No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess

Richard Jones

College Leader

Martyn Tindal

Assistant College Leader

Rachel Flynn

College Admin

Laura Clarke

Learning Mentor

Who is Isaac Newton?

Newton College is named after the famous scientist Isaac Newton. Isaac Newton was born in 1643 and considered one of the most important scientists in history. He became famous for his work on gravity and his three laws of motion. He was also well known for his work on light and colour, and what is now called calculus (a part of mathematics).

The famous story of an apple falling to the ground from a tree illustrates how Newton’s work on gravity was inspired by things he observed in the world around him. This can be very clearly linked to our own character and learning habit of asking our students to be inquisitive learners.

Isaac was a very focused and driven individual. He came from a family of farmers and despite his parents pulling him out of school to concentrate on farming, he was quickly responsible enough to know the importance of education and convinced them for him to return to school as he aspired to go onto University. His resilience to do so was rewarded by attending Cambridge University in 1661 and although The Black Death forced him to study at home for 2 years, he went onto become a Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and a Member of Parliament. A further demonstration of his hard work, resilience and aspiration.

His hardworking attitude and work within Science meant that in 1705 he was knighted by Queen Anne. Isaac was reflective in his nature and sums his personality up when he once said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”