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Prospectus 2011


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Welcome I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to George Stephenson High School. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Headteacher of George Stephenson High School. The students, staff, parents and the wider community have made me very welcome indeed. Our school has a really positive ethos, with very strong pastoral and academic guidance and a real emphasis on learning in everything we do. I genuinely believe the support, care and welfare of our students is second to none. This school is and will always be a fully inclusive school which puts the students at the very centre of all that it does. We want it to be a school that is always a happy, safe and enjoyable place to be. Further to that we want the school to be at the very heart of the local community and to become the school of choice of all who live here.

Our school has a really positive ethos, with very strong pastoral and academic guidance and a real emphasis on learning in everything we do. I genuinely believe the support, care and welfare of our students is second to none.

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. The percentage of students achieving 5 A*- C grades has improved year on year, and the school has twice been identified as one of the most improved schools in the country. This autumn, once again, our sixth formers have left us to go on to continue their studies at universities and colleges locally and nationally. 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. “The academic and personal guidance provided for students is outstanding” (Ofsted, February 2008).

I hope that you will find the information in this booklet 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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Why Choose Us? • We put learning first to give each and every one of our students the best chance for the future. “Teachers and students are exceptionally well focused on learning” (OFSTED February 2008) • Outstanding, record-breaking A-Level results in 2010 – 100% pass rate, 49% of our grades A* to B and the top school in North Tyneside for students achieving all A/A* passes • Excellent GCSE results in 2010 - 81% of our GCSE students achieved 5+A*- C passes and an outstanding 22% of all grades were at A/A* • Very strong and consistent approach to student behaviour and safety. “The school is a calm and happy place... relationships within the school are excellent” (Ofsted, February 2008)

• Excellent range of extra - curricular activities, events and visits. Students have regular use of the Lakeside Sports Centre during and after the school day • Recent major investment in classrooms and social areas providing an excellent learning environment in a modern, fully refurbished building • Fantastic new catering facilities

Our Science and English departments had a Local Authority Departmental Review earlier this year and were both graded as “outstanding”

• Over 450 computers and digital projectors in every classroom • Our Science and English departments had a Local Authority Departmental Review earlier this year and were both graded as “outstanding”, a fantastic achievement which is testament to the hard work of the staff and the students

• Outstanding student support, care and welfare. “The academic and personal guidance provided for students is outstanding” (Ofsted, February 2008) • Attendance rate was the second highest of all secondary schools in North Tyneside in 2009/10 • Very close partnerships with parents • Specialist Humanities school, focussing on English, History and Geography • Strong values of friendship and responsibility – our students raise over £10,000 every year for a local charity

Teachers and students are exceptionally well focused on learning


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Academic Excellence This year we have just celebrated the best set of A-Level results (on every measure) that the school has ever had. Our pass rate at A-Level was 100% and 49% of our students achieved A* to B grades. An outstanding 13% of our students have achieved straight A* and A grades across the board – this figure is the highest of all the schools in North Tyneside. The GCSE results were also excellent, matching last year’s best ever results, and maintaining our high level of achievement. 77% of all grades were A*- C, 81% of our students achieved 5+A*- C passes, with 50% achieving 5+A*- C passes including English and Maths and an outstanding 22% of all grades were at A/A*.

77% of all grades were A*- C (against a national average of 69%)

The league tables for secondary schools were published earlier this year (based on 2009 data) and they make very good reading indeed. In North Tyneside our CVA (Contextual Value Added) score of 1014.3 (which put us in the top 21% nationally) made us the fourth best school in North Tyneside and put us in the top ten of all the schools North of the Tyne.

