Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 4 October 2019

Sixth Form Politics & International Relations students meet Anna Soubry

Fresh from interrogating Boris Johnson PM in the Commons on Thursday morning, Anna Soubry MP hopped on a train to a perhaps more important and challenging encounter; meeting the girls of the Sixth Form Politics & International Relations Elective. Anna is a prominent politician these days after a successful career in Law and television, and her most recent role has seen her advocating the Remain cause in the ongoing Brexit saga, determined to uphold parliamentary sovereignty and hold the government to account.

Anna was last at the High School for Question Time in May and promised to visit again, this time to talk to the girls. Our girls raised a diverse range of issues as they got the chance to ask Anna a host of questions. Topics ranged from votes for sixteen year olds, the Northern Ireland border, the potential impact of no deal Brexit on real-time supply chains and the recent decision of the Supreme Court to end the prorogation of Parliament.

Anna also spoke about her decision to enter the political arena, her family, the abuse she has received as an MP and how to speak confidently in public. She was funny, engaging and honest and I am sure the girls learned a lot and were inspired as well as entertained. Head Girl, Isabel, gave Anna a quick tour of the school before the taxi arrived to race her to the station for a trip back into the current political maelstrom.

On behalf of all the girls, we were all immensely grateful that Anna was so giving of her valuable time and spoke with such tremendous passion. We wish her all the best for the momentous weeks ahead.

Mr Donaldson
Head of History


Week Ahead

Monday 7 October
Senior School Assembly – Sports Assembly
Senior Drama Company Play
Hockey: U12 A&B vs Oundle (A)

Tuesday 8 October
Sixth Form Options Breakfast for U5
Hockey: U15 A vs Thornton (H)

Wednesday 9 October
GSA Event with St Mary’s Cambridge
Hockey: U11 A&B vs Quinton (H)

Thursday 10 October
House Assemblies
Minerva Programme MedVet Conference
Swap Shop
Cross Country: U13 A & U15 A at ESSA County Cup (A)
Netball: 1st VII at County Tournament (A)
Hockey: 1st XI vs Thornton (H)

Friday 11 October
Senior School Assembly – World Challenge
U3 Confidence and Challenge Launch Day
Swap Shop

Open Day: Saturday 5 October, 10am - 1pm

'Romans and Romance: What did the Romans do for Languages?'

Everyone is warmly invited to our first meeting, which will explore the links between Latin, the Romance languages and English, tracing links back to proto-Indo-European as well as other language families, and considering the many varied ways in which language change occurs in unexpected ways over time and space.

The session will end by considering how our own language is changing ever more quickly!

Mrs Peto
Subject Leader Classics

School Sport

The week has been busy for the U12s, taking part in the annual U12 Loughborough Hockey Tournament. The A and B teams both came up against hard opposition, playing Amherst School, Loughborough High, King Henry VIII, Nottingham and Princethorpe. During the week they also played Kimbolton along with the U13s.

Good luck to both year groups who play King Henry VIII tomorrow.

Mrs Littewood
Director of Sport

Hockey: On Saturday 28 September, 9 members of the NHS A team travelled to compete in a mini tournament against Loughborough High School, Nottingham High School and Amherst. The score against Amherst was 1-0 to us, and the goal was scored by Tanishqa. Next we played against Loughborough High School, and despite playing well, we lost 8-0. However, I believe the team still kept their heads high. In our final match against Nottingham High School, we lost 3-1. This time we didn’t play our best but by the end of the season, and with a but more work, we will be unstoppable. Hattie

Hockey: Last Saturday, the U12 B team entered a hockey tournament at Loughborough High School. We played three matches and although we lost all of them I am still proud of my team. We persevered and were so close to scoring a goal several times, so overall I am extremely happy with the way we played. Manha

The Senior Drama Company presents, 'Seasons'

Northampton High School warmly invites you to attend the Senior Drama Company performance of the devised piece, ‘Seasons’, taking place on Monday 7 October at 7pm.

Admission to the performance is free, and for seat reservations, please email

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

Book Review

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
recommended for L5 and above

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’ Margaret Atwood

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Uniform Swap Shop

Our next Uniform Swap Shop takes place on Thursday 10 October (3-6pm) and Friday 11 October (7:30-8:30am) in the Junior School Community Room. At Swap Shop, we sell second hand Junior and Senior School uniform at a fraction of the new price, with a percentage going to school funds.

To Sell: We can sell items of current uniform, but they must be clean and in good condition. Items we cannot sell will either be returned to you or placed in the yellow clothes recycling bin. Please complete and attach a label to each item with a safety pin and deliver it to Reception before 10 October. You should have received labels via School Comms and they are also available from Reception along with safety pins. If any of your items sell you will receive payment at the end of the school year.

To Buy: We have a large selection of uniform available to buy at a fraction of the new price, but are short of new logo PE kit and new logo senior blazers. We can accept cash/cheque/bank transfer but currently not card payments. For bank transfers the account details are:

Name: NHS Junior School Swap Shop
Account: 80201636
Sort code: 60-15-55

The Swap Shop Team

Car Park Safety

We are concerned that the safety of our pupils, staff and parents on site is being compromised by speeding cars on site. There has also been some inconsiderate parking, which causes obstructions and reduces visibility (on double yellow lines for example).

Please can we remind all parents to respect the 5 mph site speed limit, park in designated parking bays only, and give way to pupils and others using the pedestrian crossing points.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs Headley
Director of Finance and Operations

Sports Centre Facilities at Northampton High

We would like to let all of our parents know all about the fantastic facilities and classes we have available here at the Northampton High School Sports Centre, which is open in the evenings and weekends to members.

We offer a special membership rate of £20.00 for parents of pupils at Northampton High, plus over 16s can join too on our Junior Membership rate. For more details, please click here.

If you would like a tour of the facilities, please contact us on and we would be happy to arrange a day and time with you.

  • Fully equipped 30 station gym with free weights and brand new, functional equipment
  • A range of cardio vascular equipment
  • Free 30 minute PT session with Alex our Personal Trainer on joining
  • Induction Programme to get you started in the right way
  • Individually designed training programme and ongoing support from our fully trained Sports Centre Team
  • Gym Member challenges – serious or just for fun!
  • A range of instructor led classes held in the Dance Studio, Sports Hall or outside
  • Options range from Boot Camps, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and Aqua Zumba
  • Book one of two squash courts
  • Join our own squash club (men’s and women’s leagues) or play just for fun
  • Swim with the family on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Join the Aqua Zumba class

Mr Slater
Sports Centre Manager

Term Dates

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