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Open Morning 6 October 

Visit Newcastle-under-Lyme School for our Senior School Open Morning. Meet our new Headmaster, Mr Getty, discover the academic and co-curricular opportunities led by our inspirational staff, and experience the welcoming community for which we are so well known. 

Saturday 6 October 10.00 am - 1.00 pm



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The Senior Prefects are announced

Mr Getty announced the appointments of Senior Prefects in the first assembly this morning. 

Head Girl is Sandali Agarwal and Deputy Head Girl is Millie Wain. Head Boy is Charlie Nash and Deputy Head Boy is Aum Chaudhary. They will lead a team of 24 prefects, supporting the Headmaster and Senior Staff and assisting with pastoral duties amongst the younger pupils.

Mr Getty announced the appointments of Head Girl and Head Boy in the first assembly this morning

Students Excel under New GCSE System

National fears over tougher new GCSEs were dispelled at Newcastle-under-Lyme School as the school celebrated a stunning set of exam results with almost 30% of all grades achieving the new Grade 9/A** result.

The school increased its top grade performance despite claims that the new GCSE would be more demanding securing a very impressive 62.2% grade 7-9 or A**-A pass rate. Current Headmaster, Nick Vernon, was delighted and commented, "These results are superb and a wonderful testimony to the hard work of the pupils and our dedicated staff team. To have almost 2 out of every 3 entries securing an A**-A or Grade 7-9 is a fantastic achievement.

Furthermore, it is only fair to give praise to Eleanor Burnham, Sidonie Coker, Freya Edwards, Emma Li, Rebecca McCabe and Nikhita Nachiappan who secured a perfect sweep on grade 9s and A*s which is quite exceptional".

New Headmaster, Michael Getty, who takes up his post in September, was also present on the day and echoed Mr Vernon’s sentiments adding, "This year group has done incredibly well. The number of top grades secured is very high and it is spread right across the board from subjects as diverse as Art to Latin and the Sciences. In Chemistry over 81% of all grades were at grade 7-9, with this being even higher in Physics at 84% and 88% in Biology. The same success has been seen in Art, 89% and Latin at 92%.

This year group is now placed incredibly well as it moves towards Sixth Form and A-level study to reach for the stars once more."

More information can be found on our Examinations Page

GCSE students celebrate a stunning set of exam results with 62.2% graded 7-9!

A-Level Students Celebrate Exam Success

Once again students at Newcastle-under-Lyme School have delivered a strong set of A Level results with 57 per cent of entries being awarded A* to B grades.

Furthermore, the School has seen an increase in the proportion of entries gaining the highest A* award as we continue to strive to deliver the highest academic quality and value to all our students.

12 out of 84 students achieved at least three A Levels at A* and A grades. Choi Ling Yu achieved all three subjects at A* gaining her a place to read Medicine at Birmingham University.

Ananya Arora achieved 2 A*s and 2 As. She will take up a place to read Medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Places were also taken up at some of the UK's most prestigious universities including St Andrews, University College London and the London School of Economics.

Headmaster, Nick Vernon commented, "These results are a great credit to the School. We know we send these students on their way well equipped to embrace their future opportunities." 

More information can be found on our Examinations Page

Sixth Form Academic Achievement 

Newcastle-under-Lyme School hosts the 'Glow in the Moonlight' walk

Newcastle-under-Lyme School played host to the 'Glow in the Moonlight walk', organised by the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. With a beautiful summer sunset as the back drop, participants of all ages took to the starting line as they took part in either the 5 mile or 10 mile route.

For the first time in the history of the event, spanning over ten years, traditions were broken as men were invited to join to take part in the event as well. 

Participants were covered in neon paint, dresses and flashing merchandise as they embarked on one of the many routes available as part of the charity walk. 

The School premises were transformed into a festival-like atmosphere with a Glow-fest stage and Glow-fest markets set up on the Upper Close.

Walkers of all ages turned out to raise money for the Dougie Mac!

'After Work' London Networking Event Success

On Thursday 7th June we welcomed former staff and pupils to our annual 'After Work' London Networking event at The Refinery, Regents Place.

It was a clash of generations and careers with alumni stretching back from the 1960’s to 2015. As ever, it was fascinating to hear about new business ventures taking off and careers developing in number of interesting sectors, with careers in energy and finance featuring prominently this year.

