The annual A Level Art exhibition took place on Wednesday 6th July 2016. The department would like to thank everyone who attended in celebration the fantastic achievements of our Year 12 & 13 students. It was wonderful to see the support of so many parents, staff and former students on the evening.  We were also delighted that the new Mayor and Mayoress could attend and that they were so impressed with the work.  Photos of the evening and the amazing artwork from the exhibition are available to view in our PHOTO GALLERY.

On Friday 27th May our Carnegie Shadowing Group spent the day at the world famous Hay Festival, a festival designed to bring together writers and readers from all over the world.

We began the day with a Royal Shakespeare Company workshop on Hamlet, which kick-started our imagination and certainly dispelled any ideas that Shakespeare is boring. One of our pupils was even lucky enough to act on stage with the professionals!

 After such a captivating start, we moved on to events with two highly acclaimed Young Adult authors, Patrick Ness and Juno Dawson. Both authors gave fascinating insight into the life of a writer and entertained us with anecdotes from their own lives, explaining exactly how their personal experiences have inspired and continue to inspire their writing.

 Pupils then had the opportunity to meet some of their favourite authors and have their books signed, before exploring every corner of the impressive festival site and soaking up the atmosphere of such a vibrant and enriching event.

Caerleon Comprehensive u14 rugby team returned from their trip to La Roche sur Yon having been crowned Champions of the ‘Challenge Jean ROY’ in its 30th year.

The school have followed in the footsteps of Newport Schools U15 and have beaten numerous French clubs and regional teams from all over France – including this year Racing 92 and La Rochelle – both Top 14 Clubs, to take the shield.

Caerleon have been getting closer to victory each year and the present Year 9 rugby squad finally becoming victorious in the school’s 10th attempt. Previous years have seen Dragons and Wales players Tyler Morgan, Angus Obrien and Ashton Hewitt all participate in the ‘Challenge’ but all have been unsuccessful until now.

It is a great honour for the school to be invited back every year to participate in the tournament and it gives the opportunity for the boys to develop life skills and have opportunities that rugby and sport give them, in the process of being away for the 5 days of the trip.

In winning the trophy the school also made the national papers in France again spreading the name of Caerleon Comprehensive School worldwide!

The year 8 team are looking forward to defending the trophy in May 2017.


We were thrilled to hear that Jon Jones from Year 11 was the recipient of the Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the Volunteering Recognition Event held on the 9th June.  Full details of the event can be found by clicking HERE (links to the Aneurin Bevan University Health Trust site).  Jon can be seen below with his award, together with our very own Mrs Upton.


The Royal Society of Chemistry brought their 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' workshop to our Year 13 chemists on Thursday 28th January 2016.  Students gained first hand experience of using an NMR and and IR Spectrometer.

Students were then challenged to identify the molecular structure of various samples based upon their:

  • elemental composition
  • IR spectra
  • NMR spectra

To say students rose to the challenge was an understatement.

The Chemistry Department would like to thank Dayna Mason, Paul Newman, Mauro Monti and Mark Driver.


Photos: 1.  Charlotte using the portable NMR Spectrometer 2.  Jess using the infrared spectrometer  3.  Dr Mason setting the NMR Challenges