Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 11 October 2019

On 27 September 2019, we were hosted our inaugural Parent Forum meeting and were delighted to welcome parents of girls from Reception to Sixth Form. The focus of this meeting was pastoral and Mrs O’Doherty, our Deputy Head (Pastoral Care and Guidance), presented on two themes:

1. Girls on Board – an initiative which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The winner of an ISA Award for Innovation and Excellence 2016 and Shortlisted for the TES Wellbeing Initiative of the Year 2019, it is suitable for use with girls from 8 to 18, has been used in the senior School for a year, with great success, and is about to be introduced in Years 5 and 6. Mrs O’Doherty  showed an introductory video and a conversation ensued, with questions including how to take some of the lessons learned here in dealing with friendship issues of younger students.

2. Our new mobile phone policy, the rationale behind it and its impact. Although this is specific to Senior School and Sixth Form, the subsequent discussion included the use of technology in school and at home across all ages (including adults!).

We plan to hold a second meeting next half term with the date to be published shortly and to which all are welcome. If you would like to table a question or a theme for discussion please contact me at

Mrs Petryszak
Acting Head

Week Ahead

Monday 14 October
Harry Potter Week
Senior School Assembly – Black History Month
Drama Rehearsals
Hockey: U12B, U13B vs Quinton (H)

Tuesday 15 October
Senior School Assembly – House Storytelling
GDST Sports Rally
Sixth Form Options Breakfast for U5
Sixth Form Information Evening

Wednesday 16 October
House Storytelling (U3)
U4 Bath Trip
Hockey: U11B, C, D vs Winchester (H)
Hockey: U13A vs South Lee, Orwell, Bishops Stortford & St Faiths (A)

Thursday 17 October
U5 On Track Conference

Friday 18 October
GCSE History Trip to the Somme
Sixth Form Trip to San Francisco
Senior School House Storytelling
Hockey: U13A vs In2Hockey(A)
Half Term begins

Sixth Form Information Evening: Tuesday 15 October, 6pm - 8pm

Theology and Philosophy trip to Stowe School for a lecture with Professor Simon Blackburn

On Tuesday 8 October, the Sixth Form Theology and Philosophy students travelled to Stowe School to listen to a lecture by Professor Simon Blackburn.

Professor Blackburn is a lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge University and has written a number of philosophical books, including one of his most famous works called ‘Think’. After arriving at Stowe School everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see the impressive rooms and grounds. Before the talk, Simon answered some questions about his past work and this really helped us all to get a better understanding of his work as a Philosopher.

We then listened to Simon’s talk on reason in reality in which he drew on topics ranging from politics to psychology. One aspect of the talk that I found really related to our studies was listening to Simon speak of the difference between faith and truth. Simon argued that faith is often immune to reasoning and criticism, whereas truth can be open to a more rational analysis.

In the Theology and Philosophy A Level course, we explore this issue, by looking at how religious believers can refuse to allow their faith to be falsified and how this may lead to a blind faith (fideism). This was an exciting and thought provoking talk, which allowed us to consider new and fascinating aspects of Philosophy that extend away from what we usually learn within the classroom.

I would like to thank Miss Robinson for organising and taking us on this trip, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.


FemSoc donates items to the Hope Centre

This Wednesday breaktime, FemSoc welcomed a guest speaker from the Hope Centre, to come into school and collect the items we collected in our very successful Period Poverty Week last academic year.

The Hope Centre is a community charity that is run by local people in Northampton. It strives to provide practical services in order to help people survive poverty and homelessness. These may include a hot meal and a warm, dry place to stay, a hairdresser and company to fend off the loneliness of being on the streets. Moreover, they help people to leave poverty and homelessness through giving training and skills to improve employability as well as campaigning against poverty and negative attitudes that people have towards their service users.

Through FemSoc we hope to continue supporting the Hope Centre and we hope that you will too in the future. If you believe that this cause is important, as we hope you do, please let other people know that it is out there.

Lexy and Florence
U5H          U5N

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on the Upper Third Food class, who made fishcakes this week, and Eva in L4H.

