What makes us different is our
unusually warm and relaxed atmosphere that encourages  self-confidence and nurtures self-esteem – both qualities essential for success.

Pastoral care and concern for each individual are at the heart of everything we do. A sense of wellbeing and the space to be herself means that each girl will maximise her progress and have every opportunity to develop her full potential in the broadest sense.

Our emphasis on developing trust and mutual respect throughout our community will enable your daughter to develop the confidence to make sound judgements and autonomous decisions; to become a strong, grounded young woman who is not afraid to stand by her principles in a world of ever shifting values.

I  lead the pastoral care team in Senior School making sure that the pastoral system runs smoothly and effectively. Our pastoral Care Team includes Form Teachers, Heads of Year, the School Nurse, School Counsellor and Director of Social and Emotional Learning, as well as the Senior Leadership Team.

Our dedicated staff passionately support and encourage the girls; we know the girls well and will provide the support that each girl needs, when she needs it.

Across the whole school, Year Groups work together on charity events, have assemblies together, enjoy social activities and much more. Your daughter will also be allocated to one of our Houses where a range of sporting, creative, musical and drama events enable her to get to know both younger and older girls in a range of settings.

A key strand to the pastoral care at Newcastle High School for Girls is the girls themselves; we expect them to look out for each other and offer support and help when needed. As they move through the School, there are more formal opportunities to offer this support; as a Form Prefect, Learning Coach, School Prefect, House Captain or as part of the Head Girl team.

We know that in order to succeed you have to lose the fear of failure, because no-one gets everything right first time. Our pastoral ethos underpins, supports and nurtures our aim of giving girls the confidence to think independently, analytically, logically, creatively and imaginatively. Girls need a safe space in which to develop these characteristics – we provide that space.


Lucy Franks-Doyle

Deputy Head Pastoral