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Headteacher's Welcome

I would like to welcome you to Northfield School and Sports College’s website. I hope you enjoy finding out about the school’s successes and achievements. Northfield School has been providing high quality education for the young people of Billingham for over forty years. During this time the school has gone through several changes. With its latest transformation now complete, students have state of the art facilities in which to thrive.

In July 2016 the school was judged as Good in all categories by Ofsted. I am very pleased and proud that the hard work of our students, staff, governors and parents has been recognised by Ofsted. I am sure that anyone reading our report will be impressed with the many positive comments about the school. The report states that Northfield School and Sports College has improved substantially since the previous inspection and recognises our academic success. Ofsted highlights that our students are proud to belong to the school, that behaviour in lessons is good and frequently outstanding and serious bullying is exceptionally rare.

The report states that the vast majority of our parents are positive about the quality of education that the school provides and also that staff morale is outstanding. The valued work of the school’s governing body, as well as the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered by the school are also highlighted in the report.

I am particularly pleased with the comment that ‘Pupils succeed both personally and academically’ whilst at the school. I am sure that we will be able to use the report to continue our journey towards excellence in all areas’.

Northfield is a very popular school. Last year the school received 416 applications for the 270 places in Year 7. Of these applications, 339 placed the school as their first choice.

This year’s examination results continue to build upon our academic success with improvements in a number of key areas. This year over 47% of our students achieved at least on A*/A grade and our EBacc result was the highest we have ever achieved. This success builds upon our other achievements such as Gold Investors in People, Arts Gold Mark (Exemplary) award, Gold School Games Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award Flagship School and Holocaust Education Beacon School to name a few.

The school’s reputation for sporting success is well founded. Our girls have been national champions for table tennis for a number of years, the school has won the Teesside School Sports Awards for Girls for the past two years, our girls were badminton national finalists this year and our girls’ football team played in the national finals at Wembley last year. Last year School Sport magazine judged the school to be in the top 10 nationally for sporting achievement.

Our success in not restricted to our students. Amongst our staff we have national and world medallists in their chosen sports and in 2014 one of our teachers being a finalist in the Teacher of the Year Award.

The school website contains a considerable amount of information and our students and staff regularly update its content. Indeed, you can see from our opening page how busy we are as a school. I would ask you to visit the website on a regular basis to find out about developments or access up to date information about Northfield. If you are unable to find what you want, or have some suggestions on how we can improve our website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Craig Walker