About - NHSG

About NHSG

NHSG supports, nurtures, and challenges every girl to be herself – to be everything she can be.

Our vision is to be champions of excellence in all-girl education, empowering girls to be leaders, trailblazers, and world shapers.

At Newcastle High School for Girls, we are committed to offering an outstanding all-girl education from age 3 to 18, allowing all girls to flourish academically and pastorally and guiding them to their place in the world.

Every girl has huge potential arising from her unique character, strengths and attributes. We support, nurture and challenge every girl to be the best version of herself, to achieve her potential and to approach life with real enjoyment and enthusiasm.

Every day at school we introduce our three year-olds to the wonders of the world, spark the intellectual curiosity of eleven year-olds, and intellectually stimulate and challenge our Sixth Formers to engage with their learning at the highest possible level.

The success of our approach is reflected not only in outstanding examination results at GCSE and A Level but also in the girls’ growth in knowledge, skills, aspiration and confidence.

At NHSG, your daughter will be inspired by teachers who are experts in tailoring the learning experiences to the needs of girls. Through our bespoke curriculum, which goes beyond national requirements, your daughter will discover her strengths and find her niche. She will study and grow in an environment characterised by high academic standards, excellent teaching, outstanding pastoral care and first-class facilities and resources.

She will learn without limits. And as one of the schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, she will be part of a unique family of schools that puts girls first in every way and offers an array of opportunities beyond those available in the North East.

I do hope you will visit the School soon so that you can experience our happy yet purposeful atmosphere, and see for yourself the sheer joy of our pupils as they learn and grow together in our special community.

Mrs Amanda Hardie


Our vision



"I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the outstanding work you and the school have been doing with both of my daughters. They genuinely enjoy coming to school and I have witnessed them thriving in the nurturing environment you provide and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support you offer them."  Current Parent 

Newcastle High School for Girls - GDST

GDST. The UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools.

We’re proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). The GDST is the UK’s leading family of 25 independent girls’ schools including two academies. In all GDST schools, academic excellence is a given – at the GDST we develop character beyond the curriculum. 

We focus not only on what is learned but how it is learned. Ensuring our girls are confident and fearless, determined to show what they can do. Nothing holds our girls back – they’re encouraged to embrace every role and subject. As a result, they trust their own abilities and are alive to every opportunity. 

We concentrate on creating an environment where all can thrive and learn from one another. Physical and emotional wellbeing is paramount, which is why every GDST school provides an unsurpassed array of co-curricular activities and pastoral and wellbeing programmes.

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Independent Schools Inspectorate 2023

Because of the clear structure and delivery of lessons by teachers, pupils are confident in asking questions and contributing to class discussion, are self-motivated and respond with enthusiasm to opportunities to improve their understanding.

Your daughter's future is in excellent hands.

The 2023-2024 Senior Leadership Team, focused on delivering an exceptional education for every girl.

Amanda Hardie - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mrs Amanda Hardie

Overall responsibility for the strategic leadership of Newcastle High School for Girls, creating a shared vision which expresses the core values of the school alongside promoting excellence in teaching and learning and a culture of high expectation and achievement in which every girl is empowered to be the best version of herself.

Tori Snowdon - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mrs Tori Snowdon
Deputy Head Academic 

Leading the academic programme for Newcastle High School for Girls, including the development and implementation of the curriculum and ensuring outstanding teaching and learning and high academic standards across Senior School.

Emma Barnett - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mrs Emma Barnett
Head of Junior School

Responsible for leading and managing the Junior School in close partnership with the Head. Creating and communicating a shared vision within Junior School, which expresses the core values of the whole School and motivates and inspires others. Driving Junior School forward through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.

Lucy Franks-Doyle - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mrs Lucy Franks-Doyle
Senior School Deputy Head Pastoral

Leading on the provision for pastoral care within the school. Working alongside the Pastoral Leadership Group to develop and implement a wide range of initiatives to support the personal development and well-being of all the girls within Newcastle High School for Girls.

