D of E Award

Already renowned for its academic excellence, Newcastle Under Lyme School continually seeks to provide opportunities for pupils to explore their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom and to develop those important 'life skills' that will help them succeed in their future careers.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been running in the school for well over 5 years and currently has over 100 participants involved at all levels of the Award.

The DofE scheme begins at age 14. As many of our students do not reach this age until the end of Year 9, NULS offers the option to participate in the scheme in September of Year 10. After a presentation on the scheme, students are invited to apply and, if necessary, are interviewed by a DofE leader.

NULS is able to offer around 50 places at Bronze - limited only by the staffing of the expedition section, where the supervision requirements requires a large number of teachers. Demand for places can be higher, which unfortunately means that not all students who apply are able to participate.

Once the Bronze Level is complete students can continue with the scheme taking the Silver Award in Year 11 and progressing to Gold in the Sixth Form; we are able to offer up to 36 places at each of these levels.

Each level of the Award is divided into four sections: Volunteering, Skill, Physical Activity and the Expedition. Those completing the Gold Award are also required to undertake a week's residential position, such as working for the National Trust or attending a week-long event away from the School.

The Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25.

It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

The Award is a four section programme with three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The sections involve: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Expeditions.

A key point is that it is the students themselves are responsible for the planning, delivery and completion of the various activities that they have elected to do.

At this time, just over 7% of those in the UK aged 14-17 participate in the Award and the Award has recently been rated as a major influence on the selection of employees in graduate recruitment, here in the UK.

Bronze Award

The Bronze level of the Award is the traditional point of entry into the scheme, and many people in the Fourth Year become involved at this point.
Students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. For more details on what each of these entails, click on the link to the DofE official website.
Each year the school runs two training expeditions and an assessment expedition. The expeditions are designed as a launch pad for the skills needed at this level, as well as for Silver and Gold.
The expedition involves a two day journey on foot as well as an overnight stay in a camp site. During the training phase the groups are taught the essentials of camp management, hill safety and navigation. They are also given plenty of opportunities to put their interpersonal skills to test!
Upon completion of the assessment expedition, groups then need to give a presentation or complete a log of what happened!
For more details on the Bronze award, please go to the DofE website.

Silver Award

The Silver level of the Award is a natural continuation from Bronze, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. People generally start Silver in the Fifth year.
Once again, students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Bronze. For more details on what each of these entails, click on the link to the DofE official website.
Each year the school runs a training expedition and an assessment expedition. If you have not done the Bronze award you are called a Direct Entrant, and will need to undertake additional training and complete the training expedition as well as the assessed expedition.
The expedition can be completed on foot, or even in a canoe (depending on the degree of interest expressed). The expedition will be over three days and two nights, and once again the groups will be self-sufficient as they need to cook and look after themselves. Similar to Bronze, the groups will subsequently need to give a presentation on their journey, or complete and hand in a log of events.
For more details on the Silver award, please go to the DofE website.

Gold Award

The Gold level of the Award is the culmination of the previous two levels, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. You have to be aged 16 or over in order to register for Gold.
The usual sections need to be completed; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition, but students also need to do a 5 day Residential course. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Silver.
Each year the school runs a training expedition and an assessment expedition. If you have not done the Silver award you are called a Direct Entrant, and will need to complete two training expeditions as well as the assessed expedition
The expedition can be completed on foot, or even in a canoe (depending on the degree of interest expressed and relevant previous experience). The expedition will be over four days and three nights, and once again the groups will be self-sufficient as they need to cook and look after themselves. There may also be a requirement to spend at least one night in a wild camp (depending on local conditions).
Similar to Silver, the groups will subsequently need to give a presentation on their journey, or complete and hand in a log of events.

If you are already involved with the award then please check the notice board in Victoria Building regularly and also the online document library.

