Best Schools 2024

Best Free Schools in North East

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  • West Newcastle Academy

    West Newcastle Academy is a welcoming primary school located in Newcastle upon Tyne. With a dedicated and talented staff, the school provides a safe and nurturing environment for students aged 3-11. Students benefit from a refined curriculum, effective leadership, and steady improvements in outcomes. The school also focuses on addressing knowledge gaps and ensuring progress for disadvantaged and English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils. With active and scrutinizing governors, West Newcastle Academy is committed to providing a high-quality education for all students.
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  • Studio West

    Studio West is a secondary school in Newcastle upon Tyne that provides a high-quality education for students aged 11-19. Led by passionate and effective Principal, Mrs Moira Green, the school has shown steady and substantial improvement in outcomes. With a student-teacher ratio of 16:1 and a culture of safeguarding, Studio West prioritizes the personal development, behavior, and welfare of its pupils. The curriculum is linked to the business and world of work, aiming to develop skilled, confident, resilient, and compassionate young people. While there are areas for improvement, such as planning for pupils with special educational needs and low attendance rates for some students, Studio West strives to create a positive learning environment. With good exam results, including 59% of students achieving GCSE 4 or higher and a strong focus on overall effectiveness according to Ofsted, Studio West is dedicated to providing a quality education for its students.
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  • Ingleby Manor Free School & Sixth Form

    Ingleby Manor Free School & Sixth Form is a secondary school located in Maltby, North East. With a student-teacher ratio of 18:1 and outstanding behavior and attitudes, the school provides a supportive learning environment. Offering a wide range of academic subjects and achieving good overall effectiveness, it is an excellent choice for parents seeking quality education for their children.
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  • UTC South Durham

    UTC South Durham is a state-funded technical school and sixth form, offering a focused and STEM-focused curriculum for students aged 14-19. With effective leadership and management, the school has achieved a 'Good' rating in all categories during its first Ofsted inspection. The school has strong partnerships with employers that provide work-based skills and competencies, ensuring that students are well-prepared for future careers. Despite mixed outcomes in 2018, UTC South Durham prioritizes personal development, behavior, and welfare of its students. With an emphasis on workplace skills and strong educational foundation, UTC South Durham sets students up for successful futures in education, jobs, or training.
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  • Endeavour Academy Durham

    Endeavour Academy Durham is a secondary school providing an alternative education for students, particularly those dealing with social or emotional problems. With a strong focus on personal development and welfare, the school offers skilled staff, excellent support, and high-quality teaching leading to good progress and informed decisions for students' future education and careers.
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  • Polam Hall School

    Polam Hall School is an all-through co-educational school located in Darlington, North East. With a student teacher ratio of 16:1, the school ensures personalized attention for each student. The school emphasizes on personal development and offers a safe and supportive environment. With good overall effectiveness, quality education, and strong leadership, Polam Hall School is committed to providing a well-rounded education for students aged 4-16.
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  • Cramlington Village Primary School

    Cramlington Village Primary School is a welcoming and inclusive school that prioritizes the needs of every child. With a passionate and knowledgeable leadership team, we provide a secure and exciting environment where students can thrive. Our strong foundation in key skills and real-world experiences prepares pupils for success in their future endeavors. Through a broad and engaging curriculum, we empower students to become independent learners and instill values of decency and kindness. With effective safeguarding measures and a dedicated staff team, we ensure that every child receives the support they need to reach their full potential.
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  • Marchbank Free School

    Marchbank Free School is a primary school located in Darlington, North East. With a student teacher ratio of 5:1, our school ensures individual attention and support for every student. Our dedicated teachers and resources provide a safe and diverse learning environment. We prioritize the well-being and personal development of our students, resulting in good behavior and attitudes. Although our overall effectiveness requires improvement, our commitment to education, evidenced by the high average scores in maths and reading, makes us a great choice for parents.
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  • Wynyard Church of England Primary School

    Wynyard Church of England Primary School is an outstanding school with a strong Christian ethos. With excellent pupil behavior and a meticulous monitoring of pupils' achievements, parents can trust that their children will receive a top-notch education. The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and has a growing community of dedicated staff and students. With outstanding exam results and an emphasis on personal development, this school is the ideal choice for parents seeking a nurturing and academically rigorous environment for their children.
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  • Christ's College

