With the unfair constraints of the government algorithm removed, students at Newcastle under Lyme School were jumping for joy as they shattered the school’s historic GCSE pass records. Last year NULS was ranked in the Top 50 co-ed schools nationally at GCSE but its results climbed further again reaching a jaw dropping 73% Grade 7-9 (or Grade A and above.), with an incredible 55% of all grades at Grade 8-9 and 37% of grades hitting the blue-riband Grade 9 alone!

A delighted Headmaster, Michael Getty, commented ‘We are absolutely thrilled for these students! This week has been enormously stressful for them and their parents. Make no mistake, these record breaking results are accurate, have been on the horizon for some time and have had an enormously robust process of moderation applied to them. This year group is simply that good! The 73% Grade 7-9 pass rate with 55% at Grade 8/9, is phenomenal. The sheer volume of top grades is quite breathtaking with 15 students, approaching one fifth of the cohort, actually achieving the prestigious and elusive clean sweep of Grade 9s!' Mr Getty continued, 'These performance levels have been seen right across the board, with core subjects like English and Mathematics both achieving incredible statistics of 77% Grade 7-9 and importantly with a 100% pass rate. This pattern was actually even higher in Biology, Chemistry and Physics where over 80% of grades reached to Grade 7 or higher with Religious Studies, Fine Art and Textiles going even further breaking the 90% into the top grade bands. Our talented teaching staff deserve great credit for how they have enabled all students, to reach such dizzy heights whist they skilfully balancing a huge extracurricular involvement to achieve these record beating results.’’

NULS led the County in 2019 at GCSE and A level, and its prominence nationally will now be further enhanced as it has enjoyed its best examination season in a decade following last week’s A levels. ‘This year was always going to be a very special one for us, with two exceptionally talented year groups moving to examination at the same time. With worries dispelled that their deserved successes might be limited by the government moderation system we can now all truly celebrate as these enormously talented pupils receive their just reward.’ Final grades for A level at NULS this year are expected from examination boards next week and the school has stated it is really looking forward to publishing these. ‘As a school, we are certainly enjoying some tremendous successes. These results build on our receipt of the highest possible Double Excellent grading under ISI inspection this year and our staff team work deserve so much great credit after a uniquely challenging year.'