They will provide additional support to a small number of young people in school during year 11 but are available at the Skills Hub, and other community venues, throughout the year to offer advice and guidance, to any student from year 11 upwards, who is unsure about their next steps.

The Newcastle Careers team website has a range of downloadable information on different routes and opportunities and can be found at

Young people and parents can contact the team to ask for advice or request an appointment by calling 0191 277 1944 or emailing [email protected]   Alternatively, there is a drop-in service at the Skills Hub in Newcastle Central Library Tuesday to Thursday 10am - 5pm.

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Notable Alumni

  • Gordon Summer (Sting), CBE Musician
  • Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), Musician
  • Declan Donnelly OBE, TV Presenter
  • Kenneth Allott, Poet
  • Mark Wright, Artist
  • Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh , (First Sea Lord of the Admiralty, Royal Navy)
  • John Nichol, RAF Pilot, Author, Broadcaster
  • Paul Kennedy CBE, Historian
  • Rt Rev Hugh Lindsay, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle from 1974–92
  • Rt Rev Joseph McCormack, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle from 1937–58
  • Rt Rev Joseph Thorman, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle from 1925–36
  • Lawrence McMenemy MBE, Football Coach
  • Edwin Kite, Scientist
  • Sir Terry Farrell, Architect
  • Shaun Custis, Journalist
  • George Gandy, Athletics Coach
  • Trevor Davison, Professional Rugby Player
  • Nicholas Pyle, GB Swimmer

Notable alumni from St Cuthbert's

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