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Welcome to Newcastle-under-Lyme-School. From ages 3-18 we offer an unbroken and unrivalled educational journey for your child equipping them with the tools they need to discover their true potential. You will find throughout this website a taste of the academic excellence and wide ranging co-curricular programme on offer to all our pupils.

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Stoke on Trent's 'Poet Laureate' pens poem about his visit to our School

Stephen Seabridge, Stoke-on-Trent's inaugural Poet Laureate, has been in school the last two days speaking to the pupils and running workshops with Year 5. We were delighted that Stephen agreed to be the judge for our first Junior School poetry competition. All the finalists met Stephen in our assembly and you can read the poems of the three winners here

We were honoured that Stephen had written a special poem for his visit.

Poetry in the world of Stephen

Often, I find myself on stage, at the front of a hall,

like this one, and people might ask me, Stephen,

what does poetry mean to you?

And I say that it means this, and that,

and that it might mean this and that too,

but what I really want to say is…

Poetry is the light peeking out on the horizon

in the morning when the sun starts to rise.

Poetry is the clean breeze on a summer’s day,

and the soft white of midwinter snow.

Poetry is the speck of dust falling,

that small circle of something

that can tell the entire history of the earth.

Poetry is the touch of soft cotton,

the dance of the light on a piece of silk.

Poetry is what helped a little boy like me

who didn’t read very much, helped him

on the way to finding his words.

Poetry is the way of looking inward,

and outward, at yourself, at others,

it is the way of seeing all that around you

that is grace, that is a marvel.

Poetry is me and poetry is you.

Our young poets compose and perform their own anthology of poetry!

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory serves up a Spring treat!

Roald Dahl's defining story is brought to life by our Junior School pupils with a two night performance in the Spring Term.

Many of you will recall hearing the story of Charlie Bucket and his adventures in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory from your own childhood and our Junior School pupils have given their own unique take on this children's classic.

“I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!”

 

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