Thursday’s GCSE results warranted extra cause for celebration for the boys school and its students this year, looking ahead to the opening of its new sixth form centre in two weeks’ time. The boys will now become the first year group to complete their full A level studies at the purpose-designed centre.
The school has seen ongoing academic success over the years, regularly producing exam results well above the national average and this year was no exception with a 100% pass rate across the board. Amongst the results were a number of individual successes including Mantej Hyare who received seven A*s, one A and a B, and Jack Heppenstall with six A*s, two As and a B.
This year also marked the school’s first step into the reformed GCSE format with boys receiving grades on the new 9 to 1 marking scale for their English Literature assessment; results which returned a very favourable performance, in particular for 16-year-old Jamie Cordes-Currie who was awarded the top grade of a 9.
“These results are particularly pleasing during such a time of uncertainty and change in the GCSE assessments. It wouldn’t have been possible to achieve such results without a great deal of effort put in by the boys - along with their teachers and families - so they should feel very proud.” said Deputy Head, Mr Alex Newman.
“Nationally, a slight drop in GCSE grades has been reported, so it’s great to see our boys doing so well in this context. It has also been very reassuring for us to receive good results in the newly reformed subjects. Over the next two years we will see our boys switch entirely to the new 9 to 1 marking system so this year has been a good indication of positive things to come.”
Over the past few years, Newcastle School for Boys has seen a significant growth in its pupil numbers. It is as a result of this that the school made the decision to expand and acquire a new, dedicated sixth form centre. The majority of the boys receiving their GCSE results now go on to make up the school’s largest sixth form cohort yet. In addition, the boys will also have access to the largest and most diverse portfolio of A Level subjects the school has ever offered.
Discussing this expansion, the school’s Headmaster, Mr David Tickner said: “It is with real excitement that we are going to be able to provide this cohort of boys with our best sixth form offer yet.
"The boys now go on to study from a wide range of subject options to really meet their skills and passions. Our A level curriculum is designed specifically to put our boys in the best possible position when they leave us at 18. Whether a boy has aspirations to study medicine, become an airline pilot or set up his own business, we believe we offer the best possible education to get him there. We also put great emphasis on future-proofing our courses ensuring we are educating boys for the job-market of their generation; some jobs which may not even exist yet.
"To now be able to offer this within our new, purpose-designed sixth form centre is very exciting. The boys will have the opportunity to study more independently whilst still benefitting from the excellent teaching and guidance of our staff; the very staff who have helped them achieve such strong GCSE results today.”