Mr Ian Dicksee
Deputy Head (Academic) 


 Mrs Julie Simms
Deputy Head (Pastoral) 


Giving our pupils the Best Start in Life lies at the core of our approach. The Senior School is a blend of academic, pastoral and co-curricular relationships which provide an enjoyable experience of education and equip our pupils for success and happiness in their lives beyond School.

Inspirational teaching, superb educational facilities, and purposeful learning encourage real academic achievement for pupils at Newcastle-under-Lyme School. The rich and challenging curriculum extends throughout the School and ensures that the education on offer is both fun and stimulating.
During Year 7 and 8 pupils follow a broad curriculum, including an introduction to Latin and Classical Civilisation. There is a choice of Modern Language that pupils make upon entry at Year 7. During Year 9, in consultation with parents and teachers, pupils choose nine GCSE and IGCSE courses for Years 10 and 11.
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'Me and My Girl' at the Mitchell Arts Centre

Newcastle-under-Lyme School proudly presents its Whole School Production, Me and My Girl.

The production runs from Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th November at the Mitchell Arts Centre.

A brief synopsis

The Hareford family is in complete disarray. Lord Hareford has passed away and a mad panic ensues to locate his heir. Finally, the family solicitor, Parchester, tracks down the renegade Lord, but he isn’t quite what the family had expected!

Follow the trials, tribulations and mayhem that ensue when two social spheres collide, with entirely unexpected consequences.

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Come and see our Whole School Musical production which runs from the 15th - 17th November!

'Founders Day' Celebrations

On Wednesday 24th 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.


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!

'Swing into Summer' with the Big Band Concert

On Tuesday 3rd July our Memorial Hall was transformed into the end of term Summer musical finale, in aid of the University Hospital North Midlands (UHNM) Charity.

It was a blend of current and former pupils as the reunion concert performed a number of classic hits from the Glenn Miller songbook amongst others to the audience's delight.

It was a fantastic, foot-tapping Summer celebration of music and song that raised over an incredible £1500 for the Breast Care Department within the UHNM trust.

Our thanks go out to current and former members of the Newcastle under Lyme School Big Band and of course to the Band Leader, Miss Anna Lamplough.

A night of great music for an even greater cause!

Summer of Sport

Our Senior School Pupils take part in our Annual House Sports Day Competition

Student Diplomats debate International Issues

Over the weekend an enthusiastic team of  students represented Iran and Canada at the 2018 Model 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!


Rock and Jazz all night long!

The annual Rock and Jazz Evening had the audience on their feet as they were wowed by the passion displayed by our students on stage.

The evening featured music from the Big Band, with guest vocalists and other performers and bands spanning all years across the School and covered a multitude of genres.

It was a night enjoyed by all and we cannot wait until next year's edition!

Our student musicians take to the floor


Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Year 11 pupils have taken part in a Health day that covered all aspects of how to achieve a healthy body and mind.

Pupils benefited from sessions with experts in various health and well-being disciplines during today's Health Day.

Thank you to all the organisations who have contributed.

Year 11 students take part in Health Day after examinations period