Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 21 January 2022

Last week, in our third Parent Talks event of this year, we were lucky enough to welcome an extended member of our GDST family to speak to us on, ‘How to talk about Sex and Sexuality with your child and teenager’.

Emma Gleadhill is a high-profile trainer, working on psychological wellbeing and healthy relationships in the home, in schools, and in the workplace. She works with parents and parenting groups at schools and in corporate settings. Her talk focussed on issues surrounding talking about sex and sexuality with your children, which for many is a daunting task! Having, ‘The Talk’ with your own children is not on everyone’s list of favourite conversations and might be avoided or skirted around to reduce those uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing silences, where all members of the conversation want the ground to swallow them up.

Emma explains that, ‘The landscape of modern attitudes and approaches to sex and sexuality can feel like very difficult terrain for parents, who may have had limited role-modelling in how to approach such topics from one’s own childhood and teenage years’, and so it is vital that parents learn not to feel shame about this being a tough topic to handle. She highlighted some of the many vital reasons why these conversations are so important for children, both boys, and girls, and identified the main stumbling blocks and the impacts that can have for the future understanding of children and adolescents when it comes to matters around sex.


Usefully, Emma’s talk did not just focus on the theoretical information behind conversations about sex and why they are important but also gave numerous tips about how to have these conversations. Often, starting the discussion is the hardest part. It is not necessarily something that you want to discuss around the dinner table. But her encouragement to avoid shying away from opportunities to start a conversation was inspiring, and food for thought for me as a teacher, as well as the parents in the audience.

As a member of the Pastoral Team, I cannot recommend this talk enough. It is enlightening and thought-provoking in so many ways, and fortunately, we were able to record the session so you can catch up with it at your convenience over the next few weeks. The recording will be available for a further 3 weeks and is a must-watch for all parents who are nervous about this aspect of their child’s personal development. Whether your child is 7 or 17, there is something here for everyone. Recording; please use the access code: nw*umz2R

Our next talk in the Parent Talks series, on Gender Identity, takes place on Wednesday 2 February and we will be holding it in person, in the Senior Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there. Have a super weekend.

Miss Kneen
Assistant Head – Pastoral Care and Guidance

The week ahead

Monday 24 January
Senior School Assembly
Y9 Virtual Parents Evening
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Tuesday 25 January
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Wednesday 26 January
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Thursday 27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day
Fixtures: U11, U14 & U18 @ GDST Rally
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Friday 21 January
Senior School Assembly
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)


Holocaust Memorial Day - Thursday 27 January

It is Holocaust Memorial Day next Thursday 27 January, and as a Holocaust Education Beacon School we have a wide range of activities in place across the curriculum for next week.

As part of our work leading up to next Thursday, Head of Film Ms Heimfeld took the time to speak to students about her family, including her father Leizer who was a survivor of more than one concentration camp, bearing witness to the impact of the genocide on families to this day.

We look forward to more talks and activities next week, and will share updates on our social media channels and in next week’s High News.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

An exciting afternoon of enrichment activities!

It has been a fantastic week here at Northampton High, and in the Senior School yesterday students had an exciting afternoon taking part in their respective enrichment activities.
The Arts enrichment session looked at trends from impressionism through to modern art, with students developing Fauvist artworks using vibrant colours. It was a ‘retrotastic’ Computing enrichment afternoon, as students used Raspberry Pi and homemade controllers to run classic Nintendo games. And meanwhile in the Year 10 Science enrichment group, students developed dissection skills as they learned about anatomy, in a course that supports those with potential medical aspirations.
It is wonderful to see our students diving into such a diverse and compelling programme of enriching activities!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Success for school Equestrian team

It proved to be a very successful weekend of action last week for our Equestrian team.

After lots of clear rounds at different heights and fantastic teamwork in the 90cm event, we were delighted to place 2nd overall and claim the title of Northants County Champions!

Huge congratulations to the team and also to Eloise, who secured an individual 2nd place and County Champion honours.

