Gateshead Grammar School

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Gateshead Grammar School
Prince Consort Road

Low Fell, Gateshead
County Durham

TypeGrammar school
MottoToil No Soil
Established1883 (1945)
Local authorityCounty Borough of Gateshead
Age11 to 18
PublicationThe Apple Cart
AlumniOld Goats

Gateshead Grammar School was a school in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, that operated from 1883 to 1967.


The private school Gateshead High School For Boys opened in 1883 at the junction of Durham Road and Prince Consort Road. It was purchased by Gateshead School Board in 1894 and became a coeducational "Higher Grade School" called Gateshead Secondary School. Publicly owned Higher Grade Schools were a new breed of school, similar to the privately owned Grammar Schools but putting much more emphasis on science and art.

It was renamed Gateshead Grammar School after World War II, still coeducational, but it became boys only in 1956. The school was on the former A1.


It was rebuilt on the same site in 1963, and in 1968 it became Saltwell Senior High School - a coeducational comprehensive school which lasted until the 1990s when it was closed and mostly demolished, and the youngsters were transferred to Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School at Dunston.


Past headmasters included Mr. John Bidgood, Mr. W. Walton, Mr. G.L.R. Brown and Dr. Caffrey.


Former teachers include:

  • Prof John Tuck, Professor of Education from 1974 to 1976 at Newcastle University (taught English from 1936 to 1938)


Its motto "Toil No Soil" was unusually in English (not Latin, Greek or French) and was taken from a quote of the Greek Poet Hesiod in his poem Works and Days, Toil is no disgrace, it is idleness which is a disgrace. The motto is interpreted as Toil (is) No Soil (soil being a synonym of disgrace) Included in list of mottos

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