Northfield School and Sports College
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
About Northfield School and Sports College
Northfield School & Sports College is a comprehensive, community secondary school in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees. The roll for this co-educational school for aged 11–16 year-olds is around 1,400.
‘Many Minds, One Heart’ is the school motto and it is not simply words. Music, drama, dance and art are strengths within a wide curriculum offer. Partnerships are a key part of Northfield’s path to excellence.
Northfield has a strong reputation for cultural and sporting activities. It is a leading Sports College providing outstanding facilities for both the school and community. School teams excel locally and nationally It has is a thriving community sports programme both in term time and during the holidays.
Northfield School & Sports College’s achievements include Gold Investors in People, Arts Gold Mark (Exemplary) award, Gold School Games Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award Flagship School and Holocaust Education Beacon School.
Headteacher - Craig Walker
Values and vision
In 2015, staff, governors, students and parents re-examined the school’s vision and values to decide how to define these for the next five years. The result is a commitment that every student at Northfield is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development in a happy and supportive environment.
Northfield’s overriding aim is that students leave the school as “happy, confident, articulate and successful young people ready and able to work towards becoming successful members of society.”
“Staff morale is excellent. The whole team works exceptionally well to ensure that pupils have a good opportunity to thrive both personally and academically. There is no room for complacency because leaders ensure that continuous professional development at all levels sets ever higher targets and raises expectations.” (Ofsted 2016) Students “conduct themselves in a mature and sensible manner in lessons and around the school” and “think highly of their school and are proud to belong to it” (Ofsted 2016). There is strong student involvement in wellbeing and the school has won The Princess Diana Award on more than one occasion. “There is a strong culture of safeguarding” (Ofsted 2017).