    Christ's College is an all-through co-ed school located in Sunderland. With a student teacher ratio of 16:1, the school provides individual attention to students aged 4-18. Despite its overall grade of Requires Improvement, the school focuses on personal development and offers SEN support for 15.3% of students. The school achieved a 49% pass rate in English & maths GCSEs and aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment for its 636 students.
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  • North East Futures UTC

    North East Futures UTC is a secondary school located in Newcastle upon Tyne. With a student-teacher ratio of 14:1, the school provides individualized attention to students aged 14-19. The school offers a co-educational environment with a sixth form, providing comprehensive education for both boys and girls. Students at North East Futures UTC benefit from a diverse community, with 47% eligible for free school meals and 7.10% having English as a second language. The school also supports students with special educational needs, with 8.4% receiving SEN support. With a commitment to academic achievement, North East Futures UTC aims to ensure that every student achieves GCSE results of grade 4 or higher.
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  • Outwood Academy Riverside

    Outwood Academy Riverside is a co-educational secondary school located in Middlesbrough. With a focus on promoting British values and fostering the development of the whole child, the school provides a supportive and inclusive environment for students aged 11 to 16. Offering a range of educational opportunities and a dedicated staff, Outwood Academy Riverside aims to equip students with the skills and attitudes needed to succeed in contemporary British life.
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  • Callerton Academy

    Callerton Academy is a co-educational secondary school located in Newcastle upon Tyne. With a total of 1200 students, our school offers a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Led by Ms Katie Innes, our dedicated team of teachers provides excellent education and support for students aged 11-16. We prioritize the needs of our students and offer free school meals to 55% of eligible students.
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  • Discovery Special Academy

    Discovery Special Academy is a primary school located in Middlesbrough, North East. Led by Headteacher Miss Jennifer Duncan, the school offers a nurturing and inclusive environment for students aged 2-16. With a low student teacher ratio of 6:1, each child receives personalized attention. The school has a diverse student body with 47% eligible for free school meals and 31.70% having English as a second language. Dedicated full-time teachers and assistant teachers ensure a high quality of education. The school prioritizes the individual needs of every student, providing a supportive and enriching learning experience.
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  • Great Park Academy

    Great Park Academy is a co-educational school located in the beautiful area of Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. With a strong focus on providing a high-quality education, our dedicated staff and modern facilities create an inclusive learning environment for students aged 9-16. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, allowing for personalized attention and support. As a diverse community, we celebrate individuality and promote academic excellence, ensuring every student has the opportunity to thrive. With only 60 students, each child receives the care and guidance they need to reach their full potential. Our commitment to inclusion is reflected in our welcoming atmosphere and support for students with special educational needs. Join us at Great Park Academy, where students are encouraged to dream big and achieve greatness.
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  • Harry Watts Academy

    Welcome to Harry Watts Academy, a co-ed all-through school located in Sunderland. With a small school size of 160 students, we provide a nurturing and inclusive environment where every child can thrive. Led by Mr Derek Cogle, our dedicated team ensures high-quality education for students aged 5-16. We offer free school meals to 42% of eligible students and support those with English as a second language. Join us to shape your child's bright future!
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  • Merrydale Day Nursery and Pre-School

    Merrydale Day Nursery and Pre-School is a co-ed secondary school located in Gateshead, North East. With a small school size of 250 students aged 11-16, we offer a nurturing and inclusive environment. Our dedicated staff, led by Headteacher Mark Lovatt, prioritize individualized attention and cater to diverse learning needs. We are proud to offer 15% of our students access to free school meals, ensuring that every child receives the necessary support for their educational journey.
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  • Beacon of Light School

    Beacon of Light School is an improving secondary school in Sunderland. Led by a determined principal, the school has turned around standards of behaviour and focuses on positive personal development. While some areas require improvement, the school is committed to providing a positive educational experience for all students.
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  • River Tees Academy Grangetown

    River Tees Academy Grangetown is a co-ed school located in Middlesbrough, North East. With Mrs Leanne Chilton as the headteacher, the school offers education for ages 5-19. Established in 2022, it provides a nurturing and inclusive environment for students, focusing on their individual needs and ensuring their academic and personal growth.
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