Newcastle High School for Girls Legacies

‘Behind every great woman… is another great woman.’
Kate Hodges


NHSG has a proud history and heritage in the city of Newcastle. Our School means a great deal to a great many people.

We are enormously grateful to the people who have left a legacy to our School and in doing so given the gift of education to generations of girls to come.

Leaving NHSG a legacy is a generous, far sighted act that will enable us to continue to shape and mould the leaders of tomorrow, offering an education founded on honour, fairness, kindness and integrity.

Talent is distributed equally, opportunity is not. Our bursaries foster social mobility and offer a life-transforming opportunity to the young women of the North East, regardless of financial circumstance.

We have the experience, expertise and means to educate, empower and enable girls to excel in today’s society, bringing NHSG values to leadership roles.

Leaving us a gift in your will is a big decision but one that will make a very real and lasting difference to individuals, families and the future of our local and global society.

‘What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.’ Albert Pike


Shaping the Past and the Future

Newcastle High School for Girls was established in 2014 following the merger of Church and Central Newcastle High Schools. Founded to provide the very best education for girls both Schools should be recognised as the powerful agents for change that they were in redefining the role of women. To find out more about our School history and meet some of the extraordinary women who passed through the doors of our Schools please have a look through our Alumnae through the Decades below.


Lets Make History Now

Many old institutions have a strong tradition of philanthropic gifts and for generations have built significant endowments, with girls’ schools being the notable exception.

Financial control has been male dominated through our history.

Despite this inequality  and disadvantage, from the military to medicine, our alumnae have changed the world for the women of today.

Women have never been in a stronger position to lead, change and shape the economic, social and political landscape.

Gifts to Newcastle High School for Girls are an investment in the education of talented and determined young women, to instil in them the values and ethos on which the School stands and inspire them to become leaders.

Compassionate, educated children are the most powerful legacy we can leave behind.

You will be putting the future in their hands.

‘Let us make the future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.’ Malala Yousafzai

The Adamson Family Legacy

In 2004 the School received a generous legacy from the Adamson family who, through three generations, were loyal friends of the School and fierce supporters of female education. The Second World War had a profound effect on the last two surviving members of the family, Fred and Yvonne, who left their estate in the main to Newcastle High School for Girls, convinced that the School’s education and commitment to compassion and understanding would make the world we live in a better place and secure peace for future generations.

We are very grateful to the Adamson family are are fortunate to have in our archives a comprehensive collection of Fred’s correspondence with home during the War. An extraordinary, poignant account of one man’s war, to view the collection and read more about the family please click anywhere on the timeline image below.

Meet two of our Bursary recipients

Yolande Heslop-Harrison 1930

Since it was established in 1890 only five women have been awarded the highly prestigious Royal Society Darwin Medal for extraordinary contribution to Biology and in 1982 Yvonne Heslop-Harrison became the second.

A brilliant scientist, Yolande received financial support to attend Central High School in the 1930’s and went on to study Botany on a scholarship place at Durham University where she graduated with first class honours along side her future husband Jack.

Yolande and Jack made a formidable research team. Their marriage marked the beginning of a lifelong collaboration in botanical research and intitiated the specific conservation programme of seed banking. This led to the establishment of the Millenium Seed Bank, the most important bank in the world for the conservation of wild species. The biodiversity of our planet and global food security are held in the genetic information stored here.

Our School bursaries are funded by the kindness of our supporters who play a crucial role in ensuring that we can continue to recognise and foster academic ability regardless of financial circumstance. It is amazing to think that the gifts we receive, large and small, can have such an important impact on our collective futures.



Jo Ashbridge 2004

Jo was awarded a bursary to study at Central Newcastle High School and left in 2004. Her passion lies in humanitarian work, disaster relief and sustainable development.

She is the Founder and Director of architecture charity, AzuKo. Facilitating development and change from within through design, Azuko finds sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by people living in extreme poverty to ensure every person enjoys the right to dignified living conditions.

‘It all comes back to education. It enables us to consider our options and to make informed decisions. It opens up our minds to new possiblities of a better way, connects us to a wider world, builds our confidence and resilience, and gives us control of our own lives.

I have built my life and career on the determination that every inch of kindness counts. I’m striving to pay forward the many opportunities and lessons learned over the course of my life, starting with my time at School. Strong educated girls become a force to be reckoned with and a force for good.

Girls, I ask you now, let’s stand together and make this
world a better place for all.’

To find out more about Jo’s work visit

Every gift we receive, no matter how big or small, helps our School continue to provide girls with an exceptional start in life.

Your wishes as a donor are of primary importance to the School. We would be happy to talk with you about areas of particular interest that you would like to support and also show how the School can acknowledge your generosity.

By leaving a gift in your Will you can also reduce the total tax liability of your estate to your family. Gifts in Wills to a registered charity, such as The Girls’ Day School Trust (registered charity number 306983), are exempt from Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Please do be assured that gifts can be made to the Girls’ Day School Trust for the sole use of Newcastle High School for Girls.

If you’re thinking about naming our School in your Will, please contact Polly De Giorgi, Development Manager, on 0191 201 6549 or email  for further advice and we will talk you through the options.

If you would also like to visit the School and see what it’s like today, we would be delighted to welcome you back!