Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) is a high performing school, whose origins date back to 1599. It is situated in the historic market town of Hexham, in a beautiful part of Northumberland, a short drive from Newcastle or Carlisle.
With just over 1,300 students on roll, it is a popular and successful comprehensive school. As well as attracting students from Hexham and its rural hinterland, about a third of our students come from outside the catchment area.
A short Ofsted inspection in March 2019 concluded that the school remains good.
Outcomes are strong at GCSE. In 2019, our Attainment 8 score was 53.3, with Progress 8 of 0.29. While proud of our students' success, we are far from complacent. For example, we know that progress must be better for our disadvantaged cohort, and we will want our new Head of School to play a key role in improving outcomes for these pupils.
As a 13-18 high school, our Sixth Form of about 380 students provide excellent role models. They study a wide range of A Levels and a third take at least one Applied General subject. In 2019, the average grade was B at A Level and Dist- in Applied General subjects.
Education is about much more than examination grades. At QEHS, we place great emphasis on developing the whole person. This is reflected in the wide participation in music and drama, sport, cultural visits and charity work.
We also place considerable emphasis on providing high quality advice and guidance, so that individuals can make well-informed decisions on progression and future careers.
QEHS is a school with real history and character, and we work hard to preserve our unique identity and culture, while continuing to modernise and improve how we work. The opening of our new school in 2021 will mark the start of the next major stage in our journey