Central Newcastle High School GDST,中央纽卡斯尔中学, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4DS
Tel: 0191 281 1768 Fax: 0191 281 6192
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 997, Upper sixth 89
• Termly fees £1383–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Opened in 1895, a member of The Girls’ Day School Trust, it has occupied the
same premises in Eskdale Terrace since 1900. It offers the opportunity to
develop in an environment that focuses on individual needs. Academic standards
are high and examination results excellent; pastoral care is a priority. Music,
art and drama are all encouraged. It has an excellent art school, music school,
sports hall and sixth form wing and a recently completed drama studio. A range
of sports is available in which considerable success is achieved (at county,
regional and national level); the school was awarded a Sportsmark Gold in 2002.
Pupils are involved in a wide variety of activities including the Duke of
Edinburgh Award, poetry society, Greek drama and community service.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Some scholarships, value 5%–50%
fees. Some trust bursaries, up to 100% of fees on the basis of financial need.
Parents not expected to buy textbooks; music tuition extra.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Lindsey Jane Griffin, in post from 2000. Educated at
Swanshurst Grammar School and King Edward VI High School, both in Birmingham,
and at the universities of Wales in Cardiff (English) and York (medieval
studies). Previously Headmistress of Bedgebury, Lady Warden of St Michael’s
Burton Park, Head of English and Head of Sixth Form at Scarborough College.
Teaching staff: 47 full time, 20 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 97 pupils in Year 11: average gained at least grade C in
9.5 subjects, with GCSE score of 68 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 76 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 403.
University & college entrance 92% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (4% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 20% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 12% in science, engineering, IT and
maths, 5% in law, 32% in humanities & social sciences, 17% in vocational
subjects, eg architecture, education and 7% in other subjects, eg modern
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 29 AS-level subjects, 25 A-level,
including Greek, Latin, economics, graphic design, philosophy (taught from 11),
psychology, theatre studies.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (usually a mix
of subjects), 3–4 at A-level; in addition, general studies AS and A-level
optional. 40% take science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities; 20% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Some available for dyslexic pupils and those with
English as an additional language.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE, AS and A-level.
Regular exchanges (France, Spain and Germany), including European work
experience for lower sixth.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2–4 lessons a week in Years 7–11)
to GCSE and across the curriculum, eg video conferencing used in modern
languages. ICT AS-level offered. 130 computers solely for senior pupil use (6+
hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access. Pupil-owned
laptops are not encouraged in school. Interactive whiteboards and dataprojectors.
Music: Up to 75% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 7 musical groups including chamber choirs, jazz band,
orchestras, wind bands. Several members of National Children’s Orchestra and
Young Simfonia; regularly compete in local music festivals.
Drama & dance: Drama and dance offered. Theatre studies A-level, LAMDA
and Guildhall exams may be taken. Productions in school and local theatre; many
of pupils recently involved in school productions and house/other productions.
Numerous successes in public-speaking and debating.
Art & design: On average, 45 take GCSE, 30 A-level. Fine art, textiles,
graphics, photography offered at AS-level, fine art, graphics and textiles at
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, dance, swimming, tennis, athletics, hockey,
cross-country, rounders, health-related fitness, gymnastics, volley ball,
aerobics, badminton, squash, trampolining, basketball. AS-level PE may be taken.
Individual national success in tennis, athletics, gymnastics, swimming,
cross-country, basketball, rowing and fencing. Teams national champions in
tennis ( U13, 2004), squash (U15, U17, 2002), netball (U14, 2001); regional U14
finalists 2004 in netball, hockey; county success in tennis, hockey,
cross-country, athletics, netball, basketball, volleyball. Sportsmark Gold 2002.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF optional (in collaboration with neighbouring Royal Grammar,
Newcastle). Community service optional. Up to 30 clubs, eg gymnastics,
computers, netball, hockey, Christian Union, debating, poetry.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses (for sport, music, drama).
Prefects, head girl and heads of house, elected by the girls. School Council.
Religion: Non-denominational assembly, based on broad Christian
framework; non-Christians can opt out.
Social: Senior debates, drama, musical productions and ski trips with
local independent schools. Trips to Europe eg Greece (classical), Spain,
Australia (netball, hockey 2005); 3 annual ski trips. Meals self-service. No
tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Alumni association is run by Mrs Helen Turnbull, 86 Polwarth Road,
Brunton Park, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5NE.
Former pupils Miriam Stoppard; Pamela Denham.