Thomas Hepburn Community Academy

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Thomas Hepburn Community Academy
Established 1990
Type Academy
Executive Principal Mrs J M Nolan
Head of Academy Miss Kate Wright
Chair Mr J Mertz[1]
Location Swards Road
Felling, Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE10 9UZ
54°56′40″N 1°33′43″W / 54.9444°N 1.562°W / 54.9444; -1.562Coordinates: 54°56′40″N 1°33′43″W / 54.9444°N 1.562°W / 54.9444; -1.562
DfE URN 140035 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Atwood, Forster, Jude, Larkin
Colours Purple and Grey
Website School website

Thomas Hepburn Community Academy (formerly Thomas Hepburn Community School) is a coeducational secondary school with academy status, located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. The school serves about 700 pupils aged 11–16.[1]


Thomas Hepburn Community School was founded in 1990 following the merger of Sheriff Hill and Highfield Schools, based at the Highfield site. The original headmaster was Mr. C.B. Buddle who had previously been headmaster at Sheriff Hill.

In 2009 the school started an extensive rebuild project which saw the demolition of North and South block, the school hall, sports hall and gym as well as the refurbishment of the Technology block which now is home to the Art, Humanities and ICT departments. The Lifelong Learning building was refurbished over the summer break in 2011.

In 2012 Thomas Hepburn was judged to be "Unsatisfactory" by Ofsted, and the 2012 Exam results placed the school among the 200 lowest attaining schools in the country.

In January 2013 the Department of Education made the decision to convert the school into an academy, which formally occurred in October 2013. The school was then renamed Thomas Hepburn Community Academy.

The Academy is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust which is a not-for-profit education charity, approved by the Department for Education to sponsor and oversee primary and secondary academies.

In 2015 a new system of a "mini school" took place, letting the year 7 students be free from the older students.


In February 2017, the academy was rated 'Inadequate' by Ofsted. The report said almost all pupils failed to achieve good enough qualifications and the brightest pupils weren’t fulfilling their potential, while poorly planned teaching saw academic strugglers punished.

Inspectors said teachers “settle too often for incomplete work or work of a poor standard”, and pupils who missed lessons weren’t helped to catch up, and quickly fell behind. Meanwhile, behaviour was described as sub-standard.

The report said: “The majority of pupils have a positive attitude to learning but a significant number of pupils purposely disrupt learning for themselves and others. [2]


  1. ^ a b "Thomas Hepburn Community School - Inspection Report". Ofsted. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  2. ^ Graham, Hannah (2017-02-02). "Bad behaviour and poor grades - Gateshead school is 'inadequate'". nechronicle. Retrieved 2017-07-12.