Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School

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Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School
Established 1885
Closed 2014
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of England
Location Tankerville Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
54°59′14″N 1°36′33″W / 54.9871°N 1.6091°W / 54.9871; -1.6091Coordinates: 54°59′14″N 1°36′33″W / 54.9871°N 1.6091°W / 54.9871; -1.6091
Local authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18

Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School (also known locally as "Church High") was an independent day school for girls in Jesmond, less than a mile north of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Until 2014 it was the oldest continuously operating girls' school established in the city.


"Church High", as the school is commonly known, was founded in 1885[1] by the Church Schools Company (now known as the United Church Schools Trust). It left the company in 1925 and has been independent since, but retained ties with the Diocese of Newcastle and St Nicholas's Cathedral.[2]

Church High was one of the North East's top performing independent schools in GCSEs and A Levels. In the 2010 GCSE league table, it was ranked joint third with Central Newcastle High School out of 100 schools in the North East.[3] 98% of its candidates scored 5 or more A*-C grades that year.[4]

On 29 January 2013 it was announced Church High would merge with the nearby Central Newcastle High School to form Newcastle High School for Girls in 2014.[5][6] The schools merged in 2014.

On closure, a heritage website was created to celebrate the history of this much loved school by former members of its staff.

Notable former pupils[edit]