A school where we work hard to maintain a caring, supportive, high-quality learning environment which enables every member of the school community to develop their full potential..

Welcome to John Spence Community High School

Ofsted Report December 2017

The school had a two day Ofsted inspection on 29th and 30th November. 

We received the Inspection Report today, 8th December, and were judged to be GOOD in all areas.

The report will be published on the official Ofsted site on Friday 15th December but, in the meantime, is available by clicking on this link.

Should you wish to have a paper copy of the report, simply request one from the school and we will make one available.


About Our School

We are an 11-16 comprehensive school with approximately 850 students on roll, serving a catchment area in and around North Shields.

We are a very successful school with a strong reputation for social inclusion. We value all of the young people who study here and work hard to try to ensure that they all reach their full potential.

The school has seen growing academic success over recent years and our students consistently achieve at levels well above national averages.

As a specialist Sports College we have an excellent track record for providing opportunities for our students and the wider community to participate in sport.

As a key partner in North Tyneside's Adult Learning Alliance we are proud of our community education role, which sees almost one thousand adult learners currently enrolled on courses at John Spence.

John Spence is constantly striving to improve on all fronts. We are working hard to raise academic standards even further and to extend the range of opportunities available to our students and our wider community.

Our Ethos and Values

Our aim as a school is to create a caring, supportive, high-quality learning environment to help every person who works and studies in John Spence to develop their full potential. In supporting the young people in our charge we aim to meet the differing academic needs of every student, whilst also helping them to develop as well-rounded individuals with an understanding of the world around them and their place within it. We endeavour to ensure that all of our students leave us having acquired the knowledge, skills, attitudes and academic qualifications necessary to make them ‘Fit for Life’. Being ‘Fit for Life’ encompasses physical fitness, a healthy lifestyle, mental sharpness, curiosity and independent and informed thinking as well as social and emotional wellbeing. We believe that our students appreciate their time here and leave us as well prepared young adults.

 John Spence Community High School has certain values that are understood and shared by our students, parents and staff. Since we believe schools are much more than places where children learn to pass examinations, these values permeate through everything we do. Through a set of guiding principles we aim to ensure that every child is encouraged to achieve their potential.

As such: • we respect each other • we look after each other • we get involved • we always do our best • we create our future

Show My Homework 

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John Spence Community High School is this year changing the way teachers and students set and complete homework. We are now using Show My Homework which allows teachers, students and parents/guardians to access, complete and send homework all online. Show My Homework can be accessed by either clicking on the Show My Homework logo above or by clicking the link below.



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