In January 2017 we welcomed the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for our first ever Inspection at NHSG, an opportunity to demonstrate how much the school and pupils have achieved since we opened in 2014. Our progress has been staggering and it is therefore with pleasure that I attach the resulting Inspection Report. The report encapsulates and articulates so well the strengths of our school.

NHSG is among the first group of schools to have undertaken this new and more rigorous ISI Inspection introduced in January this year. The new approach has not only changed the process of inspection but also the wording and language style used in the reports, which are markedly different from ISI Inspection Reports issued before January 2017.

In January, our Inspection resulted in two reports.

Focused Compliance Inspection

This is the drier (in terms of language) of the two reports, which confirms that we meet the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations of 2014, the statutory framework for EYFS and any other associated requirements. It also states that no further action is required as a result of this Inspection. This means that the Inspectors, having undertaken an exhaustive investigation into our policies, facilities, management of the school and the education, personal development and welfare of the girls, have checked that NHSG is doing everything that is required. It is an impressive achievement to ‘pass’ this test with flying colours.

Educational Quality Inspection

This report focuses on the girls’ academic and personal development. I am delighted to report that the ISI found that the quality of the pupils’ development at NHSG is excellent and that the quality of academic and other achievement is good.  The report states that the ‘academic standards in Senior School are high, building on the strong foundations laid in the Junior School’.  The report also concludes that the girls are first rate communicators and confident without appearing conceited.

There is praise too for our co-curricular programme which is considered to be excellent, with sport and creative arts highlighted as particular strengths.

I was very pleased to see that the girls’ work ethic is seen as an important factor in their success and that they are considered to be self-motivated with excellent collaborative skills.

Another salient point is that the ISI felt our shared values and ethos shone brightly across the whole school. During the verbal feedback we received, the Inspectors congratulated us on this achievement which they considered to be remarkable in light of our recent merger and move to a new senior school.  They also added that the school had done well to maintain academic standards during this period of change.

It is heart-warming also to read of the girls’ positive approach to school life and how they are helped to join the school ‘family’. I couldn’t help but smile when I read in the report that pupil behaviour during the Inspection was excellent and that Junior pupils are unfailingly well-mannered and enthusiastic about all aspects of learning.

It is in our supportive, warm and genuinely caring environment that girls can fully explore their own strengths and feel confident about taking risks. How thrilling that the report recognises that ‘by the time they leave, pupils become determined and resilient young people, as the school aims for them to be’.

To receive an Inspection Report of this calibre at this stage of the NHSG journey is in my view outstanding. We have achieved a great deal in a short time and I would like to congratulate our staff, girls and you, for everyone in our community has contributed to this outcome. Rest assured that we are far from complacent and will continue to develop, improving our tracking and monitoring, stretching the girls further still and ensuring your daughter can be the best she can be.

The Inspectors say that ‘we are poised to build on our strengths and fully realise our aims to provide an education fit for the 21st Century’.

We have an exciting future together!

Hilary French
Headmistress

Focused Compliance Inspection

Newcastle High School for Girls GDST Focused Compliance Inspection February 2017

Educational Quality Inspection

Newcastle High School for Girls GDST Educational Quality Inspection report February 2017

 

Please find below the last Inspection Reports for our founding schools

Central Newcastle High School Inspection Report

ISI Inspection Report April 2011

Nursery Inspection June 2008

Newcastle Upon Tyne Church High School Inspection Report

ISI Inspection Report November 2010