Teesside High School has this year celebrated a major milestone in its history.
Through a series of events, former students and staff as well as current pupils and their families have come together to mark 120 years since the foundation of the school’s Former Students’ Association.
A formal luncheon was enjoyed by FSA members before the school community took to its beautiful riverside grounds in May for a festival-inspired summer fair to remember.
Teesside High School traces its roots back to Queen Victoria High School and The Cleveland School, two Stockton-based predecessor schools which merged in 1970.
The school’s rambling grounds reflect the site’s history, the clockwork tower of the impressive Woodside Hall remains in situ, enjoyed by a new generation of school children.
Under the leadership of Kirsty Mackenzie, the school is enjoying a period of sustained growth, welcoming a significant influx of new students during the 2018/19 academic year and implementing waiting lists for a number of year groups.
“What visitors and prospective parents will comment on most notably when visiting Teesside High is its sense of community; we are a small school where everyone knows each other,” says Kirsty.
“Our family-style environment and nurturing ethos are woven into the fabric of the school.”
Teesside High School is described by the Good Schools Guide as “an unpretentious, hard-working school” which “exudes a very special charm with a refreshing lack of arrogance.”
The school was named among the best performing independent schools in the North East by the Sunday Times in 2018, rivalling some of the most selective independent schools in the region.
“Different statistics can be used to make different schools hit the headlines, but what is important to me is that no child is left behind,” adds Kirsty.
“Our non-selective nature shows that we take every child on a journey, enabling them to exceed what they thought was possible and believe their dreams and aspirations are achievable, regardless of their starting point.
“Small class sizes, inspirational teaching and outstanding pastoral support are integral to our success.”
Save the date for Teesside High School’s Open Day on Saturday September 28, 9.30am-12.30pm.