Co-curricular

Sixth Form students at Newcastle-under-Lyme School can manage their co-curricular programme to fit their own interests, to develop their leadership skills and to complement their academic studies.

By the end of the Sixth Form, they will have an academic and co-curricular profile to be proud of, and one which will stand out and showcase their skills and aptitudes to employers and universities. 
 
In our through school environment, our Sixth Form students benefit by undertaking leadership roles in co-curricular activities including leading across the performing arts, coaching and mentoring younger pupils, and managing House and team events.  
 
The co-curricular programme for our Sixth Form students is varied, well-resourced and expertly led by our staff. In addition to Senior School activities such as Sports Teams, CCF, Scouts, Performing Arts and DofE,  students can also undertake activities such as Young Enterprise, Model United Nations and World Challenge. Many of these activities place an emphasis on developing important skills for life. Sixth Form students also take responsibility and leadership roles in our busy programme of House competitions.
 
Alongside lessons, our teachers appreciate the value of enriching the Sixth Form curriculum through participation in subject challenges, activity days, educational visits and longer overseas expeditions and trips.
 
For students joining our Sixth Form from other schools, co-curricular activities present the perfect opportunity to re-engage with familiar interests and to embark on something new.
 
I believe a Newcastle-under-Lyme School student should be a busy and happy one. Making the most of the opportunities that the co-curricular life of the school presents is a great way to become that busy, happy student.
 
Mr Rob Lench
Assistant Head (Co-curricular and Community)


Co-Curricular Activities

Sport

Sport continues to play a major part in School life for Sixth Form students. As in the Senior School, Sixth Form matches and fixtures take place on Saturday mornings.

At Sixth Form level, our teams continue to strive for success with our First and Second teams regularly performing well at local, regional and national tournaments.

The department aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to participate in a physical activity and to foster a competitive and healthy interest in sport.
 
On Wednesday afternoons, during Sixth Form games, many students are selected to play for School teams (1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Hockey, 1st VII Netball and 1st XI Cricket). Students may also opt for another school based sporting activity or take part in our established community service programme.
 
Sports tours and training camps are regularly organised for students. The School has ran hockey, rugby and netball tours to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.
 
Mr G Chesterman
Director of Sport 
Sporting Success 2017-2018
Rugby 1st Team County Cup Winners (2018)
Athletics Success at Northwood (2018)
Staffordshire U-18 Rugby 7's Winners (2018)
Netball U-19 County Champions (2017)

Performing Arts

At all levels the creative and performing arts are highly valued and the opportunities for drama, music and art 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
Drama opportunities for the Sixth Form include an Upper School play each year. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to take leadership roles including directing and technical management.
 
Music
With our two orchestras, choirs, Jazz Band, Wind Band and Chamber Music Ensemble the potential for music-making is enormous. 
Recent Productions
The Rivals
Rock and Jazz Evening
A Midsummer Night's Dream

CCF

Overview of the CCF
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 Sixth Form entry
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.
 
Mr N Carter
Contingent Commander (CCF)
CCF Throughout the Year
CCF Leadership Weekend
RAF Cosford Summer Camp
Navy Sailing at Nantwich Sailing Club
CCF Field Day

The Duke of Edingurgh Award Scheme

Note - Sixth Formers have the opportunity to enter the Award Scheme at the Gold Award Level, without completing the Bronze and Silver Awards.
 
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.
 
If you are already involved with the award then please check the notice board in Victoria Building regularly and also the online document library.
 
Miss L Herian
Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator  
 
 
Phone no: 01782 631197
DofE Gold
Gold Expedition to Slovenia
Gold Expedition to Brecon Beacons
Gold Expedition to Slovenia

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is the largest business and enterprise education charity in the UK. At Newcastle-under-Lyme School, our Sixth Formers take part in the Company Programme.
Delivered across an academic year, students will have full control over decisions about their company, from electing a Board of Directors, who then raise the initial share capital through to designing their product or service which in turn is sold directly to customers.
 
Students participate in a Trade Fair and then explain the journey they have been on and their company's product/service through a presentation to local business leaders. All of this takes place with the support and guidance from a Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise to the team and their designated Link Teacher.
 
Students also have the opportunity to set up their business as a social enterprise, which focuses on addressing a social need rather than maximising profit.
 

 

News: Young Enterprise - World of Wedgwood event March 10 2018
 
At the World of Wedgwood in Barlaston, our Young Enterprise teams joined schools from across Staffordshire competing to win the 2018 Young Enterprise Company Programme award. Selling to the public is one element of the challenging programme they must all complete.
 
Our teams were:
 
Colour Card Ink - product: cards to colour in, 
Solutions - product: mocktail recipe books and glasses, and Smarty Party - bespoke party bags.
 

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN)
Model United Nations operates as a simulation of the United Nations whereby students assume the role of national ambassadors or representatives where they debate and aim to resolve international issues. During a conference the most popular simulations tend to be the Security Council and the General Assembly but simulations can cover any UN based committee. 
 
In the past we have sent delegations to the Paris Model United Nations (PAMUN), Genoa Model United Nations (GEMUN) and recently, in the UK, we have attended the Stockport Grammar MUN conference.
 
Model UN is an excellent way to develop and demonstrate key skills such as public speaking, teamwork and negotiation which will stand out on a Sixth Former's CV. It is also an excellent way to learn first-hand about the global issues facing the world today.
 
SGMUN