GCSE Results 2010 • Fantastic GCSE results matching last year’s best ever results, maintaining a high level of achievement • 77% of all grades were A*- C (against a national average of 69%) • 81% of our students achieved 5+A*- C passes, with 50% achieving 5+ A*- C passes including English and Maths, both figures well above target for two years running • An outstanding 22% of all grades were at A/A* • Our Capped Average Points Score (the best 8 results per student) was 332, our highest ever – up from 321 last year and well above our target of 310

A-Level Results 2010

• We had eight students with ten or more A’s or A*’s – the highest achieving student was a boy who got nine A*s and two A’s

• Outstanding A-Level results – 100% pass rate and the top school in North Tyneside for students achieving all A/A* passes

• Our GCSE results were featured this year on ITV local and national news and Channel 4 national news

• The best results the school has had on every measure – improving across the board every year for the last 5 years • 49% of our grades were A* to B


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OFSTED’s views of the school When we were inspected by OFSTED in February 2008, the school was described as ‘a good school’ where ‘teachers and students are exceptionally well focused on learning’. OFSTED also completed a survey visit at the school in November 2009. Below are some of the things they said. Further information can be found on the school website, www.gshs.org.uk. “The academic and personal guidance provided for students is outstanding” (Ofsted, February 2008) “The school is a calm and happy place... relationships within the school are excellent” (Ofsted, February 2008) “By the end of their time in school all students achieve well” (Ofsted, February 2008) “There are a good range of extra curricular activities and visits” (Ofsted February 2008) “Teachers and students are exceptionally well focused on learning” (Ofsted February 2008) “The school has successfully improved overall achievement through regular progress monitoring and an integrated approach to academic and personal guidance” (Ofsted Survey Visit, November 2009) “Attendance has improved and persistent absence significantly reduced through focused interventions and regular monitoring. This is supporting improvements in learning and progress” (Ofsted Survey Visit, November 2009) “The sixth form is effective in raising aspirations. As a result, they are confident about their career paths; the majority are inspired by their teacher to progress to university” (Ofsted Survey Visit, November 2009)

The school is a calm and happy place... relationships within the school are excellent OFSTED 2008


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School Aims “At George Stephenson High School we will value the individual differences of our students, encourage them to succeed in everything they do and help them to become caring, confident and responsible young people”. George Stephenson High School will:

George Stephenson High School prides itself on reflecting the great inventor’s two passions innovation and education. We put learning first to give each and every one of our students the best chance for the future.

• Provide an education for life by meeting the needs of all learners through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum

• Develop shared responsibility for our students’ education by working in partnership with parents, students and staff

• Promote excellence in learning and teaching by offering a wide range • Create a safe, positive and stimulating of opportunities and experiences for environment for learning by developing all students and staff an atmosphere of tolerance, trust and respect • Enable all students to achieve success by encouraging and rewarding individual talents, efforts and achievements

Transition from Primary School Our Year 7 students settle quickly into their new life at George Stephenson High School. This is achievable due to our successful transition programme, where there is a strong partnership between our school and primary feeder schools. The school serves the areas of Killingworth, Westmoor, Holystone, Backworth and Shiremoor. Admissions to the school are organised by the Local Authority. All parents of students attending local primary schools will be given the opportunity to express a preferred choice of high school during the autumn term. The school has excellent links with its feeder schools to enable students to become familiar with the high school and its staff. Staff from George Stephenson High School regularly visit the primary schools, and students from the primary schools will have many opportunities to visit our school and will undertake a wide range of transition activities in the high school. Parents will be invited to school for an Open Evening, and we also hold regular open morning

and afternoons throughout the year. All parents will be invited to attend a one to one appointment with a member of the Leadership Team in July to help prepare their child for the transition to our school. Any parent who wishes to visit the school at any other time is very welcome to do so. Please contact the School Office to make an appointment. Parents outside the catchment area, who are considering applying to the school for a place for their child, are invited to contact the School Office to make arrangements for a visit. Further information, including the 2008 Ofsted report and news about the school can be found on the school website at www.gshs.org.uk. The admission limit for this school is currently set at 228.


