Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Results Mark Continuing Success for Newcastle School for Boys

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Results Mark Continuing Success for Newcastle School for Boys

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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 purposedesigned 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 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. …

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