Newcastle-under-Lyme School 纽卡斯尔安德莱姆中学, Mount Pleasant,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 IDB
Tel: 01782 631197 Fax: 01782 632582
• BOYS, GIRLS, MIXED SIXTH, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 1080, Upper sixth 125
• Termly fees £1854–£2136
• Enquiries/application to the Principal
What it’s like
Its roots date back to 1602. The reorganisation of educational provision in 1872
led to the opening of Newcastle High School (1874) and the Orme Girls’ School
(1876); the two schools became linked in 1981. The school’s structure now
combines predominantly single-sex teaching between the ages of 11 and 16, with
full co-education in the sixth form. It is set in some 30 acres of grounds in a
quiet residential suburb close to the centre of the town. The original buildings
still form part of the school and a number of extensions provide good, modern
facilities. The school has built up a strong academic reputation and examination
results are very good. Music and drama are strong. It is also well known for its
high standards in games, with representatives at county and national level in
many sports. There is a vigorous voluntary CCF and a mixed Scout troop.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 1080 day pupils (540 boys, 540
girls). Senior department 11–18, 900 pupils (450 boys, 450 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 7, 11, 13 and 16. Own exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs (3 at least grade B, 3 grade C), grade A in sixth-form
subjects. No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 50%
senior intake. Many senior pupils from own prep school, Orme House (Bankside,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, tel 01782 664616)
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 10+pa academic scholarships, value
£250–£1815 (at 11, 13 and 16); also sports scholarships at 13. Variable number
of bursaries, based on family income. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Principal: Robert Dillow, appointed 2002. Educated at Cambridge
University (modern & medieval languages). Previously Deputy Headmaster at
Birkdale, Housemaster at Sedbergh and taught modern languages at Stowe.
Previously in the Diplomatic Service.
Teaching staff: 76 full time, 12 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 156 pupils in fifth: 96% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 59 (60 over 3 years).
A-levels: 125 in upper sixth: 77% passed in 4+ subjects; 14% in 3; 6% in
2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 420.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 13% to Oxbridge. 5% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 35% in science & engineering, 57% in humanities & social
sciences, 2% in art & design. Others typically go on to art courses or retake
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 27 AS-level subjects, 25 A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 32% take science A-levels;
36% arts/humanities; 32% both. Key skills integrated into sixth-form courses.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
Regular exchanges to France and Germany.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. 150
computers for pupil use (8_ hours a day), all networked and with email and
Music: 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 11 musical groups including 2 orchestras, 4 choirs, wind band,
jazz band, recorder groups, guitar ensemble.
Drama & dance: Drama offered. Many pupils are involved in school
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE; 10 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Swimming, rugby, hockey, cricket compulsory for boys to 16;
swimming, netball, rounders, hockey for girls. Optional: cross-country,
athletics, basketball, water polo, shooting, judo, badminton, table tennis.
Sixth form only: aerobics, squash, golf. BAGA, RLSS exams may be taken.
International representatives in badminton (2 pupils), rugby, squash, swimming,
water polo; county reps in badminton, hockey, swimming, squash, cricket, rugby,
netball; county/league champion teams, rugby, hockey (girls), netball, tennis.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF and community service optional. Over 15 clubs, eg art, calligraphy,
computing, debating, history, literary, school magazine, Scouts, BAYS.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head boy and girl, their deputies
and senior prefects are elected by the lower sixth and staff.
Religion: Daily assemblies.
Social: Organised trips abroad and exchanges annually. Pupils allowed to
bring own car/bike/motorbike to school. Meals self-service. School shop. No
tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
repeat or detention; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises could expect
Former pupils Sir Richard Bailey; Sir David Barritt; David Gilford
(golf); 6 professors; 2 generals; an admiral.