Northampton High School GDST

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We believe in our girls

And they believe in themselves

 

It is as simple as that – and as complicated.

It all starts with a conversation.  Your daughter – who is she?  Science-mad? Sporty? Scholarly? All three? Or someone else entirely?  What makes her tick, fizz, laugh or groan?  What might a High School education mean for her?

True to our guiding principle – that everything we do is tailored to the individual girls in the building here and now – we will get to know her really well.

We will scatter her path with unique opportunities, giving her food for thought and room to grow.

When the going gets tough, we will be with her.

When crucial decisions have to be made, we will hold her hand.

We will enjoy helping her to find and follow her dream.

When she leaves us, we will stay with her as part of her network.

 

It begins, then, with a conversation – and ends up as a relationship for life.

Come and visit us so that we can begin that conversation.

Gifted & Talented

Northampton High School’s Policy for Gifted and Talented pupils is in keeping with the aims and ethos of the school, namely that:

  • A pupil can reach her academic, creative and athletic potential
  • A pupil is encouraged to show curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm for learning and a capacity for independent and logical thought
  • The needs of each individual are respected and appreciated

Pupils will be identified through observation, assessment, standardised tests where applicable and tracking.
We aim to provide a curriculum of opportunity to enable each pupil to demonstrate her abilities. Specifically, in order for us to meet a gifted/talented pupil’s entitlement to appropriate education, previous assessments will be used to inform planning. Pupils should be given the opportunity to work at higher cognitive levels, develop a specific skill or talent and work in a supportive and encouraging environment where these skills or talents are recognised and valued.

This will be achieved by:

  • In-class provision with a commitment to differentiation and curriculum enrichment
  • Extra-curriculum and cross-curricular activities to offer a stimulating range of experience

Where appropriate, the school will endeavour to enlist the support of experts from industry and higher education in order to provide extra challenges

SEN

At Northampton High School, we ensure that pupils identified as having Special Educational Needs (SEN) have their needs addressed through supported access to a broad and balanced curriculum. In meeting these responsibilities the school will have due regard to the new SEN Code of Practice (2014), and the GDST SEN Fundamental Principles, Policy and Guidance.

Girls of average ability and above are admitted to the school via assessments in the Junior School and an entrance examination at the Senior School. However, concessions are offered to girls who have evidence of a difficulty or needs.

These assessments will determine the targets outlined in the pupil’s Pupil Profile and Provision Map. All Provision Maps are discussed with pupil, teachers and parents. The type of support whether it is in-class, one-to-one tuition and/or group tuition will also be stated, in addition to strategies and approaches .The Provision Map is reviewed at least twice a year in the Senior School and every term in the Junior School when parents’ views on their child’s progress will be sought as well as teaching and support staff. The pupil also will be invited to contribute to the review process and be involved in setting targets.

Working closely with teaching staff, to ensure where possible, pupils can make adequate progress within the supportive environment of the classroom. We make sure that training is delivered to all teaching staff where appropriate. In addition, wherever possible the Whole School SENCO works closely with all outside agencies.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Northampton High School is an Independent School for age three to eighteen year old girls. Like all Girls’ Day School Trust Schools, we are pleased to be able to offer financial assistance to families in order to recognise hard working, bright and talented girls who show great academic promise. We offer this in the form of both Scholarships and Bursaries, as explained below.

Bursaries are means tested and so are related to family income and assets. Bursaries can be up to 100% of fees.
Scholarships are not means tested but a way for us to recognise those who we feel thoroughly deserve an award. We do not offer full Scholarships.

It is possible to be awarded both a Scholarship and a Bursary.

11+ (Upper Third)

Academic Scholarships

These Scholarships are awarded to those who achieve the highest overall marks in the Entrance Examination. This examination is held in the January prior to entry.

Sports Scholarship 

To apply for a Sports Scholarship, applicants firstly complete an application form in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining. Applicants are then shortlisted for interview in the Spring Term where they attend school for a morning. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Examination in the January.

Eleanor Robinson Swimming Scholarship

The Eleanor Robinson Swimming Scholarship is offered to girls who show exemplary commitment to swimming. To apply for this Scholarship, applicants firstly complete an application form in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining. Applicants are then shortlisted for a practical interview with the Director of Sport. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Examination in the January.