As a School we value our family and community ethos which is at the heart of all we do. Events like this illustrate how much our community value that relationship too.

If you are a former pupil or member of staff and haven’t yet signed up to the Castilian Network you can do so by clicking on the link below.

Former pupils, staff and friends came together for an evening of reminiscing on times gone by and networking for future opportunities!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory serves up a Spring treat!

Roald Dahl's defining story is brought to life by our Junior School pupils with a two night performance in the Spring Term.

Many of you will recall hearing the story of Charlie Bucket and his adventures in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory from your own childhood and our Junior School pupils have given their own unique take on this children's classic.


“I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!”

Student Diplomats debate International Issues

Over the weekend an enthusiastic team of  students represented Iran and Canada at the 2018 Module United Nations (MUN) conference at Stockport Grammar School.

In an MUN simulation, students take on the role of diplomats representing state and non-state actors whereby they debate political issues with the aim of producing a resolution agreed by the entire committee/assembly.

During the conference, issues as diverse as capital punishment, colonies on Mars and foreign military intervention were debated at length throughout the weekend.

We were extremely proud to win two awards at the end of the weekend. Highly Commended Delegate was awarded to Eleanor Burnham and Outstanding Delegate for James Cheffins. 

Considering this was the first MUN experience for many of the students they should be proud of their input and achievements over the weekend.

From Capital Punishment to Colonies on Mars!


Sweeney Todd opens to packed hall

The Memorial Hall was transformed into the underbelly of Victorian London last night for our first performance of "Sweeney Todd". An enthusiastic cast threw themselves whole-heartedly into this tale of murder and mayhem, performing to an enthusiastic audience in the first of four sell-out shows.

The Demon barber of Fleet Street takes to the stage




Talk by Judith Rhodes - Ursula, The Jewish Refugee at the Orme Girls' School

Judith Rhodes, who is the daughter of one of the Jewish refugees sponsored by the School in 1939, delivered a compelling talk about her mother's journey to Newcastle under Lyme School. 
This extract from the School Magazine July 1939:

"Much interest has been centred round the School's decision to adopt two Jewish refugees - thanks to the response made to our appeal to parents to guarantee financial help or to offer hospitality if they felt able to do so. Margot Cohen - a thirteen year old  refugee from Dusseldorf - has been the first to arrive, and an older girl is expected as soon as the necessary arrangements have been completed (Ursula). Two older refugee girls adopted by the staff are also attending School classes one day a week."
Ursula Michel, Judith Michel's mother, lived with the Hawthorne family, her foster brother attending the High School.
Judith delivered many fascinating anecdotes about her mother's experience of the Kinder Transport journey and Ursula's time at "the Orme". She explained this connection with our School alongside a video that she presents to Schools, Universities and Historical Societies throughout the country as part of her educational work and support of The Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association in Leeds.

Judith has many treasured items from her mother's time at The Orme, including her OGS belt, tie & hatband and her OGS school reports, as well as her reports from the Burslem School of Commerce where she did incredibly well, coming second in class twice and being made a prefect . Judith says,  "it must all be down to her OGS education!"  Many of these items have been included in an exhibition at the Holocaust Learning Centre opening at the University of Huddersfield this Spring. But Judith will also be sharing some of these items with us on 31 January, alongside a selection of the School's own archive, relating to the School during the First World War.

A thoughtful and insightful evening was had by all as Judith gave a snapshot back in time of what School life was like for the young Jewish refugees.


The compelling story of Ursula's journey from the Kinder Transport to Newcastle under Lyme

Young Enterprise meets Dragons Den

Our Young Enterprise students attended the Dragon’s Den event at Michelin in Stoke this week. Three teams each presented a product idea to a panel of "Dragons" including party bags, colouring greetings cards and a cocktail gift set.

Our Sixth Form entrepreneurs

'Founders Day' Celebrations

On Wednesday 18th October we celebrated our annual tradition of commemorating our founding benefactors - without whom the School would not be in the shape and form it is today.

The service took place at St. Georges Church where many of our former pupils will remember the traditional boaters that continue to be worn by the prefects as we mark this most important of days.

The day concluded with lunch at the School - we were delighted to welcome former pupils, staff, governors and other guests joining us for the meal. 

Students from Year Five to the Upper Sixth came together to celebrate the benefactors who founded our School.