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High News 8 June 2018

Why should a dip in a cold lake help prepare us for GCSEs?

Fair question – and one which naturally got aired by some members of U4 as they battled uphill, soaked to the skin, at the end of the ‘jog and dip’ at Outward Bound in Ullswater recently. I was too wet and out of breath myself at the time to answer the question properly, so here is a fuller explanation.

In the first place, experts agree that encounters with the Great Outdoors are very good for you but the Great Outdoors has become the Great Unknown for most young people.  According to a study commissioned by the National Trust six years ago, in the past generation, the ‘radius of play’ for children outside has declined by c.90% while the percentage using their local patch of nature for play has gone down from over a half to under a quarter.

Evidence of the detrimental effects of this ‘move indoors’ on their physical and mental health is stacking up alarmingly. The cardio-respiratory fitness of children has, for example, declined by about 10% in a decade while the increase in mental health problems among 5-16 year olds (to a current incidence of about 10%) has provoked calls to action from across the caring professions. Fresh air, the aesthetic balm of interacting with greenery and the emotional impact of connecting with wildlife, by contrast, help to build physical and mental strength.

Read more here…

Dr Helen Stringer

Week Ahead

Monday 11 June
U3 Humanities Residential
Athletics and Day of Dance – Bath Uni

Tuesday 12 June
U3 Humanities Residential
Y3 Grendon Residential
Y5 & 6 Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 13 June
U3 Humanities Residential
Y3 Grendon Residential
Y5 & 6 Play

Thursday 14 June
U3 Humanities Residential
Cake Sale for Alzheimers
Whole School Production Rehearsal
Y 5 & 6 Play

Friday 15 June

Monday 11 June
GDST Rally – Bath

Tuesday 12 June
U14/15 Cricket v Thornton College (A)

Wednesday 13 June
U13 Cricket v Princethorpe (A)

Arts Festival for School's 140th Birthday

As part of our School’s 140th birthday celebrations this year, we are delighted to be hosting an Arts Festival week, from Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June 2018.

We have a varied programme of events to show case the School’s extensive array of performing and creative arts. Please do save the dates and join us for some or all of the events.  Families, friends and neighbours are most welcome to come along too – so please do extend the invitation.

Please click here to view the programme of events.

Mrs Beacroft, Head of Arts Faculty

Graduate Fashion Week Visit

Graduate Fashion Week is the world’s largest event for fashion graduates. It takes place annually in Shoreditch, East London . It is quite literally the main event in any Fashion student’s degree course.

Students completing their final year are invited to exhibit their work in a showcase which is frequented by a long list of industry influencers. As a result of Graduate Fashion Week, many students are offered employment and internships within the industry.

On Tuesday this week, a group of students from Year 10 and Sixth Form attended Graduate Fashion Week. We walked around looking through various university stands and all the portfolios of the graduates. Their work was inspiring and helped us to find ideas for ourselves. Later we watched Arts University Bournemouth catwalk show, which was very exciting, and there was a buzz within the audience.

The garments were creative and professional, each student’s collection was beautifully cohesive. We also got the chance to meet one of the models. The setup of students work was really professionally put together and all of the work was appealing to view. My favourite stand was Brighton University’s, as all the students work was displayed as posters which were free to take, which was very inspiring. The trip encouraged me too look into fashion image making at university. The day was helpful to explore all the different courses and careers within fashion. It also helped me to realise how many opportunities there are in the world of fashion. It was helpful looking at peoples work as I saw many techniques that I like which I can use in my own projects.

Mia Woods, Year 12

Design a MINI Roof Competition

The deadline for the ‘Design a MINI Roof’ competition, in conjunction with Wollaston Mini, is fast approaching, with all entries needing to be handed into Junior School Reception by Monday 11 June.

The winner will be announced on Saturday 30 June at our Family Fun Day, with the winner’s family awarded the fantastic prize of use of a MINI with the winning design on for a week!

Mr Urquhart, Head of Junior School

Book Review

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans – Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018

You’re called Fidge and you’re nearly eleven. You’ve been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation – the whole, entire thing – is your fault. Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it’s funny. It’s seriously funny.

Miss Buxton, School Librarian

Leah picks up two medals at the AMA Karate Chamipnships!

At the end of May, Leah from Year 9 traveled to the AMA International Karate Competition, and we are delighted to report that she came home with 2 medals!

Leah picked up one silver medal in kumite (sparring) and another silver in musical kata, narrowly missing out on gold in a tie break decider.

This is a fantastic achievement, and we look forward to hearing of more success in the future.

Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport


We have had a fantastic week of athletics, with the U12 and U13 teams competing strongly at the District competition on Wednesday, and whilst we await the results, highlights were the performances from Katie Harrison and Phoebe Haynes.

This lead us perfectly into an exciting sports day yesterday. The sun shone and it was our first year with the 400m track at this end of the field. The atmosphere and energy was evident for all to see. The day started with a close and very competitive 1500m race which was won by Ellie White in Sixth Form, setting a new school record, and Chloe Mercer from Lower Fifth finishing third, also setting a Lower Fifth school record for the same distance.

The Senior School battled it out in the field events, seeing new school records in the high jump and long jump for Georgie Forde-Wells, and the long jump for Janice Huang. The Junior School took part in some lovely track events – the obstacle race, egg and spoon, sack race, sprints and relays, which meant that all girls were more than ready for their lunch break when it came.

After a picnic lunch, the senior track activities started and finished with some fast races, a  new school record for Ameila Tutt in the Lower Fifth Hurdles, and a new school record for the Lower Fifth Hestia relay team.

We were delighted to be able to cheer on the parents in the parents race with the victories going to Mrs Thompson and Mr Harrison.  There was even an impromptu staff tug of war, where Mr Ball’s team defeated Mrs Webb’s team (with a special guest appearance from Dr Stringer).

The day ended with the House results; the Junior School competition was won by Artemis; the Senior School Sports Day was won by Hestia, with the overall combined Junior and Senior winning House being Artemis.

I would like to wish the U13 swimming team luck at the IAPS National Finals at the London Aquatic Centre tomorrow, as well as Amelia Tutt and Georgie Forde-Wells at the county athletics in Corby tomorrow.

Please click here to view the full album of sports day photos.

Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport

Secure your place - Queen's Cross Swimming School

Don’t forget to secure your places for September for our Swimming School.

As a joint venture between Northampton High and Northampton Swimming Club, we will be offering swimming lessons in our pool 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

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

Workshops and Summer Camps

Hot Yoga - Later Class Added!

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