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Newcastle High School for Girls

In their own words

At Newcastle High School for Girls, we are committed to offering an outstanding all-girl education from age 3 to 18, allowing all girls to flourish academically and pastorally and guiding them to their place in the world.

Every girl has huge potential arising from her unique character, strengths and attributes. We support, nurture and challenge every girl to be the best version of herself, to achieve her potential and to approach life with real enjoyment and enthusiasm.

Every day at school we introduce our three year-olds to the wonders of the world, spark the intellectual curiosity of eleven year-olds, and intellectually stimulate and challenge our Sixth Formers to engage with their learning at the highest possible level.

The success of our approach is reflected not only in outstanding examination results at GCSE and A Level but also in the girls’ growth in knowledge, skills, aspiration and confidence.

At NHSG, your daughter will be inspired by teachers who are experts in tailoring the learning experiences to the needs of girls. Through our bespoke curriculum, which goes beyond national requirements, your daughter will discover her strengths and find her niche. She will study and grow in an environment characterised by high academic standards, excellent teaching, outstanding pastoral care and first-class facilities and resources.

She will learn without limits. And as one of the schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, she will be part of a unique family of schools that puts girls first in every way and offers an array of opportunities beyond those available in the North East.

I do hope you will visit the School soon so that you can experience our happy yet purposeful atmosphere, and see for yourself the sheer joy of our pupils as they learn and grow together in our special community.

The school uses the CEM Select entrance exam to assess admissions. CEM Select includes particular questions types, covering Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics, often paired with a CEM English paper. It is particularly important to practise the Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning modules, as the precise type of question varies across different exam boards.

We work with the test experts at Ready Steady Pass, to bring you the most accurate and best value CEM Selet practise material. These exams are audited by AQA and EdExcel exam markers, and ISI independent school inspectors. Tests are taken online, include unlimited resits and emailed results including answer sheets to share with tutors and parents.

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What questions can I expect?

CEM Select assesses Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics. However, many schools choose to partner CEM Select with an English assessment. Every Ready Steady Pass preparation exam includes a complimentary, complete English assessment as standard.

CEM Select tests are largely multiple choice, but also include fill-in-the-blanks and drag and drop question types. Which are included in all Ready Steady Pass preparation tests.


  • Addition, subtraction and multiplication

  • Word problems

  • Place value

  • Statistics and data

  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Triangles and angles

  • Area and perimeter

  • Units and measurement

Verbal Reasoning

  • Code breaking

  • Word meanings

  • Missing letters

  • Pairing synonyms

  • Pairing antonyms

  • Word combinations

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Visual codes

  • Missing shapes and shape sequences

  • Matching shapes

  • Net-to-cube

  • Cube-to-net


  • Reading and comprehension

  • Vocabulary and spelling

  • Literary devices

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