How to get involved

For those interested in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the School, then please telephone 01782 631197 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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List of Extra Curricular Actitivies

Activity

Day

Time

School Play Rehearsal (Scheduled Days)
1.00pm – 1.45pm
School Play Rehearsal (Scheduled Days)
4.10pm – 5.30pm



Upper School Choir (TS) Monday 12.50pm – 1.20pm
U12 Netball Practice (JXP, DG) Monday 12.50pm
U12 Girls' Hockey Practice (REB) Monday 12.50pm
U12 Rugby Practice (SAR) Monday 12.50pm
Lifesaving Training (LJS) Monday 12.50pm
Spanish Dance Club (MI) DCS Monday 12.50pm
Invention (PT, KR) B30 Monday 1.05pm



Wind Band (AL) Monday 4.00pm
U16, U18 Rugby Practice Monday 4.00pm
U15, U16, U18 Hockey Practice (GMC, REB) Monday 4.00pm
U18 Netball Practice (JXP, DG) Monday 4.00pm
Year 9 - 10 GCSE Drama (JBN) DCS Monday 4.00pm
Mandarin Club B3 Monday 4.00pm
Lower School Strings (JP) Monday 4.00pm



Small Ensembles Tuesday 8.35am
Upper School House Competitions (priority) Tuesday 12.50pm
Lower School Singers (TS, JP) Tuesday 12.50pm
Senior Art Club (SP) V30 Tuesday 12.50pm
Photography Club (FEJ) Barratt Centre Tuesday 1.00pm



U12-U15 Girls’ Hockey Practice (REB) Tuesday 4.00pm
U13, U15 Rugby Practice (MSL, SAR, CW) Tuesday 4.00pm
U14, U15 Netball Practice (JXP) Tuesday 4.00pm
Sixth Form Chemistry Research Group B32 Tuesday 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Life Drawing (SP) V30 Tuesday 4.00pm – 6.00pm



Lower School House Competitions (priority) Wednesday 12.50pm
Christian Life Club (KHT) A47 Wednesday 12.50pm
Astronomy Club (AGF) B12 Wednesday 12.50pm
Dance and Gym Club (PAS) VG Wednesday 12.50pm



Whole Cast Play Rehearsal (priority) Wednesday 4.00pm
U14 Rugby Practice (SAR, GMB) Wednesday 4.00pm
U12 Rugby Practice (CW) Wednesday 4.00pm
"Smash Up" Badminton Club (GJM, GMC) Wednesday 4.00pm



Upper School Choir (TS) Thursday 12.50pm – 1.20pm
U13 Netball Practice (JXP, DG) Thursday 12.50pm
U13 Girls' Hockey Practice (REB, PAS) Thursday 12.50pm
U13 Rugby Practice (SAR) Thursday 12.50pm
Swimming Training Years 7-13 (LJS) Thursday 12.50pm
Computer Club (SAL) L9 Thursday 1.00pm
Year 10-11 Invention (PT, KR) B30 Thursday
1.05pm
Chess Club (JCC) R5 Thursday 1.10pm
Debating Society (AP, LMG) Lecture Theatre Thursday 1.10pm



Upper School Orchestra (TS) Thursday 4.00pm
U16, U18 Rugby Practice (SAR, CW) Thursday 4.00pm
U12-U14 Boys’ Hockey Practice (GMC) Thursday 4.00pm
Years 7-8 Drama Club (BAJ) DCS Thursday 4.00pm
Young Enterprise (BWJ, JAC, CMB) Thursday 4.00pm



Brass Group (TS) Friday 8.35am
U12, U13 Girls' Hockey Practice (REB) Friday 12.50pm
U12, U13 Netball Match Practice (JXP) Friday 12.50pm
Rugby Match Practice (SAR, CW) Friday 12.50pm
Big Band Rehearsal (AL) Friday 1.00pm
Badminton Club (GJM) SH Friday 1.00pm
Photography Club (FEJ) Friday 1.10pm



CCF (NCC) Friday 4.00pm
Scouts (DAW) Friday 4.00pm

Extra Curricular Overview

We want all our students’ experiences outside the classroom to be varied, rewarding and fun. Our diverse programme of extra-curricular activities encourages life-skills, stimulates self-discovery, risk-taking and adventure. There is an enormous variety of clubs and societies to choose from including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Enterprise, Chess, Debating, Public Speaking and many more.

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Scout and Cub packs provide unforgettable experiences and encourage leadership. Our school trips take pupils all over the world. In recent times World Challenge groups have travelled to Bolivia and Malawi, our Historians to Moscow, girls’ Netball to New Zealand and Samoa, and the Senior Rugby Team has toured Australia and New Zealand. Closer to home our extensive community service programme teaches children the importance of society and citizenship, and within School the House system provides a host of varied opportunities.

