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Friday 10 May 2019


BBC One’s flagship political debate programme, Question Time, is no stranger to lively political debate, and the programme hosted here at Northampton High School yesterday was no exception.

Panellists included Change UK MP, Anna Soubry, MEP and Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, Labour’s shadow economic secretary to the treasury, Jonathan Reynolds, Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and businessman and founder of Labour Leave, John Mills.

Members of the local community made up the 150-strong audience, challenging the panel on the fragile Brexit situation, funding and staffing of the National Health Service as well as the government’s internal insurgence, amongst other topical themes.

During the day, Senior School pupils were privileged to participate in workshops run by the technical production team, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fascinating and highly skilled world of broadcasting.  Students from the School’s Model UN and Politics Elective groups went on to meet with Fiona Bruce in her rehearsal, get behind the TV cameras, and get a feel for the rigorous demands of broadcast media.

To read more and view photos from the event, please click here 

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing and Admissions

Week Ahead

Monday 13 May
6.2 Leavers Week
GCSE, IGCSE and A Level Orals
L4 Tutorials
Cricket: U12A,B vs Oundle (A)

Tuesday 14 May
6.2 Leavers Week
GCSE, IGCSE and A Level Orals
L4 Tutorials
Staff / Sixth Form Yoga
6.2 Leavers’ Reception

Wednesday 15 May
6.2 Leavers Week
GCSE, IGCSE and A Level Orals
L4 Tutorials
Senior School Assembly – 6.2 Leavers’ Assembly
6.2 Exam Leave Begins
Cricket: U13A, B, C vs Winchester (H)

Thursday 16 May
GCSE, IGCSE and A Level Orals
6.1 Exams
L4 Tutorials
School Production Rehearsals

Friday 17 May
L4 Tutorials
L5 School Exams
6.1 School Exams
Senior School Assembly – Open Prep
L4 HPV Vaccinations
Hannah Smith’s Charity Bake Sale

Saturday 18 May
L5 & U5 Netball Trip to Copper Box Arena

BBC Question Time visits Northampton High

To say that last night was eventful would be an understatement! From peaceful protestors to Mr Farage and Mrs Soubry’s ongoing clash with one another, I’m sure the rest of the staff and students will agree with me when saying that last night felt like an imitation of parliament itself.

Some of the girls, including myself, were given the incredible opportunity to take part in the dress rehearsal with Fiona Bruce. With big microphones hung very closely above our heads, we answered her questions on our names, what we were studying and what year group we were in. Some of the girls, including previous head girl Mariam, were given the opportunity to sit alongside Ms Bruce on the panel whilst also answering a few questions of hers.

An hour or so later and after the arrival of many of the audience, the girls and staff were then directed to the upstairs seating of the Senior Hall to observe a warm up rehearsal and sit behind the cameras, enabling us to get a feel as to what the life of a BBC cameraman can be like. At the same time myself, Mariam and Frankie had the honour of meeting the panelists and escorting them to the Edward Cripps Room where they were to gather prior to the show starting. I was, personally, very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and escort Anna Soubry, Jonathan Reynolds and John Mills to the ECR and also briefly shake hands with Amber Rudd; all of whom were incredibly friendly and complimentary of the school, stating how lovely the building is.

After much delay due to the protests by Extinction Rebellion, Mr Farage arrived, and after a few run-throughs, the programme began. Two main discussions of the evening were, of course, Brexit and the NHS. Within the audience there were some recognisable members, including previous students of the school, such as Emily Hewertson, and parents of students currently attending NHS. Some highlights of the discussions would be when Fiona Bruce asked Mr Farage if actually knew the answer to one of the questions, to which, after much deliberation, he eventually replied that he did not. A personal delight of mine was when a parent of a current NHS student and a GP working for the NHS spoke beautifully on the low morale throughout the NHS and the issue of retention, leaving even the politicians partially silent for a few minutes.

Overall, the night was one to remember and one that I personally will never forget, from discussions about democracy and Brexit to the prescription of medicinal cannabis, we were all truly honoured to experience the show that is Question Time. Thank you to the BBC and to Mrs Wilmot, Mr Nash, Dr Stringer and the rest of the staff at Northampton High for providing us with this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Head Girl

School company enter Young Enterprise County Final

On Tuesday 30 April, the school’s Young Enterprise company “NewWay” participated at the Northamptonshire Young Enterprise County Final which was held at Scott Bader in Wollaston. The company was one of five finalists and the girls had to submit a company report, give a presentation about their business, set up their trade stand displaying their product and attend a gruelling group interview.

