Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 31 January 2020

What a privilege to witness friendships forged in school days enduring many decades!

Over 130 alumnae and friends of Northampton High – from both the Derngate and the Hardingstone sites – joined together last weekend for the Annual Alumnae Reunion Lunch. Former members of staff, pupils and friends of the school delighted in catching up, making for a lively exchange of memories which, for some, were some 50 years hence!

The school’s Catering team served a delicious lunch which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. “This event just gets better each year”, commented one former staff member, a sentiment echoed by many guests.

Sincere thanks go to all who came for making this a treasured highlight of the alumnae calendar, and special appreciation for the committee of dedicated ladies on the OGA Committee.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Week Ahead

Monday 3 February
Senior School Assembly – Storytelling Week
ESU Public Speaking Competition – Round 2
Cafe Sci Talk from Greenpeace

Tuesday 4 February
Netball: U14A, U15B vs Quinton (A)
Netball: 2nd VII vs Pitsford (H)

Wednesday 5 February
U5 Parents’ Evening
Netball: U13A, B, C vs Beachborough (H)

Thursday 6 February
Intermediate Mathematical Challenge
FoNHS Parent Forum
Swimming: U12A, U13A @ Warwick 50’s (A)
Netball: U14B, U15C vs Pitsford (H)

Friday 7 February
Senior School Assembly – Book Week

Saturday 8 February
Netball: U12 A&B, U13 A&B, U14 A&B vs Bablake (A)

Lexy competes in U5 Chrystall GDST Public Speaking Competition

On Wednesday 22 January, Lexy, Mr Viesel and I travelled abroad to compete in the annual Year 11 Chrystall Carter GDST Public Speaking competition. After stopping in Birmingham and Bristol we made it to Cardiff, Wales! We were warmly welcomed by Howell’s School, Llandaff, and were impressed by their ‘Great Hall’, which oozed history and intellectual debate.

Our heat of the competition included five schools with topics ranging from ‘Comedians should not have to apologise for their jokes’ to whether ‘Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment’, with our own Lexy arguing that ‘We all

need to be a bit childish.’ Lexy spoke very eloquently, outlining her clear reasons as to why we all need to be more childish in order to find more fulfilment in life. Furthermore, she was able to respond to audience questions with focused and well thought-through answers, delivered in a natural and fluent manner.

Having attended the last two competitions, I can say that the standard this year was truly excellent. Despite Lexy’s strong performance, Oxford High went through to the next round. With the competition ending ahead of schedule, we trekked back to Northampton via Gloucester and Long Buckby. I can safely say that this trip greatly improved our knowledge of the whereabouts of British towns!

However, the competition itself was most enlightening and we are grateful to the GDST for organising the competition, and to Howell’s School for hosting the event, as well as gifting each of us their school’s delicacy – Welsh Cakes!


A week in the life of: Georgie

Hi, my name is Georgie, and I play Netball and I do Athletics. My week tends to be quite hectic balancing two different sports, so this is an example of a week in my life. Due to various commitments I need to fit a certain number of sessions in my week, and so here is a little insight into how I do so.

Monday is a relatively relaxed day, I only have two lessons and so I have time to catch up on any work I haven’t been able to get done at the weekend due to travelling or camps. After school I then have Senior Netball Club, where I go to help out (but don’t participate in). At 4.30pm I have to leave for Athletics training.

I need to cycle to the train station to catch the train to Rugby, and then cycle to the track on the other side. Monday Athletics training is run ups, max velocity work and then a weights session. I then get the train home at around 8pm.

Tuesdays are a little busier. I still only have two lessons, but after school I get the school bus to Kettering to get the train to Loughborough for Netball training. Netball training starts at 6pm and we do an hour of weights in the gym, followed by a 2-hour technical court session and I then get the train home. I also do a ball and wall session on Tuesdays to improve ball handing skills.

Read more here 

High School Sport

Our week began at the Regional Netball rounds at Repton School on Saturday. Our U19 and U15 teams qualified to represent the area. After some tough matches our U19s managed to secure their place in the semi final by winning every game in the group stages. Unfortunately the semi-final didn’t quite go our way and we lost the match 10-8. Every single player in both age groups on Saturday showed fantastic resilience and the girls worked so hard. We are proud of their achievements and look forward to next years competition where we will come back fighting for our places at Nationals.

