Consett is situated in the county of Durham, which is in the North East of England. It is a former centre for the steel industry, dating back to the 1840s. After the steelworks closed in 1980, the town suffered a period of high unemployment. Now there are many small manufacturing businesses and the town is thriving once again. Surrounded by open countryside and forests, Consett is near the Northumberland National Park. Our school is in an area of Consett which is close to the River Derwent and the Derwent Reservoir, where there is much wildlife to be seen.