Four Rugby County Cups in one week

The Staffordshire Rugby Cup has been won by Newcastle-under-Lyme Boys for Under 14s, Under 15s, Under 16s and Under 19s. Wonderful news for Rugby – unprecedented to win four county cups in one season.

New Head Appointed

The Governors of Newcastle-under-Lyme School are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr David Williamson as our new Headmaster.

David is currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Nottingham High School, a position that he has held for over seven years. He was also previously employed in a senior position at the renowned Latymer Upper School in London and, prior to that, at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Having worked in three excellent independent schools, David will arrive at Newcastle with a wealth of experience, along with dynamic plans for taking the School through the next exciting stage of its development.

David will take up his post on 1 September, following Nick Rugg’s departure at the end of the Summer Term. In the meantime, David will be periodically working with Governors, Nick Rugg and colleagues in the School with a view to ensuring a smooth handover. “I am really looking forward to leading this great school, where the pupils achieve such remarkable things, working with its excellent staff to build on the tremendous successes of Nick Rugg as Headmaster. It will be a pleasure to work with and get to know the strong community of pupils, parents and staff at the School in the years ahead”, said David Williamson. We all look forward to offering David a traditional, warm North Staffordshire welcome.

Nick Rugg leaves our School after eight hugely successful years. The School is now ranked in the Top 100 Schools by both The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Nick will take up his new appointment in September as Director of Schools for the Laude Group, which consists of seven British and Bilingual Schools in Spain. “Ruth and I have received many kind words since the announcement of our departure and we appreciate very much all that has been said. My new post will bring a whole new set of challenges and I am looking forward to it although we will be very sad to leave Newcastle-under-Lyme School after eight very happy and fulfilling years”, said Nick Rugg.

New student login details

The student network usernames have now been changed.

The new format is

<firstinitial><surname><year number>

eg Zak.ASmith becomes ASmith14, Len.BBrown becomes BBrown07


Old Prefix
Year Number
Zak / Zara
Alf / Amy
Sam / Sue
Dan / Don
Ian / Ida
Paul / Pam
Ron / Rosy
Len / Liz

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Drum workshop

Drumroots, a Manchester-based drumming collective, lead a day of African drumming for Year 8.


We were fortunate to have cloudless skies for the 90% partial eclipse this morning. Pupils were able to witness this once in a generation event using a wide variety of safe viewing equipment, some of which they had made themselves.

Christmas Cakes 2014

Here are some of the wonderful Christmas cakes made by the members of staff.

A Senior Citizens’ Tea Party

A wonderful afternoon, enjoyed by all who attended. A special thank you to Mrs Machin, Mr Lench and Mrs Yates for all their hard work. Thanks also to all the students who helped out at the event and who raised the money to fund this fantastic party.

Here is a compilation of the events.

Five Year Reunion

A successful evening for the Castilians. Leavers from 2009 enjoyed catching up with old friends and teachers. They thought the new Stinton Building was "amazing".

Official opening of £3.5 million facilities

The official opening of our stunning new building was attended by pupils past and present, parents, staff and friends of the school.

The Donaldson Hall was opened by Bill Donaldson, former Headmaster of Newcastle High and the founding Principal of Newcastle-under-Lyme School.

The family of the late architect Adam Wardle, who designed the project, opened the impressive new library.

Nick Rugg, the current Headtmaster, said: "The project has transformed an existing building into a modern, flexible learning and social space, complete with new science laboratories and a brand new library."

Netball Tour to Australia 2014

Twenty-three players and three staff toured Australia during the summer holidays. The tour began with sightseeing in Brisbane, matches were then played further north on the Sunshine Coast against our old friends at Matthew Flinders School and Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Taking advantage of what the Sunshine Coast offers, the girls had a surfing lesson at the spectacular Noosa Beach, a netball clinic with Firebird and Australian players and visited Australia Zoo.

We then moved inland to Toowoomba for a very different Australian experience. Glennie School hosted the girls during this leg of the tour. A relaxing weekend of water sports and sand surfing followed on Moreton Island where the girls also fed wild dolphins. Sydney was next on the itinerary with more matches at Cherrybrook High School and taking in the famous sights of Sydney, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. A thrilling ride on the jet boat in Sydney Harbour was special. The final destination was Perth where the last match was played against Methodist Ladies College, a school we have frequently hosted at Newcastle under Lyme School. The tour was a wonderful experience for all involved.

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