Fynley, Year 5

We had never imagined or indeed planned to send our son to private school, we had found his experience and development in his early years at state school had been very good. When faced with the options available for the next, and extremely important stage of our son’s development, we decided to explore the private school offerings also.

At a very informative meeting with Mr Asker we heard how the Newcastle School for Boys ethos and culture was an exact match for our needs for our son; the tailored delivery systems, class size, co-curricular activities, standards and expectations, made NSB the right choice.

From the very first moments and taster days, our son has been warmly welcomed in to the NSB family, we have watched him flourish well beyond our expectations and enjoy a range of activities and learning that we never imagined we would.

The teaching staff have supported a very smooth transition for both our son and ourselves into this new and exciting chapter of our lives. We are delighted we made the right choice and our son will remain with such an outstanding school throughout his educational journey. 

We can honestly say not a day has gone by that either our son or ourselves have not enjoyed the experience of Newcastle School for Boys. – Fynley’s parents

 

“Fynley has only just joined NSB in Year 5 and, like many, has experienced an excellent transition into the upper juniors.  We find that boys settle very quickly, enjoying the academic challenges that come their way including the musical, sporting and artistic life of the school.  Fynley, like those before him, made friends easily and quickly and comes into school with a smile on his face ready for the day.” – Simon Asker, Head of Juniors.

 

From the very first moments and taster days, our son has been warmly welcomed in to the NSB family, we have watched him flourish well beyond our expectations and enjoy a range of activities and learning that we never imagined we would.

 

 

Lewis and Fraser, Years 9 and 6

 

“NSB has a unique way of engaging and motivating our sons that we think can only be provided in a caring, supportive environment with high quality teaching resulting in excellent academic achievement.

Our boys are recognised as individuals, mainly due to the ethos of the school, they are given the opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions which allows them to speak openly and freely.

Both Lewis and Fraser have a thirst for knowledge and are constantly stretched which shows in their academic achievement.

As parents our boys’ happiness comes first and we are delighted that they both love being at NSB." - Lewis and Fraser's parents

 

Fraser – “Since joining us mid-way through his junior years, Fraser has relished every opportunity that has come his way.  At Newcastle School for Boys, we ensure that every boy is catered for, whatever their interests or talents. Whilst being stretched academically, boys are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of school life, whether sporting, musical or artistic.

We also offer boys with a number of opportunities for boys to develop their leadership skills within class and outside of the classroom. Fraser is a prime example of an NSB boys who has taken on this opportunity having been made Deputy Head Boy, this year.” - Simon Asker, Head of Juniors

 

NSB has a unique way of engaging and motivating our sons that we think can only be provided in a caring, supportive environment with high quality teaching

 

 

 

  

Gabe, Year 6

“My son Gabe joined Reception at NSB having just turned four.  Whilst confident around people he knew well, Gabe was very shy and was often found clinging to the back of my leg when ‘new’ people spoke to him.

We chose NSB because of the school values and qualities which we saw during our initial visit.  Learning was focussed in a way which made it particularly accessible for boys.   The school community was vibrant and there was a real sense of energy to the place.  Crucially for me, staff knew each boy by name and all the boys looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

When I dropped Gabe at school on that first day, he was too unsure of his new surroundings to play in the yard.  When I returned to pick him up that afternoon, he didn’t want to come home!

Fast forward several years and Gabe is now in Year 6.  He has flourished both academically and as a person.   Last term he sang a solo in front of a packed room.  It was ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ - not the easiest of songs to sing - but he confidently belted out his solo.  That confidence has come, in large part, from the ethos of the school.  Every boy’s gift is developed and they all have something to contribute.  In that environment, Gabe has also grown academically. He’s an avid reader, is interested in the world around him and is achieving top marks. 

Of course, school life does have its ups and downs.  Friendship groups come and go.  There’s always that bit of difficult homework or the rugby match he didn’t get picked for.  But staff are always approachable and nine times out of ten, are already aware of the issue. 

One last thing – a postcard arrived at our house last week.  It was from a member of staff, praising Gabe for his efforts in class.  Gabe was delighted and for me it served as a reminder about the strengths of our school.  The staff take the time to get to know the boys.  They understand their concerns and seek to support them in every endeavour.  They challenge them in the classroom and give praise where it’s due – even if that boy didn’t get the highest mark, their effort is always recognised.

The word ‘family’ can be overused.  In this case, I can whole heartedly say, that we are proud to be part of NSB.” – Gabe’s mother

 

“We’re very proud of the development boys make when they join us at Newcastle School for Boys and we place great emphasis on producing boys of strong character, as well as top academic results. Gabe is a prime example of the positive effect this character education has on the boys. Having been one of the shyer boys on his arrival at NSB, he now delights in his involvement in all aspects of the school, has made fantastic friendship groups and is always very happy to take part in any discussion within class.

Building a great relationship between the school and home is crucial to this this success and is something we build on with all families that become part of NSB” - Simon Asker, Head of Juniors

 

Every boy’s gift is developed and they all have something to contribute.  In that environment, Gabe has also grown academically.

 

 

 

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