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

Welcome from Executive Headteacher Mr Atkins

Mr Atkins Executive Headteacher

We are delighted to welcome Mr Atkins as the 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.