Gosforth Central Middle School

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Gosforth Central Middle School
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Motto "Building on Success"
Established 1973 (1973)
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Mrs Susannah Webb
Chair of Governors Mr Ronald Eunson
Location Great North Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear
55°00′38″N 1°37′02″W / 55.0105°N 1.6172°W / 55.0105; -1.6172Coordinates: 55°00′38″N 1°37′02″W / 55.0105°N 1.6172°W / 55.0105; -1.6172
Local authority Newcastle upon Tyne (391)
DfE URN 108519 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 27 Teachers, 5 assistants, 5 office staff, 1 librarian
Students 503[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 9–13
Website GCMS official website

Gosforth Central Middle School is a middle school in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Students typically transfer to Gosforth Academy. The school is in the East Gosforth electoral ward.


The school was formed when Northumberland County Council changed to the three-tier education system in 1973.[2] The previous headteacher was Diane Darwin, who worked at Gosforth Central for 15 years and left in December 2005. The current headteacher is Lorna Anderson.

In 2014 the Gosforth Schools Trust was formed with Archibald First, Archbishop Runcie CE First, Broadway East First, Brunton First, Dinnington First, Gosforth Central Middle, Gosforth East Middle, Gosforth Park First, Grange First, Regent Farm First and South Gosforth First School.[3]


The 2004 Gosforth Central Middle School building

The site on which Gosforth Central stands was formerly used by Gosforth Grammar School,[4] until it became Gosforth High School and moved to the other side of the Great North Road in 1973. The Grammar School building was used by Central, until it was replaced in 2004. The new building was fully built before the original building was demolished. The school is opposite the Regent Centre business complex and Regent Centre Metro station, with the vehicle entrance on Christon Road.

2009 Ofsted report[edit]

Gosforth Central Middle School achieved a strong Ofsted report in 2009.[5] Ofsted deemed the school as good with outstanding features. Behaviour was excellent and the report notes that bullying is rare throughout the school.

Test results[edit]

Year Results score[6]
2005 278
2006 271
2007 266
2008 265
2009 262

Notable alumni[edit]

The pupils of Gosforth Central Middle School appeared on an episode of the CBBC television show 50/50 in 2005 and won the competition, and three years later in 2008 students appeared on another CBBC show, Hot Rods, and won all the competition prizes.

A number of noted individuals have been educated at the school:

Feeder schools[edit]


  1. ^ "GCMS school overview". DirectGov. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Gosforth Central. Archived from the original on 2004-08-16. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Schools in Newcastle join forces to form collaborative trust". The Journal. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Photograph of Gosforth Grammar School, 1952". Newcastle libraries service at Flickr. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Gosforth Central Middle School". Ofsted. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ "League Tables". BBC News. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Burger ad is a knockout". The Evening Chronicle. 2006-03-06. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  8. ^ a b Huxley, John (1998-01-25). "The Unknown Warrior". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 

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