Helen Harrison - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mrs Helen Harrison
Director of Sixth Form

Responsible for creating and maintaining an outstanding Sixth Form experience which will ensure each girl achieves the best academic results she can and is equipped with the skills for the 21st century. Pastoral welfare is paramount, as well as ensuring the girls' continuous focus on achieving their aims.

John Crosby - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mr John Crosby 
Director of Finance and Operations

Responsible for the smooth running of the School's finances and support functions including estates coordination, travel planning, administration, ICT support, facilities and catering.

Janice Graves - Newcastle High School for Girls

Mrs Janice Graves
Director of Marketing and Communications 

Leading the marketing, communications, admissions, alumnae, administration and philanthropy areas of the school. Ensuring that our values and ethos are shared with prospective and current parents and pupils as well as delivering excellent services and experiences. Supporting and working with our powerful network of alumnae.

Newcastle High School for Girls - Inspection Reports

Inspection reports.

2023 ISI Inspection Report

The ISI School Inspection which took place in September 2023 provided an opportunity for our staff and pupils to demonstrate the brilliant work that takes place at NHSG every single day and we are delighted that the subsequent report issued in January 2024 encapsulates and articulates so well our school ethos and lived experience. To receive an ISI inspection report of this calibre, within the rigorous new ISI framework, is in our view outstanding. We would like to congratulate our staff, girls, and the wider school community, for everyone has contributed to this outcome. Rest assured that we are far from complacent and will continue to drive progress, through a culture of continuous improvement and reflection, so that our school is blazing a trail in its own right as a beacon of excellence and supporting your daughter to be the very best version of herself.

Please read this letter from the Head, Mrs Hardie 


Downloadable reports

Our School Governing Board.

Our Governors provide support and guidance. They come from a variety of backgrounds and, through their expertise, assist the School in delivering our vision to empower girls to be leaders, trailblazers, and world shapers.

To contact the Chair of the School Governing Board, please write to Ms P Alexander, c/o Newcastle High School for Girls, Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3BA.
Lesley Moody - Newcastle High School for Girls

Chair - Lesley Moody OBE
Managing Director, AES Digital Solutions Ltd, Vice Chair, NEECC

I am Managing Director of AES Digital Solutions Ltd - designers and developers of on-line systems, apps and software, founded with my business partner in 1992. My company’s customer base has included blue chip companies, local authorities and international corporations and has led to me to working around the world and to working closely with the Department for International Trade; I have been a DIT Export Champion and member of their SME DIT Advisory Group. I am a member of the board of Bernicia Homes and sit on the Northumbria University Business School Advisory Board. I am a past President of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, and sit as vice chair on their board. In 2015 I was humbled to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to Business, International Trade and Education and was so honoured to be awarded an OBE in recognition of my services to business and community in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in 2022.

Before setting up my company I worked in education, initially as a teacher then as a Head of Department in a high school from which I joined the Education Advisory Services initially in Northumberland and then in Cleveland.

Born, brought up and educated in the North East, I live with my husband, a retired Pharmacist in Northumberland, I have two grown up children and four small grandchildren. I am passionate about education and have almost 30 years of experience / involvement as a member of governing boards having been a Governor, Chair and Trustee in a number of schools in the region. I have been a member of the school governing board at NHSG since 2019 and I’m delighted to have been appointed as Chair of the board of Governors and hope that I can continue to bring some of my experience, gained over the years to my role to support our girls.

Tim Bowman - Newcastle High School for Girls

Tim Bowman
CEO Star Partners

I have been a CFO in design, advertising and research businesses for the last twenty years. Following ten years working within the WPP Group of companies for clients such as Unilever, Mars, SABMiller, Vodafone and Diageo, I have worked with independent, owner-managed, businesses. My main focus has been on professionalising those businesses to provide operational efficiency and drive shareholder value. I now provide consulting CFO services to a number of design and advertising companies within the marketing services sector.

