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High News 21 September 2018

Hardingstone WW1 Heroes

On the Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, the village of Hardingstone held a community commemoration in honour of all of the brave young soldiers who returned from the Great War of 1914-1918, and those 25 men from the village who sadly lost their lives.

The girls at Northampton High School were delighted to make a contribution to this, and please click here to see more photos of the exhibition from St Edmunds Church.

Mr Donaldson
Head of History

Week Ahead

Monday 24 September
Y4 Wootton Walk
Senior School Pupil Photos
U3 Parents ‘Meet the Tutors’ Evening

Tuesday 25 September

Wednesday 26 September
European Day of Languages
Cafe Sci Event – Dr Suzie Imber
Reception Parents Information Evening
Iceland Trip Information Evening

Thursday 27 September
School Production Rehearsals
Talk by Professor Philomen Probert

Friday 28 September
6.2 Young Leaders’ Conference
Pride Day
U5 Charity Cake Sale for MacMillan

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September
6.2 Young Leaders’ Conference
Bronze DofE Expedition

Tuesday 25 September
Tennis: U13A vs West Bridgeford (H)
Hockey: vs Stowe School (H)

Wednesday 26 September
Hockey Sevens: U11A vs IAPS (N)
Hockey Sevens: U11B vs Broughton Manor (H)
Hockey Sevens: U11C vs Broughton Manor (H)

Thursday 27 September
Hockey Sevens: U13A vs Oxford (Matt Taylor Conference)
Hockey Sevens: U12A vs Oxford (Matt Taylor Conference)

Friday 28 September
Hockey Sevens: U9B vs Grove Independent (H)

Sophie hits the right notes as she qualifies for prestigious competition finals

We are delighted to announce that Sophie in U5H has been selected as a finalist in BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2018 Competition!

Sophie, a chorister at St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton, will be competing against 3 other girls during a live recording at the BBC Salford studios on 20 October.

Congratulations Sophie, this is a superb achievement and we look forward to supporting you in the finals!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Lara scores impressive ballet double

All at Northampton High School were delighted to hear of the success of U5 student Lara, who enjoyed a very successful Ballet Festival in Rugby last weekend. Lara was awarded Gold for her Classical Greek solo, with an impressive score of 90, and followed that up with Silver for her Ballet Solo and Lyrical Modern Trio – a superb achievement, even more so considering this was Lara’s first festival as a senior!

These results mean that Lara has qualified four dances to go through to the Regional Competition later this year, and coupling this with her exemplar exam results, in which she gained a distinction in both her Intermediate Ballet and Intermediate National, it equates a hugely successful couple of weeks. Congratulations, Lara!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Equestrian Club receives generous sponsorship for new year

The Equestrian Club would like to share their appreciation and say a huge thank you to Mr Peabody, who has kindly donated £500 to sponsor the club this year.

We are very grateful and wish the club all the success as we look forward to another successful year!

Mrs Hodgetts-Tate
Head of Science Faculty

Drama department updates

Senior Drama Company – DNA

This week an audition workshop has been held for pupils to be part of the Senior Drama Company. The play this year is DNA by Dennis Kelly, and will be performed on Monday 15 October 2018. Please save the date; more information to follow.

Summer Musical announced

This year’s summer musical was announced in the Performing Arts assembly on Monday this week. We will be producing CATS as part of our 2019 Arts Festival in June, and we look forward to starting work on the production.


Congratulations to all 70 candidates that took LAMDA examinations in the summer. The results were outstanding, with 45 pupils being awarded a distinction.

Well done to all the girls and to Mrs Seaford, our LAMDA teacher.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

School secure new adaptable seating for our Theatre

We are delighted to be able to share that our school Drama Studio now has comfortable, adaptable theatre seating. This is courtesy of the Giselle Theatre Academy in Portsmouth via Set Exchance.

Below are some pictures of the new seating, we hope you like it!

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

School Sport

Well, it has been wonderful this week to get started with our Hockey matches. The teams played well in the sunshine on Saturday at King Henry VII, where our 1st XI put out an impressive display in a game which finished 0-0.

We all enjoyed today’s assembly, in which we heard about the exciting South Africa Sports Tour. The girls really brought the trip to life and inspired the younger year groups to strive for the opportunity for a similar trip.

We hope that everyone is finding the SOCS sports fixture management programme a much better method of communication, with girls and parents and all are able to identify when and where they are playing. If you have any feedback, please feel free to let us know.

