Whitley Bay High School is a mixed 13 – 18 Foundation Comprehensive maintained by North
Tyneside Local Authority. It is part of the North Tyneside Learning Trust.
We have a distinctive ethos at the school built on very positive relationships and the desire to
help students develop a love of learning and become curious and happy learners with high
self-esteem. Helping students develop into confi dent, sensitive and refl ective adults is a key
priority at Whitley Bay High School. This is achieved through outstanding teaching and careful
support for all students throughout their time in school. We regard students as individuals,
all different but all equal with varying strengths and interests. We are proud of the academic
and extra-curricular successes our students achieve and are determined to help students fulfi l
their potential while making the most of the wealth of opportunities on offer at the school.
We work closely in partnership with parents and believe this relationship is crucial to the
success of our students. Friendliness and a willingness to listen are at the heart of all that we
do and through this strong collaboration students thrive.
The school prides itself on the quality of our teaching and learning and received national
recognition for our innovative approach and expertise when we were selected as one of the
rst 100 Teaching Schools in the country, with a special responsibility to lead training on
outstanding teaching across the region.
Since our outstanding Ofsted report in 2013, our GCSE and A Level results have improved still
further. Our 2015 GCSE results were recognised by the government, being named in the top
100 highest performing secondary schools in the country (the only school in North Tyneside
to receive this accolade). Our 2016 GCSE results were even better than 2015 which is a great
achievement. Our Sixth Form is nationally recognised and our A Level results place us in the
top 3% of all school and college sixth forms. We are obviously proud of the Ofsted report and
these results, however, what is more important to us is the real sense of pride our students
have in this school and the wonderful atmosphere that exists as you walk around the site
during a typical school day.
We are a large school which brings many benefi ts, such as a very broad curriculum allowing
students to choose from the widest selection of subjects and also we can offer a huge array
of extra-curricular opportunities. However, very importantly, we manage to maintain a small
school community atmosphere where students feel valued and supported from the moment
they join us to the day they leave.
Choosing a school is a very important decision and I hope this prospectus is useful in helping
you make this choice. Further information can be found on our school website –
www.whitleybayhighschool.org. The Open Evening provides another very important
opportunity to fi nd out about us and all that goes on here. In the meantime, if you have any
questions, or would like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I am very pleased to introduce you to Whitley
Bay High School through this prospectus and look
forward to meeting you at our Open Evening.
Steve Wilson
School Prospectus | 2017
‘Whitley Bay High School provides an
outstanding education for its students.
It seeks to help students develop into
confi dent, sensitive and refl ective
adults, and it is successful in this aim.’
Ofsted 2013
Ofsted View
Exam Success
After being named by the government as one of the top
100 highest performing schools in the country we again
achieved outstanding success in 2016 at GCSE. 89%
of students achieved a total of 5 or more A* - C grades
with 78% achieving 5 or more A* - C grades including
English and Maths. 91% of our students achieved
A* - C grades in GCSE English Language and 92% in
GCSE English Literature. 85% achieved A* - C grades in
Maths. A third of all grades were A*/A and 86% of all
grades were A* - C. These results again place WBHS
as one of the top performing schools in the country.
A Level
Our A Level success in recent years has placed
Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form in the top 3%
of all Sixth Forms nationally for the outstanding
progress students make. Our A Level results in 2016
were again excellent. We achieved a 99.4% pass rate
with 50% of all A Level grades either A*, A or B and
79% of grades were A* - C. The average A Level grade
was half way between a B and C. A large majority
of Year 13 go on to university and 87% of students
achieved their fi rst or second choice university place.
Whilst we are justifi ably pleased with our examination
record it is important to mention that we are not an
‘examination factory’. As a school we place a great deal
of emphasis on students participating in a wide range of
extra-curricular activities and enjoying both their studies
and all the other opportunities on offer at Whitley Bay
High School. We want students to enjoy, participate and
achieve at school, and to develop high self-esteem.
The aim of the curriculum is to
enable each student to achieve her
or his full potential. We do this by
organising a weekly timetable of
lessons using a variety of learning
and teaching styles and providing
the best resources we can.
Students will work sometimes
on their own and at other times
in pairs or groups. Practical
work and participation form an
important part of many lessons,
but there are also times for listening, reading, thinking and
writing. Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
is used in many lessons. Educational visits and residential
courses are sometimes used to enhance the curriculum.
Homework enables students to extend their studies and practise
skills they have learned in lessons. It helps them to learn to work
on their own, and also to involve their parents in their studies. All
students should expect a reasonable, but not excessive, amount
of homework, based on the Governors’ Policy for Homework. The
use of the Student Planner helps students to organise their study
time, and parents are asked to check and sign this every week.
Our ambition is to improve the quality of students’ independent
study through the feedback that they receive about their
work. This helps to raise standards even further.
The total number of
admissions to Year 9 in
September 2016 was 361.
1st stated preference 385
2nd stated preference 49
3rd stated preference 6
For September 2016, the
number of parents who
expressed a preference for
sending their daughter/son to
Whitley Bay High School was
Parents are entitled to express a preference about which school their
daughter/son should attend, and for this reason, we are delighted
to welcome parents to look around this school. Admissions to Year
9 at Whitley Bay High School are organised by the Local Authority.
For students in Year 8 attending middle schools in North Tyneside,
parents will be given the opportunity to express a preferred choice
of High School in the autumn term. Parents of Year 8 students
attending schools outside North Tyneside should contact the
North Tyneside LA Admission Officer for further information.
For further information about admissions or to make an
appointment to look round the school, please contact Andy Clark,
Senior Assistant Headteacher, at the school (0191 200 8800). North
Tyneside Local Authority’s Admissions Officer can be contacted at:
Third Floor, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant West, Cobalt Business
Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. Telephone 0191 643 8724.
Throughout their first year in the school,
students’ work will be assessed in the
National Curriculum core subjects,
English, Mathematics and Science. The
results of these summative assessments,
together with reports on progress in all
subjects, will be sent to parents. More
detailed formative assessments will be
made available to parents as students
move through Year 9 in order to set
targets for improvement. Virtually all
students reaching the end of Key Stage
4 in Year 11 are entered for GCSE in nine
subjects. Students in the Sixth Form,
who complete their courses, are entered
for A Level examinations in their chosen
subjects. It is the policy of this school
that all students who have completed a
course of study are entitled to have their
work examined. Tables summarising the
GCSE and A2 results for 2016 are given
at the end of this prospectus.
Year 9 Art Lesson
The Year 9 curriculum in 2016/17
consists of the following subjects:
French and/or German
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Learning – Enquiry – Values
Information & Communications
Technology (which is taught
across the curriculum)
In addition, students choose one additional subject and, for September
2016, the choice was from: Drama, extra Physical Education, German (as a
second Modern Foreign Language), Jewellery, Music, Philosophy & Ethics,
and Robotics. This may be subject to slight change in 2017 as part of our
curriculum review. Guidance on this choice is given in co-operation with
Middle Schools.
Year 9
All Year 9 students engage in an extensive enquiry based learning
activity. In 2016, 19 enquiries took place over 3 days, many of
them in partnership with local community projects. Students
in groups are posed a question and encouraged to answer it
through whatever means they see fit, developing important
skills such as creativity, team-working and resilience.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) days are a
high point in the Year 9 academic calendar.
Students are given the opportunity to develop new skills, forge new
friendships and discover more about themselves as learners. Students
opt in to EBL groups by identifying their interests and abilities and a large
percentage of students cite it as one of the highlights of their school year.
Enquiry Based Learning
School Prospectus | 2017
All students in Years 10 and 11
study GCSE examination courses in
English Language, English Literature,
Mathematics, and Science (Triple or
Dual Award). Physical Education is a
compulsory non-examination course,
and Information & Communications
Technology is taught across the
curriculum in a range of subjects.
In addition, students have a guided
choice of subjects from a range of
The following subjects are offered but
not all of these courses run each year
as they are dependent on numbers:
• Art and Design
• Applied Studies / Work
Related Learning
• Business Studies
• Child Development
• Computer Science
• Design Technology: Electronic
Products / Resistant Materials
/ Graphic Products
• Drama
• Food Technology
• French
• Geography
• German
• History
• Music
• Physical Education
• Philosophy & Ethics
• Textiles Technology
• Vocational Applied GCSE
Health & Social Care
• BTEC Engineering
This provides a choice of
GCSE courses unparalleled
in other schools.
10 & 11
Year 9 students explore children’s books for their EBL project
Day in the Life
Matthew joined Whitley Bay High School
from Wellfi eld Middle School. During his
rst year Matthew has very much enjoyed
PE lessons as well as Music where he has
developed his piano skills. Matthew loves
to practise sports outdoors and in his spare
time he trains with Whitley Bay Boys Football
Team. “I really enjoy going to school in
Whitley Bay High, the general atmosphere of
the school is very welcoming and teachers
deliver fun and engaging lessons. I found
it very easy to make new friends and by
October half term I was all settled in!”
Lesson One
Matthew’s fi rst lesson of
the day is English where he
takes part in some silent and
group reading.
Lesson Three
Matthew focuses on some
independent work in his
History lesson, which was
looking at attitudes to
women in the early 20th
Lesson Four
Matthew carries out a
practical experiment in
Lesson Five
Matthew fi nishes the day
with a Textiles lesson where
he’s taught how to develop
his design and making skills.
Matthew Heywood
School Prospectus | 2017
Students starting in Year 9 can expect a varied and exciting curriculum with teaching that gives them
the opportunity to work in groups, pairs and independently. Here we’ve followed two Year 9 students,
Matthew Heywood and Sawda Ahmed, to get a fl avour of a typical day at Whitley Bay High School.
Lesson One
In her fi rst lesson, Sawda
is involved in some group
discussion work in Science.
Lesson Three
Sawda takes part in a Life
– Enquires – Values lesson
on relationships with an
engaging class discussion.
Lesson Four
Sawda works in a paired
activity during her
Geography lesson and
prepares to feedback to the
Lesson Five
Sawda ends the day with
a PE lesson where she has
been working on her tennis
Lesson Two
Both Matthew and
Sawda take part in a
fun and interactive
Maths lesson.
Sawda joined Whitley Bay High School from
Valley Gardens Middle School. Her favourite
subjects are Maths and History and she has
really enjoyed her lessons in all her subjects
in Year 9. In her spare time she likes to play
cricket and she has enjoyed the wealth of
opportunities on offer at Whitley Bay High
School. “It’s been great to meet so many new
people since starting in Whitley Bay High
School and you get lots of opportunity to
work with others as well as independently.
I really enjoy my lessons and I’m looking
forward to Year 10.”
Sawda Ahmed
Students start the
day with their Tutor
Group which gives them the
opportunity to meet with their
Tutor and prepare for the day
ahead, as well as offering time
to discuss various topical issues.
Once a week the whole year
group meets together for an
Support, guidance and advice for next steps
‘They (sixth form students)
reach high standards and
are strikingly successful in
gaining places at university,
training or employment.’
Ofsted 2013
Art and Media trip to New York
Year 13 trip to CERN in Geneva
Sixth Form Students celebrate exam success
The large and very successful Sixth
Form is one of the central features
of Whitley Bay High School.
Each year the majority of our students choose to stay on after
Year 11 and are joined by a large number of students from other
schools. Around 70% of Year 11 students apply to join the Sixth Form,
which currently numbers 550 in total. Despite such large numbers,
students receive regular support by meeting daily with their tutor.
To assist students, advice and guidance relating to study skills, time
management, university applications, careers, etc. is provided by a
large team comprising of: Director of Sixth Form; Head of Year 13;
a Head of Year 12; a Post-16 Enrichment Coordinator; two Post-16
Guidance Tutors; a Post-16 Support Tutor and 29 Sixth Form Tutors.
Students can choose from 30 different subjects to study at Advanced
Level. Full details of subjects, choices and courses are made
available to Year 11 students in school during the Autumn and
Spring Terms and students from other schools can request details by
contacting the Sixth Form Offi ce by telephone on 0191 200 8829.
A considerable amount of time is invested in advising Year 11 students
about the different post-16 options available to them and the school is
assisted in this by the North Tyneside Connexions Service. Each student
has an individual meeting with a senior member of school staff to help
guide them and can receive a careers advice meeting with our North
Tyneside Careers advisor. Students applying to the Sixth Form from
other schools have a guidance meeting with a member of the Sixth
Form team to ensure that the course they are considering studying will
allow them to progress on to their chosen university course or career.
The tutorial programme, led by tutors, is designed to provide guidance
for students as they progress through Sixth Form and plan for the
future. All students in Year 12 have the opportunity to participate
in a diverse enrichment programme both in school and the local
community, which includes the opportunity of studying accredited
courses such as General Studies or Core Maths. These experiences are
designed to broaden their understanding of the world around them
and develop transferable skills that will benefi t their other subjects.
The Sixth Form has benefi ted from greatly improved facilities in recent
years. These include a large Common Room area, including a Sixth
Form Cafe and an ICT Suite for Sixth Form use only, providing
students with the very best Sixth Form facilities in which to study
and relax. The academic success of our students in the Sixth
Form is excellent (refer to page 3). Just as important however, is
that our students also enjoy their time in the Sixth Form and take
part in the many extra-curricular activities on offer at the school.
Years 12 & 13
Next Steps...
For further information about
courses in Years 12 and 13,
please contact Helen Davison
or Alison Wood, Sixth Form
Administrators, at the school on
0191 200 8829.
Support, guidance and advice for next steps
School Prospectus | 2017
Year 13 trip to Russia
Visit of actor and Stonewall
campaigner Sir Ian McKellen
Visit of poet and author
Simon Armitage
Musical Productions of “Beauty
and the Beast”, “Oliver!”, “West
Side Story”, and “Miss Saigon”
Participation in Poetry by Heart
competition, in which students
have reached the national
nals three years in a row
An annual service of Lessons
and Carols for Christmas
in a local church.
