Queen Elizabeth High School
Northumberland, United Kingdom
About Queen Elizabeth High School
Queen Elizabeth High School
Queen Elizabeth High School provides the highest standard of education to the people of Tynedale. We are an excellent and improving school with a sixth form which outperforms most other state and voluntary-aided schools and colleges in the North East of England. Our success is due to having a shared ethos and a strong partnership between students, parents and the local community, and we want to recruit the best staff to help us achieve our vision of being the best school in the region.
Our attainment is high. In 2015, 86% of our students made expected progress in English and in maths. 78% of students achieved 5 A*-C (En/Ma). Our sixth form is truly outstanding and invites comparison with the best state schools in the country. Over 150 students each year progress from our sixth form to the top universities in the country. In the 2015 Sunday Times Parent Power listings (based on attainment at GCSE and A Level) we were placed 4th out of all state schools in the North-East of England.
Reasons for our success
We have improved our curriculum dramatically over the last few years and now offer a greater choice of subjects than most schools. Our Year 9 courses prepare students for their GCSE studies and we made changes to the Year 9 curriculum in 2014 to reflect the new national curriculum and place more emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Recent improvements in the advice and guidance offered to students ensures that the GCSE courses chosen by students best suit their needs and abilities. The size of our sixth form and the subject expertise of our teachers allow us to run courses that many schools cannot. Our outstanding performance in maths attracts over 60 students each year to study AS Level maths and a further 15 to study further maths. Our recently improved vocational offer in sport, music performance, media, IT, health and social care and dance allows students the opportunity to go on to study specialist vocational degrees at university.
Our last full Ofsted inspection (April 2012) recognised our achievement in producing well-rounded students. The school was praised for its “well developed and strong approach to enhancing students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and skills.” Each year, physics students visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and our Human Rights group travels to the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery in India. One of our great strengths as a school is our links with the local, national and international communities, whether this is through sport and arts or through our charity work, Fairtrade group, hospital concerts or foreign visits. This year our students will participate in three foreign exchange visits linked to schools in Spain, Germany and France. We also run an annual expedition to Morocco. Our renowned commitment to the performing arts can be seen through our weekly youth theatre and fantastic productions such as “West Side Story” in 2015. Our musicians put on concerts in autumn and spring and we have numerous choirs (including a boys’ choir) which perform at Hexham Abbey and to the local community. The opportunities for our students to take part in sport are considerable and they compete at a very high level whether individually or in teams. Our rowing team competes and is successful nationally and the school has produced Olympic athletes and rowers. A short inspection in November 2015 confirmed the significant progress we have made.
Continuing professional development is bringing about significant improvements in leadership and teaching, and a very strong Pastoral Team ensures that barriers to learning which affect outcomes for students are reduced. Our key to success in the last 2-3 years has been to recruit the best staff we can and to provide a supportive but challenging environment in which they can develop as professionals.