School introduces new Headmaster

The Headmaster welcomes Year 10 and Year 7 pupils back to School

We are pleased to announce that Mr Nick Vernon has been asked by the Chair of Governors, David Wallbank, to lead Newcastle-under-Lyme School, acting as Headmaster from September 2017. Nick has been Head of our Junior School for nine years and a member of the Whole School Senior Management Team throughout that time.

Nick joined Newcastle-under-Lyme School from Stockport Grammar School having previously held the position of Junior School Deputy Head. He is married to Amanda, a P.E. teacher at Cheadle Hulme School, and has four children aged 14, 12, 9 and 8. Nick attended Stockport Grammar School, before receiving a BSc(Hons) in Sports Science from Liverpool Polytechnic. He went on to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an MA in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an Independent Schools’ Inspector with the experience of 6 school inspections behind him and he has been Secretary of the Association of Junior Independent Schools for the past eight years.

Nick is a keen and active sportsman and currently manages his son’s football team. Nick is also an ‘average-at-best’ saxophonist, but claims his playing days are over! He has been actively involved in teaching mathematics in the Junior School along with supporting School trips and taking table tennis and cricket clubs and teams. Nick hopes to continue to be the goalkeeper for the staff football team, but realises that the team manager is now under added pressure!

Nick says, “I very much have the School’s best interest at heart and feel I am uniquely placed to ensure a smooth transition and to bring a fresh perspective to the School. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure Newcastle-under-Lyme School has a bright future.”

Mr Wallbank added, “We are delighted to have the guidance and leadership of Nick Vernon at this time. He knows the School so well, and many of the pupils and parents already, which will enable us to move forward confidently. We look forward to working with Nick and his management team to build a strong future for the School, whilst upholding our unique traits of academic excellence, strong community, happy pupils and lifelong friendships.”

Senior Prize Giving

Parents, students, staff, governors and guests joined at the Victoria Hall to celebrate the achievements of our students. The prizes were presented by ex-head boy Roger Johnson, BBC television presenter and journalist.

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Big Bang

Year 7 spent the day visiting the Regional Big Bang Science and Technology Fair at the Derby Roundhouse. There was a range of different exhibits from local and national engineering companies.

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Former Pupils' Afternoon

It was our pleasure to welcome so many former pupils back to school this afternoon for a tea and a tour of the school site with our prefects.
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Art Exhibition

This year's art exhibition featured work from all year groups, a wonderful celebration of our pupil's skills in ceramics, fine art, photography and textiles. Click here to view photos.

Leavers v Staff Football

A closely fought match ended in a 2-2 draw, so the staff retain the coveted Matthew Mayer cup for another year. This was also the last match for footballing legend Mr Murtagh. How will we cope?

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Last night a three-night run of an 80s inspired take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream went out with a bang – literally – with confetti cannons and the YMCA bringing an end to three months of hard work by a talented cast of Year 10 – U6. A huge thank you to everybody who helped to put on the production and to everybody who came to watch!

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