Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

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Heworth Grange Comprehensive School
Type Community comprehensive school
Headteacher Chris Richardson[1]
Chair David Napier[1]
Location High Lanes
Felling, Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE10 0PT
54°56′52″N 1°33′08″W / 54.94784°N 1.55225°W / 54.94784; -1.55225Coordinates: 54°56′52″N 1°33′08″W / 54.94784°N 1.55225°W / 54.94784; -1.55225
Local authority Gateshead[1]
DfE URN 108407 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1175[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.heworthgrange.org.uk

Heworth Grange Comprehensive School is a specialist Visual Arts College and comprehensive high school in the Gateshead area of Tyne and Wear, England. As of 2010, the school is undergoing a major rebuild as part of the 'Building Schools for the Future' scheme. It educates students aged 11–18, including a sixth form. The school has attained specialist status as an Arts College.[2] The Headteacher is Chris Richardson.


This school was the first in the North East to be awarded funds under the Building Schools for the Future scheme.[3]

There were proposals to merge the school with Thomas Hepburn Community School.[4] however such plans were curbed in the early stages. Instead, Heworth Grange has merged its Sixth Form with Thomas Hepburn Community School. This, combined with vocational courses available from Gateshead College forms a partnership called "Sixteen East" and allows students from Heworth Grange and SureStart access to vocational courses.

The Science and technology block was completed in 2011 and the new Entrance block which contains admin and dining and refurbishment of arts facilities was completed in March 2012. The older of the two sports halls was refurbished in December 2012.

In March 2017, the school was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors.[5]

Key Stage 4[edit]

In Year 10 students will begin to follow 2-year GCSE/BTEC courses. There are many options of subjects which a student may wish to follow. Most students will study a combination of GCSE and BTEC.

Sixth form[edit]

Heworth Grange has a sixth form on the complex that is available to internal applicants or external applicants. No specific qualifications are required to study but most departments advise at least a grade C in the relevant subject or English and Maths.

School fatality[edit]

In December 1998, a student died of brain damage following a playground fight. A 15-year-old was eventually acquitted of his manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court.[6][7] A memorial dedicated to pupils exists on the campus to remember them.

Awards and achievements[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Heworth Grange Comprehensive School - School report" (PDF). Ofsted. October 4, 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  2. ^ "North gets 10 more specialist schools in bid to raise standards", The Journal, January 28, 2005
  3. ^ "Cash for 'schools of the future'", BBC News, 12 February 2004
  4. ^ "Swipe-cards to aid pupil safety", BBC News, 25 September 2007
  5. ^ Graham, Hannah (2017-03-15). "'Inadequate': what went wrong at Heworth Grange school?". nechronicle. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Deaths in school - A history of school violence", The Guardian, November 5, 2003
  7. ^ "School fight lad, 16, dies", The People, December 20, 1998
  8. ^ "About us", Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

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