Newcastle High School is a large, comprehensive school in the centre of Newcastle. It has strong links with its local community and active past student associations. Past and present students have contributed to a tradition of high academic achievement. The school has a strong heritage tradition and also reflects the diversity and strength of the city and region in its multicultural make-up. The school caters for a wide variety of students and provides a breadth of curriculum to cater for student needs. It aims to provide opportunities for all students to achieve a credential at the end of their schooling that will allow them the best choices for their future. One of the most significant features of the school is its promotion of tolerance and good citizenship among students within a caring and inclusive school environment. The school has a student population of over thirty nationalities which includes students who are recent arrivals from countries experiencing war. The school has a highly developed pastoral care program that assists all students with their learning, behavioural and social needs. This is facilitated by a head teacher, welfare, full-time school counsellor and year advisers who provide a network of caring for students. A learning support team has been established to oversee areas of student needs. The school employs additional year advisors from the global budget to support student welfare. The school's fully comprehensive and socially responsive program has encouraged enrolment into the school from well beyond its local zone.