A hugely emotional day was evident at Newcastle Under Lyme School as A level results climbed even further, bettering last year’s County topping grades. However, celebrations were tainted with sadness due to the strong feeling that the students’ results should be even greater. ‘This year group deserve such praise. The pressure and uncertainty they have experienced has been like no other and their excellent results are a testimony to their resilience in the face of unprecedented circumstances,’ commented Headmaster Michael Getty. ‘To have bettered last year’s County topping results, achieving 72% A*-B, almost 50% A*-A and to have nearly one in every five examinations achieving a grade A*, despite a downgrade by the DfE’s moderation system, is incredible! Our students deserve huge commendation but we feel strongly that this exceptional cohort’s grades should be even higher and actually record breaking. This year group is simply that good!’

Mr Getty added, ‘This week we have witnessed the acceptance that despite all goodwill, the methods being used by the Department of Education for result projection are critically flawed and we will explore if we can challenge this for them as they deserve no less!’

NuLS students now deservedly head off to study at some of the country’s top universities such as Cambridge and the LSE, to read a widely diverse range of courses, from Medicine to Mathematics, from Economics to English Literature!