Roseberry College

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Roseberry College and Sixth Form
Motto Aim High, Achieve Excellence
Established 1963 (1963)
Closed 2014
Type Community school
Location Newfield
County Durham
54°52′02″N 1°37′19″W / 54.867184°N 1.62197°W / 54.867184; -1.62197Coordinates: 54°52′02″N 1°37′19″W / 54.867184°N 1.62197°W / 54.867184; -1.62197
DfE URN 114287 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Ravensworth, Lumley, Finchale
Website (archived)

Roseberry College and Sixth Form was a state-funded secondary school and sixth form in County Durham, England, founded in 1953. The final college Principal was Mrs. Ann Bowen, who is also a geography textbook author[1] for the examination board AQA.

The school was housed on a very large single site with capacity for almost 1000 pupils in the Pelton, County Durham / Newfield, Chester-le-Street / Ouston, County Durham areas.

The College achieved Sports College status in c. 2003. The PE department enjoyed some of the best facilities in the Local Authority with a gym, sports hall, enclosed and flood-lit AGS pitch (Artificial Grass Surface), full-sized climbing wall, athletics track, tennis, netball and outdoor basketball courts as well as approximately 20 hectares of sports fields making it one of the largest school sites in County Durham.

In March 2010, the school was named as one of the "most improved specialist schools" by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.[2] It narrowly lost out on the "Most Improved in the North East Region" prize to nearby Oxclose Community School.

In December 2010, Roseberry received confirmation from the BBC that it was a winning school for the BBC/British Council’s Olympic Schools search.[3] As part of being a winning school, it was twinned with Colégio Certo in Piaui, in the North-East of Brazil which was the high school of Sarah Menezes. The two colleges worked collaboratively on activities and projects with all year groups in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympic games.

In June 2011, Roseberry won the RBS Personal Finance Education Awards for Schools.[4] The College won "The Best all-round approach to Personal Finance Education", beating off UK-wide competition.

In September 2013, after Durham County Council started a consultation period on falling roles; student numbers declined to under 200 pupils by early 2014 due to the uncertainty of the college's future in light of Durham County Council's consultation to close process. Due to this Durham County Council voted in February 2014 to close the school. The closure took effect from 31 August 2014.[5] Demolition of the school buildings began in late 2015. The school was mentioned in an E-book "Up The Rhubarb Tree" by former pupil Joseph Crawford. The book chronicles the devastating fires at the school in the mid 1970s. The main fires were located in the science labs, engineering / Design Technology block and Lambton / Finchale house block, although all were quickly rebuilt.


Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Ann Bowen: Books, Biogs, Audiobooks, Discussions". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
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  3. ^ "Press room". British Council. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Website closed". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Councillors vote to close Roseberry College and Sixth Form due to falling pupil numbers". The Northern Echo. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.