Year 11 students at John Spence Community High School are celebrating the best GCSE results ever achieved in the history of the school. This year’s results surpassed last year’s previous record, when 75% of youngsters had gained five or more A*-C Grades including English and maths, with an outstanding 78% reaching this measure. This makes John Spence the highest achieving school in North Tyneside Local Authority.
We are obviously delighted with these results. The hard work of our students and our staff means that youngsters will be moving on from John Spence with qualifications that will really enhance their life chances. We are particularly delighted that the school not only achieved the best results in the Local Authority, but that our results are amongst the very best achieved by any school in the North East – this gives our youngsters a tremendous head start as they continue with their education or head towards the world of work.
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.
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.
The school has seen growing academic success over recent years. 90% of last year's leavers gained 5 or more GCSEs at C or above, with 74% gaining 5 or more A*-Cs including English and Maths. These are the best results ever achieved by students at John Spence.
We had a full Ofsted inspection in October 2011. We were judged to be an outstanding school. However, we are not complacent about the gains made in recent years and are determined to continue to work towards further improvement in the future.
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.