George Stephenson High School

Our school is located in Killingworth in North Tyneside. The High School is named after the famous engineer George Stephenson who was once engine wright at Killingworth Colliery. The School was originally established as George Stephenson Grammar School in 1953, at which time it was located on Benton Lane. The School moved to its current site, by Killingworth Lake, in 1970.

George Stephenson High School is a large secondary school in Killingworth, North Tyneside. This is located in Newcastle Upon Tyne.


The school provides education to pupils from Killingworth, Backworth, Shiremoor, West Moor,and West Allotment.

The school is situated opposite The Killingworth Centre (Morrisons)


Grammar school

It was called the George Stephenson Grammar School in 1953, at which time it was built on Benton Lane (the Great Lime Road) in West Moor. (George Stephenson lived nearby in a cottage when he worked at Killingworth Colliery.) The current school site in Killingworth is a replacement that opened in 1970, and was originally known as Killingworth High School, a comprehensive, but eventually took the George Stephenson name from the old school. The old school no longer exists; as it was demolished in 2004.

The headmaster since the opening of the old school in 1953 was Tom W. King, BA. He became headmaster of the new school and finally retired around the end of the 1981-1982 school year. When he died in 2004 at the age of 94, a plaque reading "Here, from 1956 to 2004, stood a Place of Learning" was placed on the wall of the West Moor Residents Association Community Centre, which now stands on the site of the old grammar school.

Each year group in the grammar school had 3 streams, L, G, and F. The L stream studied 3 years of Latin, 2 of German, and 5 of French. The G stream took German and French.

The popularity of the grammar school was such that it had expanded over the years from about 350 pupils (the capacity of the original main building) to about 600 (by the addition of prefabricated classrooms at the rear of the school).

Until 1970 the school had regular morning assemblies for all pupils. The school hymn was "Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer". The school motto was Praesis Ut Prosis.


It became a comprehensive school in 1970 with the move from the West Moor site to the Killingworth site. From 2004-5, the headteacher, Anne Welsh, was President of the Secondary Heads Association (SHA).


Every year the school chooses a charity, chosen by the students, such as The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, The TOMA fund and MacMillan Cancer Care.


The school is split into several "blocks": the A block,B block, C Block, F Block, G Block, and P.E. Block. G block, F block and P.E block are freestanding buildings; C block and A block are attached by a small corridor, built in 2001, containing a music room, a computer room and a drama room. B block contains the library and reception areas.


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  • John Sadler, historian

  • Professor J Scott Davidson, Vice-Chancellor, Newman University Birmingham; legal academic

  • Adam Mills, Ian Black, Greame Haddock and Andrew Sears founders of the Tinder Cup.

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