Our Core Values


Hetton is a school that strives to have a challenging, inclusive curriculum built on the foundations of great literacy and numeracy. It is shaped to what our students need to know, understand and do in order to thrive in the years after they leave us.


Hetton is a school that has community at its heart. By working with people in the locality we help the community to thrive. We help our students become positive global citizens who care for our environment, as our school strives to do the same.

Learn to Achieve

Hetton is a school where we aim to have the highest expectations of students and ourselves – Where every student, no matter what their starting point, is expected to operate with a Growth Mindset. We define this as Learn to Achieve

A belief that we can all improve – that ability is not fixed

  • Embracing challenge – because it makes us stronger
  • Showing resilience – stick in when the going gets tough
  • Welcome mistakes – learning from them is how we grow and achieve success
  • Giving 100% effort – this will always prevail over talent alone in the long-term
  • Seek out and learn from feedback – learning from those that know or have experience
  • Find inspiration in the success of others – achievement is not competitive, it is complementary


Hetton is a school that values the wellbeing of students and staff.  We work hard to ensure that all are supported. Hetton is an environment where everyone is wholly committed to success, but also has time to enjoy life beyond our school.


Hetton is a school where we aim to deliver a highly effective staff-training programme, mapped out for every individual. At Hetton we thrive through our values of: Respect. Learn. Achieve. and our Learn to Achieve philosophy.

Our Developing Vision: Attitude to Learning, Evidence-based T&L & Inclusive Education

We will continue to develop our student’s positive attitude to learning, including a high-functioning pastoral care system that enhances student’s academic success and is symbiotic with their wellbeing.

We will develop our effectiveness through evidence-based teaching and learning – where we collaborate more as a whole staff, regularly evaluating our practice ensuring that students have a great experience regardless of the classroom they enter.

We will deliver the highest standard of education to all students, regardless of their background. We will achieve this through providing all students with a rigorous education, which challenges them, not only academically, but also in terms of their contribution to society.

“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

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