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Friday 14 June 2019

What will be the lasting memories of Sports Day 2019? Let me share with you my top 5.

The sound of school records tumbling, with new records in the U3 200m, L4 Long Jump, 100m and 800m, U4 Javelin, L5 100m and Relay, U5 100m and the 6th Form Long Jump being set.  2019 was a record-breaking year for breaking records! Well done to all our record-breakers, Arianna Hay, Janice Huang (twice), Phoebe Haynes, Lilli Trimble, Isabelle Kaspruk, Artemis relay team, Georgina Forde-Wells and Hollie-Megan Mullen respectively.

The sight of so many girls giving their all in their events – whether because they were going for those records in their chosen elite sport or because they just wanted to do their bit for their House.  I spent some time helping at the High Jump and came away filled with admiration for the pluck of the girls who made that leap of faith in an event they didn’t normally excel in, as well as marvelling at the explosive energy of the natural adepts.

Read more here

Dr Stringer

Week Ahead

Monday 17 June
Senior School Assembly – DASH Debate Semi-Final
U4 Outward Bound Trip
6.1 Biology Fieldwork Residential
Clare Mulley visit
Cricket: U13A&B vs Oundle (H)

Tuesday 18 June
U4 Outward Bound Trip
6.1 Biology Fieldwork Residential
Languages Fiesta

Wednesday 19 June
U4 Outward Bound Trip
6.1 Biology Fieldwork Residential
Pippa Goodhart visit
Cricket: U11B vs Quinton (H)

Thursday 20 June
House Assemblies
6.1 History & Geog visit to Northampton University Library
U4 Outward Bound Trip
6.1 Biology Fieldwork Residential
Languages Fiesta
Tennis: U11 GDST Rally (H)
Cricket: U11 GDST Rally (H)

Friday 21 June
Senior School Assembly – DASH Debate Semi-Final
U4 Outward Bound Trip
GDST Inspiring Females Summit
Ross Welford visit

High School Sport

The week started with an exciting If not a little soggy athletics rally in Bath. Highlights were Charlotte Creak finishing 2nd in the Javelin and  Lucy Shepherd, Katie Harrison and Rebecca Rea, and Elizabeth Tansley all qualifying for the finals on the track.

The rest of the week has been a bit of a wash out, but the U13s managed to play some cricket on Wednesday against Beachborough, with the highlight being the U13 B team winning 181-156.

Congratulations are also in order for Gemma Watts, after her and her pony, Barney, qualified for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show in October. They won the 133 working Hunter Pony Class at the South of England show at the weekend. Well done Miss Hingley, who was 5th in her class too.

We would like to wish the athletes luck tomorrow at the Intercounties Mason Trophy at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham tomorrow.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport

GDST Athletics Rally

Four teams from U3 to L5 travelled to Bath on Monday to compete in the annual GDST Athletics Rally. The weather held up until lunchtime allowing the teams to complete the majority of events and heats. Notable performances came from:

Track Events: Lucy Shepherd in the 100m and 200m, Katie Harrison 100m, Rebecca Rae 200m and Elizabeth Tansley 100m, all progressing to the finals.

Field Events: Elizabeth Tansley in the High Jump, Arianna Hay Discus, Janice Huang Long Jump and Charlotte Creak Javelin and Discus.

Well done to all!

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher

District Athletics

Two Teams from U3 and L4 competed last Wednesday at the Queens Jubilee Center in Rugby. A fantastic day with some very commendable performances:

U3: Strong performances from a number of the girls with qualifying results from Jane Sigobodhla in the High Jump, Alessandra Jahina in the Discus and Isabelle Hull in the 1500m. All girls go on to represent the District at the county round on Monday 1 July at Rockingham Castle, Corby.

L4: Rebecca Rae 2nd in the 200m and Phoebe Haynes gaining 1st place in two events: excelling in the 800m, winning comfortably, and the long jump.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher

Athletics County Championships

At a very rain soaked Athletics meet, Georgina Forde Wells broke the Triple Jump record of 11.12 with a very respectable 11.36, she also qualified in 1st position for the High Jump. Amelia Tutt placed 1st in the 80m Hurdles, with Charlotte Creak winning the Javelin.