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New Image and Uniform Earlier this year, staff and students decided it was time for a new image for the school. Staff, students, parents and governors were consulted and a new image and uniform was agreed on. The new school crest is a modern version of a traditional school crest and is designed to represent both academic excellence and the proud industrial heritage of George Stephenson and this area. George Stephenson himself had a passion for education and self-improvement and the new crest evokes this and is also symbolic of the light of education and the bright futures of our young people. The crest has also been designed to incorporate an image which symbolises both George Stephenson’s Safety Lamp and a lesser-known Stephenson locomotive, the North Star. Following this process we also decided to change the school uniform so that this year the students will wear a V-neck sweater, plain white school shirt and a tie in place of the current sweatshirt and polo-shirt. The overall cost of the uniform will work out to be cheaper for parents as it will allow them to buy plain white school shirts from anywhere and the only items of clothing specific to the school will be the sweater and the tie. The students voted on the design of the tie, which was then designed and produced for us. We

also decided to change our uniform supplier and have changed to one which offers parents more flexibility in after-school and weekend opening hours as well as online ordering. All students are expected to wear school uniform at all times. It is designed to be comfortable, attractive and practical. Having a school uniform avoids competitive dressing and helps to set the tone of the school. Uniform is a key aspect of creating a purposeful learning environment to allow students to work and realise their full potential.

Daily Uniform • Navy blue school sweater • School tie • Plain white school shirt with collar • Dark grey or black trousers or skirt of appropriate length • Black tights / black or white socks • Sensible plain black school shoes • A plain dark outdoor jacket or coat


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Our School in the Community Our aim is for the school to be the natural hub of our local neighbourhood, and serve as the foundation for community partnerships that are beneficial to our students, families, businesses, agencies and other organisations. All of our students’ community work is recognised and celebrated in school and via our website and award-winning school magazine ‘Evolve’. So far we have worked with our neighbouring primary schools to become central to community life. Children from our local primary schools regularly attend after school, weekend and holiday activities and we provide many academic extra-curricular activities for the young people and adults in our community. This year we have provided a successful programme of Gifted and Talented activities. By working as a whole community rather than as separate areas catering for different feeder primary schools, we have been able to offer an expansive programme of activities and learning which ensures that all families are given equal opportunity to access these.

One of the best ways the school can interact with the local community is by supporting charity work in the local area. We have a whole school charity appeal each year where we successfully raise over £10,000 for a worthwhile cause. In 2008/2009 we raised over £10,000 for the Tiny Lives charity and in 2009/2010 we raised £11,500 for the Bubble Foundation. This year’s charity appeal is the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.


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The Pastoral System The aim of our pastoral system is to support the learning and development of each individual student through the encouragement of regular attendance, punctuality, good study habits, good behaviour and a positive attitude, and by the monitoring of progress, regular target setting and celebration of achievement. This ‘Guidance System’ supports and enhances academic and personal progress. The form tutors will know all their tutees well and help them to settle into school life. Achievement Support Coordinators identify the students who need extra academic support and, after consultation with tutors and subject teachers, they ensure that the correct support is provided. One of the many responsibilities of the Guidance Manager is to act as a liaison between parents, students and teachers, and ensure that all interested parties are aware of the background and circumstances of each student. This is to ensure that the student gets only the most positive of learning experiences at GSHS. A guide for parents to identify and help their children with any problem they may encounter is available from the school reception. Any problems a student may face will be treated with care, compassion and confidentiality. Each year group is split into a number of separate tutor groups. These tutor groups remain together with the same form tutor through Years 7 to 11, meeting for registration periods daily and in some subjects are taught as a class group in the younger years. The form tutors have day to day

responsibility for our students’ welfare whilst they are in school and have a very important role to play in helping them to settle into their new school. They also closely monitor and track their academic progress, support them to reach their targets and help detect and solve any problems which may arise. It is helpful if parents can inform the tutor or Guidance Manager of any change in circumstances which may affect their child’s behaviour or work in school, so that members of staff are able to support students accordingly.


