Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham

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Queen Elizabeth High School
Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham logo.jpg
Whetstone Bridge Road

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NE46 3JB

Coordinates54°58′12″N 2°07′04″W / 54.97012°N 2.11781°W / 54.97012; -2.11781Coordinates: 54°58′12″N 2°07′04″W / 54.97012°N 2.11781°W / 54.97012; -2.11781
TypeComprehensive community school
MottoSpes Durat Avorum ("The hope of the ancestors endures")
Local authorityNorthumberland
SpecialistsArts & Science
Department for Education URN122356 Tables
HeadteacherGraeme Atkins
Age13 to 18

Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) is a community high school in Hexham, Northumberland, England.


The school was founded in 1599.[2] Thomas Stackhouse, afterwards an Anglican clergyman and theologian was headmaster of the school from 1701 to 1704. The school is in a multi-academy trust (Hadrian Learning Trust) with Hexham Middle School. The head of school is James Andriot, and Graeme Atkins is the Executive Headteacher, having previously headed Northwood School.


It has approximately 1300 students, of whom 380 are in the Sixth Form. Northumberland LEA currently operates a three-tier system, so QEHS has students aged between 13 and 18.

The school is part of the Tynedale Virtual College, a collaboration between the four high schools in the Tyne Valley and Northumberland College. The TVC seeks to provide vocational learning across the area.

It is situated just off Allendale Road (B6305) in the west of Hexham.

Academic performance[edit]

On 3 November 2015 an Ofsted inspection judged the school to be 'Good'.[3]

It gets above average GCSE and A level results, with the third highest at GCSE in Northumberland.[citation needed] In November 2014, Queen Elizabeth High School was said to be the fifth best state school in the north east of England.



  1. ^ History of the School Archived 9 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham.
  2. ^ History of the School Archived 9 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham.
  3. ^ "Short Inspection Report". Ofsted. 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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