The girls conducted themselves well and gave an excellent presentation to a packed conference room. At the end of the evening “NewWay” were awarded the prize for Best Customer Service but were most delighted to win the prize for Best Teamwork as this is where they believe their skills have really developed as a result of being involved in Young Enterprise.

The team have been supported this year by their two business advisers: Emily Ball and Graeme O’Doherty and I am very appreciative of the time they have given up to guide the girls.

Mrs I Tansley
Subject Leader Business & Economics

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High School Sport

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Despite a short week and some very wet weather, our sports teams have enjoyed some impressive victories.

The U15A Cricket team was successful on Tuesday in their first match of the season against Thornton College, and the U13 and U15 Tennis teams faced off against Caroline Chisholm on Thursday,  playing brilliantly, with the U15 team winning 4-2 and the U13 team winning 6-0 – losing only 1 game and winning 36.

Our Athletics team are in their first competition of the term today in the first round of the Track and Field Cup and we wish them the best of luck.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport


The great thing about Athletics is that there is an event for anyone; you can run fast, run at a steady pace, run in a team, run and jump over things, throw things, jump up, jump forwards, hop step and then jump!

We are very fortunate that we are currently benefiting from the expertise of specialist coaches from Northampton Athletics Club at athletics club on a Tuesday and Thursday after school, 3.45pm until 5.00pm. Over the past two weeks, the girls have had small group sessions in long jump, high jump, javelin, discus and shot.

If you like the sound of this, the club is open to anyone (Years 5 upwards) and any standard. No previous experience required! Please see me for full details.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher


Creative Spotlight

This week’s Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto my GCSE Food class (who are not all present in the photo; four of them were completing their Art exam!).

They have worked hard over the past two years, and especially this year by completing their three hour cooking exam and NEA written work.

Wishing you all the best for your exams and next steps, and enjoy the revision bags!

Miss Knight
Subject Leader for Food

Book Review

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders 
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2019

Emily watched, in a trance of astonishment, as the bear opened the picnic basket, took out a tartan rug and spread it on Holly’s bed.
And then the penguin spoke.
Actually spoke.
‘What’s going on? This isn’t Pointed End!’
The bear said, ‘It looks like a human bedroom. We must’ve come through the wrong door.’
‘But there aren’t any doors to the hard world in Deep Smockeroon! And we don’t have a human bedroom any more. We’re in a box in the attic.’

What if there exists a world powered by imagination?

A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they’ve left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken?

Welcome to the Land of Neverendings.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

New issue of 'Backchat' now available!

The Backchat Editorial Team worked incredibly hard last term to produce what is undoubtedly the best issue yet of the school’s student-run magazine. You can read the whole thing in glorious technicolor by clicking here.

Many thanks to the whole editorial team for making this happen, and in particular to Saskia, Jess, Lexy, Siya, Eeman and Olivia for the time and energy they have dedicated to the magazine.

Don’t forget, students can win a £10 Amazon voucher next term by submitting your writing, photographs, drawings, interviews, etc to Backchat via If you have any feedback, please do send it our way.

Mr Viesel
Teacher of English

Northampton High presents CATS!

England Hockey Player Pathway

Northamptonshire County Hockey are running Development Centres for boys and girls under 13 to under 17 at Moulton College on 8, 15, 22 and 29 June.

Have you enjoyed hockey at school? Are you keen to find out if you can play for England? It all starts here with the Development Centres (DC). At this four-week course you will be receive excellent coaching from qualified coaches to develop your match skills. Sessions will be focused on developing your ability to make fast, effective decisions, using the right skills at the right time at speed within games.

Whether you played for Northamptonshire this year or missed out on a place or just want to improve your skills for club or school matches then this will be suitable for you.

Ideally players need to be in school Years 6 up, strong Year 5s are welcome but would need to compete with older players to advance to the county squads; however if they are not successful this year it would form a good foundation for next year.

If you wish to join the course then you will need to book your place. The cost is £20 for 4 sessions, please register that you will be attending on the below link and you will be sent a link to pay electronically.

Please contact Andrew Dale at, or speak to me in school for full information.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher

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