St Leonard’s School is a mixed voluntary aided Catholic School with 1400 pupils aged 11 to 18 years with 250 in the Sixth Form, situated on the edge of Durham City centre. Newcastle and the Teesside conurbation are within easy reach. Founded in 1936, it became a secondary modern school in the 1960s, and was reorganised as a comprehensive school in 1970. In 1999 the school was granted “Technology College Status” and about 90% of the pupils are drawn from Roman Catholic primary schools within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. This catchment area is large, extending up to nineteen miles radius from the school. The governing body’s admissions policy allows non-Catholic pupils, from families who support our ethos, to enter the school if there are places available. The school is presently over-subscribed.
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OFSTED inspected the school in February 2012, confirming our judgement that this is a good school: “St Leonard’s is a good school that provides well for its students. The quality of teaching is good including in the Sixth Form. The mature attitudes, resilience and application of most students contribute significantly to their good learning. Students say they feel very safe in school.”
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