In 1599 Queen Elizabeth I granted the people of Hexham a charter to establish a grammar school because of their 'outstanding eagerness to promote good learning'.
Over 400 years later Queen Elizabeth High School continues to flourish as an 'outstanding' (Ofsted 2007) community school, educating over 1,300 students of whom 465 are in the Sixth Form. The school is a specialist performing arts college and also gained specialist science college status in 2008. Northumberland LEA currently operates a three-tier system, so QEHS has students aged between 13 and 18 years old.
Neil Morrison - Headteacher (pictured right)
Aims, Ethos & Values
- We aim to promote the intellectual, aesthetic, moral, physical and social development of all our students.
- We believe that creative and performing arts make a unique contribution to the education of young people.
- We believe that equality of opportunity is an entitlement necessary for our school community to flourish.
- We aim to develop positive relationships and to achieve an atmosphere of mutual respect.
- We believe extra-curricular activities are an essential part of school life.
- We aim to produce excellent results in all we do and to ensure students are happy and successful.
Spes Durat Avorum - The hope of our ancestors remains.