Top Northeast schools

Listed below are 2024’s best northeast schools, including the best schools in north east, north east schools and schools north east.

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This North-eastern schools guide includes independent North-eastern schools and best Northeastern state schools.

 

THE best performing 2024 Northeastern schools 

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According to the 2024 north-eastern school league tables, shown first is the top Northeastern school’s Regional ranking, which is followed by the Northeastern school’s name and then that leading Northeastern school’s national 2024 rating.

 

Best state and grammar schools in the northeast

1. Durham Johnston Comprehensive School (177=)
2. Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham (239)
3. St Mary’s Catholic School, Newcastle upon Tyne (249)
4. Ponteland High School (281)
5. Gosforth Academy (290)
6. Carmel College, Darlington (321=)
7. Framwellgate School Durham (339=)
8. Whitley Bay High School (352)

Best comprehensive schools in the northeast

1. Durham Johnston Comprehensive School (177=)
2. Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham (239=)
3. St Mary’s Catholic School, Newcastle upon Tyne (250)
4. Ponteland High School (-)
5. Gosforth Academy (-)

Best private schools in the northeast

1. Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne (51)
2. Yarm School (109)
3. Dame Allan’s Girls’ School, Newcastle upon Tyne (156)
4. Dame Allan’s Boys’ School, Newcastle upon Tyne (174)
5. Durham High School (188)
6. Durham School (293)

 

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Best state secondary schools Northeast

1 Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
2 Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
3 St Leonard’s RC School, Durham
4 The King Edward VI School, Morpeth
5 Egglescliffe School, Stockton-on-Tees
6 Carmel College, Darlington
7 Sacred Heart RC High School, Newcastle
8 Whitley Bay High School
9 Framwellgate School, Durham
10 St Anthony’s Girls’ RC Academy, Sunderland

 

Top independent secondary schools Northeast 2022

1 Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
2 Yarm School
3 Newcastle High School for Girls GDST
4 Durham High School for Girls
5 Durham School
6 Teesside High School, Stockton-on-Tees
7 Westfield School, Newcastle
8 Longridge Towers School, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Our best schools northeast 2022 guide – Top Northeast primary schools 2022

REGIONAL RANKNATIONAL RANKSCHOOL
424=St Joseph’s RC Primary School, SunderlandSunderland
335
5=43=Staindrop C of E Primary SchoolDarlington
334
6=43=Benedict Biscop C of E AcademySunderland334
747=Newcomen Primary SchoolRedcar334
8=74=St Oswald’s RC Primary SchoolNewcastle upon Tyne333
974=Clover Hill Community Primary School, NewcastleNewcastle upon Tyne
333
10=106=St Therese of Lisieux RC Primary SchoolStockton-on-Tees
332
11=90=Throckley Primary SchoolNewcastle upon Tyne332
12=106=St Charles’ RC Primary School, GosforthNewcastle upon Tyne332
13106=Fellside Community Primary SchoolNewcastle upon Tyne332
15=125=St Paul’s C of E Primary School, RyhopeSunderland331
16=144=Kingston Park Primary School, Newcastle

 

Summary features of the best North East schools 2021 are listed below.

  • Durham is clearly the region’s educational hotspot.
  • It has the fewest schools overall in our state and independent rankings
  • But it still manages to have a small number of the best schools in the country, achieving the highest grades at A-level and GCSE.
  • Many schools in the northeast score well for the progress children make
  • Has the lowest progression rates to higher education in England.

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The vast majority of children are educated in the state sector, with just 10 independent schools featuring in our rankings. Only one of them has been a regular in the UK top 100 over the past 10 years: the Royal Grammar School (RGS), Newcastle, the outstanding candidate to win our Northeast Independent Secondary School of the Decade award.

Examination results in 2019 were typically top-notch, with more than 86% of A-levels securing A*-B grades and just under 84% of GCSEs graded A*/A or 9-7. Competition for places is keen, starting at prep school level. RGS Junior School has also been a model of consistency, ranking in the top 10 of our prep school rankings for almost all of the past 10 years.

The school, which has 1,300 pupils, hit the headlines in October when pupil Theo Wride, 16, became the youngest person to be honoured in the delayed Queen’s birthday honours.

Durham Johnston:

  • Was last year’s UK Comprehensive School of the Year and a former Northeast State Secondary School of the Year.
  • Achieved the best state sector exam results in the region at A-level and GCSE every year in the past decade.
  • Intake more socially mixed than its location near one of the UK’s top universities might imply. 
  • Entry requirements to the sixth form are stiffer than most, but the A-level outcomes are stellar.
  • Last year, 77% of A-levels sat at the school returned A*-B grades, results that ranked Durham Johnston higher than 100 selective grammar schools.

Durham School 

  • Is where Dominic Cummings went to school.
  • Risen 90 places in our rankings. Its haul of A*-B grades at A-level has increased from 52.3% in 2013 to 71.1% in 2018.
  • Durham High School for Girls, however, has fallen nearly 200 places in the national rankings since 2015.

 

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Top state secondary schools Northeast 2021

  1. Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
  2. Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
  3. Teesdale School, Barnard Castle
  4. Whitley Bay High School
  5. The King Edward VI School, Morpeth
  6. Carmel College, Darlington
  7. St Leonard’s RC School, Durham
  8. Framwellgate School, Durham
  9. Egglescliffe School, Stockton-on-Tees
  10. St Thomas More RC Academy, North Shields
  11. Ponteland High School, Newcastle
  12. Sacred Heart RC High School, Newcastle
  13. St Anthony’s Girls’ RC Academy, Sunderland

 

Top independent secondary schools Northeast 2021

  1. Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
  2. Newcastle High School for Girls GDST
  3. Yarm School
  4. Dame Allan’s Girls’ School, Newcastle
  5. Dame Allan’s Boys’ School, Newcastle
  6. Durham High School for Girls
  7. Durham School
  8. Longridge Towers School, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  9. Westfield School, Newcastle
  10. Teesside High School, Stockton-on-Tees

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