Thursday’s A Level results saw great success for Newcastle School for Boys, with the Sixth Form securing its best set of results in its history.
Boys at the Sixth Form produced a record-breaking set of results with a 100% pass rate and over 35% of the grades being awarded at A* and A: higher than the national average by some margin. These results are particularly pleasing in a year where there has been added uncertainty due to the new examination reforms.
By Bayley C, Year 12
On 14th March a group the Year 12 Mathematicians, along with Year 11 students considering A Level Mathematics for next year, went to a very inspiring maths lecture at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.
The lecture was organised by Inspire Maths and we heard from three speakers from very different backgrounds. One of the speakers was a maths lecturer at Oxford University while another had graduated from the same university and busked on the streets to make a living! The lectures covered different topics that would be covered at A level and was an introduction to interesting problems, tricks and puzzles for all. The lectures covered the ideas of estimating, statistics and probability, engineering, physics and mechanics, with each speaker giving their own different way of working and viewing problems.
For me, one of the most inspiring points made in the lecture was that we are all mathematicians in our everyday lives and it is how we apply those skills and that knowledge to our work and studies that makes us successful.
The segments also included two musical interludes which were used to demonstrate the importance of wave mechanics and their application. There was a Q&A session at the end where the audience got to ask any questions about the lecture or maths in general. Some of the more memorable were, “What is your favourite mathematical equation and why?” and “What is the most important skill for a mathematician?”
Last Thursday, all of our Sixth Form students attended a driving safety presentation at Newcastle High School for Girls.
The presentation was led by the Road Sense Common Sense initiative, aimed at young and newly qualified drivers. The presentation included talks from Northumbria Police motor patrols, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue and the North East Ambulance Service. Speakers also included family members who had lost loved ones in traffic accidents as a result of dangerous driving.
The boys felt the talks were extremely thought-provoking, and really encouraged them to consider how careless actions when driving can have serious consequences.
By Reece M, Year 12
In this week’s enrichment, our headmaster Mr Tickner gave us some crucial tips on how to handle workload as we get closer to exams.
The main aspect of this session was to learn the value of VESPA (Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude). When all of these attributes are used to one’s best ability, they make up the aspects of a student who achieves the best results they are capable of.
Not only did Mr Tickner teach us about these concepts, he also taught us how to apply them, leaving us with the inspiration to work hard and more efficiently.
The Sixth Form students have been involved in a wide variety of different workshops and talks over the past few months as part of their enrichment lessons.
Last half term the boys welcomed Gavin Watt from Nuffield Health who delivered a talk on health and wellbeing. In subsequent weeks, Mrs Snowdon delivered a workshop for the boys on personal finance, and Mr Brash on political engagement. This term the boys have enjoyed sessions on internet safety with Mr Hallam, and interview techniques with Mr Newman.
All of these sessions provide our students with a variety of essential skills, helping to equip them for life both in and beyond Sixth Form.