Co-curricular

A Newcastle-under-Lyme School pupil's day is a busy and productive one. Nowhere is this more true than in the rich co-curricular life of the school.

Our pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities to grow as young people and to develop a lifelong skillset in concert with their academic studies. Many Schools use the title 'extra-curricular' but we choose to place greater emphasis on 'co-curricular' as the experiences our pupils have outside the classroom complement the ones they have in lessons.
 
From their first day, pupils are introduced to a programme of Clubs, Drama, House Activities, Music, Scouts and a wide ranging Sports programme run by our dedicated teaching staff throughout the school week and beyond. In Year 9, pupils have the opportunity to join our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and in Year 10 they can embark on the first stage of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme with the Bronze Award.
 
When pupils leave the School, they often reflect as fondly on the trips they have been on and teams and challenges they have been part of, as they do on what they have learned and discovered in lessons.
 
Our staff devote thousands of hours each year, within and beyond the school week, to activities that will enhance the life skills of our pupils. Subject teachers make sure that pupils can continue their learning beyond the academic timetable by organising a multitude of overseas trips, activity day visits, subject challenges and enrichment clubs throughout the year. We focus on the development of the whole pupil as we believe a rounded education provides them with the tools they will for life.
 
The co-curricular aspect of School life builds a sense of belonging, participation and confidence. I am particularly proud that we contribute fully with our wider community through charity and service, nominating a charity each year - during the past academic year we have raised a staggering £4,000 pounds for local childrens' charity, Our Space. This year's nominated charity is the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and we look forward to the fundraising projects and ideas our pupils will come up with for the year ahead. It is this 'can do' attitude that marks our pupils out and there is no better place to see that than in our varied and rewarding co-curricular activities.
 
Below you will see some of the extensive co-curricular programme we have on offer.
 
 
Mr Rob Lench
Assistant Head (Co-curricular and Community)


Co-Curricular Activities

Sport

Sport is important to us as it fosters a sense of commitment and, with first class coaching, it is possible for anyone to excel at an impressive array of team and individual games. Sport has always played a prominent part in the life of a pupil at Newcastle-under-Lyme School.

As a School we aim to provide all pupils the opportunity to participate in a team sport whilst at the same time promoting a competitive and healthy interest in physical activity.
 
However, sport here is about much more than just the winning. Playing sport enables all children to develop different relationships with adults and to make new friends. When a team pulls together the sense of camaraderie is uplifting and we recognise that personal confidence and leadership skills are generated by physical activity and fitness.
 
Sport is divided into two distinct areas, Physical Education lessons and Games lessons. PE lessons are planned to provide individual movement based activities such as gymnastics, dance, fitness, training, swimming and athletics. Games lessons are used to provide a range of group activities covering kicking, striking and ball handling skills. 
 
The main School sports are rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, tennis and athletics. With our extensive playing fields, floodlit all-weather pitch, excellent indoor swimming pool and sports hall the opportunity to fulfil  sporting potential is limitless.
 
 
Mr G Chesterman
Director of Sport

Our Facilities
Classroom
Swimming Pool
Cricket Playing Fields
Artificial Pitch
Fitness Room

The House System

The House System Explained
 
The House structure provides a further environment for mixed age support and friendships. Healthy competition across a range of activities from sport to performing arts, debating to chess and, of course, the long standing institution – Tug of War!
Pupils also take part in Activity Day through the House structure  which in turn allows for stronger cohesion between each year group within each House as they work and interact together.
 
General Information
All pupils across the whole 3 to 18 age range belong to one of four Houses. 
 
The Houses and their colours are:
  • Barratt                              Maroon
  • Dutton                              Royal Blue
  • Kitchener                         Yellow
  • Myott                                Green
 
The Houses are split across two sections of the school:
  • Junior School                   Years 1 to 6
  • Senior School                   Years 7 to13
 
House Events
House Music Competition
House Public Speaking Competition
House Drama Competition

Performing Arts

At all levels the creative and performing arts are highly valued and the opportunities for drama, music and performing are quite exceptional. Our rich and imaginative annual programme of concerts and plays gives every child the chance to make a contribution and experience the excitement of creative performance.
 
 
Drama
Over the past academic year, 2016-2017, approximately 150 pupils gave up their time to participate in productions including behind the scenes, on the stage or in our outstanding musical orchestra. With a packed programme of performances, our journey began in the late 19th Century with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel", travelled through to the 1980's with "A Midsummer Night's Dream", then went back in time for Rachel Barnett's "Noah" to ending the year with an original production by Mrs Robson, "The Living Library."
 
More recently we have put on ensemble productions of Sweeney Todd, The Rivals and Annie.
 
Upcoming Productions: The Autumn Term 2018 Whole School Musical will be 'Me and My Girl' held at the Mitchell Arts Centre.
 
