History of Our School
In the Spring of 2012, the BSF programme in South Tyneside came to an end. I thought parents might be interested in a brief history of the school building.
Hebburn Comprehensive was formed in 1974, following the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of South Tyneside. The school was originally called Clegwell Secondary Modern School. Clegwell School opened in the 1930s. It became Hebburn Comprehensive School in 1974 and the building became Bedewell Primary School in 1984.
Hebburn Comprehensive was originally a split-site school, with the lower school (Y 7 – 9) housed in what was most recently Bedewell Primary School and the upper school (Y10, 11 and the 6th form) in a separate building on Mountbatten Avenue.
A serious fire destroyed a large part of the Mounbatten Avenue building in 1977. Mountbatten Avenue is named after Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and the Queen’s second cousin. After the fire, the current school building was planned and built, opening in 1981, still a split-site school with Bedewell.
The school was officially opened by Neil Kinnock, MP, with Cllr McAtominey as Chair of Governors. An extension to the current school opened in 1983, bringing almost all of the students together onto one main site. The Mountbatten Avenue building was used for Technology until 1995.
The school badge and the red and black tie have been part of the school’s uniform since September, 1939. The motto on the school badge is ‘Faithfulness and Truth’. If you look at some of the archive photos on the internet from the 1960s, you will see how the design of the blazer has changed slightly.
The BSF programme to modernise the school cost £12.9 million. Building work started in September 2010 and finished in April 2012. Many parents have said that the inside of school is unrecognisable to the one they attended as pupils. The outside of the building has remained the same as it was in 1981, with the exception of the new perimeter fence, added in 1995, and the pupil entrance on the Campbell Park Road side of the site.
BSF Phase 1
BSF Phase 2