More recently, through my consulting business, I have been appointed as a non-executive director of a number of companies and have a passion for supporting entrepreneurs to start, scale-up and sell their businesses.

A former pupil of the RGS, I have returned to Newcastle after thirty-four years living and working in London. I am passionate about education, and guiding young people as they develop as individuals, so I have been delighted to be appointed as a governor at NHSG.

Gillian Hall - Newcastle High School for Girls

Gillian Hall
Gillian Hall Consulting

I was educated at Central Newcastle High School (one of the founding schools of Newcastle High School for Girls) and Newnham College, Cambridge, where I achieved a first class degree in Law. I was awarded a BA Hons in Law and subsequently an MA (Cantab) and then trained as a corporate lawyer at Lovell White & King (now Hogan Lovells) in the City of London, returning to the North East on qualification. I joined Watson Burton in 1985, and became its first female Senior Partner in 2010, having led the firm’s national Corporate Group for many years. Retiring from the partnership in 2014, I now have a variety of business interests. I work as an investor, advisor and mentor with a number of local companies – mainly through my consulting business, Gillian Hall Consulting. I am non-executive chair of Mediaworks Holdings Limited, a high growth digital marketing business, and hold a number of other non-executive board positions including the Port of Blyth and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, where I chair the Innovation Board and am vice chair of the North East Investment Fund Board. I am also vice chair of the North East Combined Authority’s Economic Development and Regeneration Advisory Board.
Ruth Plummer - Newcastle High School for Girls

Ruth Plummer
Clinical Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine, Newcastle University

I am Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine, Newcastle University and an honorary consultant medical oncologist in Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I direct the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre within the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, which is a dedicated early phase clinical trials unit based within the regional cancer centre. I also lead the Newcastle Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and also the CRUK Newcastle Cancer Centre. I attended Central Newcastle High School before going to train at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, obtaining both a medical degree and scientific PhD before moving back home to Newcastle and settling with my family in Northumberland.

Nationally I sit on a number of grant funding committees, for CRUK, MRC and NIHR, and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2018 for my working developing new cancer treatments for patients. As a Governor I hope to be able to bring my passion for STEM to the School and support the girls in making this choice of career.

Hena Zaman - Newcastle High School for Girls

Hena Zaman

My school years were spent at Mt Hermon School, Darjeeling, an American boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. I obtained my medical degree from Manipal University in India following which I completed my medical internship in both rural and hospital settings before moving to the UK. After two years in London and Cardiff I moved once more with my family to Manhattan, New York for a further two years before finally settling down in Newcastle.

I’m a mother of four. Of my three daughters, Zara and Zoya are NHSG alumnae and Zeah is currently in Senior School.

One of the pleasures of having spent 15 years with the School is the interaction with the whole School community – staff, pupils and parents. My family now has a special relationship with the School which I hope will continue long after Zeah finishes Sixth Form.

I am already involved in School life and have a good working knowledge of the School. I would love to help NHSG continue to build on its successes and bring ever evolving ideas to the School.

Jasmine Summers - Newcastle High School for Girls

Jasmine Summers

I originally joined Central Newcastle High School in 2007 on a bursary scheme and was a member of the first cohort to graduate from Newcastle High School for Girls in 2015. I studied Economics at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to London to pursue a career in investment banking. I spent two and a half years at Lazard, where I worked on numerous high-profile M&A transactions. Selected experience includes advising Rolls Royce on its sale of ITP Aero to Bain Capital, advising Lone Star Funds on its sale of STARK Group to CVC Capital, and advising RateSetter on its sale to Metro Bank. During my time at Lazard, I was reverse mentor to Cyrus Kapadia, Lazard London’s CEO of Financial Advisory, and led Lazard London’s Women’s Leadership Network. Inspired to follow my passion for entrepreneurship, I recently left Lazard and I am currently exploring opportunities in the venture capital space.

