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What do our students think of NGHS?
A group of Year 7 students have recorded their own opinions about NGHS.
Can I request that my daughter goes into a form with her friend?
When we visit the Y6 girls in their primary schools, we talk to the teachers about the students your daughter works well with. This is slightly different to whom she is friendly with. We also ask the students who they feel they work well with and use this information to create our 4 forms of 30 students. Only in the event of a major issue (such as a safeguarding matter) which we would expect the primary school to raise and have documented, will we ensure that girls are separated. Within the class of 30 students, varying seating plans and group work exercises will be used by different teachers, so being in the same form is not going to mean sitting next to a friend any/all of the time.
What are the arrangements for the Entrance Exam?
Students attend NGHS (or any of our consortium girls schools in Wolverhampton and Walsall, if you live closer to these). They will sit two mixed papers in one sitting. The Entrance Test is sat in the middle of September for entry the following year. The final date for 2021 will be confirmed shortly.
Applications to sit the Entrance Test must be made by visiting this webpage.
More information on our Entrance Test can be found here.
There is a link here to a multitude of FAQs about the Entrance Test.
What score does my daughter have to attain to get a place?
There is no fixed score at NGHS. It largely depends upon how many students sit the test. You will receive a letter saying whether your daughter has reached the required standard in plenty of time to consider putting NGHS on your common entrance form for your local authority. This must be done by the end of October. Places are then allocated for National Offers Day at the start of March.
Each year there is some movement after N.O.D. and we do have a waiting list for students who meet the standard but for whom a place is not available.
Our Admissions Policy has more details.
How many Year 7 forms do you have?
From September 2021, there will be FOUR Year 7 forms with 30 students in each form.
How do you handle induction in Year 7?
Once the local authority have allocated places at the start of March, we make contact with all the girls who are joining us in September. A factsheet about the school is then followed up with a visit (in person or virtually) to every girl and her class teacher at primary school. Two induction days are scheduled in July with a parents' forum meeting beforehand to give parents the opportunity to meet each other and to hopefully make some links/contacts from similar geographical areas. When September comes, there are plenty of opportunities to interact and make new friends and our team of hand-picked Year 7 tutors are very experienced in this regard. We have a buddy system with Year 8 students to help this, too. Finally, we have our Year 7 Edgmond Hall day where team-building skills are mixed with plenty of time for conversation and to compare notes on how the first term has gone.
What happens if my daughter is the only one from her primary school?
This is actually very common and about one third of our Year 7 intake arrive knowing no-one. Our transition programme allows for these worries to be eased and we do all we can to help students settle quickly at NGHS. If there are any specific concerns (for example if your daughter finds it hard to make friends), we will do what we can to help engineer some contacts. The induction days are also a good starting point and every effort will be made to ensure everyone is getting stuck in and chatting to others.
Do you set students by ability?
There is no academic setting in Year 7 nor Year 8. From Year 9, we usually group students in Maths, but this is only to create a class which will go on to take Further Maths at GCSE. The other two/three classes are organised in a parallel fashion.
Is the environment 'pressured'?
As a selective school there is always an assumption among the wider population that students should achieve highly and go on to prestigious universities. Girls entering NGHS have often scored over 110 in KS2 SATS (or attained previous Level 6s) and therefore should be targeted to go on to achieve top GCSE and A-level grades. Taking the government benchmark data into account, a small number of students should be targeted straight 9s (A**) grades each year. We do not target all GCSE subjects in this way as we know that only a very small percentage of the UK population achieve grade 9s at GCSE in one qualification, let alone across 10 qualifications. However, each year one or two students reach this fantastic standard which puts them in the top 2% in the country. We also teach students that they cannot expect to attain top grades in every single subject all of the time. With any pressure comes the responsibility of knowing when you have done your best (all we can ask) and what to do if you are overwhelmed.
NGHS has heavily invested in pastoral and academic support for students who feel they are not doing as well as they could or when expectations are too great. Teaching staff are very approachable, pastoral staff supportive and we do take on board any feedback from parents. For example, recently Year 10 were set a number of key assessments in a short period of time. The Head of Year became aware and spoke to the Heads of the relevant Faculties about this to ensure things could be rearranged. This was followed up with sessions in the PSHE curriculum on managing stressful situations.
There are times in life when the world of work can seem overwhelming. We need to prepare students for this, but not to the detriment of them being able to achieve their best. It is a fine balance and one we take very seriously at NGHS as we prepare our students for their next steps into the world outside our school.
How much homework should my daughter expect?
There is a published homework timetable for each year group.
On average, students will receive 2-3 pieces of homework per evening, each lasting 20-25 minutes. They should not need to spend longer than one hour per night in total. Homework is not usually set for the following day and a few days notice is given of any assessments.
In the event that homework is taking too long to complete, parents are invited to make a note in their daughter's planner for her to show the class teacher in that particular subject. We know that some girls are perfectionists and may be trying too hard to impress with homework. This is something we monitor closely.
How strong is your SEND provision?
In common with all other students, each girl must sit the Entrance Test to gain a place at NGHS. Our school follows a common approach with regard to students who have an EHCP. Our admissions policy has more information here.
Students who gain a place are supported by our SENDCO, Mrs Adele Benoit and a SEND/Teaching Assistant as necessary. Regular reviews are conducted with students and families of girls on the SEND register. Pupil voice is very important here and there is also a SEND Parent Panel, which not only helps our staff to gain valuable feedback on how students' needs are being met, but also allows parents to share experiences and gain mutual support.
