Walbottle Campus

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Walbottle Campus
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Offering Opportunity - Valuing Achievement ( - 2012)

School of First Choice (2012 - Present)

1959 - Walbottle East, Walbottle West and Walbottle Grammar

1973 - Walbottle Campus
Type Secondary School, Sixth Form
Head Teacher Paul Sampson
Deputy Head Darren Glover
Chair of Governors Jerry Paterson
Founder Tyne and Wear County Council (Defunct)
Location Hexham Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE15 9TP
England, United Kingdom Coordinates: 54°59′48″N 1°44′27″W / 54.996566°N 1.740903°W / 54.996566; -1.740903
Local authority Newcastle City Council
Staff 184
Students 1,615 (DfE)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19
Houses Cragside, Warkworth and Hadrian
Colours Red, Green, Blue             
Annual Budget £9,266,236 (DfE figure)
Sixth Form provision Yes
Telephone number +44 191 267 8221 (Switchboard)
Website Walbottle Campus

Walbottle Campus was formed in 1973 (though officially opened in 1960) by the Tyne and Wear County Council (defunct) following its creation in the same year. The school was formed by the merger of Walbottle East High School, Walbottle West High School and Walbottle Grammar. These schools were formed by the Northumberland Education Committee on the Walbottle Campus site as part of an attempt to save money. They only shared outdoor facilities but occasionally students would receive lessons at another of the schools. On the merger, the Head Teacher of the grammar school became Walbottle's first Head Teacher and the other Head Teachers formed the first Walbottle Campus Leadership Team. In 2005, all of the middle schools in Newcastle upon Tyne were closed (excluding Gosforth Junior Academy). Students of Chapel House Middle School, Lemington Middle School, Chapel Park Middle School and Throckley middle school were placed in either Walbottle Campus or the First Schools in which they came from, all of which became primary schools, and Walbottle became a State Secondary School.

Walbottle Campus

In 2008, a new building opened, replacing the former three buildings. It operates under the Newcastle LEA Two Tier system and most pupils come from several local feeder primary schools.

Walbottle Campus is controlled by the Board of Governors which is chaired by Jerry Paterson. The school is a Managed School of Newcastle LEA. There are no known plans for academy conversion.

Location, Site and Mergers[edit]

Walbottle Campus is located in Walbottle Village, on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] Over the years, the school has seen several mergers. In 1973 Walbottle East High School, Walbottle West High School and Walbottle Grammar School were merged to form Walbottle Campus (the name of the site). Later, in 2005 on the closure of Newcastle's middle schools years 7 and 8 at many of these school joined Walbottle. Most of the assets that belonged to these schools were transferred to Walbottle. On the merger, there was not enough space on the main campus. Therefore a satellite campus was opened in Chapel House. This closed in 2008 with the opening of a new £35 Million building which would contain all of the students. The building was built in 2 Phases. Phase one included Blocks A - F as well as the library, both cafes and the main hall. Phase 2 opened in 2009 with H block and new outdoor PE facilities. Between 2009 and 2010 the old buildings were demolished. There is also a Sporting Pavilion feature Cricket Changing facilities a Sure Start Children's Nursery and Meeting Rooms. The site was transferred from Newcastle City Council Ownership to Aura North East which owns and operates the site as well as all Newcastle BSF schools. Walbottle Campus Hires the facilities for £755 820 per annum.[2] Aura also hires out facilities to other organizations to raise money lowering the costs for the School itself. The blocks of the Main Building include;

Labeled Block by Block map of the Main Building at Walbottle Campus School, Newcastle, England

A Block (light blue)- Business Studies, Hairdressing, Sixth Form & Inclusion.

B Block (red)- Humanities.

C Block (green)- English & MFL (French & Spanish).

D Block (dark blue)- Mathematics, Art & Health & Social Care.

E Block (orange)- Construction, Engineering, Product Design, Systems & Controls, Materials, Textiles & Food Technology.

F Block (purple)- Science.

H Block (Crimson)- Physical Education and Performing Arts.

All blocks, excluding A & H, have a Pastoral Office for students, and an office for members of the leadership team.

IT classrooms are located at the first room of each block, excluding A and H, on the second floor.[3]

Pastoral Care[edit]

Pastoral Care consists of a LAC & LAM (Head of Year). In the October 2012 Ofsted Inspection, the Pastoral Care System was rated as 'Outstanding'[4]


In 2012, the total expenditure per Pupil was £5 803 in total, expenditure was & 9 371 845. 49% of the schools annual budget is spent on Teachers totalling £4 633 435. The remainder, £4 738 410 was spent on Learning resources, Admin staff, Premises and All other costs.[5]

IT and E-Learning[edit]

Computers were introduced mainstream following a government announcement in the early 2000s. The Dell Laptops and Workstations running Windows XP have been replaced in the new building and in 2012 were mainly replaced with New machines with or upgraded to Windows 7. All teacher's and School Employed Cover Supervisors have a Personal Laptop however Supply Staff hired in on the day, do not have access to one. Registers, are carried out on the machines through SIMS.net. All classrooms have a SMART Board with a Front Projection Long Throw Projector. The Classrooms often have different types of SMART Board. The Lecture Theatre and Main Hall have large screens (No Touch) and PE have Short Throw Projection SMART Boards. In 2011, the Frog VLE system which had been used for some time, was replaced with a new VLE developed and created In-House by the E-Learning Team. All lessons can be uploaded to the VLE for students to use in school or at home.

Behaviour Management[edit]

In 2010, the school implemented the POLITE behavioural management system (Partnership, Outfit, Learning, Independent Learning, Time-keeping, Equipment). This system replaced BLUE HW the old system. As of September 2013 only the P & L codes of the POLITE System are used as the other letters are now part of the schools 10 Non-Negotiables. Violating Non-Negotiables results in an immediate C2 30 Minute after school detention which is Non-Negotiable.


The school has a number of school bus services for students. These buses are funded by NEXUS and operated by: Go North East, TGM Group (Classic), Arriva and Stanley Travel. The Services are as follows 132, 137, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and the 155.[6]

Local Un-regulated Public Service Buses include the 685, 684 and X82.[7]


  1. ^ "DfE School Data". School Details. HM Government (Department for Education). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "DfE School Data". School Details. HM Government (Department for Education). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Walbottle Campus (Heads of Departments) (September 2012). Walbottle Campus Learning Journal (Year Nine). Walbottle Campus Learning Journal 2: Depends on Version. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Moira. "School inspection report". Walbottle Campus (October 2012). Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Retrieved 10–11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "DfE School Data". School Details. HM Government (Department for Education). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Walbottle Campus Bus Times". Walbottle Campus Website (Parent's & Guardians). Walbottle Campus. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "NEXUS Bus Schedules". Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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