Newcastle under Lyme School


Newcastle-under-Lyme School, which attracts pupils from a large area of North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and North Shropshire, is a co-educational day school for 900 pupils aged 3–18. The present School was formed in 1981 through the amalgamation of Newcastle High School and the Orme Girls’ School, two schools which were endowed as a single foundation in 1872 under an educational charity scheme for children in Newcastle-under-Lyme which has its roots in the 1600s. The two schools enjoyed a reputation for scholarship and for service to the community throughout North Staffordshire, a reputation which has continued with the formation of Newcastle-under-Lyme School. The School is also well known for its high standards in sport, music and drama, which play a major part in the co-curricular life of the School. The Junior School is adjacent to the Senior School and has some 300 pupils aged 3–11.

Key Facts

Location Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
School Status HMC Day School for Boys and Girls aged 3 to 18
Headmaster Mr D M Williamson, BA, MA, FRGS
Available Courses AS and A level including: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Economics, English Literature, English Language, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, German, Politics, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Spanish.
Accommodation Home Stay
% of International students Up to 2%
Student Enrolment  595
Senior school 595 (including Sixth Form)
Sixth Form 130
Facilities 11 laboratories (Biology, Physics and Chemistry).  New Library, Lecture Theatre and Café. Sports Centre including: Sports Hall, indoor Swimming Pool and Fitness Room. Rugby pitches, Cricket pitches and pavilion, a number of tennis and netball courts and an all-weather sports field.
Features A number of sports teams:  netball, hockey, rugby, cricket, athletics, tennis, rounders and swimming.  We also have a Combined Cadet Force that includes the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army cadets. We are an accrediting body for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme up to Gold level.  Students may take part in Speech and Drama Club and we have the facilities to stage three large productions each year.
Additional comments On average 95% of our students advance onto Higher

Education. Subject specific tutoring and interview practice is
given to Oxbridge candidates. Newcastle-under-Lyme School has roots dating back to 1602 and we have been on our current site since 1874. Our academic performance and all-round ability to develop the individual are recognized nationally, and our reputation in the region, is second to none.

Academic achievements We are consistently amongst the top performing schools academically. 100% pass rate at A level with 78%  of grades A* to B. We also pride ourselves on the ability to develop the whole person, making them confident and prepared for the UK’s top Universities.
University destinations Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Bath, Kings College London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, St Andrews, Warwick, Durham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Lancaster etc.



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