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Curriculum GSHS aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. The courses are arranged to give the most appropriate, exciting and effective education possible to young people. All GSHS staff are at the cutting edge of modern teaching, and regularly attend courses to constantly develop education skills and knowledge of their subject area. Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) covers the following traditional subjects: • English • Maths • Science • History • RE • Geography • French • Art and Design • Music and Drama • Design Technology (including Food Technology) • PE • ICT • Personal, Social and Health Education The aim of the Key Stage 3 curriculum is to give students all the academic skills they will need in life, as well as personal skills that will allow them to make a valuable contribution to their community.

KS4 (Year 10 and Year 11) The Personal and Social Education programme is continued at Key Stage 4 whilst students study and prepare for GCSE and BTEC examinations. In addition to two year courses in the Key Stage 3 subjects, Key Stage 4 students also have the option of gaining qualifications in the following areas: • Business Studies • Health and Social Care • Hospitality and Catering • IT • Diploma in Applied Studies • Media Studies • Product Design • 3D Design All Key Stage 4 courses make extensive use of the latest ICT programmes to ensure computing proficiency, as well as academic success.


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Student Voice

We encourage our students to continue their education after the age of 16 and approximately half of them do so. The range of courses on offer is designed to allow all students the opportunity for further study. All students are welcome into our Sixth Form, provided they are committed to their studies and to making the most of all that is on offer here. Students in the Sixth Form are given a considerable degree of choice in the subjects they study and are guided individually as to what will be realistic and appropriate for them through a series of interviews. The options include AS, A Level and BTEC courses which can be mixed as far as the constraints of the timetable allow. We now collaborate with two neighbouring high schools so that we may offer all students a greater range of course choice than we would individually be able to. Full details of our Post-16 provision will be made available to students and parents in December of Year 11. ‘The curriculum is enriched by a number of subjects and activities designed to ensure that all students achieve well and benefit from their time in school’ ‘The curriculum has been successfully adapted to cater for the needs of all students’ (Ofsted 2008).

At GSHS we are committed to listening to the views of students, parents, staff and governors, and to making changes in response to these views to help make GSHS a happy, safe, effective learning environment. Student Voice takes a number of forms at GSHS. Recently, students’ views have made a direct contribution to updating the PE uniform, improving the school meals service, redesigning the toilets, adapting the assessment scheme in Science and changing PE provision for students with a physical disability. Parents are always encouraged to share their views with staff and we welcome your comments via email, letter, telephone call or in person on any aspect of school life. Parent governors also play a key role in decision making in the school. In addition, on a regular basis, we will seek your views via survey, at Parents’ Evenings and at the Parents’ Forum, a group formed specifically to encourage parents to contribute their ideas and make suggestions to aid the continual improvement of the school. The Parents’ Forum meets every term on a Monday evening and everyone is welcome.

Because teachers really listen to students’ comments, it is helping to make lessons even more effective and enjoyable OFSTED 2008

Individual Educational Needs The school aims to provide the necessary support for students whose ability to take full advantage of the education offered at GSHS is affected in some way. For example: • exceptional ability (gifted and talented) • emotional and behavioural difficulties • sensory impairment • attendance problems • reading/recording difficulties • language/comprehension/expression difficulties • physical disabilities • a medical or health problem The policy takes note of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs and there is a member of staff who is responsible for co-ordinating support for students with Individual Needs.

Support for students with identified Individual Needs may be provided in one or more of the following ways: • adaptation of tasks/resources within normal lessons • the provision of a support teacher in some lessons to provide assistance for students with identified special needs • the withdrawal of a student or group of students for specific individual help • withdrawal to the Learning Support Centre for part of day/week ‘All students are fully included in the life of the school’, ‘Students with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities and those who are most vulnerable make good progress’ (Ofsted 2008).


