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Newry High School is part of the Newry and Mourne Area Learning Community (ALC). Membership of this community consists of the following schools:
  • Abbey Grammar School, Newry
  • EOTAS Learning Centre, Newry
  • Kilkeel High School
  • Newry High School
  • Newtownhamilton High School
  • Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry
  • Rathore School, Newry
  • Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry
  • St. Colman’s College, Newry
  • St. Columban’s College, Kilkeel
  • St. Joseph’s Boys School, Newry
  • St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen
  • St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel
  • St. Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint
  • St. Mary’s High School, Newry
  • St. Paul’s High School, Bessbrook
  • Southern Regional College
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Within this cluster of post primary schools additional courses are organised through collaboration with other schools/providers or the Southern Regional College in order to extend the Entitlement Framework for all learners in the Greater Newry Area.  Additional courses currently on offer include:

1) The School Partnership programme:

The Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) has been in operation for over 10 years. Newry High School currently collaborates with a number of its post primary ALC partners and the Southern Regional College. Every Friday a number of pupils from years 11 and 12 travel to the SRC (Newry and Greenbank campuses) to study for two single awards in Occupational Studies. This GCSE equivalent programme enable students to begin their transitions to the world of work. They benefit greatly from their experiences, leading to an increase in self-esteem and enhancement of self-confidence. This exciting initiative gives our Key Stage 4 pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of occupational areas whilst gaining a recognised external qualification through CCEA.

Pupils are given the opportunity to study a wide range of modules including:

  • Hair and Beauty
  • Catering
  • Digital Imaging & IT
  • Building a Website
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Child Development
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Brickwork
  • Tiling
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing 
  • Sound Production
  • Sports Leadership
  • Car Maintenance
  • Retail
  • Secretarial

2) Schools Training Education Partnership Scheme (S.T.E.P.S):

S.T.E.P.S. is a full five-day week, work related and work based programme in Year 12.  The concept of the STEPS programme was developed through the sharing ideas of Mrs Bernie Rocks, Training for Business, and Principals from - St Joseph’s High School, Newry High School and St Paul’s High School.

The STEPS programme is offered to Year 12 students who wish to opt out of the National Curriculum GCSE route and follow a course which is based upon vocational and occupational skills needed within the working environment.

The programme offers skills in English, Mathematics, Information Technology, Motor Vehicle Repair, Joinery, Bricklaying, Construction, Hair and Beauty, First Aid, and Life Skills – delivered through formal lessons and practical training in an alternative learning environment which is carried out at Southern Group Enterprises premises, Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry.

An important component of the STEPS programme is the transference of the skills that are taught in the formal and training settings to the workplace. 88% of the students expressed the opinion that the programme was beneficial to them, both as a means of learning and acquiring skills they needed for their future careers.

3) Post-16 collaboration:

Current collaborations operating in the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Collaboration with St Colman’s in the following subjects:

Collaboration with the SRC in:

Collaboration with St Paul's in: