Charles Thorp Comprehensive School

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Charles Thorp Comprehensive School
Motto Etiam eget mauris est.
Established 1603
Type State school
Headteacher Steve Williamson
Location Ryton Main Road
Tyne and Wear
England Coordinates: 54°58′20″N 1°46′27″W / 54.9722°N 1.7741°W / 54.9722; -1.7741
Local authority Gateshead
Staff 112
Students ~1200
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Derwent (green), Thorp (yellow), Tyne (blue), Woodside (red)
Colours Grey, Blue and Black

Charles Thorp Comprehensive School (formerly Ryton Comprehensive School) is a secondary school in Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England. The school teaches students who come mostly from the local Ryton and Crawcrook area, though some students residing in Greenside, Prudhoe and Winlaton also attended.

The school is named after Charles Thorp who was a rector of the parish of Ryton, and later, Archdeacon of Durham and the first warden of the University of Durham.


Ryton Comprehensive School was a popular oversubscribed school but was nevertheless threatened with closure as part of a review of secondary education in Gateshead in 2009. It was eventually decided that the school should remain open. The school's rating declined during this time from "good, with outstanding features" (Ofsted, 2008) to receiving a Notice to Improve (2011) which was removed in March 2012 when the school was judged Satisfactory.

At the turn of the century, the school was fortunate to benefit from a £3 million investment by a mixture of Gateshead LEA and the Big Lottery Fund in enhanced facilities. That development saw the construction of an additional sports hall, three new science laboratories, a purpose-built drama studio, a suite of music rooms, enhanced art and graphics areas and new modern foreign language classrooms. More recently the LA invested £2 million in a new classroom block housing Learning Support and Art/Media.

The school also boasts a state-of-the-art Millennium Centre, providing excellent facilities for independent study, and an extensive range of literature.

In 2011, the school welcomed year 10 pupils from nearby Hookergate school in High Spen, which was closed on August 31 due to falling numbers, and a larger number of year 7 pupils from a widened catchment area. The Hookergate site remained open for a further academic year (2011–12) to provide education for years 8, 9 and 11.

To acknowledge and celebrate the changes a new identity was developed for the school which change its name to Charles Thorp Comprehensive School in September 2011. The uniform also changed from a maroon blazer, blue shirt, blue striped tie and grey trousers to a blue shirt, grey jumper and black trousers.

In 2013, the school announced plans to convert to an academy. The sponsor, Northern Education Turst (NET), was confirmed in 2014. The conversion is likely to finish at the start of the new academic year (2014-2015). The school is predicted to change its name and uniform following the conversion.

The school today[edit]

The school building will undergo further development under a central Government building scheme in 2015.

The school also enjoys a long-running partnership with local sports clubs Ryton F.C., Ryton Rugby Club and Ryton Cricket club.

External links[edit]

  • [1] - Official Website