Education Partners

PartnersPartner Information
Partner Primary Schools: 
Hetton Lyons 
Hetton Primary 
Eppleton Academy 
Easington Lane 
East Rainton 
Our partnerships with our primary colleagues form the bedrock of our work to unite the local community and provide the best education service for the children and young people in our area. Our partner primaries have a representative on our governing board, and our Senior Leadership Team serve as governors in the primaries. Our transition work is developing all the time and will soon be enhanced by our Hetton Honours project. 
Other primaries Children come to Hetton from a wide range of other primary schools outside of our main partners. We work hard at liaison with these schools to ensure the best transition possible for the children. 
Sports Academy Partners Through our Cricket Academy, we collaborate with Durham Cricket Board, Hetton Lyons Cricket Club and Eppleton Cricket Club. In the Football Academy, we work with Sunderland Foundation of Light. In the Rugby Academy we collaborate with Rigor Coaching and Houghton Rugby Club 
DfE ONE Vision project In 2019, we volunteered to be part of the One North East Vision project. Through the Department for Education, we are a lead school in using this project to develop our school rapidly for the benefit of all our students. 
The Gorse Academies Trust (TGAT): The Morley Academy, Leeds As part of the ONE Vision project, we work closely with TGAT and in particular The Morley Academy, an outstanding school in Leeds. By collaborating with their principal, a National Leader of Education, we have developed a plan that provides support for all areas of the school.   
Outwood Academy City (OAC), Sheffield As part of the ONE Vision project, we also work with a ‘DfE Similar School’ in OAC. This allows colleagues to share best practice and see it in action. 
Together for Children, Sunderland As the only remaining LA Maintained school in Sunderland, we work with Together for Children, as they seek to improve all children’s services in the city. We collaborate on finance, governor services and HR etc. 
Sunderland Headteacher’s Group The secondary schools in Sunderland meet monthly to discuss a wide range of issues and get consensus on city-wide decisions. This group forms a vital tool in sharing best practice and providing leadership support.  
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) We meet with the EEF regularly and use their research to ensure that we use strong evidenced-based approaches when developing strategies of school improvement. 
Shotton Hall Research School (SHRS) We work with to aid professional development and with their initial teacher-training (ITT) programme. 
Post-16 colleges In order to provide the best possible independent advice for our students around post-16 education, we work with nine post-16 providers. 
Universities We have strong links with local universities at Sunderland, Durham and Newcastle. We also work with Oxford and Cambridge universities on aspiration programmes. 
Schools North East (SNE) We are a SNE partner school and our Headteacher sits on the SNE Headteacher Advisory Board. A member of our SLT is an EduNorth Advocate. 
Schools Forum (Sunderland) Our Headteacher sits on the Sunderland Schools Forum, helping to make authority-wide decisions on educational finance. 
Subject Leader networks All our Faculty and Subject Leaders are part of subject networks in the local area or region. 
National Governors Association (NGA) Our governors are part of the NGA and take regular training updates to stay current on governance issues and develop their knowledge and understanding 

“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"

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“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".

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“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".

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“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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