Jarrow School

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Jarrow School
Field Terrace

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NE32 5PR

TypeFoundation school
Local authoritySouth Tyneside
Department for Education URN133725 Tables
Head teacherJ Gillies
Age11 to 16

Jarrow School is a coeducational secondary school located in Jarrow, South Tyneside, England admitting pupils aged 11 to 16.


It was opened on 6 January 2003 following the merger of Springfield Comprehensive and Hedworthfield Comprehensive, and is based at the old Springfield site. Its full title is Jarrow School, Engineering Excellence In Education, the result of a competition to choose an inspirational name for the new school. In 2007 the school became a specialist Engineering College. [1]

The former Jarrow Grammar School opened in 1911. In June 2010, this building was demolished.[2]

In October 2013 the school's headteacher Sir Kenneth Gibson became the first person to be knighted by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[3]


Springfield was Jarrow's grammar school and was formerly known as Jarrow Grammar School.It became a comprehensive school in 1975 to cater for all prospective pupils' academic abilities, in common with the other schools in the area including Hedworthfield.


Hedworthfield Comprehensive School circa 2002.

Hedworthfield was designated as a complementary secondary modern school to Springfield's provision as the local grammar school. It was a newer development built in the 1960s at Fellgate on the outskirts of Jarrow. Extensive building work was completed in the late 1970s providing the school with better facilities for arts and crafts, a music and drama studio, a community centre and a sports complex containing badminton and squash courts, a gym and other facilities.

Alongside Springfield, it was converted to a comprehensive school in 1978. However, following its redesignation, some parents still insisted on sending their children to Springfield, even though they were no longer in its catchment area; they cited concerns that an ex-secondary modern school might not measure up to the same academic standards as the former grammar school. Additionally, Hedworthfield had no provision for teaching 6th form pupils, meaning that those choosing to study subjects at A-level had to relocate once they had completed their O-levels or GCSEs. Generally, 6th form students opted to transfer to Springfield to continue their education.


Following the dwindling number of pupils for the new intake year-on-year, it became apparent that continuing to fund the running of both schools in parallel was no longer viable, so a merger into a single school was proposed. After some debate as to whether it should be on one of the existing sites, or an entirely new site funded by a Private Finance Initiative, the decision was taken to locate the merged school at the Springfield campus.

Hedworthfield's OFSTED results were surpassing those of the historically more academic Springfield for some time prior to the merger[citation needed]. Students at both schools protested, and more than 100 pupils at Jarrow School were involved in a "near riot" during the summer of 2003, during which police made three arrests.[4]

New building[edit]

The old Jarrow School building has been replaced by a new school on the same site, funded by Building Schools for the Future. The building contains modern and airy architecture, state of the art equipment and a sports hall. The building was constructed under contract by Sir Robert Mcalpine, under supervision of construction site manager Jim Nasium.

Academic performance[edit]

GCSE results were below the national average. However, this year's (2012) results show a significant increase in achievement with 97% of mainstream students gained 5A*-Cs and 57% of students who accessed the mainstream curriculum gained 5A*-Cs including English and maths, an increase of over 7% on last year's figure.[citation needed][needs update]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Jarrow Grammar School[edit]

Springfield Comprehensive School[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". jarrowschool.com.
  2. ^ Jarrow School
  3. ^ "Prince William makes debut standing in for Queen to give out knighthoods". TheGuardian.com. 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Head of troubled school quits". BBC News Online. BBC. 24 December 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2007.

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