Equestrian Success

An Equestrian team representing the school won their show jumping class on Sunday at Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre. The team consisted of Saskia Hargreaves, Amy Charlton and Georgia Dunford-Jones in year 7 and Lauren Charlton in year 8.

Geography trip to Cadbury World

Our Year 9 Pupils had a day at Cadbury in Birmingham. They toured the factory and had a lecture on the industrial location of the site. They explored the issues of third world development and fairtrade, tracing the path of the cocoa from Ghana to the UK. They even ate some chocolate!

Condover Hall

Year 7 Pupils have a brilliant team-building adventure holiday at Condover Hall in Shropshire.

National Media Museum

Year 9 pupils visited the National Media Museum in Bradford, experiencing interactive displays on the Internet, Television and Computer gaming. They also watched a 3D IMAX movie on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Resources for Pupils and Staff

School Intranet Portal

You can access all school services via this portal (Including Email, VLE, My Documents etc)

Careers Guidance

Newcastle-under-Lyme School recognises the importance of careers guidance and is committed to providing good quality advice and opportunities throughout the school to help pupils with their choices and decisions.

For all years a Careers scheme of work is part of the PSHE curriculum.

Year 8

  • Introduction to the fasttomato.com website to track their career path.
  • The Real Game– A Career’s Day

Year 9

  • Help with options
  • Careers Library Lesson

Year 10

  • A Work Familiarisation Project, including a week’s placement.    
  • The Morrisby Psychometric Test, to suggest career paths and help students make decisions about their futures.

Year 11

  • A Careers Morning
  • Individual interviews

6th Form

  • Individual  interviews
  • Help with UCAS applications
  • Advice and visits to universities

Senior School Staff

Headmaster Mr N J Vernon, BSc, MA
Deputy Head (Pastoral) Mrs J A Simms, BA, MSc
Deputy Head (Academic) Mr I S Dicksee, BA, MA
Head of Sixth Form Mrs B A Godridge, BA
Assistant Bursar Mr A Cryer


Art and Design Mrs S Parkinson ICT Mr S A Luck
Miss L Herian
Mrs B W Jones Latin Ms T A Thomas
Miss F E Jones Mrs E Scullion
Biology
Biology Mr N J Simms Mathematics Mrs J M Griffiths
Mr N C Carter Ms M C Dawson
Miss J Galvin Mr T Buckley
Dr D R Pepper Mrs J C Cliff
Mrs J A Cryer
Dr O Exley
Chemistry Dr P Thomson Mr E J Griffiths
Mr M S Lunt
Dr G J Moore
Mrs V A Aspinall-O'Dea Modern Languages Mrs M T Holmes
Miss M I Barnes
DT Mr J S Meredith Mrs S Graham
Mr P E Finney Mrs M Isherwood
Ms I M Alcazar Prieto
Economics Miss L E Barton Mrs K H Tan
Mr A R Sparks Ms E L Kozlowski
Biology
English Mrs A A Keay Music Mr T Sagar
Mrs J Betts-Nicholson Mrs J Perkin
Mrs B Godridge
Mrs B A Joughin Physical Education Mr G M Chesterman
Mr R M Lench Miss R E Bradley
Mrs L Marrable-Griffiths Mr G M Breen
Mrs D Glenn
Geography Mr T P Jowitt Mrs R Lea
Mrs N J MacKintosh Mr S A Robson
Mr D P Sherratt Miss L J Shackleton
Miss E Stubbs
Biology
History Dr D Dunlop Physics Mr N P Migallo
Mr D A Cawdron Dr J L Klein
Mrs J A Simms Mrs K Rigby
Mrs S J Stockdale
Religious Studies Mr A Poole
Home Economics Mrs J A Machin Mr J S Preston
Mrs N G Swindells Mrs S J Stockdale
Biology
Learning Support Mr A R Sparks
Co-ordinator

Creative Expression

At all levels the creative and performing arts are highly valued and the opportunities for drama, music and art are quite exceptional. Our rich and imaginative annual programme of concerts and plays gives every child the chance to make a contribution and experience the excitement of creative performance.

