In the first instance please contact us using the details below:

John Spence Community High School
Preston Road
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE29 9PU

Tel: 0191 296 1432 / Email:

To contact John Spence Sports Hall: 0191 2961432

Follow us on Twitter: @johnspencechs

Please note all our policies and downloadble forms are available in paper copies from the school office upon request

Senior Staff

Headteacher - Jonathan Heath

Assistant Headteachers - Helen Blair, Louise Bray, Leanne Clay, James Redpath

Associate Assistant Headteachers - Karen Yellowley

School Business Manager - Melissa Tunney

Heads of Year

Each year group has a Head of Year who has oversight of the pastoral and academic development of every student in their year group. Heads of Year stay with their year group as students progress through the school, so students should have the same Head of Year throughout their time at John Spence

The Head of Year should usually be the first point of contact for parents who wish to discuss any concerns they might have. The Heads of Year are:

Year 7 - Kirsty Wyllie / Ashleigh Knight

Year 8Marc Burnip

Year 9 - Simon Crowe

Year 10 - Kirsty Wyllie

Year 11 - Leanne Brown

The Heads of Year team is led by Helen Blair, the Assistant Headteacher with overall responsibility for student welfare.

Heads of Year should be contacted through the school office.

Home/School Liaison Officer

At John Spence Community High School we believe that it is absolutely crucial for students to attend school as regularly as possible if they are going to succeed. Tony Lion is our ‘Home/School Liaison Officer’ and is available to talk on any issue regarding attendance.

We use an electronic registration system so are aware on a 'lesson by lesson' basis attendance in the school. This means that we can give parents up to date information on the attendance of their child.

If you have any concerns regrding attendance please contact Tony Lion through the school office.

School Governors

The Governing Body composition is set out below. Anyone wishing to contact members of the Governing Body should do so by writing to them at the school address in the first instance.

Local Authority Governors
Ms A Holliday

Community Governors
Dr A Langman (Chair of Governors)
Mr D Griggs
Mr J Coltman
Mr A Devine
Mrs M Grimmer

Parent Governors
Mrs A Coxon
Mrs I Whitworth

Foundation Governors
Mrs P Blyth
Mr M Furze

Staff Governors
Mrs K Yellowley


Additional Information


John Spence Community High School
Preston Road
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 9PU
T: 0191 296 1432

Office Hours

We are open 5.30pm - 6.30pm Monday to Thursday.