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Cardinal Newman College is a Catholic sixth form college in Larkhill Road, Frenchwoodmarker, Prestonmarker, England. The college's performance at both A and AS-level in 2008 was ranked as the best sixth form college in the country, and 54th amongst all schools.


The college contains Lark Hill House, built in 1797 as private house for Samuel Horrocks, a cotton manufacturer and later Mayor and Member of Parliament for Preston. The house was unoccupied after the deaths of both Horrocks in 1842 and his son four years later, until 1860 when it was sold to the Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters, to become Lark Hill House School for girls. The house was modified in 1870, with more classrooms added in 1893, 1907, and 1932. The school was a direct grant grammar school from 1919 known as Larkhill Convent Grammar School. From 1967, the school took in sixth-form students from other Catholic secondary schools around Preston. The introduction of comprehensive schools in Lancashire forced the school to stop admitting under-16 pupils from 1978. In that year, the Lark Hill sixth form merged with the sixth forms of the other two Catholic grammar schools in Preston, namely Winckley Square Convent School and Preston Catholic College, to form Cardinal Newman College., named after John Henry Newman. Initially the sites of all three former schools were used, but within a few years the college was concentrated at the Lark Hill site. However, the former Catholic College's gymnasium (on the original college site) and playing fields, one mile (1½ km) south of the college, are still used by Newman College.

Sean Haslegrave, a former professional footballer, is the football coach.



  1. "Top A-level results", BBC NEWS, 15 January 2009, accessed 30 May 2009
  2. In 2006 it was ranked seventh out of 27 schools in Lancashire: BBC NEWS: English School Tables 2006: Institutions in Lancashire accessed 3 December 2007. In the immediately preceding years its performance was middle-ranking: 11/26 in 2005( BBC NEWS: English secondary schools 2005: Institutions in Lancashire accessed 3 December 2007); 17/31 in 2004 ( BBC NEWS: English secondary schools 2004: Schools in Lancashire accessed 3 December 2007); 16/28 in 2003 ( BBC NEWS: English secondary schools 2003: Advanced performance in Lancashire accessed 3 December 2007)
  3. Hartley, p.48
  4. Follow the Yarn: 1766 Samuel Horrocks accessed 27 November 2007
  5. Garlington, pp.78–79


  • Garlington, J. (1995, new edition 2006), Images of England: Preston, Nonsuch Publishing, Stroud, ISBN 1-84588-307-1
  • Hartley, S. (2006), , Lancashire County Council, Preston, accessed 11 December 2007

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