August 17, 2018

Best ever A level results for Newcastle School for Boys

Pupils of Newcastle School for Boys have secured the School’s best set of A level results in its history against a backdrop of increasing challenge and continued exam reform.

The group of Year 13 boys produced an outstanding set of results as whole, including a number of particular, individual successes.  With over half of all A levels awarded at A* and A grades, and 76% at A* to B, the boys performed significantly above the national average.

Among those notable individual achievements were the School’s team of Head and Deputy Head boys securing all A and A* grades. Deputy Head Boys, Dan L and Alfie M were awarded three As and an A*, and four A grades respectively.  Dan now goes onto study Sport and Exercise Science at Bath University with Alfie heading to Liverpool University to study Medicine. Head Boy, Tom Q secured top marks all round with three A* grades confirming his place to read Law at Bristol University.

Speaking of his results, Tom said “Achieving three A*s at A level is something I never could have imagined when I joined the School at Year 9 with falling grades. This wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of hard work and determination, and incredible support from my teachers.

I greatly look forward to starting my studies in Law at Bristol University but I will always be very proud to say that I went to Newcastle School for Boys.”

This is the first year group to complete their A levels having studied in the School’s new Sixth Form centre which opened last year in central Gosforth. The new, purpose-designed facility, along with the School’s continuing A level success, has seen the Sixth Form grow in both popularity and reputation over recent years. Newcastle School for Boys now expect their largest ever Sixth Form cohort when they return for the new school year in September.

“It’s of great personal pleasure to see the boys produce such outstanding results” said Deputy Head (Curriculum), Mr. Alex Newman. “Such grades are the product of a significant amount of hard work put in by the boys throughout their studies and their Sixth Form years, in particular.

“It’s also a great testament to the dedication and teaching delivered by the staff at the School for which I know the boys are very thankful, as am I.

“Our Sixth Form continues to go from strength to strength and I’m delighted that we will be welcoming the largest group of Sixth Form pupils we have had yet in September. Through this, we continue to develop our A level and vocational provision to ensure the range of needs and interests of our boys are met fully.”

This year’s results follow confirmation of the School’s position last year as the top performing sixth form in the city for A level progress.

Head of Sixth Form, Mr. Aidan Caulfield said “Although we are yet to confirm our final value added score for this year group, we expect it to be high. Last year our value added saw us rated as the top performing sixth form institution in Newcastle.

“Whilst these overall, headline grades are cause for great celebration, it’s particularly important to us as a school that we focus on the individual and their personal progress. Value added is our key indicator of how well each boy has progressed, receiving often one or more grades higher than predicted at the outset of their studies. This really is true testament to commitment of both our boys and teaching staff.

“Equally as important to the boys’ exam success is that we ensure the boys leave us with all of the skills necessary to lead successful and happy lives beyond school. One of the School’s key aims is to produce young men of excellent character and this group of leavers is the embodiment of that.”