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  • St Thomas More Catholic School
    Croftdale Road
    Blaydon-on-Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE21 4BQ
  • Head: Mr J Parkinson
  • T 0191 499 0111
  • F 01914 141116
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.stthomasmore.org.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gateshead
  • Pupils: 1,517; sixth formers: 295
  • 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)

What The Good Schools Guide says

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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The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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