Drama productions such as
Brecht‘s “The Resistible Rise
of Arturo Ui”, Miller’s “The
Crucible”, and Shakespeare’s
“Romeo and Juliet”
Educational Trips to London,
Paris, New York, Kenya,
Moscow and St Petersburg
and to CERN in Geneva
Participation in the Bar National
Mock Trial competition where
we have been Post-16 National
Champions 2008 & 2010 and
Regional Champions in 2014
Industrial link projects
including the Engineering
Education Scheme
National winners of the
‘Tycoon in Schools’ competition
at Buckingham Palace
Y12 High Flyers Young
Enterprise Scheme
Voluntary work with
local special schools
Maths Challenge Competition
Talent Contests, Public
Speaking Competitions
and Debating Clubs
Art Department visits to
galleries in this country and
abroad, including the National
Gallery, the Saatchi and
Tate Modern in London, the
National Gallery of Scotland
in Edinburgh, and the MOMA
and Guggenheim in New York
An annual Art Exhibition at Jam
Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay
Cafe Scientifi que,
University Challenge &
Current Affairs Group
Week long Literature Festival
with visiting authors, poets and
performers including a residency
from specialist Shakespeare
group, 1623 Theatre Company
Sports Teams and Clubs in many
games before and after school
Year 10 Football Team –
league and cup winners
Under 16 Netball Team –
North Tyneside champions
Media Oscars Night at
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Dragons’ Den event
to raise money for our
partner school in Kenya
Bay TV
Whitley Winter Wonderland
Christmas Fair
The Whitley Games
Year 9 Initiative
Our Term in Pictures –
Student Journalism
Extra-Curricular Activities
We are proud of the quality of opportunities
available to our students in such activities as
music, sport, drama, debate and travel.
Recent school activities have included the following:
These are only some examples of the many
opportunities available.
Year 9 Enquiry Based Learning Group
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Expedition
School production of Beauty and the Beast
‘The school is a place where
everyone’s talents are found,
nurtured and shared.’
Ofsted 2013
Ofsted View
Enjoying and achieving
“I felt really welcome on starting at Whitley Bay High
School and I’ve been made to feel so involved with the
school. I really enjoy the equal amount of participation in
lessons from staff and students and it makes you feel a
part of your learning.”
Theo, Year 9
School Prospectus | 2017
Student View
Year 10 Art Trip to London
Year 9 Enquiry Based Learning Group
Special Educational
Needs and Disabilities
During their time at school some students
will have special needs which may relate
to learning, health or emotional factors.
We value, respect and nurture these students to help them overcome
any challenges they face. We do our best to respond to each student’s
needs, and use a variety of resources and strategies for this purpose. The
school’s policy on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is based on
the guidelines contained in the Special Needs Code of Practice (2014). If a
student’s fi rst language is not English, he/she may have the assistance of
a specialist teacher from within the Local Authority’s resources. Students
with offi cial Statements of Special Educational Need (or Education, Health
and Care Plans), are given extra support according to their particular
circumstances: parents are kept fully informed of such arrangements.
Some students identifi ed as being in need of additional support will
have educational targets highlighted in their Progress Reports in each
subject. These are reviewed with students and parents. We operate a
exible system which supports both students and staff in a variety of
ways. There is in-class support for specifi c short-term needs and some of
our Year 12 and 13 students also help younger students who have specifi c
learning diffi culties. Year 9 students may take part in a Reading Recovery
programme which is designed to improve their reading and comprehension
skills, or dyslexia/literacy intervention which focuses on developing
functional literacy skills using a range of ICT and assistive software. There
are also Social Skills Groups and an Independent Travel Programme.
We also enlist the professional expertise of a full range of outside
support agencies and hold regular meetings between these agencies,
teachers and parents in relation to particular students’ needs. In
addition, we use a student-centred review format where students
take a full and active role in identifying steps to develop and make
progress, in order to become more self-confi dent and independent.
Further information can be found in the School Information Report for
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities on the school website.
Parents with any concerns
should contact the school’s
Special Educational Needs
Co-ordinator, Mr James
Mackenzie at the school
(0191 200 8800).
‘Students who are disabled
and those who have special
educational needs make
outstanding progress in
Ofsted 2013
Learning Mentor Scheme
The Learning Mentor aims to support students
who are experiencing any “barrier to learning”
in school through offering them either
individual mentoring or group work sessions.
The barriers to learning experienced by students may include friendship and bully-
ing issues, negative behaviour in school, disorganisation, poor attendance and lack
of confi dence and self-esteem.
Gifted and
Talented Students
WBHS endeavours to provide stimulating, challenging and inspirational
educational opportunities tailored to meet the needs of our students, including
those with a high level of ability and those with more specialised talents. Using a
variety of methods we aim to identify able students throughout their school career
and provide for them by:
Incorporating activities designed to stretch and challenge able students in every
lesson. Specialist resources have been developed and teachers collaboratively
plan and evaluate teaching and learning strategies for able students.
Providing enrichment activities outside the normal curriculum. We also work
closely with other local schools to provide opportunities for gifted and talented
students to work outside their usual peer group and we have established links
with higher education institutions to develop opportunities further.
Offering out-of-hours learning through clubs and activities designed to challenge
students, extend learning and enhance skills and knowledge.