Do students travel a long distance to NGHS?
About one third (sometimes more) of our students come from the town of Newport and the surrounding villages. They are in our catchment area. Students from outside this area travel from Market Drayton, Wolverhampton, Telford, Stafford and Shrewsbury. A small number come from Stoke-on-Trent too. So, yes, students do travel a fair distance to attend NGHS. There is also the opportunity to be on site from 8am-5pm to enable earlier drop-off and later pick-up. This is offered free of charge to help parents.
What sports do students play at NGHS?
There is a real mixture of sports that are taught as part of the PE curriculum. In common with most girls schools, netball is the primary sport, but there is much more besides. Please visit our PE and Sport section of the website to find out. We have a number of external coaches who visit NGHS weekly to lead additional extra-curricular clubs.
There is a real emphasis on 'sport for all' at NGHS. Even if you are not part of a team representing NGHS in your sport, you are welcome to take part in clubs and activities. Our teams do achieve highly in the local and regional rounds of school competitions.
What musical instruments can be learnt?
We encourage students to enjoy learning a musical instrument and there are ensembles to enable them to perfect their performance skills. We can offer external (chargeable) lessons in the following instruments. Students on Pupil Premium can use some of their allowance which the school receives to fund musical instrument lessons.
Our visiting teachers instruct on:
- Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
- Strings (Violin, Violoncello)
If you would like a lesson in another discipline, please contact us and we will let you know if it can be arranged.
Students who elect to take GCSE music and A-level music are strongly advised to ensure they continue with instrumental tuition either in school or at home throughout their academic course.
What languages are taught at NGHS?
We teach both French and German from Year 7. Both languages have a number of trips abroad and both languages are continued up to and including A-level. The emphasis on learning in Years 7 & 8 is on having fun and conversing fluently, but students are also taught valuable grammar and linguistic skills to help prepare them for the rigour of GCSE languages, where one language is compulsory and two are encouraged.
What are your houses called?
NGHS has three houses, each is named after an eminent female role-model.
Austen - Roddam - Seacole
- Austen is named after Jane Austen, the renowned English author
- Roddam is named after Mary Roddam, founder of the local Edgmond Girls Home in the early 1900s
- Seacole is named after Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-born battlefield nurse.
Each school year we have a range of House activities. Each student must participate in at least one house competition and the annual sports day, which includes a number of fun events as well as the more serious competitions! Annual house events include:
- House Music
- House Drama
- House Board-Game Competition
- House Bake-Off
- House Poetry
- House Photographic & Art Competition
- House Quiz ..... and many more besides!
Can my daughter bring her mobile phone to school?
Yes is the short answer, but it should be switched off and out of sight. In the event that phones are being misused, they will be confiscated. In more serious cases, groups of girls have had to leave their phones at Reception each morning for a period of time. This is always the last resort as we aim to educate students in the safe and proper use of technology.
Our mobile phone policy can be found in our policies section of the website.
Does bullying occur at NGHS?
Any school which declares it is free from bullying is not telling the truth! Bullying sadly exists in every school, but it is the way it is managed which is key. Fortunately, bullying incidents are very rare at NGHS and a fundamental part of the Year 7 PSHE curriculum (which all students engage with) is how we treat individuals in our transition to a new learning environment. We hold Parent Information Evenings each year with a focus particularly on E-Safety (with most aggravation these days occurring online) and we support families (students and parents) in such circumstances.
Our behaviour policy is clear and is used when necessary. Everyone should feel safe in our school and our most recent parent survey (2021) provided 100% assurance from surveyed parents that their daughter felt safe at school.
What happens at Break & Lunch?
We have a 20 minute morning break and a one hour lunch break. We encourage students to get fresh air to break up the academic rigour of the day. Students can buy a snack at breaktime and can either bring a packed lunch or get lunch each day from the Dining Room.
We have cashless catering provision in our dining room and students are encouraged to participate in the biometric scanning system when they join the school.
The school field and tennis courts are used as outdoor space at break/lunch and once the timeslot for eating lunch has passed, students are expected to be outside unless it is raining heavily or they are engaged in one of our many lunchtime clubs and activities.
Where can I buy NGHS uniform?
Please see our uniform policy. There is a uniform shop in the town of Newport, which supplies all aspects of the school uniform.
So, finally... WHAT MAKES NGHS SPECIAL?!
This is a difficult one to answer. There are of course, many answers, but a common thread from student surveys, parent surveys, Ofsted and visitors to the school is the 'sense of community'. We are a family at NGHS. We are a relatively small school and we base our ethos and values on mutual respect and cooperation. Learning at NGHS occurs without distraction and students can interact and enjoy their learning and downtime with friends, many of whom stay life-long friends.
The strength of our pastoral care system is the envy of other schools. We have dedicated Wellbeing Officers whose role is to support students with more serious pastoral matters, whilst also offering snippets of advice to avoid a minor issue turning into a crisis! Our tutor and Head of Year teams are very experienced and there is nothing they haven't had to support students with before. Parents regularly praise our staff on their approach to handling sensitive issues and our PSHE curriculum is also geared to work hand-in-hand with the wellbeing and mental health of our students and staff. We have won a number of awards for our work in supporting young people's mental health.
Finally, our school is expanding and with it come even more state-of-the-art facilities. This is an exciting time to join NGHS and we look forward to welcoming you to our school.