Longbenton High School

Longbenton High School is a smaller than average Secondary School located in Benton, North Tyneside, England. Operating under the two-tier system in North Tyneside, the school takes students from age 11-18. The school building also includes a very small Sixth Form, joint with George Stephenson High School.[1] The joint sixth form used to be in partnership with Seaton Burn College and branded as the Northwest Cluster. However now is simply known as 'NE12 Sixth Form', as both campusses fall under the NE12 Postcode. This change was not advertised at all by the school, both internally or externally.

Longbenton High School
Hailsham Avenue

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NE12 8ER

Coordinates55°01′07″N 1°34′27″W
Former nameLongbenton Community College (-2016)
TypeSecondary school
MottoEvolve, Create, Discover, Perform, Achieve
Religious affiliation(s)Mixed
Local authorityNorth Tyneside
Department for Education URN108645 Tables
HeadteacherMr Paul Quinn (since 2015)
PredecessorMr James Cockburn (ret. Dec 2014)
Age11 to 18


The school was originally built in, and opened officially for the new year in September 1953. It was originally named after Thomas Addison and the girls and boys were kept separate. What was the East Block was the girls' side, and what was West Block was the boys' side. The old HMT block was the girls' canteen. At some point, likely in the 1960s, the school was turned into a mixed college and became known as Longbenton School.

The school became known as Longbenton Community College some time ago, when the management reached out into the community and started adult teaching classes, often outside of school hours.

In the winter of 2014, construction company Galliford Try began work on the new £14m school, in the middle of the existing site. This involved the demoliton of the City Learning Centre, Sports Hall, Library and Sixth Form Building. The new building was funded by the Education Funding Agency,[2] and was constructed very similarly to other new builds in the area, such as Bedlingtonshire Community High School.

The new building opened[3] to students on Thursday, 8 September 2016, which marked a fresh start for Longbenton with the new brand of Longbenton High School. The old West Block, East Block, HMT, Canteen and DT block were all demolished following the opening of Longbenton High School.


Notable ex-pupils include Sarah Hunter MBE and Peter Beardsley.


  1. "NE12 Sixth Form | George Stephenson High School". www.gshs.org.uk. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. "Longbenton College | Schools | Project Experience | Curtins". www.curtins.com. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. "Two completed and two more to go in £30m new school project". www.newsguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
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