A NEW school year has marked a host of changes for pupils at a former technology college.
Norham High School, formerly Norham Community Technology College, now has a new name and appearance.
Students have returned to the school for the start of the autumn term in a new uniform, featurings a tie for the first time.
The North Shields school also has a brand new crest and motto – ‘believe, strive, achieve’.
Headteacher Tracey Hush said: “Our new, external image has been created to reflect the significant internal transformation we’ve experienced within the school over recent years.
“Our school has moved forward academically, and we have returned to more traditional school values.
“We felt that it was time that our external look reflected that.
“Norham has gone from being a college that was performing below national expectations at GCSE to a school that is now punching well above its weight.
“In 2007, less than 30 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and maths, which fell well below the standards we wanted to achieve.
“Since then, we’ve improved that figure year on year, and in 2012, 52 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C including English and maths, and 93 per cent gained at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C, exceeding the targets set for us.
“We’re extremely pleased with this direction of travel and will continue to drive up standards as we move forward.”
Borough mayor Linda Arkley officially launched the school’s new look at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.
She said: “Norham High School has gone from strength to strength over recent years, and this fresh new look is a great way of recognising that.
“I hope that these new, outward changes will invigorate and inspire the school community even further, and encourage pupils to truly believe, strive and achieve at Norham High School.”
The school’s new uniform incorporates a white shirt, black jumper bearing the school crest, and a new tie in shades of blue and grey. Students will also wear their choice of black or grey trousers or skirt.
The school’s new crest – also in blue – aims to depict the school’s historical roots. It includes three crowns to represent Tynemouth – the school was formerly Tynemouth High School before Norham was formed, and waves of the sea to represent North Shields.
New signage around school will bear the new name, crest and motto and to complete the transformation the school also has a brand new website, which can be viewed at www.norhamhigh.com