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High News 25 May 2018

The final week of this half term has had an interesting symmetry to it.

On the one hand, we have witnessed the traditional rituals of Leavers’ Week – five themed dressing-up days culminating in the Leavers’ Reception and Assembly – as the 6.2s, the Class of 2018, prepared to go on study leave.  Friday’s theme of Carnival (Carne Vale), associated as it is with the end of feasting before the solemnities of Lent, was apt, as the girls marked their progress into public exams with a day of revelry and high humour.  The emphasis was on endings and on looking back.

On the other hand, Tuesday’s Welcome Evening heralded the start of a whole new venture for our September starters, as the new Year 7 (the Class of 2025 in the making!) began their preparations for life in Senior School.   Fancy dress displays gave way to fittings for uniform, and introductions to new tutor groups took the place of valedictory speeches.  (In the case of three tutors moving from 6.2 to Year 7, Mrs Beacroft, Mr Earp and Mrs Harrison, both happened in the space of three days!).

Beginnings and endings evoke very different emotions, but school life reminds us how each is, in reality, intertwined with the other.  For the new Year 7s, induction takes place against a backdrop of leaving traditions in Junior or primary school – including, for our own Juniors, the summer production and the Leavers’ Assembly.  For the 6.2s, leave-taking is bound up with thoughts of induction to university or gap year plans.

And, between these two extremes, all the girls, from U3 to 6.1, are beginning to look forward to a mini-graduation in a few weeks’ time, the rounding-off of one year and the start of something new and, by turns, strange and exciting.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy mid-term break.

Dr Helen Stringer

Week Ahead

Monday 4 June
U4 Internal Exams
360 LP

Tuesday 5 June
U4 Internal Exams
L5, 6.1 Trip to Graduate Fashion Week

Wednesday 6 June
U4 Internal Exams
360 LP

Thursday 7 June
U4 Internal Exams
Senior School Sports Day
L4 Salters Chemistry Festival
Whole School Production Rehearsal

Friday 8 June
6.1 Business and Economic Visit to London
Junior School Grandparents Afternoon

Celebration showcase at the Errol Flynn Cinema for Amelia Simpson!

Amelia Simpson’s award-winning film for the 70/30 campaign was given a glittering showcase at the Errol Flynn Cinema on Monday afternoon. George Hosking, CEO of The Wave Trust, presented Amelia with a cheque for £500 as co-first prize winner for the national film competition to help combat child abuse. Amelia, who directed and wrote the film, Sarah Seleim, who composed the music, and Phoebe Abbott, who played the starring role, were able to experience the Hollywood effect as their work was shown on the big screen.

In her time at Northampton High, Amelia has worked collaboratively with fellow filmmakers to develop a unique perspective on the world and a strong sense of taking control of the future of the film industry. She has been awarded a British Film Institute place for new screenwriters and a National Youth Film Academy course, where she wrote the screenplay for ‘The Killjoys’. We hope to hear of future productions as Amelia embarks on her university Film Studies course at Birmingham.

Ms Heimfeld, Subject Leader Film

Northampton High Film Competition Winners

The topic for this year’s Film Competition was: Imagine a world in which the Suffragettes failed and 100 years later women have yet to achieve the vote…

After recieving a number of superb entries, we would like to congratulate the below winners:

‘Her’ by Ezri Mannion, Ruth Purser and Amelia Simpson

What would life be like…?’ by Katie Maybin

‘Our Suffragette Saviours’ by Laura Charles, Samiha Chaudhary and Harriet Fordham

Commendations were also awarded to:

‘The Suffragette Mystery’ by Ariana Baninoe and Ananya Rastogi

‘Suffragettes’ by Jasmine Campion, Isabella Goodyear-Rea, Lucie Coombes and Maisy Orosz

Congratulations to all of our winners, and all of the winning films will be showcased at the Literary Festival on Wednesday 27 June.

Ms Heimfeld, Subject Leader Film

General Data Protection Regulation

As you are no doubt aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect today (Friday 25 May).

