One of the questions I like to provoke boys (and staff) gently with at the start of the new school year is - are you pleased to be back? I particularly enjoy watching some boys – especially when surrounded by their peers - wrestle with an honest answer and what they think they should say to the Headmaster. Perhaps a useful little challenge for future situations where they may need to think on their feet to say or do the right thing?
I was a little horrified to calculate this as my 23rd start to a new school year as a teacher - not forgetting the 16 or so I experienced at school and university. I have always enjoyed the cycle of the academic year and the opportunity it affords for renewal for boys and staff. Fresh starts can be particularly useful for some pupils. Teenage boys spring to mind.
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.
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.