Welcome

I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to George Stephenson High School.

Many of you have already taken the opportunity to visit our school at our Open Day. If you have not yet had a tour round the school during the school day you would be welcome at any time. Please contact me to arrange a suitable time for a visit.

Our school has an extremely positive ethos, with very strong pastoral and academic guidance and a real emphasis on learning. We believe that the support, care and welfare of our students are second to none. This school is, and will always be, fully inclusive and puts the students at the very centre of all that we do. We believe that it is a happy, safe and enjoyable place to be with a purposeful atmosphere. We also want the school to be at the very heart of the local community and to be the school of choice of all who live here. Students are encouraged and supported throughout their time at George Stephenson High School to achieve highly and fulfill their potential in all aspects of school life. We believe that the learning environment we provide allows students to grow and develop academically, socially and personally into responsible, caring and confident young people.

In May 2012, we were inspected by Ofsted and were graded “Outstanding”. The school was judged to be “Outstanding” in every single category: Achievement, Teaching, Behaviour and Leadership. Ofsted recognised that “achievement is outstanding because students make excellent progress as they move through the school”. They also noted that “students benefit from the exceptionally productive climate for learning that pervades the school and excellent teaching that enables them to make rapid progress” and recognised that “behaviour is outstanding” with students “responding exceptionally well to the adults who work with them”. We are especially proud of Ofsted’s summative statement that, at George Stephenson High School, “students receive a first-class education”. We are truly delighted that our school, our young people, our staff and the community we serve has achieved this recognition and believe it will enable us to improve even further in the coming years.

George Stephenson High School is an 11-18 high school with excellent facilities for learning. The staff and governors of the school are committed to its continuing development and improvement and to the enjoyment and success of every individual student. Over the last ten years the school has improved significantly, building up a reputation as a lively, caring school and an exciting place for students to learn. Examination results at all key stages have improved significantly over the last few years. Students are encouraged and supported throughout their time at George Stephenson High School to achieve in everything they do. The school has a happy and purposeful atmosphere. We believe that the learning environment we provide allows students to grow and develop academically, socially and personally into responsible, caring and confident young people.

I hope that you will find the information in this prospectus helpful as you consider your choice of secondary school for your child. The following pages can only give you a taste of what the school can offer your child. More detailed information and guidance will be included in a booklet for parents of incoming students in the summer term. I hope you will take the opportunity to both visit the school and decide to join us as it continues to go from strength to strength.

Ian Wilkinson

Headteacher

 

 

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