Teesside High School was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of two much older independent schools: Queen Victoria High School (1883) and Cleveland School (1939). The School is fortunate in having some 20 acres of spectacular grounds on the banks of the River Tees, in what was once the rambling mansion of Woodside Hall. The lovely old buildings, enjoyed by generations of schoolgirls, were sadly demolished in 1970 lending way to the current school. We remain easily accessible by road (close to the A66 and A19), rail (a five minute walk to Eaglescliffe station) and air (Durham Tees Valley airport). The School serves a wide catchment area, with pupils travelling from across the Teesside conurbation, south Durham and North Yorkshire.
Teesside High School has in recent years seen major refurbishment and building projects works takes place. These works shows the emphasis we place on providing high-quality, international standard facilities for our youngsters and forms part of our log-term strategy for continually improving facilities and learning at the School.
One project has seen the school’s six tennis courts upgraded to an international standard all-weather surface, providing a midi hockey pitch and training facility and three five-a-side football pitches, whilst still retaining tennis and netball courts.
Another project has provided a brand new playground for the Preparatory School. This project has led to old tarmac play areas being replaced with an all-weather, synthetic surface marked out for a number of sports including tennis, hockey, football and basketball. All of which are protected by a green mesh perimeter fence. This new playground is perfect for introducing our younger pupils to a wider range of sports and helps them develop new skills.
It also includes the installation of a ‘buccaneer play ship’ with interconnecting walkways, slide, climbing wall, ladders and play panels, plus tree benches for quiet time reading or just chatting with friends. An existing mini-obstacle course is also included finished off with several raised beds for the young gardeners to experience and grow their own vegetables. The play ship encourages creative play, inspiring the children’s minds whilst also developing co-ordination, play and agility.
We are very fortunate to have a Woodland School on our school site, staffed by qualified practitioners. All children are able to enjoy a variety of learning activities in the magnificent school grounds, and facilities are used to the full by all pupils, particularly those in the Prep School. Our boys and girls enjoy exploring the outdoors during Woodland School activities; trapping over the bridge like the Three Billy Goats Gruff, growing plants in the school garden and using the large play equipment - speeding down the slide as they create their adventures. Lessons in our Woodland School are a highlight for all of our children, who explore nature and the changing seasons during fortnightly sessions throughout the year.
The latest edition to the school portfolio has been the building of a new state of the art Sixth Form block. The bespoke, two storey building is located on the School site with its beautiful terrace overlooking the treetops of our extensive wooded grounds and the banks of the River Tees. It has been designed to meet the growing demand for Sixth Form places across the Tees Valley and beyond.
The building contains common areas, quiet work spaces, classrooms and conference facilities being designed with transition from school to university in mind. As part of its Eco-school commitment, the new Sixth Form centre has been constructed with energy efficiency in mind, with:
- PV panels on the roof provising clean, renewable energy, converting sunlight into DC power.
- The insulation of the building exceeding current Building Regulation Requirements.
- The European redwood cladding sourced from sustainable, managed forests.
It is hoped that the local community will also benefit from the new all-weather pitches, which will be available for use by other schools and community sports groups, as well as organised tournaments.