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  • St Thomas More Catholic School
    Croftdale Road
    Tyne and Wear
    NE21 4BQ
  • Head: Mr J Parkinson
  • T 0191 499 0111
  • F 01914 141116
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gateshead
  • Pupils: 1,507; sixth formers: 292
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: Please contact school direct for details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 10th October 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 13th February 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Catholic faith is strong in school, evidenced in worship, teaching of mutual respect and in charitable works. Head believes that Christian ethos binds children and staff and encourages all to give of their best. Pupils work hard, play hard and are clearly very proud of their school. 'We do things here for the right reasons – the needs and abilities of the pupils, and our results grow from that'. Compared with national expectations pupils leave the school achieving…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Textiles Technology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

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Head teacher

Since 2005, Mr Jonathan Parkinson (40s) BSc physics (Leeds University) PGCE. Previously deputy head, assistant head, head of science, head of physics, all at St Thomas More. Previous schools: Carre's Grammar School, Sleaford; All Saints High School, Huddersfield. Positive, energetic and witty with easy but respectful relationship with pupils. Still makes time to teach, last year physics to year 11; this year sixth form psychology. Gets a buzz from 'seeing the lightbulbs go on in little brains, watching children grow and go out into the world as young adults and to know you have had an impact on them.'

Places emphasis on development of staff, looks for innovation and sees 'the teacher in the classroom as absolutely key' to pupil progress and keeping the school moving forward. Not driven by...

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