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The John Henry Newman School is a Roman Catholic Secondary School located in Stevenagemarker in Hertfordshiremarker. In its 2006 OFSTED inspection it was classed as an Outstanding school and the diocesean report found it to be an outstanding Catholic school.



St Michael's College was established in Grove Road, Hitchinmarker next to the site of a new Catholic Church, in 1903 by Fr A Prével from the Society of Saint Edmund. In 1925, the priests from the Order of Augustinians of the Assumption then assumed control of both the Hitchin Catholic Church and the College.St Michael's College was a Catholic Boys' School and the school housed a number of boarding pupils. In 1953 following a General Inspection, the College was granted temporary recognition as an independent grammar school and this was made permanent in 1958.


The expansion of Stevenagemarker New Town during the sixties led to the school being relocated to Sandown Road, Stevenage in 1968. It changed its name to St Michael's School and became a comprehensive.

The Merger

In 1985, it began the process of merging with St Angela's School for Girls. The merging process completed in 1987 and the site of St. Michael's was sold, with the new 'John Henry Newman School' situated on St. Angela's site on Hitchin Road.

Notable pupils

St Michael's, Hitchin

  • Fr Joseph Scally. Priest. Attended 1936-1938
  • Abbot Cuthbert Madden, 8th Abbot of Ampleforth

St Michael's, Stevenage

  • Ben Clissit, Sports editor, Guardian

St Angela's, Stevenage

The John Henry Newman School

Notable staff

St Michael's, Stevenage

  • Rt. Reverend David Konstant, 8th Bishop of Leeds. Acting Head 1967
  • David Drew, politician who is a former teacher at the school

The John Henry Newman School

  • Emma Bridgeman-Williams, director of Eastenders, Holby City, The Bill. Head Of Drama 2008
Asha Nash


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