Last week 60 of our year 10 Design and Technology students were involved in the Smallpeice Trust’s (not a spelling mistake!) Energiser Event. The event was focussed on informing our students about how engineering can play an important role in the development of renewable energies such as wind and solar power.

engineering energiser event

The students took part in various practical activities including creating some really impressive wind turbines to harness the power of the wind and building (and racing!) their own solar powered cars.

¡Buen Viaje!

spanish exchange 2015 leaving

On Wednesday we reluctantly said ¡Adiós! to our Spanish exchange students from Colegio Santa María De Yermo, Madrid, who have been staying with the families of year 11 and 13 QEHS students. They have had an amazing and very busy time. They spent some time in school, just as we did when we were in Madrid, and have also been out visiting the sights of the North East. Some very strong friendships have been formed (evidenced by the many tears at the airport!) which will hopefully last well into the future and some students are already making plans for a return visit. Two Spanish students remain in Hexham with their English families and are returning home at a later date. Thank you to everybody who has helped to entertain, accommodate and welcome all of them. ¡Hasta el próximo año, Yermo!


Our Under 15 cricket team successfully retained the county cup for the fourth successive year.

Put into bat we made 109 off our 20 overs with Mattie Percival top scoring with 50.

In reply Kings Priory, Tynemouth were dismissed for 94 with Mattie Pugh taking two wickets and Tom Scott bowling a very economical spell.

cricket team u15 2015

Please find links below to two recent presentations given by Mr Hill

This presentation was given at the Next Step Conference and explores some of the alternatives to going to university

This presentation was given in assembly on 16 June

Two athletics teams qualified to compete in the North East Regional 'A' track & Field Cup Final in Hull last week.

The girls performances were fantastic increasing their round one points score from 286 to 345 finishing second behind Newcastle High.
QEHS ahtletics teams at Hull

The lads finished third behind two teams from Yorkshire but ahead of RGS, Newcastle increasing their score from 363 to 393 although we believe that there are 14 points to add taking us to 407 and second place.

As part of a Federation, Hexham Middle School and Queen Elizabeth High School share a single Governing Body of nine members. We currently have two vacancies for Co-opted Governors.

The Role

The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Defining the ethos, objectives and strategic direction of the schools.
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools.
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the schools’ financial resources.

Whether elected or co-opted, the role of governors is to carry out these core functions, not to represent any particular stakeholder group from which they may be drawn. The role is very much like that of a non-executive director of a company or trust. The operational, day-to-day running of the schools is carried out by the Executive Headteacher with the Senior Leadership Teams.