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Summer Newsletter 2014

The HMS Summer Newsletter is now available. There are reports on the Holy Island Trip, the National Theatre production of Warhorse at Sunderland Empire, the David Almond creative writing workshop, our best ever SATs results, a roundup of Summer sporting action and lots more.

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Enjoy the Newsletter and have a great summer holiday.


Best ever SATs results

Results from this year’s national tests arrived in school very recently and our Year 6 pupils have performed exceptionally well. For the first time in the school’s history the success rates for Level 4 or above in Maths, writing and reading were all over 90% and a record breaking 86% of pupils reached Level 4 in all three areas. Writing results increased massively and the average point score per pupil, a key national benchmark, rose to 30.1 again the best ever. In addition the proportion of pupils gaining Level 5 or above in all 3 disciplines Maths, reading and writing increased by a very pleasing 17% to reach another record level. We know that our pupils worked very hard leading up to the tests and coped with a very intense test week really well. They are to be warmly congratulated, and while test results are not the be all and end all of life at HMS, we do know that our pupils are now in a really good position to move into KS3 and meet the new and exciting challenges that will bring.

Well done Year 6.


Free Taster Session with Youth Dance Tynedale

Tuesday 15 July 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Youth Dance Tynedale Foundation are offering young people aged 8 to 18 a free dance taster session with one of our experienced teachers on Tuesday 15 July 4.00-6.00 at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham.

Email Sarah Morgan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book a place.

Please note that places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Goodbye Mr Morrison

Neil Morrison retires as Federation Headteacher for Hexham Middle School and Queen Elizabeth High School this year.

He leaves Hexham Middle School with record Key Stage 2 results and we are predicting record results at QEHS this Summer too.

On his last day, the QEHS boys choir and Mr Hoile performed a special version of Jimmy Nail's "Big River" in Neil's Office at QEHS.

We wish Neil all the very best for the future.

QEHS boys choir sing for Mr MorrisonQEHS boys choir sing for Mr Morrison
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Year 8 Disco

The Year 8 Disco is on Wednesday 16th July 7.00-9.00

Tickets will be issued within school(this is a free event). Please note all children should be collected by an adult at Fellside rear doors 9.00pm. Hot dogs and juice will be provided and there will be an opportunity to buy sweets and drinks.


Industrial Action: Thursday 10 July 2014

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), UNISON and GMB have informed us that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Thursday 10 July 2014.

This action is not against the school itself but is part of national industrial action organised by the unions about revisions to pay, working conditions and pension schemes.

There is no requirement on a union to inform me of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that the union will not know as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call.

My information is that a significant number of teaching and support staff are likely to be involved in strike action.

As headteacher, my duty is to carry out a risk assessment regarding the health and safety of students on that day taking into account the absence of such a significant number of staff. The judgement I have made is that supervision arrangements for students throughout the day are not going to be adequate for the school to discharge its responsibilities for health and safety adequately for all students.

As a consequence, regrettably, the school will be closed to all pupils on that day.

School will, of course, be open for all staff who are not taking part in strike action and they will be instructed to conduct appropriate professional development activities.