Finally, huge good luck wishes to our U13 team at the Loughborough Festival for Hockey tomorrow.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport


Our congratulations go to three of our U5 students on their selection into the Loughborough Lightning and Wasps franchise performance pathway for Netball. Hannah Whitfield and Gemma Urquhart will train in the U17 Wasps squad while Georgie Forde-Wells will train with the U19 squad at Loughborough Lightning.

All three girls belong to the newly formed Northants Storm Netball Club and have regularly represented Northampton High School in school fixtures.  We are extremely proud of them and wish them well with their training.

Mrs Ford
Sports Department


In the first match of the new Hockey season we played Kings High, who unfortunately were, on the day, stronger than us. The first half we lost 3-1, with Phoebe Haynes scoring for us. After some coaching at half time, we improved as a team and were just shaded out in the second half, with the final score being 5-1 to Kings High.

Well done to everyone, with a special mention to Emma Saxton for being player of the match, and Charlotte Johns being named coach’s player.


On Tuesday 18 September, the 2nd XI Hockey team faced Stowe’s 2nd team.  Stowe started strong, and applied lots of pressure throughout the game. Molly Roberts-Crawford managed to score our first goal in the middle of the first half, followed up by Jodie Welton scoring a second, bringing the score to 2-1 to the High School at half time.

After talking to each other about what we needed to improve, we started the second half where Stowe came back strong, and increased their pressure on our defence – managing to score another goal in the process. We kept our heads, and increased our pressure, which led to Hollie Mullen scoring our third goal. Stowe kept their pressure up until the final whistle, however we  ended the match with a 3-2 victory for the High School.

Well done to all the girls that played, especially those from L5, who stepped up to play an U18s match, playing extremely well.

Vice-Captain of Hockey


Jodie Welton was selected for her pony club team to ride in the 1 metre Eventer challenge last Friday at Blenheim.  Another of her team was Francesca Tomkinson, who has just finished her degree after also going to Northampton High School.

The course started by jumping a course of show jumps, followed by jumping a number of cross country style fences, before finishing on one last show jump.  It was a very twisty course and they had to do it within a time limit, which was very quick. Jodie and her pony, Coral, had just one pole, but managed to get inside the time which was the main factor of placing.

It was very exciting as the team lead after their round for a couple of hours before two teams overtook them, but they ended up placing third out of 41 teams, which was very commendable.

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Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Calling all Alum!

Calling all Alum! If any parents, grandparents or aunties of our current students are alumnae of Northampton High School – either attending our new site here in Hardingstone or our previous Derngate site – we would be grateful if you would drop us a line.

Please contact Mrs Wilmot on 01604 765765 or alternatively via email at We look forward to hearing from you!

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing and Admissions

Clothing Recycling

We are delighted to have teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children; for every kilogramme of clothing and other items recycled, Starlight receives 10p and FoNHS receives 40p. Through our recycling efforts over the last three or so years, we have raised over £2,200 for FoNHS, so a huge thank you to everyone who uses the facility – well over five tonnes of items going to good use (and possibly saved from landfill) and a huge boost to FoNHS funds at the same time, as well as supporting Starlight’s incredible work.

So if you can, please do consider using the recycling facility whenever you have a clear out. The collection ‘bank’ is bright yellow and is situated on the pathway alongside the Junior School car park. The recycling company accepts all men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothing, paired shoes (tied together please), handbags, bags, ties, belts, towels and bedlinen. Any uniform carrying school or team logos is not accepted. Please put all items in a plastic bag before depositing them in case the bank is not watertight.

Thank you very much for your support.


Sensible driving request

We politely request that all visitors to the school car park be aware of the 5 mph speed limit. The speed limit is for the safety of all children and adults using this site.

There have been a few incidents reported recently regarding safety, and, as you will understand, it is our priority is to make the school site as safe as possible for everyone.

May we please ask all drivers to give way to pedestrians using the designated crossing points.  Children should be dropped off in the designated bays in the parking areas, and not on the crossings or in disabled parking spaces. Please be conscious of looking both ways when pulling out of the parking bays.

We thank you for taking care and keeping safety paramount.

Mrs Headley
Director of Finance and Operations

Join Our Team - Lifeguard Wanted

We are looking to recruit a part time Sports Club Lifeguard.  Reporting to the Sports Club Manager, you will be responsible for working within the centre to ensure customer safety and high standards of service and customer care at all times. Applications should be submitted by midday, on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at the latest, however, applications may be considered in advance of the deadline.

Please find full information, including how to apply, by clicking here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Mrs Gates
HR Officer

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