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Extra Curricular Opportunities The school aims to offer all students the opportunity to achieve success, improve self-confidence, gain self-esteem and promote health and wellbeing through physical activity and healthy eating. Within the framework of the National Curriculum all students are taught team sports, gymnastics and athletics through the Physical Education course. At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) all students have four 50-minute lessons of PE/Games per week. At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all students have two 50-minute lessons of PE/ Games per week as well as the opportunity to take a BTEC course in Physical Education and a Community Sports Leadership Award. In addition to timetabled lessons, a wide range of sporting activities are on offer at lunchtime and after school every day. The school regularly competes in both local and national competitions with considerable success, and dancers trained by the department regularly take part in regional dance festivals. The Physical Education department offers teams in a wide range of sports including soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, tennis, cricket, athletics, cross-country, badminton, trampolining and volleyball. The school’s facilities include two gymnasia, tennis courts, rugby pitches, football pitches, hockey pitches and one all weather pitch.

A community sports centre with first class facilities is now open next to the school site. Our students use the superb the facilities there on a regular basis. Students are also encouraged to further their sporting abilities by joining local clubs and associations.


13 We encourage students to take part in a wide range of extra curricular and Study Support activities (Study Support is what takes place outside ‘normal lessons’ to help students achieve). The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is open every day from 8.00 a.m., at break time, lunchtime and after school so that students may continue with their learning. In addition, the school’s ICT facilities, which are continually being upgraded, are also available for student use outside of the timetabled day and there are home learning clubs and booster sessions offered to all year groups as well as a ‘Gifted and Talented’ programme running regularly. For those students who are working towards examinations, departments offer lunchtime and after school help and advice. The Learning Support Centre (LSC) invites students to come to a breakfast club to help them start the day well. In terms of whole-school Study Support, each year group is supported by an Achievement Support Coordinator (ASC) whose role is to specifically track the progress of students and offer one-to-one support to help raise achievement. The school buys into on line learning systems, such as My Maths, that students can access from school and home.

Music, drama and dance are also very popular activities involving many students. Each year the George Stephenson High School Youth Theatre stages a full scale production – most recently the musical ‘Wizard of Oz’. The school also encourages all students to get involved in regular concerts and popular talent events such as ‘George Stephenson’s Got Talent’. There are also many opportunities for students to broaden their experience by taking part in national competitions, visits to the theatre, trips to France to improve their French, to art galleries, museums and science centres, as well as outdoor activities locally and further afield. We also offer study and outward-bound residentials to help students develop the skills they need to improve their examination success as well as the personal and social aspects of their school life – and to enjoy some fun together!


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Home Learning Home learning is an integral part of learning and teaching. Effective home learning is central to raising achievement at all levels. Home learning is used to: • reinforce classroom learning

Provision for Information and Communication Technology is good and very successfully supports home learning OFSTED 2008

• extend more able students • support less able students • promote enthusiasm and motivation for study • develop self-discipline, confidence and organisational skills • encourage students to take pride in their work • strengthen links between home and school, enabling parents to take an active role in students’ learning • develop autonomous, independent learners

Home learning is likely to take a variety of forms to meet the needs of different learning styles and different subjects. It may include: • reading • research • short answers • extended writing • learning • annotation of texts • diagrams • planning • practice examination answers • coursework

Reporting to Parents The school encourages parents to take an active interest in their child’s progress and parents are encouraged to contact the school whenever a question or concern arises. However there are three formal ways in which the school communicates with parents about academic progress. Progress Reports are a brief

summary of progress and are produced twice per year. Full Reports contain a more detailed summary of progress and are issued once per year to all year groups. Full Parents Evenings are an opportunity for parents to talk to individual subject teachers about their child’s progress and again take place once per year.


