Are you a former pupil? Join our emerging Alumni network!


At Norham High School we are looking to build an alumni network. In other words, we’re building a community of former Norham High School pupils to stay connected with our school!

We will be working to create this engaged alumni community to help us to do more for our pupils. It will work by keeping in touch with, and engaging pupils, from the point of leaving Norham High School, as well as engaging former pupils who have already left. Former pupils can offer a real careers insight and inspiration to current pupils, as relatable role models.

We will be trying to get in touch with some of our former pupils, so if you or anyone you know previously attended Norham High School, then please do get in touch by emailing and registering with us.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Paul Stonebanks

Paul Stonebanks is one of the North East’s leading businessmen and an inspirational entrepreneur.

Following a career as a project manager for some of the world’s biggest oil and gas platforms and projects, Paul, aged 40, set up his company Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) in 2007 to manufacture high-quality technical insulation products which would protect pipework and complex equipment from fire, temperature extremes, corrosion and noise. The company quickly expanded into industrial training services and now also offers a wide range of apprenticeship programmes.

Under Paul’s leadership, AIS has become a multi-million-pound global business operating from three strategic UK locations, 19 locations globally and employing around 150 people. It has won a string of awards including the highly-coveted Queen’s Award for Business, British Chambers of Commerce Exporter of the Year and Business of the Year.

The company’s highly innovative technical products, which are manufactured at AIS’s own world-class fabrication facilities in North Tyneside, are multi-award-winning, and exported to 30 countries worldwide. The company’s training division owns and operates four state-of-the-art industrial training villages delivering the world’s largest portfolio of industrial skills courses and attracting around 30,000 delegates every year.


Karen Oxley nee Wight

I had my first Saturday job at Greggs in the Grainger Market during my last year at Norham in 1993 – staff discount on sausage rolls, what could be better?

After Norham I went to Tynemouth College to do A Levels – Media Studies, Sociology and Environmental Science.

Then it was on to the University of Sunderland to study BA Media and Communications. To support myself I did various part time and summer jobs over the 3 years including barmaid, chambermaid, double glazing demonstrator, date entry clerk, trainee insurance broker and children’s entertainer – dressing up as Sammy the Seal at the Sealife Centre!

During the last year of my degree I volunteered at the newsroom in Sun FM, the local commercial radio station in Sunderland. When I finished Uni they took me on part time. From there I went on to become a full time journalist at Galaxy 105 in Leeds. In January 2000 I came home to read the news on Galaxy Northeast where I met Steve. On 8th January 2001 the Steve and Karen breakfast show was born. We broadcast on Galaxy and then Capital FM, moving to Metro Radio in 2012..


Professor Dorothy Newbury Birch

Dorothy Newbury-Birch attended Norham High School between 1976 and 1981. During this time, she lived on Farnham Road on the Meadowell Estate. Dorothy was a loud bright young person (and still is loud). Dorothy left school and worked in an office. When she was 23 she was divorced with a child. She went back to college and did a GCSE and then did A Levels. She did a social science degree at Sunderland University and then a PhD at Newcastle University. She is now Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research at the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University. She has written over 100 articles and has been on TV and radio. Her research is primarily around risky drinking by young people and those that are in the criminal justice system. She works closely with Norham High School and is currently working with a group of young people (Team Talent) on a piece of research which will be written up as a book chapter in a book she is writing. This she believes, is the best work she has ever done. She strongly believes that all young people should be nurtured to believe that they can reach the highest levels and have so much to give to society.