Royal Grammar School 皇家文理中学 皇家文理学校Newcastle upon Tyne, Eskdale
Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4DX
Tel: 0191 281 5711 Fax: 0191 212 0392
• BOYS, MIXED SIXTH, Boys 8–18 Day, Girls 16–18 Day
• Pupils 1135, Upper sixth 163
• Termly fees £1913–£2283
• Enquiries/admissions to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Founded and endowed early in the 16th century by Thomas Horsley. By
virtue of Queen Elizabeth’s charter in 1600 it became the Free Grammar
School of Queen Elizabeth in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is one of the most
distinguished schools in the north of England and enjoys close links
with the city and the region. Its pupils are drawn from a wide area and,
in 2001, girls were admitted to the sixth form. It is well sited near
the civic and city centres and the two universities. Most of the
premises date from 1907 and there have been numerous extensions,
including a junior school, music centre, sports centre and, most
recently, a science and technology building. Academic standards have
always been high and examination results excellent. Music, drama and art
are very strong indeed. Up to ten concerts are given each year and four
or five main productions in the theatre. A wide range of sports and
games is available; high standards are achieved and there have been many
representatives at county, regional and national level. Chess and
debating are especially notable activities. There is a flourishing Duke
of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and a voluntary CCF. The school has vigorous
support in the city and locality and there is a lively programme of
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 8–18, 1135 day pupils. Senior
department 11–18, 990 (925 boys 65 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 8, 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam.
For sixth-form entry, sound GCSE performance including grades A and B
(particularly in sixth-form subjects). State school entry, 43%.
Scholarships & bursaries Some means-tested bursaries,
including for sixth-form entry and Ogden Trust bursaries (can be up to
Head & staff
Headmaster: James F X Miller, in post since 1994. Educated at
Douai and Oxford University (PPE). Previously Headmaster at Framlingham
and Housemaster, Head of Economics, Master i/c cricket at Winchester.
Also former member of Winchester City Council and Chairman of both its
Health & Works Committee and Traffic Management Sub-Committee.
Teaching staff: 86 full time, including junior school, 7 part
time. Annual turnover 7%. Average age 41.
GCSE: On average, 140 in Year 11: all take 10 GCSEs, very few
results below grade C. Average GCSE score 70 (69 over 5 years).
A-levels: 158 in upper sixth: average passes in 3 subjects with
final point score of 388.
University & college entrance 97% of sixth-form leavers go on
to a degree course or art foundation course (7% after a gap year), 15%
to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary
science, 25% in science & engineering, 52% in humanities & social
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 GCSE subjects, 24
AS-level, 22 A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4–5 subjects at AS-level, 3–4
at A-level. Usual for pupils to mix arts and sciences AS and A-levels.
Key skills integrated into sixth-form curriculum; no formal structure.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and
A-level (French compulsory to GCSE); Italian or Arabic as non-examined
ICT: Taught across the curriculum. 170 computers for pupil use
(9_ hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access.
Music: Over 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument;
instrumental exams can be taken. Some 20 musical groups including
orchestras, choirs, wind and jazz bands. Some in National Children’s
Drama: Drama offered. Pupils are involved in school and other
Art & design: On average, over 40 take GCSE, 15 A-level.
Photography also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, cricket, athletics, swimming compulsory (junior
years). Optional: badminton, basketball, climbing, fencing, football,
gymnastics, hockey, judo, karate, netball, cross-country, squash,
tennis, table tennis, volleyball. AS level sports studies may be taken.
Nationally very successful in swimming, athletics, gymnastics, fencing;
one of best rugby schools in North of England.
Activities: CCF and community service both optional. Some 15
clubs, eg debating, chess, model railway, bee-keeping.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head prefect,
heads of house and senior prefects – appointed by a committee of staff
with pupil representation.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship not compulsory.
Social: 2 neighbouring girls’ schools involved in music, drama,
debating and other societies. Annual ski trips, sports tours, study
visits abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own car, bike or motorbike to
school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Action taken in the case of pupils failing to
produce homework once is at the discretion of the subject teacher. It is
made clear that any trafficking in illegal drugs is an expellable
Former pupils Brian Redhead; Lord Chief Justice Taylor; Sir
George Alberti (President Royal College of Physicians).