Whetstone Bridge Road,
NE46 3JB.
Tel: 01434 610300

Welcome to Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
Community and Leisure Courses Spring and Summer 2014

Welcome Mr Atkins

Mr Atkins Executive Headteacher

We are delighted to welcome Mr Atkins as the new Executive Headteacher of the Queen Elizabeth High School / Hexham Middle School Federation.

Mr Atkins joins QE/HMS following 5 successful years as a Headteacher at a school in London. He commented: “I am delighted to be taking up post as Executive Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School. The staff, students and governors whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet so far could not have been more friendly and welcoming, and have given me an excellent impression. I am very much looking forward to working with everyone towards the ongoing happiness and success of both schools.”

As Executive Headteacher, Mr Atkins’ role is to ensure that the quality of provision at both schools in the Federation is as it should be, and to set the strategic direction. Mr Byers, as Head of School, will continue to run Queen Elizabeth High on a day-to-day basis.


iGCSE English Information Evening

As preparation for the November iGCSE English Language examinations, the English department would like to invite Year 11 students and parents to an Information Evening on Tuesday 30 September 2014. This session will focus on the reading skills and writing skills needed to succeed in the exam. Year 11 will be taking the exam on Friday 7 November 2014.

We aim to start the evening at 5:30pm in the LRC and end at 6:30pm. After a short presentation, we will work through some sample questions and look at mark schemes and model answers in some of the nearby English classrooms. Please could you complete the reply slip snet out on ParentMail to indicate whether you will be able to attend and return it to the English Department by Tuesday 23 September 2014.

Also a reminder that the Year 11 iGCSE students have a mock exam in the Hydro Hall at 9.00am on Wednesday 24 September 2014.


Best Ever Exam Results

We are delighted to say that the hard work of the students and staff, and the improvements we have made in teaching and learning over the last three years, have resulted in the best set of exam results in the school’s history. The 2014 performance tables will not be officially published until January 2015 but early indications show that we are now the top performing school in Northumberland, North Durham, West Gateshead and East Cumbria.


Welcome from Head of School Mr Byers

Mr Byers Head of School

In 1599 Queen Elizabeth I granted the people of Hexham a charter to establish a school because of their “outstanding eagerness to promote good learning”. Over 400 years later Queen Elizabeth High School continues to flourish as a friendly, welcoming and high achieving community school, educating over 1300 students, including over 400 in the Sixth Form.

The success of our school is built on positive relationships and a partnership between our students, their parents and our staff. We all want the same thing: for students to be happy and successful and to enjoy learning.

In 2014 we were the highest performing school in Northumberland with 76% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and maths. 36% of all GCSE grades were graded A* or A, and at A Level over 50% of entries were awarded the top grades of A*-B. Our progress levels for students of all abilities are amongst the best in the region.

We don’t focus only on academic standards. We believe that extra-curricular activities are an essential part of school life and many of our students take part in the opportunities we offer in sport, the performing arts, foreign trips, and a large number of clubs and societies.

Ofsted has praised us for our inclusive nature and the quality of advice, guidance and support we offer is exceptional. The staff and students are enormously proud of this school and I hope that if you visit us or send your children here, you will share this pride and passion for learning

Mr A Byers
Head of School


Parent Partnership Group Meeting

The first meeting of the Parent Partnership Group (PPG) for this academic year will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 13 October, in room A13 (located outside the lower school main building behind the main kitchen).

The PPG is an informal forum for parents and staff to share their views on a wide range of issues linked to raising achievement and students’ well-being within the school. We work together to assist the school in reviewing and improving practices and processes to enhance a positive and productive school process.

If you would like further information or would like to suggest an item for the agenda please contact
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Karen Boyd
on behalf of the Parent Partnership Group


LAMDA Students

LAMDA Students

Last Friday we celebrated the excellent achievements of this year's LAMDA cohort with a ceremony in the walled gardens. Students from year 10 and 13 performed a series of monologues to a visiting examiner, impressing with both their acting skills, theatre knowledge and courage.