skip to main content

History of the School

NPS is a thoroughly modern school with a great history.

In 1885 some of Newcastle's leading businessmen formed the 'Newcastle Public Day School Company Limited' and took over Eslington Tower. They invited a Mr Tarver, then the Head of Gateshead High School for Boys, to set up a new school on the premises. In 1892 the school adopted the 'Black and Gold' colours which remain to this day.

In 1897 NPS gained its first scholarship, which was for £50 to Durham School. The letter received from Durham stated that the boy had produced 'work creditable to a boy of 17'. Over the years NPS has developed a reputation for gaining scholarships, a tradition we are proud to continue.

One of our most famous Old Boys, Cardinal Basil Hume, cut the cake at NPS' 100th Birthday party in 1985. He attended the school in the 1930s.

In 1960, after many years under private ownership, retiring Head Teachers, Mr H H Nayler and Mr W A S Odgen, wanted to ensure the traditions of the school were carried on. They set up the 'Newcastle Preparatory School Trust Limited' and transferred ownership of the school to this new company. The company received charitable status on 22nd September 1964.

If you are interested in discovering more about the history of NPS or have any interesting stories from your time at the school as teacher, pupil or parent, please don't hesitate to contact us. A new 'History of NPS' booklet will be available shortly.


NPS is a forward looking school which consequently never stands still. New resources, methods of teaching, learning opportunities, an ever increasing range of visits and activities are ways that NPS continues to provide the very best in primary education.

Ms Coleman, Head Teacher

Summer Term 2019

School begins on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.
Posted on 20/04/2019
Find out more

Latest News

Apr 2019

20

Summer Term 2019

School begins on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Mar 2019

28

School Games

The Year 3 and 4 hockey team represented Newcastle at the School Games and finished as Bronze medalists! A huge achievement by this excellent team!

Mar 2019

26

Jaguar Primary School Challenge

We are incredibly proud of our year 5 and 6 STEM engineers who competed in the regional finals of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge on 26th March. A...

Mar 2019

21

Netball Superstars

The Year 3 netball team played their debut match against RGS and demonstrated excellent skill, teamwork and determination.

Mar 2019

19

Science Week at NPS

Science Week 2019 has been a blast!

Mar 2019

8

Zulus at NPS

On Wednesday , our school was treated to a visit by the Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company. At the start of the day, a superb performance of dance, ac...

Mar 2019

5

F1 STEM Challenge

The whole school enjoyed our Formula 1 STEM competition! Children were tasked with creating a model racing car that would travel as fast as possible d...

Feb 2019

26

Buddy Fun

From Baking to card making, from Yoga to Poems, NPS children had a brilliant morning engaging in a range of activities with their Buddies.

Feb 2019

15

Premier League referee visits NPS

The whole school thoroughly enjoyed our visit from Premier League referee Michael Oliver. Michael spoke to us about what it is like being a referee, i...

Feb 2019

13

STEM Club

Year 2 STEM club were very proud to achieve their CREST SuperStar awards in January. They worked very hard throughout the Autumn term on eight differe...

Inspection Report

Our recent Regulatory and Compliance Inspection was another success with NPS meeting every standard and therefore being fully compliant .

Read our 2017 inspection report (pdf document) from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

NPS Life

NPS Life

Working to encourage pupils to reach their potential

Find out more

Facilities

Facilities

Our facilities give pupils an invaluable advantage

Find out more

Visit Us

Visit Us

Arrange a visit to see what we have to offer

Find out more

IAPS - Excellence in Education - Independent Association of Prep Schools Learning Outside the classroom Bronze Award