Arts Scholarship

The Arts Scholarships can be applied for through Art, Drama, Fashion Textiles, Food or Music. There is one Scholarship for Creative Arts and one Scholarship for Performing Arts. To apply for an Arts Scholarship, applicants firstly complete an application form in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining. Applicants are then shortlisted for interview with the Head of the relevant subject. Applicants must also sit the Entrance Examination in the January.

11+ Bursaries

Girls entering the Upper Third may apply for a Bursary. A means tested application must be completed in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining and all applicants must sit the Entrance Examination in January to be considered for a Bursary. Due to high demand, the school is unable to offer a Bursary to all those who apply. Offers are therefore made to those who are assessed as financially eligible but who also show the most academic potential in the Entrance Examination.

13+ (Upper Fourth)

Academic Scholarships 

We award Academic Scholarships to those who achieve the highest marks in the Upper Fourth academic essay. This essay is sat in the January prior to entry. We also consider applicants overall academic school performance by consideration of their school report and school work, where applicable. Applicants must Register their daughter with the school by the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining.

Arts Scholarships

The Arts Scholarships can be applied for through Art, Drama, Fashion Textiles, Food or Music. There is one Scholarship for Creative Arts and one Scholarship for Performing Arts. To apply for an Arts Scholarship, applicants firstly complete an application form in the Autumn Term in the year prior to starting Year 9 (Upper Fourth). Applicants are then shortlisted for interview with the Head of the relevant subject. External applicants must also sit the Entrance Examination in the January.

Sports Scholarship

To apply for a Sports Scholarship, applicants firstly complete an application form in the Autumn Term in the year prior to entering Year 9 (Upper Fourth). Applicants are then shortlisted for interview in the Spring Term where they attend school for a morning. External applicants must also sit the Entrance Examination in the January.

15+ (Sixth Form)

Sixth Form Academic Scholarships 

These Scholarships are awarded to those who achieve the highest marks on the Sixth Form Scholarship Examination, which consists of an academic essay and standardised test. This examination is sat in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining.

Sixth Form Scholarships for Excellence

To apply for a Scholarship for Excellence, in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining applicants must submit 500 words on why they feel they have excelled in school and should be awarded a Scholarship for Excellence in the Sixth Form. Candidates should be able to demonstrate outstanding talent and dedication within school, which may be overall performance or excellence in a particular academic subject or any area of school. This may include any activities, from sporting commitment and achievement, to musical accomplishments, to dramatic performances and public speaking, organizing a club for an academic department, charity activity, making an impact in art or design, to House activity, or an innumerable number of other school activities. In assessing the applications, the number of years’ involvement will be considered as well as the standard of excellence reached. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. All girls applying for a Scholarship for Excellence must also sit the Scholarship Examination.

Arts Scholarships

The Arts Scholarships can be applied for through Art, Drama, Fashion Textiles, Food or Music. There is one Scholarship for Creative Arts and one Scholarship for Performing Arts. To apply for an Arts Scholarship, applicants should complete an application form in the Autumn term and sit the Sixth Form Scholarship Examination held in November.  Applicants are then shortlisted for interview with the Head of the relevant subject.

Sports Scholarship 

To apply for a Sports Scholarship, applicants firstly complete an application form in the Autumn Term in the year prior to entering Year 12 (Sixth Form)  and sit the Sixth Form Scholarship Examination held in November.  Applicants are then shortlisted for a practical interview with the Director of Sport.

Applicants are then shortlisted for interview in the Spring Term where they attend school for a morning. External applicants must also sit the Entrance Examination in the January.

Sixth Form Bursaries 

Girls entering the Sixth Form externally may apply for a Sixth Form Bursary. A means tested application must be completed in the Autumn Term in the year prior to joining and all applicants must sit the Scholarship Examination to be considered for a Bursary. Due to high demand, the school is unable to offer a Bursary to all those who apply. Offers are therefore made to those who are assessed as financially eligible but who also show the most academic potential in the Scholarship Examination.

We are now pleased to be able to offer two Scholarships to the value of 100% of the Sixth Form Tuition Fees which will be awarded to talented girls joining us from the maintained sector. These Scholarships have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the HSBC Global Education Programme. These Scholarships are means tested and funded 50% by HSBC with the remaining 50% provided by the Girls’ Day School Trust.

To apply for these Scholarships girls must complete a means tested application form in the Autumn Term and must also sit the Scholarship Examination.

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