At Northampton High School, and across the GDST, we use information to promote the welfare of our students, help every student fulfil her potential, and manage the School effectively.

To explain what data we collect and what we use it for, we have updated our privacy notice which you can see by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Vogel, the GDST’s Information Security and Governance Manager, at

We also want to remind you that, if you have given consent for your daughter’s photograph to be used in school promotional material and on the school and GDST websites and social media platforms, you or your daughter can withdraw that consent at any time by simply contacting the school office by email at

Outward Bound memories for life

From the 14 to 18 May, U4 ventured out to the Lake District to embark on the Outbound Programme. We met our instructors, who instantly took us through the fields for an alarmingly cold jog-and-dip.

Over the next few days, U4 encountered a variety of challenges. These included a monster of a trek with 5km worth of canoeing and not to forget the luxurious overnight accommodation of a boat or the mountain floor! All groups went gorge walking with their instructors, which was definitely a test of determination and resilience as we were scampering up rocks, with muscles recovering from expedition rucksacks.

On last day, one group visited Aira Force, while the other groups were jumping off cliffs into the Ullswater Lake. After bidding farewell to our instructors and the Outward Programme, we made our way back to the flat town that is Northampton.

Thank you to all of the staff, including Dr Stringer, who provided encouragement throughout the week.  We made memories to last a lifetime!

Avani Nandhra

Click here to see our Outward Bound photos.

Book Review

Rook by Anthony McGowan – shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018

When Kenny and Nicky rescue a rook left for dead, Kenny is determined to keep it alive. Nicky doubts the scruffy bird will make it, but then Nicky has plenty else to worry about. This time, it’s not his dad or Kenny who need help – his dad’s sorting his life out and Kenny’s busy making plans with his new best mate. Now it’s Nicky’s turn to struggle – with a school bully, his first love and that fact everything is about to go very, very wrong.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+.

Miss Buxton, School Librarian

Queen's Cross Swimming School

We are delighted to announce that we have entered into partnership with Northampton Swimming Club to run the Queen’s Cross Swimming School from our own swimming pool from September 2018. We will be offering swimming lessons for all levels, which, where appropriate, will then feed into the Northampton Swimming Club coaching programme.

Lessons will run from Tuesday to Friday from 3.45 – 5.15 pm and will be split into three 30-minute sessions daily. Lessons will also run on a Saturday morning. Northampton Swimming Club will employ all swimming teachers, and they will all be qualified to the ASA swimming teacher requirements.

If you are interested in booking a place for your daughter or would like more information, please call 01604 622264 or email


We are looking forward to our annual High School Sports Day on Thursday 7 June, rounding off an eventful sporting year. Pupils from Year 3 to Sixth Form will be battling it out for their Houses from 9am to 3.35pm.

A warm welcome is extended to all parents and friends to come along and to cheer on the girls. We hope to see you there!

Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport

Come to our Open Rehearsal to find out more

Do you enjoy making music with like minded people? Would you like to have fun, develop your singing skills in a relaxed, friendly environment?

We are holding an ‘open rehearsal’ on Thursday 7 June from 7.30pm and would like to welcome anyone interested in joining us to find out more (over a glass of wine too!). This is NOT an audition, just an evening of singing and laughter. Please do come along; meet us in the Senior School Reception.

We meet once a week, 7.30-9.00pm in School and sing everything from Coldplay to Mozart, Paul Simon to Mendelsohn.

Ladies and gentlemen from our parent body, friends of the School and the wider community are most welcome, with or without previous choir experience. You don’t need to be able to read music; you just need to be able to carry a tune and be keen to join in.

To find out more please contact us via our Facebook page or email Mrs Arkell on

New Sports Kit

As you will be aware, we have been in the process of designing and ordering our new sports kit for the upcoming academic year.

We are now delighted to be able to show you the finished article! We are really happy with the products and we are sure you will be too. The items are on display in the Sports Centre foyer, so please feel free to pop along and take a closer look!

Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport

2019/2020 Term Dates (Provisional)

Children's Art Classes

Netball Camps

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