Grace College, Gateshead

Grace College (formerly Joseph Swan School, then Joseph Swan Academy) is a mixed secondary school with academy status situated in south Gateshead, England which educates pupils ages 11–18. The school was originally named after the English physicist and chemist, Sir Joseph Wilson Swan. In 2001, the school was awarded Specialist Technology College status. In April 2019, Joseph Swan Academy was taken over by Emmanuel Schools Foundation and Mark Hall became principal of the academy. As part of its transition into the ESF, it became known as Grace College from September 2019.

Grace College
Saltwell Road South

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Coordinates54°55′40″N 1°36′23″W / 54.92780°N 1.60651°W / 54.92780; -1.60651Coordinates: 54°55′40″N 1°36′23″W / 54.92780°N 1.60651°W / 54.92780; -1.60651
MottoLight and Life
Religious affiliation(s)Christian Ethos
Local authorityGateshead
TrustEmmanuel Schools Foundation
Department for Education URN147178 Tables
Chair of GovernorsAileen Conlon
PrincipalMark Hall
Age11 to 18


It was formed in 1996 as a merger of the Breckenbeds Junior High and Heathfield Senior High schools.

In 2006, the headteacher was Alan Fuller. Average annual enrolment is 1,300 pupils. The annual enrolment for year 2007/2008 is of 1460 pupils, including Sixth formers.

As of March 2012, Joseph Swan School became Joseph Swan Academy.[1]

The school has a range of after school projects and activities. As of March 2007 the school has an operative Royal Artillery detachment part of Durham Army Cadet Force. The School Detachment is part of 5th Platoon in B Company.

As well as the Royal Artillery detachment, the school is host to the Academy Band of the Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force which welcomes musicians aged 12–18.

In April 2019, Joseph Swan Academy joined the Emmanuel Schools Foundation. As part of the school joining ESF, it has been renamed Grace College.[2]

Notable former pupilsEdit

Breckenbeds Junior HighEdit

Joseph Swan School / AcademyEdit


  1. ^ "Joseph Swan School - GOV.UK". Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Gateshead: Bishop of Durham dedicates and renames academy". 21 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Andy Carroll Player Profile". Newcastle United F.C. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  4. ^ "England and Middlesbrough footballer who missed his GCSE English exam scores a grade B". 23 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Gateshead live to fight another day". 9 February 2005.

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