Norton Hill School
Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom
About Norton Hill School
Norton Hill School was built in 1911 as a grammar school and has been expanded over the years to become an 11-18 mixed comprehensive with nearly 1700 pupils on roll including almost 400 in the Sixth Form. The school is still expanding and since September 2016, now admits 300 pupils into Year 7. This growth has been in response to parental demand.
Norton Hill School is within the top 150 schools nationally for Progress 8 and is ranked 1st in Bath and North East Somerset for the same measure. On average, every student achieved half a grade higher in every subject than the national average rates. English, Maths and Science all regularly achieve 80% plus A*-C and we expect 70% of children to achieve grades 5-9 under new measures.
The school is part of Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership Trust which contains 3 secondary schools and 9 primary schools. The schools in the Trust share learning and expertise across all phases and benefit from specialist teachers and facilities. The Trust was established in 2009 with Norton Hill being the lead school.
Comprising twenty nine acres, the grounds and playing fields are a tremendous advantage to the school. The school has expanded from a small grammar school whose original buildings have been substantially added to. The most recent buildings include a 10 classroom English block, new Sixth Form Centre and Business Studies centre. Other new buildings include a new Science block, ICT/History block and Music block. At the rear of the site there is a purpose built sports centre with floodlit Astroturf.
All rooms have a smart board, network points and computer. There are ten purpose built computer rooms and further clusters in Science, Music, Technology and Art. We register pupils electronically and make extensive use of our Information Management System for reports, pupil data etc. The school is also cashless meaning all payments are made via ParentPay and food from the canteen is purchased via thumbprint. Recent investments include 120 chromebooks which can be used anywhere across the site, linking to the wireless network.
Local Area Information:
Midsomer Norton is a pleasant town on the edge of the Mendips. It is ten miles south of Bath and fourteen miles south east of Bristol. The historic cathedral city of Wells is eight miles to the south and the Chew Valley lakes and Mendip Hills lie directly to the west. Midsomer Norton adjoins the small town of Radstock which together used to form the centre of the old North-East Somerset coalfield. Now the area is dependent on farming and light industry with many local people commuting to Bristol or Bath. The local economy is quite strong and the population in the area is growing rapidly. Many staff commute from Bath, Bristol, Wells, Frome, or the outlying villages.