At Newcastle High School for Girls, we are guided by our Learner Promise. Our Learner Promise ensures we stay true to our aims and that the girls make excellent progress and are appropriately challenged, whether they are in Nursery or Sixth Form.

The NHSG Learner Promise details a number of learning dispositions: we call them the Eight Cs. We encourage each girl to be:


  • Able to harness her natural curiosity
  • Asking questions and carrying out research
  • Developing as an independent learner and employing rational analysis
  • Receptive to new ideas and keen to learn new things and new skills
  • Motivated by a spirit of enquiry
  • Developing intellectual curiosity


  • Secure in knowledge
  • Unwilling to take things for granted
  • Exploring and evaluating ideas and arguments in a generous, critical and constructive way
  • Equipped to grapple with big ideas and make connections
  • Confident in her own abilities
  • Positive in her approach to life


  • A compassionate human being
  • Showing a commitment to service of the school/ local/national/international community
  • Aware of and respectful towards others
  • Committed to preserving the physical environment
  • Caring of self and others
  • Fair and act with integrity, aware of herself and her impact
  • Thoughtful about different approaches to moral and spiritual issues
  • Empathetic and emotionally intelligent
  • Sensitive to and appreciative of culture, context and community


  • Intrinsically motivated
  • Self-directing
  • Responsible for her own learning
  • Pro-active in the management of her time
  • Ready to take responsibility for her own behaviour


  • Can adapt to situations requiring new ways of thinking
  • A creative problem solver
  • Uninhibited in the range of medium used to express ideas and feelings
  • Performance skills
  • Has the capacity to engage in thinking and expression beyond the conventional
  • Understanding the need for intellectual, physical and emotional equilibrium


  • A good listener
  • Able to reflect on, communicate and defend her own views
  • Respectful of the views of others
  • A fluent and confident communicator in English and another language
  • Digitally literate and a discerning user of digital platforms
  • Able to express herself accurately through many different media


  • Seeking to participate critically, considerately and constructively in her community, society and environment
  • Understanding of the values of connectivity in creating and sharing knowledge
  • Engaged in life enriching interests and activities both singularly and with others
  • Collaborative and supportive in team situations
  • Able to work effectively with others in a range of settings


  • Confident to apply knowledge in and skills in unfamiliar contexts
  • Welcoming of new challenges and meets them with resourcefulness and resilience
  • Enterprising and adventurous
  • Willing to take the initiative and not afraid to aim at tough targets
  • Experienced and skilled in leadership
  • An independent-minded explorer of new concepts
  • Able to see every experience, including failing, as an opportunity for growth
  • Open to taking intellectual and emotional risks