School Results

2020 School Results 

This has been a year like no other for everyone. All schools, their staff and students had to respond in an extraordinary set of circumstances and their resilience has been admirable. Our 2020 Year 11 students’ GCSE grades reflected outstanding hard work over their five years at Hetton, and particular resilience in the last term.  We are very proud of all the effort that they put in to their studies, and know that their outcomes have helped to ensure that they proceeded to post-16 courses with confidence. 

For many, the loss of the exams, which appeared initially to be great news, left them feeling uncertain whether to celebrate their results.  They were right to do so, because the results they received are based on performance in mock exams (PPEs), classwork, homework and coursework that they have done.  For others, they were frustrated that they were denied the chance to show what they could have done in the final stretch to improve their grades, as they had intended to do. 

For all of them, there will be lessons to learn from this experience.  Resilience, independence, hard work and compassion will guide them all.  Those that flew high, should be humble, those that fell short, should renew their determination and make sure that their post-16 studies are approached with the most positive of attitudes. 

I am hugely proud of what they achieved during their time at Hetton School, and look forward to seeing what they can go on to achieve in the coming years.  I am also very grateful to all the parents, who provided outstanding support at all times, but particularly in that last term. Of course, I am also proud of the staff who have discovered new skills in remote learning this last few months, but worked with, encouraged and enthused these young people throughout their GCSE courses. 

There are no performance tables for schools this year and we have not published our results in the usual manner, but progress rates continue to drive forward, with the trend expected to accelerate in 2021. 


In 2019, Year 11 results at Hetton School have risen again for the third year in a row. Subjects like English, Maths and Science have led the way with improvements in the percentage of students achieving Level 5 grades and above in all areas.

To view our 2019 Results Commentary, please click here

“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
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Sunderland Active Gold Standard
Foundation of Light
DFE 2016 Character Charter

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