NHSG - Newcastle High School for Girls appoints new Head of Junior School

Newcastle High School for Girls appoints new Head of Junior School

March 21, 2024

Following a formal recruitment process that attracted a strong field of candidates from across the UK, we were delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Barnett as Head of Junior School at the beginning of March.

Emma Barnett is already known by the school, its pupils and parents, having served as Assistant Head of Junior School since 2022 before being promoted to Acting Head of Junior School in September 2023.

Amanda Hardie, Head at NHSG, an all through 3 to 18 all girl school, said: “As a long-standing member of the Senior Leadership Team Emma brings with her an in-depth understanding of the school and its pupils meaning she will really hit the ground running as she takes over the reins. Emma’s passion for all-girl education, dedication to the success of the school and exciting vision for Junior School shone through at interview and I am very much looking forward to working with her as we build upon the success of NHSG and continue to shape an exciting future for our school and the girls.”

Emma Barnett said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed as Head of Junior School – it’s such a special place and I look forward to leading the school forward and continuing to build relationships with parents and girls to ensure our Junior School remains the leading choice for girls in the North East.

“My vision is for our Junior School to be a trailblazing school with an outstanding academic offer, delivering a future facing and dynamic curriculum focused on prioritising the needs of individual pupils alongside an innovative personal development programme to ensure every girl is happy, focused and empowered to be the very best version of herself.”

With an outstanding Early Years provision, NHSG welcomes girls aged 3 and above to its Junior School which is situated in a stunning woodland setting in the Sandyford area of Newcastle, has access to dynamic indoor and outdoor classrooms and programmes a vast range of clubs and activities. All Junior School pupils also enjoy a seamless transition to NHSG’s Senior School in Jesmond, with regular introductory days on site, and lessons delivered by subject specialists from the senior school. NHSG is one of a family of schools, the Girls’ Day School Trust, which has 25 schools across the country.

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