Having recent experience of school life, I hope to offer a fresh perspective to the Board and relish the opportunity to inspire younger generations of girls whose position I was recently in. Given my background, I’m especially keen to support the school with its bursaries and scholarships programme, as I strongly believe that nobody’s future should be limited by their childhood circumstances.

John Wilson - Newcastle High School for Girls

John Wilson

Having stood down in May 2001 as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Law at Northumbria University Newcastle, I am now concentrating on teaching and research as Professor of Business History. I have published extensively on the evolution of business since the 19th century, focusing especially on strategy and structure, technology transfer and industrial clustering. I am a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. My work as a Pro Vice-Chancellor also took me to many countries, including China, Japan, Sri Lanka, India and Singapore, giving me a deep understanding of cultures that are very different to that of the UK. I also teach International Business and Strategy to both undergraduates and postgraduate students. My aim as a Governor is to provide students with a direct link to the fascinating world of Higher Education, ensuring that they make the right choices and open their imaginations to international experiences that can be so beneficial. 
Newcastle High School for Girls - Policies

Our School Policies.

Our School Polices are focused on putting our pupils' welfare first. You can read them here by clicking on the button below.

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Newcastle High School for Girls - Diversity

We’re proud to be on our journey of Diversity and Inclusion

Every one of us at NHSG is listening, learning and making a difference for our community.

We’re proud of our diverse community and are committed to ensuring that each and every pupil is treated equally and with respect regardless of the many differences between them. Staff training, PSHE lessons, co-curricular clubs and assemblies are just some of the ways we continue to educate ourselves and our pupils about embracing difference and respecting all cultures and lifestyles. Celebrating Black History Month and Diversity Week, teaching about different religions and faiths, all of these practices go some way towards keeping diversity and inclusion on the agenda. Our school policies state our commitment to deal with prejudice and discrimination firmly. We want our school to be a safe and happy place for everybody.

Working towards the GDST Undivided Charted for Action also means that the whole family of GDST schools has the same ethos and goals – to ensure that the wellbeing of every young person comes first, and where every girl – no matter her background – can learn without limits. Our Senior Leadership Team liaise closely with the Undivided Steering Group which meets regularly to ensure that all GDST schools are supported on an ongoing basis.

Whilst we’re an all-girls’ school, of course not all girls are the same. The NHSG community is made up of people from all backgrounds, of all ethnicities and religions, of different sexualities and from all cultures. Every single member of the community deserves equal respect. We’re all here for the same reason – to provide an outstanding education without limits and open doors to bright and successful futures in which our pupils can achieve anything they aspire to.

Feeling happy, comfortable, accepted and respected at school is a huge part of doing well and succeeding both academically and emotionally while still retaining that uniqueness that makes you, you! We want our pupils to be part of the wonderful NHSG community but also to be themselves; that’s why diversity and inclusion are so important to us.

Above all, we encourage our community to be proud of who they are, comfortable in their own skin and accepting of others.


GDST Charter for Action
Newcastle High School for Girls - NHSG History

We have 150 years of experience in educating girls.

In September 2014, Church High School and Central Newcastle High School merged to become Newcastle High School for Girls. Founded in 1872, and 1876 respectively, both were established to offer girls an exceptional education and to ensure girls and young women could have an equal place in the world. Their success is noted in the education of thousands of girls from the North East of England who passed through their doors and whose trailblazing spirit is today at the forefront of NHSG's vision and mission.  

When NHSG was formed in 2014, we were determined to reflect the School's roots, which are so firmly planted in the city and surrounding area. Our iconic seahorse emblem symbolises our strong links with Newcastle – two mythical seahorses appear in Newcastle’s heraldic coat of arms, dating back to the 16th century. The seahorse represents patience, friendship, generosity, and persistence – everything that embodies our pupils. 

Inspiring alumnae