St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon

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St Thomas More Catholic School
Stm school badge.jpg
Motto Regis Servus Dei Prius
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr. Jonathan Parkinson
Deputy Heads Mr. P Wood, Mr. N Wood
Chair Prof. Patrick Chinnery
Location Croftdale Road
Tyne and Wear
NE21 4BQ
England Coordinates: 54°57′40″N 1°43′20″W / 54.96118°N 1.72222°W / 54.96118; -1.72222
Local authority Gateshead
DfE URN 137851 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 145
Students 1516
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Houses St Bernadette, St Catherine Labouré, St John Fisher, St Theresa
Colours Royal Blue (Years 7 to 11) and Black (Sixth Form)

St Thomas More Catholic school is a voluntary aided Roman Catholic secondary school with academy status in Blaydon, Tyne and Wear, England, providing teaching to 11 - 19 year olds.

The current headteacher is Jonathan Parkinson, who took over after Michael Zarraga OBE retired in 2005. Its motto is "regis servus dei prius" which translates as, "I am the King's good servant, but God's first". This is a reference to St Thomas More, and his refusal to recognise Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church following the King's split from the Vatican and Catholicism.

The school runs with a headteacher Mr Jonathan Parkinson and deputy heads Mr Paul Wood, and Mr Nicholas Wood as well as assistant heads Mrs. Barbara Kamali, Mrs Julie Roberts, & Mr. Michael O'Connor .

The schools current head boy and head girl are Joseph Rees & Judith Nelson with deputies as Alaister Grey & Hayley Simpson.

It is a well-regarded and over-subscribed school, performing well both regionally and nationally. In its last OFSTED inspection (2013) it was described as "an outstanding and inclusive school" and found to be outstanding in all major areas assessed. The school converted to academy status on 1 February 2012.

The school is divided into four houses which every pupil placed into one. Each of the houses are named after saints and are as follows:

Note: (Heads of houses)

The houses provide pastoral care for each pupil, as well as being the focus of rivalry during inter-house competitions at the start of the year. During the inter-house competitions the houses compete against one another in activities such as football, basketball, chess and scrabble. Catering at St Thomas More Catholic School is provided by Chartwells.

The majority of pupils eventually proceed to sixth form, ran by Mr. J. Davis and Mrs. M. Storey and then higher education, with a small minority of sixth form leavers achieving places at Oxbridge most years.

As of October 2011, St Thomas More School are constructing a new building which will house new class rooms which will replace ones in the current temporary block. The new building will attach the main part of the school from the I.C.T department to the English department, housing science labs and humanities classrooms.

The school became an academy in August 2012.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Graham Onions fact file Retrieved 8 May, 2009

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