Welcome

Welcome to Newcastle-under-Lyme School

The stand out spirit of this School is friendliness, and lack of pretension. The School is full of happy pupils and staff going about their business. The atmosphere is lively and purposeful.

You will find elsewhere on this website news of our A-level and GCSE results, which give us great pride as we remain amongst the highest achieving schools. 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.

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.

Please pay us a visit to sample something of the spirit of this remarkable place. You can be assured of a very warm welcome.

Contact the Registrar, Mrs Chris Quigley, to arrange a visit – 01782 664620

Admissions Information - Senior

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Information on Fees and Bursaries

Request a prospectus

We understand that there are many questions when considering your choice of school. Please contact our Registrar, Mrs Chris Quigley, who will be happy to chat about any aspect of school life and admissions.

School Visit

A visit is recommended before taking the next step. There is no alternative to coming to see Newcastle-under-Lyme School for yourself, to sample the atmosphere and, most of all, to meet the people.

Open Morning

We have an annual Open Morning for prospective parents and pupils, which will be held at the beginning of October 2017. The Sixth Form Open Evening will also be held during October 2017.

Open Days

We would be delighted to welcome you to see the School at your convenience. In this sense every day is an Open Day. To see the School in action, to meet the students and staff and/or to speak to the Headmaster, please contact Mrs Chris Quigley, Registrar, on 01782 664620 to arrange your visit.

Registration

Parents wishing to register prospective pupils are requested to complete the registration form and return it to the Registrar.

Senior School

11+ Entry

Prospective pupils will be required to sit an Entrance Examination in November prior to the year of entry. The Entrance Examination for boys and girls wishing to enter Year 7 in September 2018 will be held in November. Further details can be obtained from the Registrar, Mrs Chris Quigley, on 01782 664620 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Junior School children will be offered an “Assessed Place” during the Spring Term of Year 5 based on the School’s knowledge of them and their performance in our InCAS assessments.

12 and 13+ Entry

The Examination for 12 and 13+ entry in September 2017 is by appointment at any time during the school year.

Candidates for entry into the Senior School take papers in Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English. The results of Entry Examinations are published as soon as possible after the examination. Where appropriate parents will be advised of financial help available through Bursaries or Scholarship Schemes.

Entry at 14+

Entry at 14+ is by interview and school report. Applicants may be required to take an examination at the School.

Entry into the Sixth Form

Entry into the Sixth Form is by interview and school report. After a satisfactory report from the applicant’s present school and a satisfactory interview, an offer will be made conditional upon the applicant gaining specified grades at GCSE. An offer will normally be made within two weeks of interview.
The Scholarship Examinations for Mathematics and Physics for entry into the Sixth Form in September 2018 will be held at the end of January 2018.

Acceptance

Parents are required to signify their acceptance of an offer - or otherwise -by a specified date. An acceptance deposit, up to the value of 10% of School fees, will be payable when the parents accept the offer. £150 of the Acceptance Deposit will be repaid by means of credit, without interest, to the final fees, or other sums due to the School, on leaving. The remainder of the Acceptance Deposit will be credited to the first term’s fees except as below. A term’s fees (less deposit/s held) will be payable by the parents if, for any reason, they cancel their acceptance of a place less than a term before entry, or the pupil does not join the School after a place has been accepted. Parents who withdraw giving a full term’s notice before entry will not have to pay fees in lieu, but the full (10% of fees) deposit will be retained by the School. Cases of serious illness or genuine hardship may receive special consideration on written request.

Entry

Following acceptance of a place, parents and pupils will be invited into the School to receive more information and meet Form Tutors. Finally we hope to welcome your son/daughter to Newcastle-under-Lyme School.

Senior Prizegiving

Senior Prizegiving

Guest of honour Roger Johnson at this year's Senior School Prize Giving ceremony.

Whole School Photograph

The whole Newcastle-under-Lyme School community assembled together for a giant photograph - pupils from Nursery to Upper Sixth, Teacher and Support Staff. We eagerly await the finished product!

The Senior School

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Rugby Hat-trick for School

Newcastle-under-LymeSchool finished their rugby season with the annual awards evening on Friday 27 April. The School was delighted to welcome back former pupil and England U20 International Dan Robson who presented the prizes. The School was successful in three of the County competitions, a record only surpassed once in the last 20...

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