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Senior School Entrance Examination

On Friday 16 October from 9.00am - 4.00pm we welcome Year 6 pupils to take our Senior School Entrance Test. If you would like your child to take part but haven’t yet registered please contact our Registrar, Mrs Chris Quigley, on 01782 664620 for more information.



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'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.

Our new Astroturf is officially opened

On Friday 28 September England International Hockey star, Sam Ward, declared our new Astroturf open and ready. 

He has enjoyed considerable success in the last four years with appearances at the World League Final (2015) and both the Euro-Hockey championships and World League Semi-Finals in 2017.

He cut his teeth as one of the "Banana Bunch"; the name for Leicester Hockey club's mixed youth development group. After Leicester he moved on to Beeston, where he earned a reputation as a prolific goal scorer on the domestic scene.

Sam gave a series of masterclass sessions with opportunities for all our aspiring hockey players to learn first-hand from an England International!

Headmaster, Mr Getty, commented on how inspiring it was and how fortunate for our young sportsmen and woman to have an Olympian in school.

Following the masterclass sessions, Sam took part in a Q&A session where pupils of all ages quizzed Sam on what life is like an England International.


England International Hockey star Sam Ward declares new Astroturf open

Newcastle-under-Lyme School hosts the 'Glow in the Moonlight' walk

Newcastle-under-Lyme School played host to the 'Glow in the Moonlight walk', organised by the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. With a beautiful summer sunset as the back drop, participants of all ages took to the starting line as they took part in either the 5 mile or 10 mile route.

For the first time in the history of the event, spanning over ten years, traditions were broken as men were invited to join to take part in the event as well. 

Participants were covered in neon paint, dresses and flashing merchandise as they embarked on one of the many routes available as part of the charity walk. 

The School premises were transformed into a festival-like atmosphere with a Glow-fest stage and Glow-fest markets set up on the Upper Close.

Walkers of all ages turned out to raise money for the Dougie Mac hospice!

'After Work' London Networking Event Success

On Thursday 7th June we welcomed former staff and pupils to our annual 'After Work' London Networking event at The Refinery, Regents Place.

It was a clash of generations and careers with alumni stretching back from the 1960’s to 2015. As ever, it was fascinating to hear about new business ventures taking off and careers developing in number of interesting sectors, with careers in energy and finance featuring prominently this year.

As a School we value our family and community ethos which is at the heart of all we do. Events like this illustrate how much our community value that relationship too.

If you are a former pupil or member of staff and haven’t yet signed up to the Castilian Network you can do so by clicking on the link below.

Former pupils, staff and friends came together for an evening of reminiscing on times gone by and networking for future opportunities!

Sweeney Todd opens to packed hall

The Memorial Hall was transformed into the underbelly of Victorian London last night for our first performance of "Sweeney Todd". An enthusiastic cast threw themselves whole-heartedly into this tale of murder and mayhem, performing to an enthusiastic audience in the first of four sell-out shows.

The Demon barber of Fleet Street takes to the stage




Talk by Judith Rhodes - Ursula, The Jewish Refugee at the Orme Girls' School

Judith Rhodes, who is the daughter of one of the Jewish refugees sponsored by the School in 1939, delivered a compelling talk about her mother's journey to Newcastle under Lyme School. 
This extract from the School Magazine July 1939:

"Much interest has been centred round the School's decision to adopt two Jewish refugees - thanks to the response made to our appeal to parents to guarantee financial help or to offer hospitality if they felt able to do so. Margot Cohen - a thirteen year old  refugee from Dusseldorf - has been the first to arrive, and an older girl is expected as soon as the necessary arrangements have been completed (Ursula). Two older refugee girls adopted by the staff are also attending School classes one day a week."
Ursula Michel, Judith Michel's mother, lived with the Hawthorne family, her foster brother attending the High School.
Judith delivered many fascinating anecdotes about her mother's experience of the Kinder Transport journey and Ursula's time at "the Orme". She explained this connection with our School alongside a video that she presents to Schools, Universities and Historical Societies throughout the country as part of her educational work and support of The Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association in Leeds.

Judith has many treasured items from her mother's time at The Orme, including her OGS belt, tie & hatband and her OGS school reports, as well as her reports from the Burslem School of Commerce where she did incredibly well, coming second in class twice and being made a prefect . Judith says,  "it must all be down to her OGS education!"  Many of these items have been included in an exhibition at the Holocaust Learning Centre opening at the University of Huddersfield this Spring. But Judith will also be sharing some of these items with us on 31 January, alongside a selection of the School's own archive, relating to the School during the First World War.

A thoughtful and insightful evening was had by all as Judith gave a snapshot back in time of what School life was like for the young Jewish refugees.

The compelling story of Ursula's journey from the Kinder Transport to Newcastle under Lyme