Music
With our two orchestras, choirs, Jazz Band, Wind Band and Chamber Music Ensemble the potential for music-making is enormous. 
 
Autumn Term: Founders Day Service, Autumn Concert at St Paul's Church, Remembrance Parade, Carols by Candlelight, Carol Service.
Spring Term: CCF Dinner, Rock and Jazz Evening, Teatime Concert, Newcastle Music Festival, Choral & Orchestral Concert at St Paul's Church.
Recent Productions
Annie (2018)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017)
Wind Band (2016)
The Living Library (2017)

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The Award Scheme Explained
The Award scheme is split across three sections: Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award. As you move through each award the challenges and intensity increases from the previous. 
The Award scheme gives you the chance to do something completely new and improve on things you’re already doing. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience, work skills and friendship groups. 

 

The Bronze Award
The Bronze Award is the traditional point of entry into the scheme and many people in Year 9 become involved at this point.
Students need to complete four sections: VolunteeringPhysicalSkills and an Expedition
 
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 including 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.
 
The Silver Award
The Silver  Award is a natural continuation from The Bronze, but students may also start their journey into the scheme as direct entrants. Students generally start the Silver Award in Year 10.
Students need to complete four sections: VolunteeringPhysicalSkills and an Expedition. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Bronze.

Each year, the school runs a training expedition and an assessment expedition. If you have not already completed the Bronze award you will be categorised as a Direct Entrant, and will therefore 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 cooking and looking after themselves. The groups will subsequently need to give a presentation about their journey or complete, and hand in, a log of events.
 
For more details on the Silver award, please go to the DofE website.
 
The 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: VolunteeringPhysicalSkills 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 The Silver Award.
 
Each year, the school runs a training expedition and an assessment expedition. If you have not already completed the Silver award you will be categorised as 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  cooking and looking after themselves. There may also be a requirement to spend at least one night in a wild camp (depending on local conditions). 
The groups will subsequently need to give a presentation about their journey or complete, and hand in, a log of events.
 
For more details on the Gold award, please go to the DofE website.
 
Expeditions
Bronze Expedition
Bronze Expedition

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Overview
Newcastle-under-Lyme School CCF is one of over 400 School-based Contingents. The CCF is a youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. Its aim is to enable young people to develop new skills, including leadership, and to give them an insight into the armed forces.
 
Whilst cadets wear military uniform, they are not members of the armed forces. Officers and instructors, who include school staff, hold Cadet commissions and appointments.
 
The School Contingent was formed in 1910 as an Officers Training Corps (OTC) for Army cadets. After the Second World War the CCF replaced the OTC. Initially, there was only an Army section. However, by 1967 Royal Navy and Royal Air Force sections had been formed. Today the Contingent is one of the few in the West Midlands to be composed of all three sections and it numbers 200 cadets.
 
Information on entry
Pupils can join the CCF at the start of Year 9. After a probationary half term they then opt to join one section for the rest of the year. Many cadets then choose to remain in Year 10 and beyond. In Year 11, a leadership course is run which is the first step to promotion. In the Sixth Form, many cadets undertake a BTEC CVQ course in Public Services which is based on the activities they undertake in their section. Sixth form cadets provide the NCOs who undertake much of the training of the cadets.
 
CCF training has a common core in all three sections, this includes drill and turnout, map and compass and shooting. Each service has its own proficiency syllabus which cadets follow in Years 9 to 11. The syllabus is supplemented by activities such as adventure training, command tasks, obstacle course training, sailing, flying and gliding. Training takes place after school on Friday afternoons, on termly Field Days and at weekends. In addition, all sections attend an Annual Camp each summer. The Camp is the highlight of the year. Usually a week in length, the Camps give the cadets the opportunity to put into practice the skills they have acquired during the year. Much of the training is carried out by regular personnel from cadet training and liaison teams.  Cadets are also able to attend courses during the holidays. These lead to National qualifications such as RYA boating qualifications.
 
The CCF is not a recruiting organisation. However, their membership has encouraged some cadets to join the regular forces. At present there are ex-cadets in all three services. Their appointments range from Staff officer appointments to active service with deployed units.
 
The Contingent plays a leading role in the School Remembrance Service providing a Guard of Honour. It also holds an annual CCF dinner in February and formal cadets are encouraged to attend.
 
Contact information
The Contingent always welcomes contact from parents who wish to know more about its activities. In addition, in recent years, an increasing number of ex cadets have been getting in touch with the Contingent. The easiest method of contact is via the Contingent Commander CDR Nick Carter RNR. His e-mail address is ncarter@nuls.org.uk.

CCF Throughout the Year
CCF Leadership Weekend
RAF Cosford Summer Camp
Navy Sailing at Nantwich Sailing Club
CCF Field Day