Jarrow School

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Jarrow grammar School
Established January 2003
Type Foundation school
Headteacher Mr Ken Gibson (Executive)
Specialism Engineering
Location Field Terrace
Jarrow
Tyne and Wear
NE32 5PR
England England
Local authority South Tyneside
DfE number ???/4033
DfE URN 133725 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 619
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website Jarrow School

Jarrow School is a secondary school located in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear admitting pupils aged 11 to 16.

History[edit]

It was opened on 6 January 2003 following the merger of Springfield Comprehensive and Hedworthfield Comprehensive, and is based at the old Springfield site. Its full title is Jarrow School, Excellence In Engineering, the result of a competition to choose an inspirational name for the new school. In 2007 the school became a specialist Engineering College. [1]

The former Jarrow Grammar School opened in 1911. In June 2010, this building was demolished.[2]

In October 2013 the school's headteacher Sir Kenneth Gibson became the first person to be knighted by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. [3]

Springfield[edit]

Springfield was Jarrow's grammar school and was formerly known as Jarrow Grammar School.It became a comprehensive school in 1975 to cater for all prospective pupils' academic abilities, in common with the other schools in the area including Hedworthfield.

Hedworthfield[edit]

Hedworthfield Comprehensive School circa 2002.

Hedworthfield was designated as a complementary secondary modern school to Springfield's provision as the local grammar school. It was a newer development built in the 1960s at Fellgate on the outskirts of Jarrow. Extensive building work was completed in the late 1970s providing the school with better facilities for arts and crafts, a music and drama studio, a community centre and a sports complex containing badminton and squash courts, a gym and other facilities.

Alongside Springfield, it was converted to a comprehensive school in 1978. However, following its redesignation, some parents still insisted on sending their children to Springfield, even though they were no longer in its catchment area; they cited concerns that an ex-secondary modern school might not measure up to the same academic standards as the former grammar school. Additionally, Hedworthfield had no provision for teaching 6th form pupils, meaning that those choosing to study subjects at A-level had to relocate once they had completed their O-levels or GCSEs. Generally, 6th form students opted to transfer to Springfield to continue their education.

Merger[edit]

Following the dwindling number of pupils for the new intake year-on-year, it became apparent that continuing to fund the running of both schools in parallel was no longer viable, so a merger into a single school was proposed. After some debate as to whether it should be on one of the existing sites, or an entirely new site funded by a Private Finance Initiative, the decision was taken to locate the merged school at the Springfield campus.

Controversy[edit]

Pupils and parents from both Hedworthfield and Springfield were unhappy about the proposal to merge them into a single school. There was much additional criticism because of the timing, coming as soon as it did after investment at the Hedworthfield site and the uncertainty surrounding the future of its new special needs unit for autistic children. However, the merger went ahead, resulting in the relocation of the Hedworthfield pupils to the Springfield site.

Hedworthfield's OFSTED results were surpassing those of the historically more academic Springfield for some time prior to the merger[citation needed]. Students at both schools protested, and more than 100 pupils at Jarrow School were involved in a "near riot" during the summer of 2003, during which police made three arrests.[4]

New building[edit]

The old Jarrow School building has been replaced by a new school on the same site, funded by Building Schools for the Future. The old school was a built during the reign of Queen Victoria (Victorian Era) and by the millennium was in serious need of either refurbishment or a re-build. It was then decided that the old school was to be demolished and replaced with a modern new school which was funded by Building Schools for the Future scheme and designed by Inspired Spaces. The new building has an outstanding learning environment with light, airy rooms and thriving with high class facilities.

Academic performance[edit]

GCSE results were below the national average. The school was not known to concentrate on the more crucial subjects like Maths and English. Results for these subjects were poor, around 40%. However, this year's (2012) results show a significant increase in achievement with 97% of mainstream students gained 5A*-Cs and 57% of students who accessed the mainstream curriculum gained 5A*-Cs including English and maths, a significant increase of over 7% on last year’s figure. There is only one school in South Tyneside LEA has a sixth form, and A-levels are available at the South Tyneside College.

Alumni[edit]

Jarrow Grammar School[edit]

Springfield Comprehensive School[edit]

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