With our two orchestras, choirs, Jazz Band, Wind Band and Chamber Music Ensemble the potential for music-making is enormous. In the superbly equipped arts centre, students enjoy a variety of creative opportunities including painting, sculpture, pottery, photography and textiles. Outside the classroom there are further opportunities for creative enrichment, and these include photography, animation and dance.

D of E Award

Already renowned for its academic excellence, Newcastle Under Lyme School continually seeks to provide opportunities for pupils to explore their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom and to develop those important 'life skills' that will help them succeed in their future careers.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been running in the school for well over 5 years and currently has over 100 participants involved at all levels of the Award.

The DofE scheme begins at age 14. As many of our students do not reach this age until the end of Year 9, NULS offers the option to participate in the scheme in September of Year 10. After a presentation on the scheme, students are invited to apply and, if necessary, are interviewed by a DofE leader.

NULS is able to offer around 50 places at Bronze - limited only by the staffing of the expedition section, where the supervision requirements requires a large number of teachers. Demand for places can be higher, which unfortunately means that not all students who apply are able to participate.

Once the Bronze Level is complete students can continue with the scheme taking the Silver Award in Year 11 and progressing to Gold in the Sixth Form; we are able to offer up to 36 places at each of these levels.

Each level of the Award is divided into four sections: Volunteering, Skill, Physical Activity and the Expedition. Those completing the Gold Award are also required to undertake a week's residential position, such as working for the National Trust or attending a week-long event away from the School.

The Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25.

It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

The Award is a four section programme with three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The sections involve: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Expeditions.

A key point is that it is the students themselves are responsible for the planning, delivery and completion of the various activities that they have elected to do.

At this time, just over 7% of those in the UK aged 14-17 participate in the Award and the Award has recently been rated as a major influence on the selection of employees in graduate recruitment, here in the UK.

Bronze Award

The Bronze level of the Award is the traditional point of entry into the scheme, and many people in the Fourth Year become involved at this point.
Students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. For more details on what each of these entails, click on the link to the DofE official website.
Each year the school runs two training expeditions and an assessment expedition. The expeditions are designed as a launch pad for the skills needed at this level, as well as for Silver and Gold.
The expedition involves a two day journey on foot as well as an overnight stay in a camp site. During the training phase the groups are taught the essentials of camp management, hill safety and navigation. They are also given plenty of opportunities to put their interpersonal skills to test!
Upon completion of the assessment expedition, groups then need to give a presentation or complete a log of what happened!
For more details on the Bronze award, please go to the DofE website.

Silver Award

The Silver level of the Award is a natural continuation from Bronze, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. People generally start Silver in the Fifth year.
Once again, students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Bronze. For more details on what each of these entails, click on the link to the DofE official website.
Each year the school runs a training expedition and an assessment expedition. If you have not done the Bronze award you are called a Direct Entrant, and will need to undertake additional training and complete the training expedition as well as the assessed expedition.
The expedition can be completed on foot, or even in a canoe (depending on the degree of interest expressed). The expedition will be over three days and two nights, and once again the groups will be self-sufficient as they need to cook and look after themselves. Similar to Bronze, the groups will subsequently need to give a presentation on their journey, or complete and hand in a log of events.
For more details on the Silver award, please go to the DofE website.

Gold Award

The Gold level of the Award is the culmination of the previous two levels, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. You have to be aged 16 or over in order to register for Gold.
The usual sections need to be completed; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition, but students also need to do a 5 day Residential course. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Silver.
Each year the school runs a training expedition and an assessment expedition. If you have not done the Silver award you are called a Direct Entrant, and will need to complete two training expeditions as well as the assessed expedition
The expedition can be completed on foot, or even in a canoe (depending on the degree of interest expressed and relevant previous experience). The expedition will be over four days and three nights, and once again the groups will be self-sufficient as they need to cook and look after themselves. There may also be a requirement to spend at least one night in a wild camp (depending on local conditions).
Similar to Silver, the groups will subsequently need to give a presentation on their journey, or complete and hand in a log of events.

If you are already involved with the award then please check the notice board in Victoria Building regularly and also the online document library.