“I really like all the
teachers I’ve had at
Whitley Bay High School
and the lessons have been
great. I like the respect
and freedom that you get
as a student and I feel
like I can act on my own
Alex, Year 9
School Prospectus | 2017
‘There is a buzz amongst
adults and students in
the classroom. Teachers
plan interesting lessons,
and students match this
commitment by taking
their responsibility to
learn very seriously.’
Ofsted 2013
Under 14 Netball Team
In any large community certain
high standards of behaviour are
Details are included in a “Parents’ and Students’ Handbook”
issued at the start of the school year to all students new to
the school. Parents and students are also expected to sign
a home-school agreement, which is to be found in Student
Planners. Our expectations of students are as follows:
treat staff, both teachers and support staff, with respect
respect the rights of others
be aware of, and strive to meet the needs of others,
where appropriate
obey reasonable instructions given, without argument
keep Student Planners up to date to help organise
be responsible for transmitting information between
school and home
attend regularly and punctually
carry the School Identity Card at all times
wear the correct school uniform
follow the guidelines for moving safely around the school
switch off mobile phones and other electronic devices in
not eat or chew gum during lessons
not smoke or vape in, or around, school premises.
Parents need to be reassured that the school takes a
positive line on behaviour. Our expectations are clear, and
at all times aim to balance the needs of the individual with
those of the wider community. The School Governors have
Anti-bullying and Equality Policies, which aim to promote
an environment where students feel happy and safe.
Bullying behaviour is not tolerated and a range of actions
are taken when such behaviour arises.
The Governors have an Exclusion Policy, which guides our
response to serious breaches of behaviour. It emphasises
that exclusion from school is a sanction used sparingly
and normally as a last response following other strategies.
A key factor is likely to be where behaviour constitutes
a risk to the safety and happiness of other students or
staff. In this context, issues such as possession of illegal
substances, weapons capable of threatening or causing
physical damage, or actions which put others in danger,
will be regarded as serious breaches of behaviour, which
may lead to exclusion.
All groups of students make
outstanding progress…so that they
leave Year 11 with standards that are
well above those found nationally.
Ofsted 2013
Ofsted View
“The fi rst thing I really liked
about Whitley Bay High
School was that the teachers
treated students like grown-
ups and with a lot of respect.
I also like that there’s always
lots going on with plenty of
activities to get involved in.
I joined Year 9 Dance Club
because it was a great chance
to do something that I really
enjoy outside of lessons.”
Neve, Year 9
The school aims to introduce students to
a wide variety of sports as part of their
normal curriculum.
In Physical Education lessons students are encouraged to learn
about the health benefi ts of physical activity through regular
participation. A whole host of sports teams and clubs are available
to all students, many starting at 8:00am, fi lling every lunch hour
and carrying on after school and at weekends. Students regularly
compete within school and in local and national competitions.
Students are encouraged to participate in the clubs, team practices
and inter-school tournaments on offer throughout the year. The
extra-curricular activities currently offered include athletics,
badminton, basketball, cricket, dance, football, netball, rounders,
rugby, table tennis, tennis, trampolining, and volleyball. The
annual Sports Day gives students the opportunity to see elite
performers, fi nd out about new and different sports and use the
facilities at a number of local sports centres. Contacts with many
local sports organisations enable us to encourage students to
continue with their sports activities once they have left school.
Year 9 students who opt for the additional PE lesson will focus
on offi ciating and leading activities as well as their own personal
performance, in preparation for future exam work. As part of the
Enrichment Programme in Year 12 and Year 13, students will be
offered the chance to study the Community Sport Leaders Award.
Sport & Physical
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Pastoral Care
The Tutorial System
Each student joining the school is allocated to a
tutor group usually consisting of no more than 21
students from the same year group. The tutorial
group meets at the beginning of the morning session
every day, and the tutor (a member of the teaching
staff) is thus in regular contact with each student.
On Wednesday mornings there is a tutorial lesson,
which allows tutors and students to consider and
discuss learning and topical matters as a group.
The group and tutor usually stay together
throughout Years 9, 10 and 11, and the tutor is the
key member of staff for overseeing each student’s
welfare and progress, and for maintaining the link
between school and parents. When parents wish
to get in touch concerning their daughter/son,
the tutor is normally the fi rst point of contact.
The tutors form a year group team led by a Head
of Year and an Assistant Head of Year, who also
usually follow the year group from Years 9 to 11.
Each year group has an assembly once a week.
As from 1st July 2016, the school has been
part of Operation Encompass, a domestic
abuse partnership initiative. For further details,
see the Northumbria Police website.
Sex and Relationships
Sex and Relationships Education forms a part of
the curriculum for all students. Lessons deal with
anatomical and other factual aspects of the subject
as well as the emotional, moral and health elements.
The course deals with contraception, and also covers
HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
Our recently updated policy is on our website.
Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their daughter/
son from all or part of the Sex and Relationships
Education programme. Parents wishing to
do so should write to the Headteacher.
Religious Education
Religious Education is introduced in Year 9 as part of
the core curriculum and is delivered within the Life,
Enquiry and Values module ‘Beliefs’. The course is
structured around a number of key questions and is
designed to help students to develop philosophical,
ethical and religious understanding. We aim to ensure
that students develop the conceptual thinking skills
required to understand and evaluate the moral
and spiritual aspects of life. The course does not
assume that any particular religious tradition is more
important than any other and should be of equal
benefi t to students of any faith, or of none.
In Year 9, students may opt for a course called
Philosophy and Ethics, which looks at the philosophy
of religion, ultimate questions, major Greek
philosophers and morality. Students may then go on
to choose Philosophy and Ethics as a full GCSE subject
in Years 10 and 11.
Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their daughter/
son from all or part of Religious Education and
Collective Worship. Parents wishing to do so should
write to the Headteacher.
Collective Worship
At the start of the school day, there is an opportunity
for collective worship and/or quiet refl ection. Each
year group from Years 9 - 11 has one assembly
each week. In Sixth Form, Year 12 and 13 have
assemblies on alternate weeks. Every few weeks the
assembly is led by a representative of a religious
organisation. The tutor will lead a time of refl ection
or a “pause for thought” in tutorial groups. Themes
chosen are mainly of a broadly Christian character.
Year 9 Science Practical
School Prospectus | 2017
Careers Information,
Advice and Guidance
Careers Education is a central part of
the curriculum for all students. Careers
information, advice and guidance is provided
through the tutorial programme in Years
9, 10 and 11 and through the tutorial
programme and General Studies course in
Years 12 and 13. Tutors play a key role in
helping students and, in addition, we have
very close links with the North Tyneside
Connexions Service, who offer individual
guidance meetings to students on request.
All Year 9 students have a meeting with
a senior member of staff to discuss their
GCSE options in relation to future career
and degree intentions. All Year 11 students
have a similar meeting to discuss Post
16-options. We have two well-stocked and
easily accessible Careers areas. The Careers
Section in the School Library contains a wide
range of resources including assistance for
sixth form students. In addition copies of
university and college prospectuses are held
in the Sixth Form Centre. Work Experience
currently takes place for all students in Year
10 and Year 12.
“Year 9 has been great! The school has
offered me a lot of choice of subjects
and extra-curricular activities to get
involved with. My favourite subject is PE
because I think it’s an exciting subject.I
love exercise and team work. All my
teachers have been supportive and
encouraging through the year.”
Bridget, Year 9
Year 10 Science Lesson
Y11 Enterprise Day at St James’ Park
Year 9 Trip to Surf Simulator
‘The way in which students work with
other adults and each other to make
progress is exceptional’
Ofsted 2013
Ofsted View
The School Library
The Library offers students the opportunity to engage with high
quality modern resources within a well-supported environment,
providing structured teaching and learning, open access
independent study and extra-curricular activities. Students can
browse over 16,500 items including an extensive book stock, DVDs,
daily newspapers and magazines for every subject. Library staff
are on hand throughout the day to assist students in their work
and students are encouraged to use Library facilities, including
a large ICT suite, before and after school and during break and
lunchtimes. The Library also hosts a range of events for students
to take part in, such as the annual Literature & Performing Arts
Festival and the Christmas Lectures, as well as a host of groups
and clubs.
All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are required to wear correct
school uniform. The uniform regulations are clear and simple, and
represent a practical and economical way of dressing for school.
Full details about uniform will be issued to parents during the
summer term. We expect the full support of parents in maintaining
uniform adherence.
Charging Policy
A number of educational activities are organised to enhance
the curriculum, and parents are asked to make a voluntary
contribution towards the cost. Without such contributions, many
worthwhile educational activities would not be possible. Parents
will be fully informed in advance of any costs involved for activities
in which their daughters/sons participate.
‘The library plays a pivotal role in the life of the school.
Events such as ‘National Poetry Day’, and the ‘Literary
Festival’ promote a love of reading.’
Ofsted 2013
Ofsted View
Achievement of pupils Outstanding
Quality of teaching Outstanding
Behaviour and safety of pupils Outstanding
Leadership and management Outstanding
Ofsted View
Instrumental Music Tuition
Many studies have highlighted the value of learning to play a musical instrument
and the positive effect that this has on the developing brain. Students need
to be disciplined to improve their performing skills which can assist with the
development of many other skills and once an instrument has been mastered,
the sense of achievement and satisfaction is priceless. Instrumental tuition
is available in school for the following instruments: woodwind (fl ute, clarinet,
saxophone, oboe and bassoon), brass (trumpet, cornet, French horn, trombone,
euphonium and tuba), strings (violin, viola, cello and double bass), percussion
(drum kit), guitar (electric/acoustic and bass), piano and singing.