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The George Stephenson Dining Experience Our catering facilities have been a huge success, gaining good local press publicity for the school. There are now exciting new menus, changed on a regular basis, a greater range of options including a selection of hot meals, sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, chilled drinks and fruit. There is also a new pricing structure, which is simpler and more affordable for students, and new seating areas so that students may enjoy their lunch break with their friends. Last November saw the opening of Giorgio’s CafÊ which is proving really popular with the students. The Detroit Diner continues to be full every lunchtime. The whole school dining experience has dramatically changed this year and will continue to do so. We also feel that the decision to keep older students on site, while perhaps not so popular with them, is helping the reputation of the school within the community. All students, apart from the Sixth Form, now stay on site for lunch. We have taken this decision in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and to respect the wishes of our parents and community neighbours.

Free School Meal Entitlement You may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of Income Support. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals then an application form may be obtained from: North Tyneside Council Student Support Service Langdale Centre Langdale Gardens Wallsend Tyne and Wear NE28 0HG Telephone: 0191 643 2288


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Examinations Results Targets for Public Examinations and Previous Results for Pupils aged 15

2009/2010 End of KS4 (GCSE) results

2008 Target

2008 Actual

2009 Target

2009 Actual

2010 Target

2010 Actual

5+ A*- C including E&M

43%

37%

49%

53%

44%

50%

5+ A*- C

58%

67%

64%

82%

66%

81%

APS

373

373

391

457

449

449

Capped APS (best 8 results)

296

301

303

321

310

333

Targets for 2010/2011

Attendance 2009/2010

5+ A*- C including E&M

55%

5+ A*- C

80%

APS

450

Capped APS (best 8 results)

340

Total Percentage of half days missed through absence

6.1%

(Target = below 8%)

Number of students in School aged 15 2009/10:

141


17 GCSE Results for students aged 15, by subject (in percentages) Subject

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

U

DT Food Tech

0

0

12

29

29

24

6

0

0

DT Graphic Products

5

5

11

21

21

26

11

0

0

DT Resistant Materials

0

0

24

41

24

12

0

0

0

English Language

5

17

24

28

10

8

4

0

0

English Literature

8

24

21

33

10

2

0

1

0

French

9

9

55

27

0

0

0

0

0

Geography

10

10

17

27

15

8

8

3

2

History

12

22

25

21

5

8

4

1

1

Maths

8

6

11

27

19

7

14

0

1

Media Studies

18

33

22

22

2

2

0

0

0

Photography

0

20

20

20

20

20

0

0

0

Religious Education

5

13

19

16

15

16

7

4

5

Science (Core)

12

17

35

27

3

0

3

2

2

Science (Additional)

9

11

35

35

11

0

0

0

0

Science (Applied) Double1

1

7

16

37

24

11

4

0

0

Subject (Short Course)

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

U

Religious Education

0

0

0

10

10

17

29

14

21

Vocational Qualifications (in percentages) Subject

No. Entered

D*

D

M

P

BTEC Art & Design

26

3

8

27

62

OCR Nat Business

25

-

12

44

44

OCR Nat H&SC

22

-

59

18

23

OCR Nat ICT

64

-

38

17

45

BTEC PA: Acting

16

0

0

6

94

BTEC PA: Music

12

0

0

33

67

BTEC Sport

21

10

0

33

57

(D* = Distinction*, D = Distinction, M = Merit, P = Pass)

ASDAN Qualifications

No. Entered No. Passed

Career Planning

16

16

Cope

26

26

Wider Key Skills

28

28


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A2/AS-Level Results for Students ages 17 – 18, by Subject

2009/2010 End of KS5 (GCE) Results

Entries

A*

A

B

C

D

Art

2

1

1

Art (Fine)

3

1

1

1

Biology

4

2

1

1

Business

2

Chemistry

2

Drama & T

4

Economics

1

1

English Lit

25

1

Geography

1

E

U

1

2 1

8

2

7

2

1

History

9

3

Law

1

Maths

6

Media Stu

7

Music

1

1

Physical Ed

1

1

Physics

3

Psychology

4

1

Religious Ed

4

1

1

1

Sociology

4

1

1

2

1

Applied ICT

3

1

1

1

Applied Science

16

4

4

4

4

Applied HSC

2

1

1

World Dev

3

1 2

8

2

2

3

1

4

1

1

2

1

2

5

2

3

4

1

1

1 3

1

Number of students at the end of Sixth Form Study : 48 Points 0-180

181- 499

500- 599

600- 699

700- 799

800- 900+ 899

Avg Points per student

%

16.7

12.5

20.8

8.3

16.6

713.44

2.0

22.9


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Expectation of Students Rewards

