Newcastle School for Boys, Newcastle's newest independent school, celebrated its tenth anniversary year with its best ever GCSE results, this summer.
Boys at the School achieved a 100% pass rate with 59% of those GCSEs awarded top A* and A grades in the summer’s public exams. These results place the School significantly above the national average figure of around 23%. The success was shared across the year group with a third of all grades awarded A* and over 60% of pupils achieving A* grades.
This comes at a time when GCSEs are becoming increasingly more challenging.
The results are a cause for extra celebration for the School which, last year celebrated its tenth anniversary year. The School has seen significant expansion since its formation following the merger of two prep schools in 2005, to its position now with an established Senior School and Sixth Form. The School has seen its position strengthen in recent years due to a continuous improvement in results at both GCSE and A Level.
Mr David Tickner, Headmaster, said of the results: “We are really delighted with the boys’ results. The boys have made the most of their potential with the year group becoming our most successful at GCSE.”
“These results haven’t come without a lot of hard work from our staff and the boys supported by their parents so everybody should feel very proud. This year group are a real asset to the School with the majority heavily involved in the wider life of the school. The year group is made up of some very talented boys, not only academically but also in sport, music and art. It was great to see so many of the boys back again at the start of the academic year to start their sixth form studies with us.”
The majority of the boys now go onto study at the School’s sixth form in a wide range of A level subjects, with thoughts already turning to their future prospects beyond the School. Founded in 2009, the Sixth Form has seen continuous growth with its alumni going onto great achievement.
“It’s great to see our Sixth Form going from strength to strength at a time when we are planning some exciting new developments and hoping to expand our sixth form provision.” Mr Tickner said.
“Boys in our Sixth Form enjoy being taught by teachers who are passionate about their subjects. That really makes a difference to their learning and really shows in their results. Whilst we are growing, we are, and will remain, a relatively small Sixth Form, allowing the boys individual attention and support from their teachers and tutors. This means that our boys get the most from their learning, and also in their wider personal development so they really do leave us very well prepared for the next stages of their lives.”