How to get involved

For those interested in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the School, then please telephone 01782 631197 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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List of Extra Curricular Actitivies

Activity

Day

Time

School Play Rehearsal (Scheduled Days)
1.00pm – 1.45pm
School Play Rehearsal (Scheduled Days)
4.10pm – 5.30pm



Upper School Choir (TS) Monday 12.50pm – 1.20pm
U12 Netball Practice (JXP, DG) Monday 12.50pm
U12 Girls' Hockey Practice (REB) Monday 12.50pm
U12 Rugby Practice (SAR) Monday 12.50pm
Lifesaving Training (LJS) Monday 12.50pm
Spanish Dance Club (MI) DCS Monday 12.50pm
Invention (PT, KR) B30 Monday 1.05pm



Wind Band (AL) Monday 4.00pm
U16, U18 Rugby Practice Monday 4.00pm
U15, U16, U18 Hockey Practice (GMC, REB) Monday 4.00pm
U18 Netball Practice (JXP, DG) Monday 4.00pm
Year 9 - 10 GCSE Drama (JBN) DCS Monday 4.00pm
Mandarin Club B3 Monday 4.00pm
Lower School Strings (JP) Monday 4.00pm



Small Ensembles Tuesday 8.35am
Upper School House Competitions (priority) Tuesday 12.50pm
Lower School Singers (TS, JP) Tuesday 12.50pm
Senior Art Club (SP) V30 Tuesday 12.50pm
Photography Club (FEJ) Barratt Centre Tuesday 1.00pm



U12-U15 Girls’ Hockey Practice (REB) Tuesday 4.00pm
U13, U15 Rugby Practice (MSL, SAR, CW) Tuesday 4.00pm
U14, U15 Netball Practice (JXP) Tuesday 4.00pm
Sixth Form Chemistry Research Group B32 Tuesday 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Life Drawing (SP) V30 Tuesday 4.00pm – 6.00pm



Lower School House Competitions (priority) Wednesday 12.50pm
Christian Life Club (KHT) A47 Wednesday 12.50pm
Astronomy Club (AGF) B12 Wednesday 12.50pm
Dance and Gym Club (PAS) VG Wednesday 12.50pm



Whole Cast Play Rehearsal (priority) Wednesday 4.00pm
U14 Rugby Practice (SAR, GMB) Wednesday 4.00pm
U12 Rugby Practice (CW) Wednesday 4.00pm
"Smash Up" Badminton Club (GJM, GMC) Wednesday 4.00pm



Upper School Choir (TS) Thursday 12.50pm – 1.20pm
U13 Netball Practice (JXP, DG) Thursday 12.50pm
U13 Girls' Hockey Practice (REB, PAS) Thursday 12.50pm
U13 Rugby Practice (SAR) Thursday 12.50pm
Swimming Training Years 7-13 (LJS) Thursday 12.50pm
Computer Club (SAL) L9 Thursday 1.00pm
Year 10-11 Invention (PT, KR) B30 Thursday
1.05pm
Chess Club (JCC) R5 Thursday 1.10pm
Debating Society (AP, LMG) Lecture Theatre Thursday 1.10pm



Upper School Orchestra (TS) Thursday 4.00pm
U16, U18 Rugby Practice (SAR, CW) Thursday 4.00pm
U12-U14 Boys’ Hockey Practice (GMC) Thursday 4.00pm
Years 7-8 Drama Club (BAJ) DCS Thursday 4.00pm
Young Enterprise (BWJ, JAC, CMB) Thursday 4.00pm



Brass Group (TS) Friday 8.35am
U12, U13 Girls' Hockey Practice (REB) Friday 12.50pm
U12, U13 Netball Match Practice (JXP) Friday 12.50pm
Rugby Match Practice (SAR, CW) Friday 12.50pm
Big Band Rehearsal (AL) Friday 1.00pm
Badminton Club (GJM) SH Friday 1.00pm
Photography Club (FEJ) Friday 1.10pm



CCF (NCC) Friday 4.00pm
Scouts (DAW) Friday 4.00pm

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