PRAISE

PLANNER POINTS

HERO CARD

DEPARTMENTAL REWARDS

Expectations

We believe that everyone in George Stephenson High School has the right to learn and achieve in a safe environment. Everyday in school we thank you for: • following instructions in a polite and positive manner • listening when other students and staff are speaking

Consequences

WARNING

MOVE

BOLTHOLE

DEPARTMENTAL ACTION

• respecting the opinions and feelings of other people

POSITIVE CONTACT HOME

• taking responsibility for yourself and your environment

Respect, Responsibility, Listening

CONTACT HOME

Aspirational Target Setting The use of Aspirational Targets has become a very effective means of involving students in improving their own learning and raising their levels of achievement. Students are set challenging individual targets by their teachers at the start of each academic year, and both staff and students are heavily involved in reviewing progress towards these targets.

Students do this via their ‘Progress Tracker File’ where, on the advice of their teachers, they set themselves individual targets for improvement for each subject. These targets are regularly reviewed throughout the year and new ones set in order to maximise achievement.


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General Information Address

Telephone 0191 216 1115

George Stephenson High School Southgate Killingworth Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 6SA

Fax 0191 216 5169 Email georgestephenson.high@northtyneside.gov.uk Website www.gshs.org.uk

Leadership

The School Day

Headteacher: Mr I Wilkinson

8.40 - 8.55

Morning registration/ Tutorial time/Assembly

8.55 - 9.45

Lesson 1

9.45 - 10.35

Lesson 2

10.35 - 10.55

Morning Break

10.55 - 11.45

Lesson 3

11.45 - 12.35

Lesson 4

12.35 - 1.25

Lunch

1.25 - 1.30

Registration in Lesson 5

1.30 - 2.20

Lesson 5

2.30 - 3.10

Lesson 6

Deputy Headteacher: Mrs T Anderson Deputy Headteacher: Mr P Douthwaite Assistant Headteacher: Mr S McElwee Assistant Headteacher: Ms L Simpson Assistant Headteacher: Mr S Tyson Business Manager: Mrs A Emmerson Chair of Governors: Mr M Stalker

Local Education Authority North Tyneside Council, whose Children, Young People and Learning Function is at: Quadrant West, Silverlink North Cobalt Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0BY Telephone: 0191 643 8692

Staff Training Days

Bank Holidays

Monday 6 September 2010 Friday 22 October 2010 Friday 15 April 2011

Monday 3 January 2011 Monday 2 May 2011

School Terms Autumn Tuesday 7 September 2010 – Friday 17 December 2010 Spring Tuesday 4 January 2011 – Friday 15 April 2011 Summer Tuesday 3 May 2011 – Friday 22 July 2011

School Holidays HOLIDAY

SCHOOL CLOSES ON

RE-OPENS ON

Autumn Half-Term Christmas Spring Half-Term Easter Summer Half-Term Summer

Friday 22 October 2010 Friday 17 December 2010 Friday 18 February 2011 Friday 15 April 2011 Friday 27 May 2011 Friday 22 July 2011

Monday 1 November 2010 Tuesday 4 January 2011 Monday 28 February 2011 Tuesday 3 May 2011 Monday 6 June 2011 Tuesday 6 September 2011


George Stephenson High School Southgate, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 6SA

Telephone 0191 216 1115 Fax 0191 216 5169 Email georgestephenson.high@northtyneside.gov.uk

www.gshs.org.uk


George Stephenson High School Prospectus