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Friday 17 May 2019

The Class of 2019

This week in school we have been celebrating the journeys of our current 6.2 students, as they leave Northampton High on study leave as preparations for their upcoming examinations continue. In what has been a week filled with memories, reflection, fun and laughter, the girls left Northampton High School in style as they celebrated as one with a host of unforgettable events.

Each day saw the girls take part in a themed fancy dress, with themes including ‘what I wanted to be when I grew up’ and ‘film stars’, culminating in Wednesday’s grand finale of ‘Through the Ages’. The Senior School foyer was superbly decorated with a Great Gatsby inspired speakeasy, with corridors including themes such as the 80s, the future, Ancient Greece and Egypt! Staff members also joined in the fancy dress fun, and we saw some fantastic costumes on display! (as you will find in the photo gallery linked below)

On Tuesday, we were delighted to host our Champagne Leavers’ Reception, which was an unforgettable occasion for all in attendance. The sun was shining as students shared memories of their time at the High School with teachers, parents and friends, ahead of hearing touching stories from form tutors for each of their students.

And finally, alongside the transformation of the school on Wednesday, we were enthralled by the Leavers Assembly, in what was the final assembly for this special group of students.

Departing Head Girl, Mariam, introduced the amazing Leavers’ Video, which shared special moments, messages from teachers, and hilarious cameos from the likes of Mr Donaldson and Mr Loveday. As the assembly drew to a close, all that was left was for the girls to sing us out with a passionate version of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’, infront of a standing ovation from peers and staff alike.

An amazing week in which the whole school was buzzing with an electric atmosphere, as we say goodbye to an exceptional group of students. Memories were made and good times remembered, as the students now focus on the preparation for their next exciting chapter.

Please find a selection of photos from the week’s festivities below, and to view the full collection of photos please click on the tab at the bottom of the article.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer


Week Ahead

Monday 20 May
Senior School Assembly – Sports Assembly (Mrs Hackett)

Tuesday 21 May
Senior School Welcome Evening

Wednesday 22 May
Cricket: U11A, B vs Broughton Manor (A)

Thursday 23 May
House Assemblies
School Production Rehearsals

Friday 24 May
Senior School Assembly
Cricket: U9A, B ,C vs Broughton Manor (H)
Half Term begins

Looking beyond the prospectus - University of Kent

As you may recall, last term Dr Stringer visited the University of Birmingham to kick off a series of reports, ‘Looking beyond the prospectus’.

Through her membership on the GSA Universities Committee, Dr Stringer will be visiting a host of institutions up and down the country, reporting on the impressions she gets on life ‘beyond the prospectus’.

This term, Dr Stringer attended a Committee session at the University of Kent. She has noted for our students observations about the university, looking at things such as the campus, its USP and the people there.

Please click here to view Dr Stringer’s report.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer

High School Sport

A busy and exciting week of Sport this week in the sunshine.

The highlights were the superb performances at the Athletics meet, particularly from Charlotte Creak in the discus and javelin, and Lucy Shepherd in the 200 meters.

The cricketers are finding their form and there were good wins for the U13 B and C team on Wednesday against Winchester House.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport

Track and Field

A team of 12 Year 7 and 8s attended the Track and Field Cup last Friday.

With varying weather conditions ranging from chilly and cloudy, to bright sunshine and then to hailstone showers and torrential rain, the team adapted well and performed admirably. Notable performances came from Phoebe Haynes who placed 1st in the 800m and then 2nd in the long jump, Ruby Curtis-Free, who smashed her PB in the 1500m coming 2nd, Isabella Spokes, who placed 2nd in the shot throwing and Elizabeth Tansley, who secured 3rd in the 100m.

A great day out and all of the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

On the same day, a group of Year 9 and 10 students travelled to Corby for a County Athletics competition. All the girls did amazingly and notable performances came from Radhika Pandya, who came first in hurdles and second in long jump, Charlotte Creak, who came first in javelin and Lucy Shepherd who came first in 200m. Also, the relay team comprising Katie Harrison, Jane Ampiah, Libby Robbins and Lucy Shepherd, placed second and the intermediate team placed third overall.

Well done to all the girls who took part.



On 11 and 12 May, Charlotte in U4H entered into the discus and javelin competitions at the Northants County Athletics Championships.

She came second in discus with a PB of 24.21m and won the javelin to become County Champion with a fantastic throw of 27.30m. Charlotte’s PB is 30.06 which we are sure she will achieve and surpass in the next few track meets.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher


On 15 May, a group of Year 10 students travelled to the Queens Jubilee Center for a District Athletics competition. All the girls did amazingly well and noticeable performances goes to Mya Moreton who came 5th in both shot put and discus and Lucy Shepherd who came 1st in 200m. Well done to Toni Ramos, Nife Oluwatayo, Hannah Gibson, Mya Moreton and Lucy Shepherd who all took part and performed admirably.


On Wednesday, a team of Year 9 students travelled to Rugby to compete in the District round for Athletics. There were some notable performances from Milly Thompson, placing a very close 3rd in the 1500m, Lottie Creak coming 1st in javelin and discus, and Lilli Trimble who earned 2nd in javelin. Also, a big well done to the relay team placing 1st in their heat and 3rd overall. Congratulations to everyone who competed.


Creative Arts Spotlight

This week’s Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto Lois, for her oil pastels study based on a landscape by Pissarro.

Great work, Lois!

Mr Laubscher
Teacher of Art and Drama

Book Review

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Recommended for U4 and above – Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2019

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom.

May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.

But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

Click here to find out more about the Carnegie Award 2019 click on the link.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Arts Festival 2019

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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Swap Shop

Do you have any unwanted school uniform at home? On Tuesday 21 May, we will be running a Swap Shop for girls joining Year 7 in September.

If you would like to sell any uniform, please pick up some labels from the Senior School Reception, and please kindly note that we are no longer accepting uniform with the old school logo. All items must be clean, in good condition and labelled.

Please drop off any uniform for sale to the Senior School Reception by 9am on Tuesday 21 May. If your items are sold, you will receive 80% of the total funds and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to FONHS.

Miss Cheng
Admissions Registrar

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