Walbottle Campus

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Walbottle Campus
Walbottle Campus Technology College Logo.png
Motto School of First Choice
Type Community school
Head Teacher Paul Sampson
Deputy Head Mr D Glover (Curriculum) & Mrs K Lord (Pastoral)
Chair of Governors Dr. David Cook
Founder Tyne and Wear County Council
Location Hexham Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE15 9TP
England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 54°59′48″N 1°44′27″W / 54.996566°N 1.740903°W / 54.996566; -1.740903
Local authority Newcastle City Council
DfE number 391/4430
DfE URN 108524 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 169 (Excludes support)
Students 1,615 (DfE)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19
Annual Budget £10,115,548 (DfE figure)
Sixth Form provision Yes
Telephone number +44 191 267 8221 (Switchboard)
Website Walbottle Campus

Walbottle Campus was formed in 1973 (though officially opened in 1960) by the Tyne and Wear County Council (defunct) following its creation in the same year. The school was formed by the merger of Walbottle East High School, Walbottle West High School and Walbottle Grammar. These schools were formed by the Northumberland Education Committee on the Walbottle Campus site as part of an attempt to save money. They only shared outdoor facilities but occasionally students would receive lessons at another of the schools. In 2005, all of the middle schools in Newcastle upon Tyne were closed (excluding Gosforth Junior Academy). Students of Chapel House Middle School, Lemington Middle School, Chapel Park Middle School and Throckley Middle School were placed in either Walbottle Campus or their original primary school. Walbottle Campus is currently a maintained comprehensive school of Newcastle LEA with no plans to become an academy

Walbottle Campus

In 2008, a new building opened, replacing the former three buildings. It operates under the Newcastle LEA Two Tier system and most pupils come from several local feeder primary schools.

Walbottle Campus is overseen by Newcastle City Council and the Board of Governors which is chaired by Dr. David Cook.

Location, Site and Mergers[edit]

Walbottle Campus is located in Walbottle Village, on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] Over the years, the school has seen several mergers. In 1973 Walbottle East High School, Walbottle West High School and Walbottle Grammar School were merged to form Walbottle Campus (the name of the site). Later, in 2005 on the closure of Newcastle's middle schools years 7 and 8 at many of these school joined Walbottle. Most of the assets that belonged to these schools were transferred to Walbottle. On the merger, there was not enough space on the main campus. Therefore a satellite campus was opened in Chapel House. This closed in 2008 with the opening of a new £35 Million building which would contain all of the students. The building was built in 2 Phases. Phase one included Blocks A - F as well as the library, both cafes and the main hall. Phase 2 opened in 2009 with H block and new outdoor PE facilities. Between 2009 and 2010 the old buildings were demolished. There is also a Sporting Pavilion feature Cricket Changing facilities a Sure Start Children's Nursery and Meeting Rooms. The site was transferred from Newcastle City Council Ownership to Aura North East which owns and operates the site as well as all Newcastle BSF schools. Walbottle Campus Hires the facilities, with the school having been rebuilt under a PFI Design, Build, Finance scheme.[2] Aura also hires out facilities to other organizations to raise money lowering the costs for the School itself. The blocks of the Main Building include;

Labeled Block by Block map of the Main Building at Walbottle Campus School, Newcastle, England

A Block (light blue)- Business Studies, Hairdressing, Sixth Form & Inclusion.

B Block (red)- Humanities.

C Block (green)- English & MFL (French & Spanish).

D Block (dark blue)- Mathematics, Art, Health & Social Care & Child Development and Care

E Block (orange)- Construction, Engineering, Product Design, Systems & Controls, Materials, Textiles & Food Technology.

F Block (purple)- Science.

H Block (Crimson)- Physical Education, Performing Arts and Main Administration.

In September 2015 Walbottle scraped the houses and colours. They no londer have Cragside, Hadrian and Warkworth

IT classrooms are located at the first room of each block, excluding A and H, on the second floor.[3]

Pastoral Care[edit]

Pastoral Care consists of a Progress Manager, Senior year leader and a Year Leader. The also have a director of key stage. Key Stage 3 is years 7, 8 and 9.Key Stage 4 is Years 10 and 11 and finally Key Stage 5 is Years 12 and 13. In October 2012 Ofsted Inspection, the Pastoral Care System was rated as 'Outstanding'[4]


In 2012, the total expenditure per Pupil was £5 803 in total, expenditure was & 15 371 845. 49% of the schools annual budget is spent on Teachers totalling £8 633 435. The remainder, £4 738 410 was spent on Learning resources, Admin staff, Premises and All other costs.[5]

IT and E-Learning[edit]

Computers were introduced mainstream following a government announcement in the early 2000s. The Dell Laptops and Workstations running Windows XP have been replaced in the new building and in 2012 were mainly replaced with New machines with or upgraded to Windows 7. All teacher's and School Employed Cover Supervisors have a Personal Laptop however Supply Staff hired in on the day, do not have access to one. Registers, are carried out on the machines through SIMS.net. All classrooms have a SMART Board with a projector. The Lecture Theatre and Main Hall have large screens. In 2011, the Frog VLE system which had been used for some time, was replaced with a new VLE developed and created In-House by the E-Learning Team. All lessons can be uploaded to the VLE for students to use in school or at home. From 2014, the schools has been using Google Apps for Education, which could potentially replace Microsoft Office in the school.

Behaviour Management[edit]

In 2010, Walbottle Campus released the POLITE SYSTEM but in September 2014 the POLITE SYSTEM was declined and the Detention System was put in place.

C1 - Break time Detention C2 - After School Detention Half An Hour C3 - Referral to Foundation Partnerships / After School Detention Half an Hour to an Hour


The school has a number of school bus services for students. These buses are funded by NEXUS and operated by: Go North East, Weardale, Arriva and JH Buses. The Services are as follows 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 147 and the 155.

Local Un-regulated Public Service Buses include the X84, X85 and X82.[6]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Walbottle Grammar School[edit]

Notable former teachers[edit]


  1. ^ "DfE School Data". School Details. HM Government (Department for Education). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "DfE School Data". School Details. HM Government (Department for Education). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Walbottle Campus (Heads of Departments) (September 2012). Walbottle Campus Learning Journal (Year Nine). Walbottle Campus Learning Journal 2: Depends on Version.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Moira. "School inspection report" (PDF). Walbottle Campus (October 2012). Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Retrieved 10–11 October 2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "DfE School Data". School Details. HM Government (Department for Education). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "NEXUS Bus Schedules". Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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