Instrumental teachers visit the school on a weekly basis to provide individual
tuition for those students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Visiting
teachers charge for this service, which nevertheless provides excellent value for
money. Instrumental lessons are taught on a rotating timetable so that students
do not miss the same subject lesson every week. Where possible, A-Level
students are taught during one of their study periods and lessons on a second
instrument are taught before school, at lunchtime or after school. Further details
can be obtained from Mr Kieran Baldwin (Head of Music).
School Meals
Students who choose to stay at school for lunch may bring their own food or
choose from an excellent variety of hot and cold meals and snacks on sale in the
school dining room. Choices include salads, vegetarian dishes and other healthy
options, and drinks are also served. Snacks can also be bought in the dining room
at the morning break and outside from the ‘Qube’. A large number of students
choose to leave the school site at lunch time and purchase food from local shops
and cafes. We ask parents to discuss healthy choices with their children before
they begin Year 9, so that it is clear to them how healthy eating leads to healthy
weight and lifestyle, and also to discuss whether they eat in school or go off site.
Complaints Procedure
Should a parent wish to make a complaint they should contact the Headteacher.
An offi cial complaints procedure is available from the Headteacher’s PA.
“Year 9 has been a really good year for me. The school has a great
library which I’ve borrowed lots of books from. This has allowed me
to discover new genres and authors which I would never have picked
up otherwise. I spend most of my free time in the library as there’s
always something to do there!”
Paul, Year 9
Student View
School Prospectus | 2017
Year 9 Students spend time in the school library
Y10 Graphics Lesson
Y10 Science Lesson
On Tuesday 27th September 2016, an Open Evening will offer all
interested students and their parents an opportunity to view the school,
to see displays of work, to talk informally with teachers and students
and to ask questions. The school will be open from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
All Year 8 students who expect to join us in September 2017 will
be invited to spend two full days with us on Tuesday 4th and
Wednesday 5th July 2017. This will help students to find their way
around, meet their new teachers and begin to get to know the
school and its routines. Parents will be invited to an evening meeting
on Tuesday 27th June 2017 when they will be introduced to staff,
learn more about the school and be given a handbook of important
information. Parents and students who wish to visit the school
at other times will be very welcome to do so by appointment.
Please contact Andy Clark, Senior Assistant
Headteacher, to make arrangements.
Visiting the School
How to
find us
By Rail:
Monkseaton Metro Station - on
foot following the directions
below from Cauldwell Lane.
By Car:
The main school entrance is
accessed from Relton Terrace.
(SatNav NE25 8DZ).
From Cauldwell Lane turn
into Relton Terrace at the
Monkseaton Arms.
Travel along Relton Terrace
passing over the metro rail
bridge onto Deneholm.
Travel to the end of Deneholm
turning right into the school
premises then straight ahead
to the visitors car park.
Please report to Reception on
your arrival.
Please contact Whitley Bay
High School Reception if you
require further assistance on
0191 200 8800.
Monkseaton Drive (No vehicular access to school)
Front Street
Arms Pub
Cauldwell Lane
Shields Road
Fox Hunters Pub
Rake Lane
Preston North Road
Beach Road
(A1058) Coast Road
Tyne Tunnel
Beach Road
Earsdon Road
Seatonville Road
School Prospectus | 2017
Appendix 1
Summary of GCSE Grades Achieved 2016
Subject (GCSE) Ent A* A B C D E F G U A*-A A*-C A*-G
Applied Studies 14 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 14
Art 90 25 18 25 21 1 0 0 0 0 43 89 90
Biology 51 16 24 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 51 51
Business Studies 150 4 28 45 38 27 7 1 0 0 32 115 150
Chemistry 51 21 21 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 51 51
Chinese 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
D&T: Elec. Prods 28 2 4 10 7 1 3 1 0 0 6 23 28
D&T: Graphic Products 27 5 7 5 3 6 1 0 0 0 12 20 27
D&T: Resistant Materials 23 1 1 7 10 1 3 0 0 0 2 19 23
Drama 39 0 4 16 15 4 0 0 0 0 4 35 39
Engineering Design 31 0 0 5 5 5 11 5 0 0 0 10 31
Engineering Systems 31 0 3 4 6 6 8 3 0 1 3 13 30
English Lang 350 22 67 128 100 29 3 0 0 1 89 317 349
English Lit 349 39 85 119 77 25 4 0 0 0 124 320 349
Food Tech 64 0 20 25 12 7 0 0 0 0 20 57 64
French 83 16 13 22 23 8 0 1 0 0 29 74 83
Further Maths 35 18 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 35 35
Geography 199 21 47 38 60 20 9 2 2 0 68 166 199
German 37 0 0 8 19 10 0 0 0 0 0 27 37
Health and Social Care 16 1 3 4 5 3 0 0 0 0 4 13 16
History 181 16 48 54 32 21 6 4 0 0 64 150 181
Home Economics 38 6 5 10 12 5 0 0 0 0 11 33 38
IT 134 8 36 52 27 7 3 0 0 1 44 123 133
Maths 350 48 58 60 130 41 9 3 1 0 106 296 350
Music 15 1 3 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 14 15
PE 109 3 39 44 16 5 1 0 0 1 42 102 108
Photography 14 0 0 3 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 7 14
Physics 51 21 22 8 0 0 0
0 0 0 43 51 51
Religious Studies 17 1 8 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 9 16 17
Science: Additional 255 9 55 87 77 22 4 1 0 0 64 228 255
Science: Additional Applied 43 0 0 4 14 14 9 2 0 0 0 18 43
Science: Single Award 299 4 46 108 82 41 13 4 1 0 50 240 299
Textiles 28 2 9 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 11 25 28
Total 3203 310 688 949 806 318 96 28 4 4 998 2753 3199
Visiting the School
The following GCSE statistics are worth noting:
89% of our students achieved
5 A* - C grades
91% of our students achieved
A* - C grades in English
92% of our students achieved
A* - C grades in English Literature
85% of our students achieved
A* - C grades in Maths
86% of all grades were A* - C
A third of all grades were A* - A
Whitley Bay High School has been named
as one of the top 100 highest performing
schools in the country.
