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Dance now offered throughout the school including at A level and the dance studio is in much demand with clubs, in-house dance events and workshops. Dazzling art curriculum in new light and airy space – ceramics, jewellery making, photography, fine art etc and a lot of fabric work. Girls run their own fashion shows. School open from 7am to 7pm for homework and there is a astonishing range of…

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Since 2018, Michael Tippett (early 50s). Previously senior deputy head and before that deputy head of Central Newcastle High (with which Newcastle Church High merged in 2014 to form Newcastle High), where he joined as a classic teacher in 1995. Unusually, hasn’t held posts in any other schools other than in Greece, where he had a short stint of teaching English way back when. MA in classics from Oxford and PGCE in classics from Cambridge.

The steady, solid, dependable type – ‘safe hands,’ summed up a parent. Disarming ability to smile throughout every word uttered – we worried he might have jaw ache by the time we’d finished our lockdown Zoom. Parents call him ‘approachable,’ ‘effective,’ ‘professional.’ ‘Has made the school more academic – a good thing,’ said one. Others...

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All pupils participate in virtually all mainstream lessons and each teacher has responsibility for ensuring that the needs of every pupil are met. There is an integrated system of support operating within the school designed to cater for individual needs. The SENCO co-ordinates this facility, provides effective liaison between staff, students and parents on these issues, and manages the input, usually on a private contract basis, of outside agencies and specialist staff who are skilled at teaching those with dyslexia or other needs. Limited in-house provision may be available to students on bursaries. A dedicated Learning Centre, equipped with PC's loaded with specialist software, is available for those students who require supplementary support.

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