Well done to all three for their outstanding performances. They have now qualified for the Intercounties Mason Trophy to be held at Alexandra Stadium on the Saturday 16 June.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher


On Saturday 8 June, 5 swimmers travelled to the Olympic Park and the Aquatic Centre to compete in the IAPS National Swimming finals. Ella Nicholas qualified in the 50m breast stroke, Phoebe Haynes and Emily Horne in the 25m fly and the team of Izzy Thorpe, Ella Nicholas, Phoebe Haynes and Hannah Davies qualified in the 4 x 25m medley relay.

Qualification for the National Finals was through regional rounds where times are recorded. The swimmers of the top 20 times across all the regional rounds are invited to the nationals and the times are fast! The day began with the relays and moved onto the individuals. Every swimmer in the High School team either improved their time or improved their ranking. Every girl put in so much effort in their race(s) and I want to congratulate them on qualification and the fantastic swims they gave on the day.

Nationals Finishing positions:

Medley Relay team – Izzy Thorpe, Ella Nicholas, Phoebe Haynes and Hannah Davies – 14th

U13 Breast stroke, Ella Nicholas – 18th

U13 Butterfly, Phoebe Haynes – 8th

U12 Butterfly, Emily Horne – 17th

Miss Fraser
PE Teacher


On Wednesday 12 June, the U13A Cricket team played Beachborough.

We batted first and played very well, however we narrowly lost by 266 runs to 239 runs. Our team consisted of Charlotte Johns, Isabella Spokes, Phoebe Haynes, Jayna Bhadresha, Ella Nicholas, Evie King, Jane Sigobodhla, Emma Neville, Alessandra Jahina, Jasmine Campion, Harriet Fordham and Ariana Hay. Especially well done to Isabella Spokes for the best batting, Jasmine Campion for the best bowling and Alessandra Jahina for the best fielding.

Well played everyone!


Creative Arts Spotlight

Congratulations to all of our cool CATS on a spectacular show!

More show news…on Tuesday 18 June, 15 of our pupils will be performing at The Royal and Derngate on Tuesday, as part of the NMPAT (Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust) Festival. If you would like to purchase tickets for the event, please click here, and if you would like any further information please do get in touch.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

Book Review

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge – Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2019

When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide.

Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.

Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.

And now there’s a ghost inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

Please click here to find out more about the Carnegie Award 2019.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Arts Festival 2019

Arts Festival: Invitational Event

As part of our upcoming Arts Festival (noted in the above flyer), we are delighted to be hosting our Arts Invitational Evening on Thursday 27 June.

Starting at 5pm, the Invitational will showcase a vast array of work produced by students of all ages here at Northampton High, across all of the different areas of the Arts. Creative Arts, Fashion, Textiles, Food, Film, Drama, Music and Poetry are just some of the exhibitions and activities that will be on display during the Invitational, and we do hope that you will be able to join us in school as we proudly present the creations of our talented students.

To get a flavour of what to expect at the event, please click here to view a gallery of photos from last years invitational.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Arts Festival: Talk with Author Clare Mulley

As part of our upcoming Arts Festival, we are excited to be able to welcome respected author, Clare Mulley, into school. Mulley, who has penned books such asThe Women Who Flew for Hitler: The True Story of Hitler’s Valkyries’, is joining us in school to talk to Senior pupils about her Biography of Eglantyne Jebb.

We are delighted to extend this invitation to friends and family of students. The event takes place on Monday 17 June at 2:30pm, and if you would like to join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight into Clare’s history and writing, you would be very welcome; simply let us know via email (

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer


Arts Festival: Talk with Author Ross Welford

As part of the High School’s literary week, we are delighted to welcome Ross Welford into school for a talk with Year 5, Year 6, Upper Third and Lower Fourth students on the morning of Friday 21 June. There will also be the opportunity to have Ross sign copies of his books, as well as for students to buy copies using cash (all titles £6.99, although it might be convenient to forego the penny change).

Ross, our author of the month, shot to fame with his first critically acclaimed novel, Time Travelling with a Hamster and has gone on to write a number of other popular stories. Born in Cullercoats, a small seaside town on the northeast coast of England, he went on to read English at Leeds University. After graduating, Ross worked in publishing before moving in to television production, working on shows such as ITV’s The Time…The Place,  and This Morning, in addition to Channel 4’s Big Breakfast and the long-running Pet Rescue.

Mr Williams
Head of English

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