They did a fantastic job of shaping them to make sure that they were consistent and round, and they were efficient when cleaning up all the mess! I hope the fishcakes tasted as good as they looked!

Eva falls under the spotlight for her excellent sensitivity with watercolours in her Marine Life project. Well done Eva!

Miss Knight
Subject Leader Food

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts

School Sport

Another hectic yet exciting week for the PE department. In Hockey, the U3 and L4 played against King Henry VIII winning all matches convincingly, and on Monday, the U3 travelled to Oundle, narrowly losing both matches. Thornton were our midweek opponents, with the U15s providing another victory, with the U18s unfortunately losing.

The first Cross Country event took place, and we saw Ella pick up third place.

The U18 Netball team travelled to the County Netball Tournament, winning all 4 matches in the process and earning the title County Champions! We are now through to the Regional rounds to be held in the Spring Term. Well done girls.

Away from school, we were delighted to learn that Charlotte and Hattie have been selected to represent the County at U13 and U14 level respectively! We are delighted with this news, and it is just rewards for their hard work and dedication.

Mrs Littlewood
Director of Sport

On Thursday, our U18 Netballers travelled to Oundle to take part in the County Netball Tournament. Not only did we win all 4 games, but we brought home the title of County Champions once again! Congratulations to the girls for an outstanding days play, and we look forward to Regionals in the Spring Term.

Hockey: A very changeable day in terms of weather saw warm blue skies followed by torrential rain, finishing with a double rainbow for the visit of Thornton. We were delighted with our performance, dominating from start to finish, winning with a convincing 10-0 scoreline – a great warm up match for the next round of the rally.

Hockey: On Saturday 5 October, the U3 took on King Henry VIII. We first took part in the draw to see which team would choose whether they get to start with the ball or what side they want to shoot at. King Henry won and chose to push back.

When they hit the ball to their team mates all of the midfielders ran to get the ball. We managed to tackle the ball off them and succeeded in passing it to each other so that we were near the goal. That time we were so close to scoring, but the opponent got hold of the ball and cleared it away. This went on for quite a while, as their defence was strong and our attacking was persistent.

Goalless at half time, we had a team talk and came to a conclusion that we shouldn’t bunch up and the players on the left and rights stay out around the edges. Despite the fact we had four short corners and not scored, our determination led to the games only goal being scored by Gemma. Well done girls!

Lucy-Mae, U3N

Book Review

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Perfect Autumn reading – why not read or re-read before His Dark Materials arrives on the BBC in November!

‘Without this child, we shall all die.’ Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

Miss Buxton
School Librarian


There will be a short meeting to discuss the accounts and the future of FoNHS.

This will take place in the Senior School at 10.30am on Tuesday 5 November and all are welcome. Please contact Mrs Dee brown at if you would like to attend.

Mrs Petryszak
Acting Head

Sports Centre Facilities at Northampton High

We would like to let all of our parents know all about the fantastic facilities and classes we have available here at the Northampton High School Sports Centre, which is open in the evenings and weekends to members.

We offer a special membership rate of £20.00 for parents of pupils at Northampton High, plus over 16s can join too on our Junior Membership rate. For more details, please click here.

If you would like a tour of the facilities, please contact us on and we would be happy to arrange a day and time with you.

  • Fully equipped 30 station gym with free weights and brand new, functional equipment
  • A range of cardio vascular equipment
  • Free 30 minute PT session with Alex our Personal Trainer on joining
  • Induction Programme to get you started in the right way
  • Individually designed training programme and ongoing support from our fully trained Sports Centre Team
  • Gym Member challenges – serious or just for fun!
  • A range of instructor led classes held in the Dance Studio, Sports Hall or outside
  • Options range from Boot Camps, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and Aqua Zumba
  • Book one of two squash courts
  • Join our own squash club (men’s and women’s leagues) or play just for fun
  • Swim with the family on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Join the Aqua Zumba class

Mr Slater
Sports Centre Manager

October Half Term Swimming Lessons

Term Dates

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