At Hetton School there is a firm and unwavering belief in the value of enrichment and engagement in the wider curriculum. These activities and opportunities are diverse and come from sport, music, drama, art, design and food as well as in more general areas of community service and self-development.

Such enrichment activities provide a welcome break from weekly studies and homework. Interests and hobbies can be pursued, many of which provide a mental and physical health benefit. As well as developing the specific skills associated with the activity itself, the softer skills of organisation, time management, teamwork, leadership and independence are developed. These are beneficial back in the classroom and in broader aspects life. Enrichment activities are also designed to give an insight into something new and beyond the norm. Students are encouraged to try something new and take part in something that takes them out of their comfort zone.

School Trips

To visit our School Trips page, please click here

Sports Academies

To visit our Sports Academy page, please click here

Physical Sport and Activities

To find out further information and timetable for our physical sport and activities please click here

Hetton Honours

To visit our Hetton Honours page, please click here

Hetton’s Got Talent

For further information about Hetton School Talent Show, please click here

Student Leadership

Following applications, voting by staff and students and interviews, the Senior Student team for 2021/22 are:

Head Girl- Lucy Bowden
Head Boy-
Taylor Moulder

Deputy Head Girl- Morgan Thorne
Deputy Head Boy- Ethan Fairless

Senior Prefects
Ellie Tatters

Student Council

The School Council is made up of one person from each House Group from Years 7 through to Year 11. This house group representative brings the House Group’s opinions, suggestions and thoughts about what is happening in school, to the School Council. The School Council meets once a half term in PSHE time. They usually meet in 2 groups years 7, 8 & 9 together and then Years 10 & 11 together. Occasionally there will be a joint meeting.

School Councillors may be asked to help out at special events or may show visitors around the school. When new teaching staff are appointed, School Councillors interview the candidates and tell the Head Teacher who they favour and why.

If an item is brought to the school Council and the School Council decide it needs taking further, they can take it directly to the Head Teacher. The Head Teacher meets with 10 members of the School Council every half term. This meeting involves two Council members from each year group. In this meeting the Head Teacher may also ask the Councillors opinions on various ideas he has.

In recent years, the School Council have got more litter bins around the school, had the toilets upgraded and the caterers have been changed.

The School Council is the Students Voice in School.

“My eldest son left school in 2007 so there was never any question of which school my youngest would attend in 2012. However, what a huge difference I’ve found in the school from then until now. The school is very well led with the Head being a major presence, the staff are very well respected, approachable and helpful at all levels. Examination results continue to improve which is fantastic. Pupil moral is great with reward schemes, extra-curricular activities and school excursions open to all.”

Parent of Year 8 Student

"Parents and carers are broadly supportive of the school and its new leadership. They feel that their children are well cared for and supported"

Ofsted Quote

“As parents, we are always impressed with the way in which Hetton School staff listen to comments or concerns, and act quickly and effectively, particularly when relating to pupil progress and wellbeing. There’s a good community feeling. Hetton School has good systems in place to support students’ individual attainment. It offers good opportunities outside of the school day for pupils to progress further. We’re well aware that standards and results at Hetton School have risen in recent years and continue to do so.”

Parent of Year 7 and 10 Student

"Pupils are proud of their school and its caring, tolerant ethos".

Ofsted Quote

“I am very pleased with the pastoral support. Hetton School value the opinion of students and this can only help to build self-confidence into adulthood.”

Parent of Year 10 Student

"The quality of leadership and teaching in the local authority resource provision for pupils who have speech and language difficulties enables pupils to make strong progress".

Ofsted Quote

“I have been very impressed with how well my daughter has settled into Hetton School. She has made some very good friends, gets on well with her form tutor, enjoys her lessons and has made good academic progress. The school keeps me up-to-date with how she is doing and acknowledges when she has done something of particular merit. The Parents Forum gives us a voice to bring up any issues that arise and for the school to ask our opinion also. I would definitely recommend Hetton School to any prospective pupil or parent, and with a new build coming, Hetton will finally have the building this good school deserves.”

Parent of Year 8 Student
Tyne and Wear School Sports Alliance
Triple P
The FA Charter Mark
Sunderland Mental Health Charter Mark
Sunderland Anti Bullying Charter
STEM Ambassadors Logo
Sunderland Active Gold Standard
Foundation of Light
DFE 2016 Character Charter

Staff Information

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