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Community and Leisure Courses Spring 2015

Vivaldi Gloria

QEHS Choir and Soloists present:
Vivaldi's Gloria at Hexham Abbey 21 April 7:30pm
Tickets £5 Concessions £3

Vivaldi Gloria Concert Poster


Duke of Edinburgh 2015

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A weekend at the end of March saw eight students take part in a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Silver expedition practice in the Lake District. Friday night was spent in Helvellyn Youth Hostel, checking kit, studying maps and repacking rucksacks. On Saturday morning the steep path up to Greenside was rapidly climbed in spite of the heavy rucksacks. The ground levelled out to reveal a wide open valley surrounded by snow covered peaks. A suitable sheltered spot was chosen to pitch camp then the group set off to practice their navigation skills on a climb to the summit of Raise. Clear skies let the Spring sun shine down but resulted in temperatures dropping to well below freezing after dark. Following dinner cooked on Trangia stoves a brisk night walk to the summit of Sheffield Pike warmed everyone up before a very chilly night under canvas. The early start on Sunday morning was a struggle for some but the thought of getting home was a good motivator. D of E Leader Mr. Cornish was impressed with the way all the students had worked individually and together to successfully complete their training.


Maths Feast

Maths Feast Competition at Northumbria University

Four Year 10 students represented QEHS a maths competition held at Northumbria University on 18 March. There were teams from 21 schools across the north east region and the students from QEHS came 5th overall. They scored the highest mark of all the teams on a particularly difficult round where they had to teach themselves set theory in 5 minutes then answer questions on the topic.

QEHS Team at Maths Feast Competition

A great result; well done team.


Parent Consultation 30 April

In the next academic year, students in year 9 will be embarking on new qualifications in English Language, English Literature and Maths and Year 12 students will embark on more demanding A Level courses. Theses changes will mean less coursework, more content and more rigorous examinations.

Many schools have responded to these changes by increasing teaching time and/or the length of their school day. Although our rural location and school transport constraints mean that we have limited scope to make radical changes, we are proposing, from 1st June 2015, to revert back to a 25 period teaching week. In practice this will mean that we will no longer finish school at 2.20pm on alternate Tuesdays and each school day will end at 3.20pm. This proposal will give us the opportunity we need to make changes to the time allocation for subjects. There will be no changes to school transport (timings or cost) as a result of these proposals.

If you wish to comment on the proposed change to the timing of the school day then you can do so by writing to me, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by attending a meeting on Thursday 30 April between 6pm and 7pm in the Sixth Form Café in QEHS Lower School. A decision on the outcome of this consultation will be made and communicated in early May.

More information on proposed changes to the timings of the school day, block weeks and changes to uniform policy are included in the consultation letter below.

Mr Byers, Head of School


Election 2015

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We welcome the 5 prospective parliamentary candidates for Hexham to QEHS on Monday 20 April for an election debate. The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Newcastle between 9am to 10am and the candidates will be answering questions posed by our Year 12 and Year 13 students. This is a fantastic opportunity for our first time voters to learn more about the key issues before deciding how to cast their vote on 7 May.

Remember to tune in and follow the debate.


Bonjour de la France

French Exchange 2015

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A group of 40 students from Years 10 and 12 had a wonderful time in France last week as we visited our partner school, Lycée Flaubert, in Rouen, Normandy.

As well as building on friendships forged during the French visit to Hexham in November, our students gained a valuable insight into French life by staying with host families and attending school.

In addition, a varied programme of visits to Paris, Honfleur, a goat farm in Etretat, La Bouille and, of course, Rouen itself allowed the students to experience the very best of northern France.

The students who are studying French at GCSE and A-level were able to use their language skills and develop their understanding and vocabulary.

Mr Harbron, Mr Mullins, Ms Hawkins and Mr Olsen were very proud of the way in which our students took advantage of the week to fully engage with both the French culture and language and a special thanks goes out to Élodie Faber and the students and families of Lycée Flaubert.