Examination Results

GCSE Examination Statement

Curriculum Reform
We have now reached the end of a range of unprecedented curriculum reforms at both GCSE and A-Level. All GCSE specifications have now been re-written to be more rigorous, and coursework in many subjects has been reduced or removed altogether. The other major change to these reformed GCSEs is the new grading scale of 9-1.
This change is being made to allow for greater differentiation between pupils at the higher grades, as well as raising the bar as to what a good pass is; under the old system a good pass was a C, but now the Department for Education (DfE) has made a clear distinction between a standard (4) and strong (5) pass under the new grading scale.

GCSE Results - August 2019

Pupils at Newcastle-under-Lyme School were jumping for joy as the school achieved another stunning set of Summer examination results.

This time GCSE students were celebrating, as top grades increased, exceeding last year’s records, reaching a stunning 64% Grade 7-9! (or Grade A and above.) An impressive 46% of all grades were at Grade 8-9 alone.

A delighted Headmaster, Michael Getty, commented ‘We are absolutely thrilled for these students. The sheer volume of top grades they have achieved is quite breathtaking with one in every four examinations sat actually achieving the new, elusive Grade 9! These performance levels have been seen right across the board, with core subjects like English and Mathematics achieving incredibly impressive statistics of 76% and 72% Grade 7-9 respectively. This means three in every four papers were at a grade A or above! This pattern continues into the three Sciences, Religious Studies, Fine Art, Textiles, English Literature and beyond and our talented teaching staff deserve great credit for how they have enabled all students, regardless of their natural ability, to reach such dizzy heights.’

The school has enjoyed a vintage exam season, with its A-level results top in the County last week. Last year, NULS was placed the 65th highest performing independent coed school in the UK at GCSE by The Times newspaper. This year’s results  elevate us further in the list to a top 50 position of which we are very proud..