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 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.
A Level and GCSE Exam Results
A level results will be available for collection on Thursday 13 August from the Winter Gardens
Year 13 at 8am
Year 12 at 9am
GCSE results will be available for collection on Thursday 20 August from the Winter Gardens
Year 11 at 9am
Year 10 at 10am
If you are unable to collect your results on the day, please complete an alternative issue of exam results form, which can be downloaded by clicking on links below, or collected from outside the exams office.
- Alternative issue of Year 10 GCSE results
- Alternative issue of Year 11 GCSE results
- Alternative issue of AS/A2 results
Forms must be returned to the exams office by lunchtime on 10 July.
Upcoming Events when Normal Timetabled Lessons are Suspended
We have a number of events in the coming weeks for which the normal school timetable will be suspended for some year groups or for the whole school. As we have started our new school timetable already, Year 9 and 12 won’t begin their studies until September.
For the remaining year groups, the school timetable will run as normal except on the following days:
- Next Step Conference for Year 13 students (10 June 2015)
- Progression days (including university open days and other progression related activities) for Year 13 students (w/c 22 June 2015)
- Go-Global Day (activities based around the theme of global education) for Year 11 students (8 July 2015)
- Life-skills day for Year 10 students (8 July 2015)
- Activity, trips and visit days (for Year 10 and 11 students) which coincides with transfer day for our upcoming Year 9 students (7 July 2015)
- Whole school charity day (TBC, w/c 13 July 2015)
YDT present 'Down the Rabbit Hole'
Youth Dance Tynedale present 'Down the Rabbit Hole' at Queen's Hall Arts 10th & 11th July 7.30pm.
YDT's most ambitious project to date is a full length contemporary dance work inspired by Alice in Wonderland and performed by an exceptionally talented cast of young dancers.
Tickets can be purchased by following the link below.
Tynedale Schools athletics Championships
Another great day for the teams and athletes from QEHS at the Tynedale Schools Athletics Championships at Wentworth Park 18 May, 2015.
In total there were 32 events won by students from QEHS and a further 24 second place finishes were secured by students from Hexham. All of these students have now qualified to represent Tynedale at the Northumberland Championships on Satruday 13 June at Gateshead Stadium.
Well done to all those taking part.
Sixth Form HE Evening
Higher Education Evening for Parents – Tuesday 28 April 2015
Thank you to all parents who attended this event and we hope you enjoyed the evening and found it informative. Links to the presentations given by John Hill, Rebecca Ruddick and Michelle van Den Berg are available below and in the Sixth Form Section.
- Higher Education Advice Evening Introductory Talk (pdf 474kb)
- Alternatives to University Presentation (ppt 521kb) (pdf 8.5Mb)
- How to make your personal statement stand out (pdf 112kb)
- Student Finance Presentation Newcastle University (pdf 2.2Mb)
- The UCAS Process Durham University (pdf 1.6Mb)
Reminder of Progression Timeline Key Dates
|28 April||Higher Education Advice Evening|
|11 May||AS level Exams Begin – Exam leave from half-term|
|10 June||Next Step Conference – Students return to school from exam leave (Year 13 begins)|
|Wednesday 24 June and Thursday 25 June Progression Days (and EPQ)|
|26 June||University Visits (Newcastle and Northumbria) and Fast Track Day|
|7 July||Fast Track and EPQ day|
|2 Sept||Year 13 students meet with teachers and predicted grades finalised|
|14 Sept||UCAS paragraphs completed and applications can be completed|
|Sept/Oct||Referees support applications|
|Deadlines||15 Oct: Oxbridge/Medicine/Dentistry/Vet
23 Oct: QEHS Deadline
Exam Results 2016
We are delighted to say that the hard work of our students and staff, and the improvements we have made in teaching and learning over the last four years, has resulted in another set of outstanding GCSE and A Level results. We continue to outperform most state schools in the North East of England and on almost all key measures we have achieved the best results in the school’s history in one of the last two years.
The key indicators at GCSE level are shown below. The DfE is publishing new measures to judge a school’s performance this year and on three of the four measures, we are the top school in Northumberland once again. We are particularly proud of our progress measures which demonstrate that students perform well whatever their abilities or starting points.
|Attainment 8 – Average GCSE Grade across 8 subjects||5.46||5.67||5.56|
|% of students achieving A*-C in English & Maths||76||75||70||74||81||80*|
|% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate||29||32||39||42||41||39|
|% of students achieving A*-C English||81||83||78||76||84||87*|
|% of students achieving A*-C Maths||82||81||79||85||86||83|
|Progress 8 Score||+0.23||+0.41||+0.32|
|Best 8 Value Added||999.6||1011.1||999.7||1008.8||1021.9||1021.9|
|% of students making expected progress
in English Lang
|% of students exceeding expected progress
in English Lang
|% of students making expected progress in Maths||79||84||82||84||86||84|
|% of students exceeding expected progress in Maths||42||55||49||42||54||55|
|Best performance at QEHS|
|Key indicators published by DfE in January 2017|
|*||English includes Language and Literature|
A Level and Level 3 BTEC/OCR Results
The key indicators at the end of Year 13 are shown below. The Average Grade Per A Level entry of B- was the highest in Northumberland in 2015 (QEHS was the only school to average above a C+ grade) and we expect this to be the case again when the performance tables are published in January 2017.
The DfE is changing the points scale for A Level and Vocational courses. The old scale is used in the table below for comparative purposes. On the new scale (which measures an A* as 60 points, an A at 50, a B at 40 etc), our 2016 APS per entry score was 36 (a B-).
An increasing number of students are taking vocational courses in the sixth form and many study a mixture of A Level and vocational BTEC/OCR courses. Our APS per entry for vocational courses for 2016 using the new points score measure was 43 (still a Dist*-).
|A Level – Average Points Score Per Exam Entry||220||222||236||227|
|A Level – Average Grade Per Exam Entry||C+||C+||B-||B-|
|A Level – Percentage of all A Level entries graded A*-B||52%||55%||64%||61%|
|BTEC & OCR Level 3 Courses – Average Points Score Per Exam Entry||235||232||238||249|
|BTEC & OCR Level 3 Courses – Average Grade Per Exam Entry||Dist+||Dist+||Dist+||Dist*-|
At QEHS students only take AS levels at the end of Year 12 in unreformed subjects (AS Levels in reformed subjects don’t count towards the final A Level grade and an increasing number of schools in the independent and state sector are adopting the model we introduced in 2015/16). As there are a decreasing number of unreformed subjects, overall comparisons with previous years are not possible although the results are noted in the summaries below for information.
Summary of GCSE, AS Level, A Level and Vocational Subject Grades
The summaries of subject grades is available below:
The summaries indicate the number of students achieving each grade in each subject. These should be read with caution and not used to make comparisons between subjects because the ability levels of the students starting each course will have been different.
Student Destination Data
Details regarding student destination data can be found by following this link: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/122356