Norton Hill School

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Norton Hill School
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Coordinates51°17′03″N 2°28′54″W / 51.2842°N 2.4817°W / 51.2842; -2.4817Coordinates: 51°17′03″N 2°28′54″W / 51.2842°N 2.4817°W / 51.2842; -2.4817
MottoThe best for all our students. The best from all our students
Established1911; 108 years ago (1911)
SpecialistsEconomics & Business, Maths & Computing, Languages, Sportsmark, Artsmark
Department for Education URN136335 Tables
HeadteacherGordon Green
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1,519 (2013[1])
HousesBlackdown, Cotswold, Exmoor, Mendip and Quantock
Colour(s)Purple, Yellow, Blue, Red & Green

Norton Hill School is a state school with academy status in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, England. It is part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership academy group.[2] It was formerly the Midsomer Norton Grammar School.

The school had 1,519 students from the age of 11 to 18 as of 2013 including 266 in the sixth form.[1] It is situated in the Norton Hill area of west Midsomer Norton, north of Radstock. It is between Silver Street (B3355) and Fosseway (A367) near the former Midsomer Norton railway station, being nearer to Silver Street and just east of the railway centre.


Grammar school[edit]

Some of the current school buildings date back to its original foundation as Midsomer Norton Grammar School in 1911.[3] In the 1950s, Midsomer Norton Grammar School teacher David Penrose and pupils from the school explored the newly discovered Hillier's Cave in the Mendip Hills, naming it after Gordon Hillier, headmaster at the school from 1926 to 1958.[4]


Norton Hill became a comprehensive school in September 1971. Secondary Modern schools at Paulton and Timsbury were also closed and their catchment areas and historical documentation transferred to Norton Hill.[5]

In 1999, it gained specialist school status as a Technology College. In 2007, the specialism was changed to Maths and Computing College. In 2006, Norton Hill was awarded a second specialism as a Language College.

The school has received both the Sportsmark Award by Sport England and Artsmark Silver Award.[6]

Academic performance[edit]

The school was described by Ofsted in 2007 as outstanding in every respect.[7] Its GCSE results place it seventh overall and fourth in the state schools in Bath and North East Somerset. At A-Level it is 12th in the area for points per pupil score, just below the average.[8] In 2013 OFSTED awarded Norton Hill 'good'.[9]


Midsomer Norton Grammar School[edit]

Norton Hill School[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Norton Hill Academy" (PDF). Oftsed. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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  4. ^ ^ Witcombe, Richard (2009). Who was Aveline anyway?: Mendip's Cave Names Explained (2nd ed.). Priddy: Wessex Cave Club. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-9500433-6-4
  5. ^ "SECONDARY EDUCATION (NORTON-RADSTOCK) (Hansard, 5 August 1966)".
  6. ^ "Awards". Norton Hill School. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Norton Hill School". Norton Hill School. Retrieved 7 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Secondary schools and colleges in Bath and NE Somerset". BBC News. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Norton Hill OFSTED Inspection Awarded 'Good' for 2013". OFSTED. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
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