In a bold move, and striking a note for the importance of single sex education, Newcastle High School for Girls will open its doors for the first time today. It is the largest girls’ school in the North East and is providing an outstanding education within the finest of school facilities.
Newcastle High School for Girls, is the new independent day school formed by the merger of two leading independent girls’ schools in Jesmond, Central Newcastle High School and Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School, both with a long and rich heritage in the City.
The importance the School places on its regional heritage is demonstrated in many ways. Its new emblem is a seahorse, depicting the City’s links with the sea and taken from Newcastle’s city crest and its School Houses are named after Ships built on the Tyne; Acadia, Carpathia, Mauretania and Turbinia. At the heart of the School’s ethos is an outward looking approach that will actively seek links with business, other schools and the community locally, nationally and internationally.
Newcastle High’s mission is to deliver an outstanding, forward looking education, rooted in traditional values. It builds on the heritage of academic excellence and pastoral care at both founding schools and will continue to champion the cause of girls’ education echoing the aspirations of the 19th century founders of the original schools.
Leading the school into the future is Hilary French, headmistress. She said: “In keeping with our proud history, Newcastle High School for Girls will be the most exciting and innovative school in the region. The advantage of having a new start has meant that we have been able to design all aspects of the School – the ethos, environment and curriculum – to meet the demands of the 21st Century, as well as build on the very strong heritage of our founding schools, which, between them, have well over 250 years of experience in girls’ education.
“At Newcastle High, we develop outward looking and socially responsible girls who are equipped with the confidence and ability to be the person they want to be and to embrace the opportunities and challenges of adult life. Within our school, the girls will excel academically, develop skills, build character and participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities such as sport, art, dance, music and drama.”
The creation of Newcastle High School for Girls has also provided the opportunity to look with fresh eyes at how to equip girls with the skills they need for the future. The result is the introduction of an innovative and exciting curriculum with academic rigour and excellence at its heart.
Hilary French said: “Throughout the School, from the Nursery to the Sixth Form, a rigorous academic approach will be complemented by cross-curricular planning and a focus on deep learning that spans the subject disciplines through open ended enquiry and independent research.”
Newcastle High School for Girls is one of the 24 schools and two academies of the Girls’ Day School Trust, a leading network of independent girls’ schools and indeed the largest educational charity in the UK.
Hilary French said: “No other school in the region can boast the support and benefits that come from being part of the Girls’ Day School Trust. The GDST’s expertise and forward thinking approach to education is a constant inspiration and support to our School, offering huge benefits for girls, staff and parents. It is investing heavily in Newcastle High School for Girls and therefore the region through the redevelopment and building programmes to create the finest School facilities for girls in the North East.”
The multi-million pound development of Newcastle High’s Junior School is nearly complete and the opening of its new Senior School on track for 2016.
The Junior School which is situated at Chapman House, Sandyford Park has over the past two years undergone an extensive refurbishment, transforming both its buildings and grounds into a stunning learning environment which includes two all-weather pitches and exciting outdoor learning spaces within its five acres of grounds.
Hilary French said: “Our Junior School is without equal and offers exceptional space in which our younger girls can learn and develop as well as have access to many exciting opportunities.”
The quality of the Junior School refurbishment has set a standard for Newcastle High’s new Senior School and in September 2016, the Senior girls will move to brand new facilities at Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond following a major refurbishment and building programme.
Hilary French said: “The development of the site is designed to provide an innovative, enhanced learning environment appropriate for the 21st Century. The impressive plans will benefit pupils and staff and complement existing buildings on the site and in the vicinity. It will mean that, in the future, we can continue to ensure the high quality of education enjoyed by our girls.”
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the School, the girls and the region. Newcastle High School for Girls has been in the planning for over 18 months but has over 250 years of experience and history behind it. After a summer of outstanding A Level and GCSE results across the board, there is clear evidence that Newcastle High is already a beacon of national excellence and a leading girls’ school for the North East. All in all, an excellent start and a very strong foundation for Newcastle High School for Girls.”