Bedlingtonshire Community High School
|Headteacher||Mr Stephen Griffiths|
|DfE URN||122360 Tables|
|Former pupils||Old Bedlingtonians|
Bedlingtonshire Community High School (BCHS) is a secondary school and sixth form located in Bedlington, Northumberland in the North East of England. It is named after the former area of Bedlingtonshire, and the local area became Wansbeck district until 2009.
It was founded in 1926 as Bedlington Secondary School for the areas of Bedlingtonshire, Ashington and Newbiggin, being built next to Bedlington railway station. Subsequently it became Bedlington Grammar School, before turning comprehensive in 1974. It gained Maths and Computing College status in 2009. During April 2015 building work started on the new modern building. The old school shut its doors on the 26th July 2016 to allow the demolition to commence. The new building opened, officially for students, on the 6th September 2016
The school is situated in Bedlington Station, just west of the junction of the A189 and A1147, and near the A189 bridge over the River Blyth. All secondary schools in Northumberland have a sixth form.
Admissions are in Years 7 and 9 - Year 7 students come from the two feeder primary schools, Bedlington Station Primary School and Stead Lane Primary School; whilst Year 9 students come from the three tier system from Meadowdale Academy and Guidepost Middle School.
The Sixth Form Football team are very successful, with thanks to Manager and Biology teacher Mr Jamie 'Jose' Bell who led them to glory in a 7-a-side tournament at TyneMet College.
Notable former pupils
Bedlington Grammar School
- Sir Bobby Charlton CBE
- Prof Graham Charlton, Professor of Conservative Dentistry at the University of Edinburgh from 1978–91
- Sir John Hall, who built the MetroCentre
- Mike Murray, Ambassador to Eritrea from 2002-6
- Kenneth Sillito (https://web.archive.org/web/20090101131836/http://www.asmf.org/html/kenneth-sillito.htm)
- "Jayne's the host with the most". Evening Chronicle. 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2009-08-16.[dead link]
- "Football: Great days of a good knight - Sport - The Independent". The Independent. London. 1997-10-12.
- "Sir John Hall's zeal is opening up the North-east frontier - Sport - The Independent". The Independent. London. 1995-11-01.