Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to Newcastle-under-Lyme School

What impressed me most about this School when I first set foot in it was the spirit of friendliness and lack of pretension. It struck me that the School was full of happy pupils and staff going about their business. The atmosphere was lively and purposeful.

Those first impressions have proved to be an accurate picture of what happens here. It is self-evident that pupils enjoy being here and in conversation the strengths of the School come quickly to them. In their own words, “the relationship we have with our teachers... the fact that our teachers have such high expectations of us... the vast possibilities offered by the extra-curricular programme... the fact that it is fashionable to want to work hard and achieve the best we can.” I hear such phrases time and time again and I personally see on a daily basis the pride that the pupils have in their school and in their achievements.

You will find elsewhere on this website news of our A-level and GCSE results, which again give us great pride as we remain the highest achieving school in Staffordshire. And you will also find information here about what makes a Newcastle under Lyme School education so special. If you are considering us as a possibility for your son or daughter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. It is only through coming to the school that you will be able to understand how special a place it is.

As the Headmaster I share a pride in the School with all those who work here. The School has served the young people of the Borough and the surrounding areas for over four centuries, embracing the times and new technologies of each age, but remaining true to the essence of our mission to give each child a set of values which will serve as their bedrock for the rest of their lives. We want our pupils to be Resourceful, Respectful, Resilient, Responsible, Risk-taking, Committed, Confident, Curious, Caring and Creative; these values are at the heart of all that we do.

I know that choosing the right school is one of the most challenging decisions we have to face as parents. The factors involved in such a decision will be many and varied but in the end your decision involves an act of trust. As a school we fully understand that and our commitment is to repay that trust with an educational experience which will more than match your expectations and provide your son or daughter with the best possible start in life.

I would encourage you to pay us a visit and to sample something of the spirit of this remarkable place. You can be assured of a very warm welcome.

David Williamson

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