Appointment of a new Headteacher

The Governing Body at George Stephenson have been undertaking a recruitment process to appoint a new Headteacher for the school from September 2022. Our current Headteacher, Ian Wilkinson, is leaving to take on a role at North Tyneside Local Authority after thirteen successful years in post.

On Tuesday 24 May the recruitment process concluded and Governors have appointed Peter Douthwaite as Headteacher at George Stephenson High School from September 2022. Mr Douthwaite is currently Deputy Headteacher at George Stephenson and he will be a familiar face to students across the school.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter said:

“I am honoured to have been chosen as the fifth Headteacher to serve the students, staff and community of George Stephenson High School.

I am proud to be taking over the reins from Mr. Wilkinson and excited about the opportunity of leading our incredible school. I look forward to working together with all members of our community to take it to even greater heights.”

A number of positive comments were received by Governors from the candidates about our school and in particular the way in which students presented themselves – both in terms of behaviour, but also the caring and kind nature that they articulate.

Andrew Elliott

Chair of Governors

George Stephenson High School

Press here to view the letter sent to parents dated 27th May 2022

Staff Training Day

School is closed to all pupils on Friday 24th June due to Staff Training Day.

Year 6 Transition

Our Year 6 Transition information page is now live.

NE12 Sixth Form

The NE12 Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening is now live.

Sixth Form applications

Sixth Form applications for September 2021 are now live in the NE12 section of our website.

Exam Certificates

Exam Certificates are now ready for distribution. These will be posted out to all ex students and you are not required to come into school to collect these.

If you would like your exam certificates to be posted to you via Royal Mail Tracked Service please email confirming your full Name, DOB and Postal Address.

Alternatively a sibling can collect on your behalf with a written letter of permission.





Head teacher welcome start Quote

I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to George Stephenson High School. Named after local visionary, our school stands for the same things he did: academic excellence and self-improvement. Ian Wilkinson.

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Last day before Summer Holidays

19 July 2022

Students return to school

05 September 2022



George Stephenson High School is proud of its working relationships with parents and carers. We are committed to working closely with parents so that we can help every student succeed in school and we are always striving to develop and improve our links with parents.

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