Nick Burnham – Cardinal Newman College

Nick Burnham

Nick is in his sixth year as Principal of Cardinal Newman College. The college has grown over the last five years and is now one of the largest and most successful sixth form colleges nationally.

He started his career as a teacher of Economics at Peter Symonds College, Winchester spending eleven years there before moving north to be Vice Principal at another Ofsted outstanding college, Carmel College in St Helens. Nick is a firm believer in the power of Sixth form colleges to be a force for social mobility and is currently Chair of the Sixth Form Colleges Association.

Cardinal Newman College is an outstanding Catholic Sixth Form College which welcomes students of all faiths. Situated in the heart of Preston city centre on a unique and compact campus, the main college buildings are centred in a Georgian mansion within stunning grounds which include a lake and wooded areas. As well as offering a range of courses, from A Levels to Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC courses, the College offers degree courses and is also a centre for teacher training with the Catholic Teaching Alliance.

In 2018, the students of Cardinal Newman once again proved why the College is one of the top colleges nationally with another year of outstanding results. The class of 2018 achieved excellent A Level success with a 99.6% A Level pass rate, a 100% BTEC pass rate and 77% of entries achieving High Grades (A*-B Grades or equivalent).

The amazing results topped off an exceptional year for the College, which included 1,169 students gaining places at university with a record number of 13 students offered places at Oxford or Cambridge University.