Appendix 2
Summary of A-Level Grades Achieved 2016
Subject (A-Level) Ent A* A B C D E U A*-B A*-E
Applied Business 11 0 1 4 3 3 0 0 5 11
Applied ICT/Computing 27 0 0 12 12 3 0 0 12 27
Applied Science 12 0 0 0 6 4 2 0 0 12
Art 15 8 1 6 0 0 0 0 15 15
Biology 49 2 7 16 11 4 8 1 25 48
Business Studies 19 0 1 5 6 5 2 0 6 19
Chemistry 43 2 9 11 11 6 3 1 22 42
Economics 25 0 3 7 7 7 0 1 10 24
English Lang & Lit 14 0 0 5 6 3 0 0 5 14
English Language 30 1 5 10 10 4 0 0 16 30
English Literature 59 7 9 19 18 6 0 0 35 59
French 7 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 5 7
Further Maths 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 4
General Studies 88 5 11 27 26 15 4 0 43 88
Geography 32 2 3 7 11 7 1 1 12 31
German 4 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 4
Health and Social Care 24 0 1 9 10 4 0 0 10 24
History 68 2 14 26 16 10 0 0 42 68
Mathematics 73 7 12 23 13 12 6 0 42 73
Media Studies 39 0 4 17 14 4 0 0 21 39
Music 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 4
PE 16 0 0 4 5 5 2 0 4 16
Philosophy & Ethics 39 0 6 11 10 6 5 1 17 38
Physics 48 3 6 13 13 8 5 0 22 48
Psychology 7 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 4 7
Technology 7 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 2 7
Textiles 5 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 3 5
Theatre Studies 9 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 3 9
Total 778 41 102 243 224 123 40 5 386 773
Summary of GCSE Results Achieved by Students in Year 11
Entered for
5+ GCSEs
Achieving 5+
A*-C inc A*-C
English and
Maths GCSE
Achieving 5+
Entered for
Achieving 1+
Achieving no
99.4% 88.9% 78.1% 99.9% 100% 100% 0%
North Tyneside
N/A N/A 63.4% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Total Number of entrants 354 265 261
% staying in school or further education 92% 97% 90%
% entering employment 1% 0% 2%
% entering youth training 5% 2% 7%
% others 2% 1% 1%
Group Presents
Possible % Attend
Year 9 94.7 3.7 0.7 100 95.7
Year 10 92.2 3.5 0.5 100 95.9
Year 11 94.7 2.8 0.5 100 96.6
Totals 93.8 3.3 0.6 100 96.1
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Wednesday Timetable
8:55 - 9:10 8:55 - 9:25 Assembly or Tutorial
9:10 - 10:10 9:25 - 10:20 Lesson 1
10:10 - 11:10 10:20 - 11:15 Lesson 2
11:10 - 11:30 11:15 - 11:35 Morning Break
11:30 - 12:30 11:35 - 12:30 Lesson 3
12:30 - 1:30 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:35* 1:30 - 2:35 Lesson 4
2:35 - 3:35 2:35 - 3:35 Lesson 5
* Students leave school at the end of Lesson 4 on Tuesday
Period: 01/09/2014 to 17/07/2015
Scope: Years 9, 10 & 11 Percentage of Sessions
Appendix 3
Destination of School Leavers
Appendix 4
Group Analysis by Attendance
Appendix 5
The School Day
School Prospectus | 2017
Whitley Bay High School
Whitley Bay
Tyne and Wear
NE25 9AS
T. 0191 200 8800
E. whitleybay.high@northtyneside.gov.uk
W. www.whitleybayhighschool.org