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 almost 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.

mr byers msOur results over the last three years have been the best in the school's history. Our key indicators show 80% of students achieving A*-C grades in both English and maths. 36% of all GCSE grades were graded A* or A, and at A Level over 60% 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. Our Progress 8 score of +0.32 for GCSE students in 2016 places us in the top 10% of schools in the North East.

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We don’t just focus 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, and Mr G Atkins, Executive Headteacher