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Welcome to Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
Community and Leisure Courses Autumn 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.


Year 10 Performing Arts London Theatre Trip

Performing Arts London Theatre Trip

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In the week before Autumn half term, 21 students visited London to attend a musical theatre tour as part of their courses in performing arts. The trip was designed to give an insight into working in the musical theatre industry. An exciting part of the trip was watching the performances of two contrasting musicals, Les Miserables and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Another highlight was visiting the famous Pineapple Dance Studio in Covent Garden where the group took part in workshops taught by professionals currently working in the West End. The students enjoyed learning some choreography danced by the Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and were inspired by meeting two members of the cast of Les Miserables, one of which is currently playing the role of Fantine. The workshop linked to Les Miserables explored characterisation through levels of status and improvisation. For some members of the group this was their first visit to the capital so we managed to find the time to do some sightseeing too.


World War I Battlefields Centenary Tour

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On 21st September two of our Year 10 history students set off on the government sponsored First World War Battlefields Centenary tour. They travelled to Belgium and France along with Mrs Hodgson to take part in a three day tour. During the trip, the students visited a number of sites which enabled them to reflect on the First World War and its affect on the lives of ordinary people and whether remembrance is more or less important 100 years on from the conflict. The trip was a very moving experience as the girls visited sites such as the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Thiepval Woods, Sheffield Memorial Park and attended the Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

The Girls thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were great ambassadors for the school. They are now busy working on an assembly to share with their fellow students to encourage everyone within our school community not to forget those who sacrificed their lives during the First World War.


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


Wellbeing Day 2014

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Year 12 students attended the Wellbeing Day on Tuesday 14th October 2014. Visiting speakers came in from Northumbria Fire Service to present sessions on Safe Driving with the Year 12’s. Students also attended sessions on Money Management presented by Barclays staff and Basic First Aid situations with staff from St. John’s Ambulance. Students enjoyed the day and came away with some useful information. One student said “It made me more aware and cautious about all driving situations.” Another said “I enjoyed learning about credit card statements.” Overall, everyone involved enjoyed the day and took something positive away from the sessions. Gordon Whitfield & Steve Wilson. 6th Form Pastoral Team.


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