Our U15B and U14s went to Wellingborough for a friendly fixture last weekend, winning the U14s match. Well played girls. Our U13B and U12As played Quinton House on Monday and we won both matches. Again a fantastic effort from the girls.

Mrs Blake 
Director of Sport

Netball: The Northampton High U14 Netball team were amazing on Saturday as we had our first Netball match of the season. We played very nicely but unfortunately lost 20-15 to King Henry VIII, well done to all of the team that was able to attend! Anjola



Netball: On 27 January, the U12 A team played Quinton House’s A team. We won the toss and chose to take the first centre pass. In the first quarter we played very well, Ella and Eryn scored many goals and we were well in lead; we fortunately stopped most of Quinton’s balls going into the net but they unfortunately scored twice. We made good interceptions and, at the end of the first quarter, we were leading.

In the second quarter we rushed a bit more losing possession when attacking. Quinton House scored some good goals, but we began to focus more and got better control of the ball to score three quick goals. We made good interceptions like the last quarter and by half time we were still in the lead.

In the third quarter, we scored fewer goals but our defending team got the other team’s rebounds; not many goals were scored by either team in the third quarter so we were still comfortably leading.

In the last quarter we were going a bit slower and calmer, so our passes were more controlled. We had good movement off the ball and maintained possession throughout the quarter, feeding the shooters the ball in the circle with precision. We were very tired but we still played well and at the end of the match the score was Northampton High 10 – 4 Quinton House. Imogen

Netball: On 25 January the U14 A Netball team were victorious against Wellingborough, with a scoreline of 10-13.

We had a rough start in the first two quarters but we caught up and finished strong. Phoebe and Rebecca were particularly good at shooting and getting the goals, and a big thanks to Alessia for playing GK as it isn’t her usual position. Overall our whole team played exceptionally well. Grace

Creative Arts Spotlight

The Creative Arts Spotlight this week has focused on U3N in Art. Girls are all drawing detailed claws and talons as part of their British Wildlife unit. Well done to Selina, Florence and Lilia for their excellent mark making and precision with pens.

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts Faculty

Book Review

Waterstones Book of the Year 2019: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

‘A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart’ Richard Curtis

Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Calling all CALL THE MIDWIFE fans!

We are delighted to be hosting at Northampton High an exciting event in conjunction with 78 Derngate, former home of Northampton High School, on Friday 28 February from 7pm.

A Behind-the-Scenes Audience with TV series creator, Heidi Thomas, and actor, Stephen McGann (Dr Turner in the hit series), promises to be an evening not to be missed for all Call The Midwife fans.

The fundraising event is to help the 78 Derngate trust’s efforts in reaching a target of £200,000, to match council funding to  build an atrium extension at the popular visitor attraction.

For more information and to book tickets, please click here.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

School Sports Baselayers

We are delighted to confirm that we are ordering base layers for the school Equestrian team, and we would like to open up the offer to the other sports teams in school.

The base layer has the school logo on the collar and the name up the sleeve and can be worn by Netball and Hockey players. The price is £23 plus VAT. If girls would like one, please can they send an email to with their required size. The order will be sent next Friday 7 February.

These base layers are not available from School Blazer, and are a separate item from a different stockist. The sizes available are 26/26, 30/32, 34/36, 30/40, 42/44, 46/48 and 50/52.

Mrs Hodgetts-Tate
Head of Science Faculty

Cafe Sci Green Peace Talk

Northampton High Film Competition

Car Park Notice

We would like to politely remind staff, parents and visitors to be mindful of the 5 mph speed limit in the school car park.

Pedestrians have right of way, so please continue to remain vigilant of people crossing the roads at the crossings and other points. When driving from the Senior School side towards the exit, please be mindful of cars exiting the Junior School car park.

Thank you for your continued assistance in this matter

Mr Stubbs
Operations Manager

Join Our Team

We have a number of exciting vacancies available here at Northampton High School.

Please click the below link to view, and feel free to contact us if you would like further details.

Mrs Gates
HR Officer


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