A great start to the year!

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

High Sports

It has been a busy week in the Sports department, as fixtures got back underway with our first competitive matches of 2022. On Monday, the U12 netball teams faced off against Akeley Wood, and we are delighted to share some match reports with you below.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sixth Form CSLA students ran a session with our Year 4 pupils, and helped them to learn two new sports! Pop lacrosse and rounders were on the agenda, and they both proved to be a big hit with the younger pupils!

And on Wednesday evening, we enjoyed an amazing afternoon of sport as over 70 students took part in a range of sports after school. Years 3 & 4 enjoyed some tennis, Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 took part in netball, and Years 9 & 10 competed in cricket. It was great to see so many members of our school community enjoying each different sport.

Mrs Littlewood
Acting Director of Sport

Netball vs Akeley Wood

On Monday 17 January, the U12A team played against Akeley Wood. The match went very well, and the score finished 5-16 to us. I liked how we got the ball down the court quickly and then Ellie, Fern, and Lilly (our shooting team) scored with ease. Also, in defence, Peyton played really well; she was getting nearly all the rebounds and lots of interceptions, stopping the Akeley shooters having the opportunity to score. Going forward, I think we should work on teamwork and communication in the game and also should think about marking the players that are in our positions to block the other team’s opportunities from trying to score. Congratulations to the whole team, and in particular, Peyton, who was voted Player of the Match by Akeley Wood. Bella (Captain)

On Monday 17 January, the U12B team played against Akeley Wood. This was a great match with a lot of action; each team scored lots of goals and it was neck and neck all the way through. At half time we were drawing 6-6; at the end of the third quarter, it was 9-9. In the final quarter, Northampton High played brilliantly, turning the ball over in defence and taking their opportunities in attack. Mya was voted Player of the Match by Akeley Wood as she was our top scorer and scored some brilliant goals. The final score was 13-11 to us. It was a brilliant match and both teams did very well. Natalie (Captain)

Book of the Week

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, renowned for producing the best marine scientists, naval warriors and underwater explorers in the world.

But, unlike the other students, the water is personal for Ana. After losing both of her parents on a scientific expedition, her older brother Dev is now the only family she has.

Ready to prove herself, Ana and her class are off to a top-secret weekend trial at sea.

But, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives forever.

Rick Riordan’s trademark humour, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Lunchtime weekly special proves a big hit

Lunchtime on Tuesday saw the Catering Team debut their second delicious weekly special of the term – the Pasta Bar!

With toppings including cheddar and ham, pomodoro, creamy mushroom and more, there was truly something for all tastes and diets! Accompanied by a tasty side salad and bruschetta, the Pasta Bar was  a lunchtime meal not to be missed!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Parent Talks

Thank you to those parents who joined us for our recent Parent Talks event, on the subject of ‘talking about sex and sexuality with your growing child and teen’. If you were unable to join us live for the event, we are delighted to be able to share a recording with you, which can be accessed by clicking here, and using the access code: nw*umz2R

On Wednesday 2 February 2022, from 6pm to 7.30pm, we will be hosting in school an event for Senior School parents (however parents of Junior School pupils are most welcome to attend) on Gender identity and young people. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

In a society where young people are freer than ever to express their true selves, this session considers how the school deals with gender identity issues, how parents can support their children, and why gender identity is an important topic for us all today. There will also be opportunities to ask questions. To book your place, please click here.

Should you wish to see the full details of our 2021/22 Parent Talks programme, please click here.

Mrs O’Doherty
Acting Head 

Join Our Team - Minibus Drivers Wanted

At Northampton High, we are proud to have a pristine fleet of school minibuses, and we are very excited that this will be expanding in 2022. We are therefore looking to appoint several drivers for transporting pupils on morning and afternoon school runs, Monday to Friday.

If you are interested in joining our team we would love to hear from you.

For more information and to apply please click here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

School Blazer Sale

Term Dates 21/22

Term Dates 22/23

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