Nothampton High School
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Friday 30 April 2021

Teacher Assessed Grades – where next for public examinations?

I have just this week received notification that our paperwork for the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) process has been accepted by the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications). For the teachers and administrators in school whose waking hours in the last few months have seemingly been dominated by the tangle of new arrangements, this is an important step, if not a champagne moment. I will be writing soon to the students, parents and guardians of Year 11 and Year 13 to give more information about what this entails for them, in the lead up to the results days on 10 and 12 August.

That we should carry out diligently the myriad procedures involved in the TAG process is clearly an important part of ensuring we get the grading right for our students. We need to do this not simply because they deserve to achieve the best possible outcomes as evidenced by their achievements over the last two years, but also because they have been impacted personally and from an educational perspective in ways that cannot be understated. Our priority is to ensure the path ahead is as smooth as it can be under the circumstances for every student in this situation. We also need to plan further ahead to consider how to protect and support students in the current Year 10 (Lower Fifth) and Year 12 (6.1) cohorts.

Please click here to read more.

Mr Rickman
Deputy Head – Academic

School Mufti Day helps to raise nearly £3,000 towards the India Covid Crisis

We are proud to be supporting Asha for Education today, by helping to raise vital funds for the India Covid Crisis with a school mufti day!

We’ve raised nearly £3000 already, with many thanks going to our parents, guardians and our amazing pupils – thank you everyone!

To visit our JustGiving page, please click here.

Mr Rickman
Deputy Head – Academic

Undivided: GDST Student Council engages all 25 schools

This week saw the first meetings of the newly launched GDST Student Council for Undivided, championing the student voice for inclusion and diversity. The meetings – one for the Junior/Prep School-aged students and one for the Senior School/Sixth Form age group – kicked off the GDST Student Council for Diversity, with the aim of sharing what is working well in the 25 Trust schools, collaborating to develop strategy, building awareness and changing behaviours in this critical area.

Tendo from Year 5 represented Northampton High’s Junior School and our Senior School/Sixth Form representative is Millie from Year 12. In both sessions, the students were welcomed by Trust CEO, Cheryl Giovannoni, introduced to the GDST Charter for Action by the GDST Undivided Steering Committee, and then participated in a ‘Show and Tell’ session, explaining initiatives promoting inclusion and diversity from each of the GDST schools.

Both Tendo and Millie gave a range of examples of how diversity is celebrated in school, speaking confidently and enthusiastically about their own experiences at Northampton High. Already from this first meeting, our minds were buzzing with ideas of how we can grow our inclusivity and how we can engage the whole student body.

We are excited to be part of this focussed, forward-looking group and will report on the Student Council’s next steps to further evolve inclusivity in our schools.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing and Admissions

Return to School Fixtures

We are delighted to inform you that we will be returning to fixtures from Thursday 13 May! This will be a phased return on a reduced timetable to ensure safety is paramount for all our pupils and staff.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic fixtures will also run differently to those in the past. The risk assessment can be accessed by clicking here, and the protocol checklist that will be sent to our opposition can be found here. We will also be travelling away to some fixtures and the risk assessment covers this too.

If you have previously provided consent for your child to participate in sporting fixtures via the SIMs link and now do not wish your child to participate this term only, then please inform Mrs Blake as soon as possible. We will be following the National Governing Bodies’ regulations for return to competitive play in all the sports we will play.

Packed teas may be provided on occasion but there will be no waiting around after matches finish and so hot teas will not be provided. Spectators are also not allowed at Northampton High School nor other venues of play for the rest of the Summer Term. Though we know this is disappointing we look forward to the Autumn Term where hopefully we can get back to normality, enhancing our fixture programme and looking forward to welcoming back the support of our much-valued parents and friends.

All of the fixtures can be found via SOCs.

Mrs Blake
Director of Sport

Book of the Week

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021- 1933

When Ellie and her family lose everything, they flee to Echo Mountain to build a new life. Ellie runs wild, exploring the mountain’s mysteries. But the one she can’t solve is who’s leaving the gifts for her: tiny, beautiful wooden carvings of animals and flowers, dotted around the mountain for her to find.

Then Ellie’s father has a terrible accident and lies in a coma; while Ellie shoulders the blame for what has happened. When she sets out to find a cure for him, she discovers Cate, the outcast witch, and Larkin, a wild mountain boy. From them she learns about being a healer, being brave – and about how there can be much more to a person than first meets the eye.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Virtual Open Events - Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 May 2021

GDST Talks set for the Summer Term

Over the course of this academic year, we have been delighted to collaborate with our fellow GDST schools to bring our parents the ‘GDST Talks’ series. We have been able to welcome many distinguished talkers into school virtually to speak on a variety of important topics, and it has been great to be joined by so many of our community for these events.

We are now able to share the details of our next two GDST Talks for the Summer Term:

‘Managing the transition from primary to secondary school’
with Grace Barrett Thursday 6 May at 6pm

‘Healthy Eating for Positive Mood and Positive Study’
with Marissa Carrarini, Thursday 13 May at 5pm.

For more information on both of these upcoming talks, and to book your free tickets, head over to our website by clicking here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

A talk with Kay Hannam, Head of Forensics Services at Thames Valley Police

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