Central Newcastle High School

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Coordinates: 54°59′3″N 1°36′24″W / 54.98417°N 1.60667°W / 54.98417; -1.60667

Central Newcastle High School
Motto Ante Deum Asto
(Latin: I stand before God)
Established 1895
Type Independent day school
Headmistress Hilary French
Location Eskdale Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
Local authority Newcastle upon Tyne
DfE number 391/6034
Students 820~ (2011)
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18
Colours Purple     
Website www.newcastlehigh.gdst.net

Central Newcastle High School (locally known as "Central High") is an independent day school for girls in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The Junior School is at Sandyford Park and the Senior School is located in the neighbouring suburb of Jesmond.

On 29 January 2013 it was announced that Central High will merge with the nearby Church High to form Newcastle High School for Girls in 2014.[1][2]


Central High partly traces its lineage to Gateshead High School, which was opened by the Girls' Public Day School Company (now known as the Girls' Day School Trust) in 1876. In 1889, an additional preparatory department was opened but pupil numbers fell; it was closed six years later and reopened as Central Newcastle High School. The new Central High moved into its current home around 1899 with the foundation stone for the current building being laid by Earl Grey on the 13th of December 1898. Gateshead High was closed in 1907 and its pupils transferred to Central High.[3]

With the pupil numbers growing, the GDST bought a property in Sandyford in 1999. It was previously a convent and school run by the Sisters of Nazareth. The main building, Nazareth House, was designed by Neoclassical architect John Dobson in 1817. When the GDST bought the property, Nazareth House was renamed Chapman House after Ms Angela Chapman, the headmistress at that time.[4]

In April 2011, plans were announced to move the Junior School to a single site for convenience. Chapman House, which houses Years 3 to 6, was to be refurbished and the preparatory department (Nursery to Year 2) will move from its campus in Gosforth for the 2012-13 school year. The project is fully funded by the GDST.[5][4]

Central High is recognised as one of the region's top independent schools. A 2002 nationwide Sunday Times survey taken by parents ranked the school second in terms of "value for money" due to its excellent academic record and relatively cheap fees for an independent school.[6] In 2011 ISI inspection, it was rated as "outstanding" and given the highest grade possible.[7]


Central High has a strong academic record and regularly ranks in the top 5 independent schools in the North East and top 100 nationally.[7][8][9] More recently, it ranked first in the North East in terms of 2009 GCSE results and was joint third (with the nearby Church High) the following year.[10][11]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Girls are encouraged to be involved in extracurricular activities and non-academic pursuits. They may choose to take up a sport or join a music ensemble, drama troupe, debating society or one of the many interest clubs available. The debating society has gained a particular prominence in the debating community in recent years, visiting many new competitions with a high level of success for example a team won NJDC an annual national competition. Cultural exchange programmes are organised by each modern language department and allows girls to visit and experience different countries and cultures. Service-oriented and outdoor education programmes include available include the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outward Bound, Combined Cadet Force and World Challenge Expeditions.[12]

The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship[edit]

The school has a good record of students attaining places on the prestigious Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The school achieved its first student in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008, and in 2009 had another successful applicant.[13]

Notable former pupils[edit]



  • Carter, Oliver; Girls' Public Day School Trust (1955). History of Gateshead High School 1876-1907 and Central Newcastle High School 1895-1955. G.F. Laybourne.

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