Whitley Bay High School

At WBHS students become confident, sensitive, and reflective adults

Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to Whitley Bay High School and I hope you find this website useful in finding out more about the school. 

Whitley Bay High School has a very distinctive ethos built on strong positive relationships and the desire to help students develop a love of learning and become curious and happy learners with high self-esteem. Helping students develop into confident, sensitive and reflective adults is a key priority at Whitley Bay High School. This is achieved through outstanding teaching and careful support for all students throughout their time in school. We regard students as individuals, all different but all equal, with varying strengths and interests. We are proud of the academic and extra-curricular successes our students achieve and are determined to help students fulfil their potential while making the most of the wealth of opportunities on offer at the school. 

We work closely in partnership with parents and believe this relationship is crucial to the success of our students. Friendliness and a willingness to listen are at the heart of all that we do and through this strong collaboration students thrive. 

The school prides itself on the quality of our teaching and learning and received national recognition for our innovative approach and expertise when we were selected as one of first 100 Teaching Schools in the country, with a special responsibility to lead training on outstanding teaching across the region. 

After being named by the government as one of the top 100 highest performing schools in the country, we again achieved outstanding success in 2021 at GCSE. Over 83% of all Whitley Bay High School students achieved the new 9 – 4 grades in both English and Maths. 91.4% of students achieved 9 – 4 grades in English and 87% in maths. This makes Whitley Bay High School the highest performing school in North Tyneside and one of the highest in the country for student attainment and progress. What is particularly pleasing is students of all abilities achieved excellent grades that far exceeded national predictions. Over 88% of all grades across all subjects were 9 – 4 or A* - C. Our Sixth Form is nationally recognised and our A Level results in 2021 were again outstanding. Over 60% of all grades were either A*, A or B and 85% of all grades were A* - C. The average A level grade was a B. This places the Sixth Form as the highest performing in North Tyneside and one of the highest in the country. 

We are obviously proud of the Ofsted report and these results, however, what is more important to us is the real sense of pride our students have in this school and the wonderful atmosphere that exists as you walk around the site during a typical school day. 

We are a large school, which brings many benefits, such as a very broad curriculum allowing students to choose from the widest selection of subjects, and we can offer a huge array of extra-curricular opportunities. However, very importantly, we manage to maintain a small school community atmosphere where students feel valued and supported from the moment they join us to the day they leave. 

If you want to find out more or would like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Steve Wilson, Headteacher

Local Headteacher designated  as a National Leader in Education

After another set of outstanding GCSE and A Level results, Steve Wilson, Headteacher at Whitley Bay High School, has been designated as a National Leader in Education. The school also becomes a National Support School which means it can support other schools to help improve outcomes for students. 

The 2017 GCSE results placed Whitley Bay High School as one of the highest performing schools in the country based on excellent grades in all subjects with particularly strong performances in Maths, English, Science and the Humanities subjects. Similar success was achieved at A level with the average grade for exams taken in 2017 being a B, placing Whitley Bay High School as one of the highest attaining Sixth Forms in the North East of England. 

Steve Wilson said, “Although this designation is given to me as the Headteacher, it is only possible because of the fantastic dedication of our staff and the hard work of our excellent students. We are very proud of our results. However, these results only make up one aspect of our success. We are equally delighted by the enormous range of extra-curricular opportunities our students have the opportunity to be involved in, be it sport, music, drama, the huge range of clubs on offer and school trips Recent examples of this include the History trip to Russia, Computer Science trip to Silicon Valley in California, an Activities trip to Dubai, Art and Media Studies trip to New York. For the third year in a row our Netball Team has qualified for the U19 National Finals in Welwyn Garden City. Our Performing Arts Festival, taking place next week, showcases our students’ talents in dance, drama and music.   

There is no secret to our success, we believe that students achieving and exceeding their potential does not need to be at the expense of their enjoyment of learning. Despite all the changing curriculum pressures, we have stuck to our principles and staff devote a huge amount of time to making lessons creative, interactive and fun.  

What is important about this designation is that it is not just about us offering support to other schools but also what we can learn ourselves from the process of collaboration with schools in the North East. This will also help us continue to maintain the highest standards for our students at Whitley Bay High School.”   

Whitley Bay News Guardian

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