August 10, 2021

Year 13 give reason for celebration in the face of this year’s exam challenge

Over 90% of Newcastle School for Boys pupils have secured their first-choice university place, in spite of the significant challenge faced in this year’s A-level and other qualification exams.

In what has been another unique year for education and exams, the boys at the Gosforth-based school undertook a rigorous process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards.  

Alex Newman, the School’s Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning said: ‘Our boys have demonstrated their levels of performance through a robust and externally endorsed process, and we are delighted with their results which are both thoroughly deserved and truly reflective of their ability.’

Almost half of the grades awarded to the boys were an A or A* grade with a 100% pass rate across the board.

The boys now go on to follow a range of subject options and passions from Cole Cartmell, who goes on to read Economics and Finance at Newcastle University, Matthew Coe, who secured an unconditional offer to study Music at the Leeds Conservatoire, to Oliver Fletcher, who will be pursuing a professional rugby career at Newcastle Falcons whilst studying Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science at Newcastle University.

As always, success for boys was celebrated in both A Levels and vocational subjects with many securing places on courses in prestigious universities through a blend of results in both, such as Durham, Leeds and Newcastle Universities.

David Tickner, the School’s Head said: ‘This is a time to celebrate the achievements of our boys and the character they have shown in the face of the significant challenges posed by the pandemic during their time in the sixth form.  We are very proud of their hard work, resilience and achievements. 

Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure our Year 13 leavers are able to progress to their chosen university courses and other destinations.’