Please find below a brief introduction to key staff involved in Year 7 admissions, as well as our Head Girl Team.
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Mr M J Scott
Mr Scott has been Head of Newport Girls' High School since 2018. A keen linguist, he still enjoys teaching German and with a part degree in Music, he is a keen advocate of the role that co-curricular activities play (pardon the pun!) in enabling students to be most successful, especially as academic prowess alone may not be sufficient in today's diverse and exciting world.
Prior to joining NGHS, Mr Scott was a Deputy Head on the Wirral where he had oversight of school data, the curriculum, the sixth form and the UCAS process. He has over 10 years experience supporting students with UCAS applications for universities both in the UK and abroad. He also teaches two groups of EPQ in the sixth form and believes the qualification is hugely beneficial for future study at university or in the world of work.
Mr Scott has oversight of the whole school as Headteacher. He enjoys meeting and talking to prospective students and finding out more about their interests, passions and future goals. No request is too silly nor problem too small - do get in touch if you have any questions about the School and Mr Scott will be pleased to answer them.
Miss H Clarke
Miss Clarke has taught at NGHS for almost ten years and became Assistant Headteacher in September 2018 as well as teaching PE and PSHE throughout the school. Miss Clarke oversees the wellbeing and safeguarding of our school community. She heads the pastoral team of Heads of Year and Wellbeing Officers and also works with Mrs Goodall, our Head of Year 7 to organise transition events.
Another key aspect of Miss Clarke's role is school rewards. We have a couple of different accolades at NGHS including 'Student of the Half Term' and 'Thank You Friday'. Each allow the hard work of our students (and staff) to be recognised and communication with parents is a key part of sharing this success.
Mrs K Jones
Mrs Jones is a member of our senior leadership team and oversees admissions to NGHS including the coordination of the Entrance Test, liaison with the external test provider and analysis of the marks. She also coordinates the Appeals process as necessary.
Mrs Jones should be your first point of contact regarding any admissions enquiries and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs K Danby
Mrs Danby joined NGHS in 2019 and is our Wellbeing Officer for students in Years 7-10. Her previous experience in the NHS allows her to signpost students who require external support with ease and she is on hand at breaktimes, lunchtimes (and during lessons where absolutely necessary) to offer advice and support to younger students and their families. Liaison with parents is also a very important part of Mrs Danby's role and NGHS prides itself on a very positive relationship with families of girls in the school.
Mrs Danby can be found in the Pastoral Hub; a centrally-located office which is shared with the Heads of Year.
Mrs H Goodall
Head of Year 7
Mrs Goodall has worked at NGHS since September 2017 and prior to this she worked at an all-girls 3-18 school. As well as being a Head of Year she has experience supporting pupils in Year 6 from her previous post and is very approachable. A regular teacher and contributor to our PSHE programme, Mrs Goodall helps girls to settle easily and quickly and is always on hand if there are any issues to discuss with parents or students themselves.
Mrs Goodall heads the Year 7 tutor team, who are selected to not only help students to settle, but also to build their resilience and encourage them to take part in as many extra-curricular and House activities at school during their first year.
Finally, Mrs Goodall is responsible for organising transition visits and links with primary schools. These may be in person or online this year. She also teaches PE throughout the school.
Mrs A Benoit
Mrs Benoit is our SENDCO. She has taught art at NGHS since 2013. Her role involves working closely with any student who requires additional academic support. This may include extra time in examinations or access arrangements such as laptops and scribes. Mrs Benoit coordinates extra testing for dyslexia and works very closely with students, parents and families to manage individual pupil passports/learning plans. She also chairs a parent panel where new ideas are discussed between parents who daughters are on our SEND register.
Lower School Head Girl
Hello everyone! I have been given the honour, this year, of the Lower School Head Girl title and I aim to ensure the younger students of NGHS receive a wonderful start to their educational career in secondary school along with my team. I hope to use my own experience to make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, and the journey onwards, as ideal as possible.
The education we gain here is invaluable and the teachers are passionate about providing students with the best opportunities, both inside and outside of school. These opportunities, along with our education and the dedication of the school to our mental wellbeing, allow us to cultivate our skills and prepare ourselves for the future. I look forward to growing as a person and helping fellow students achieve their best.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."- Dr Seuss
Deputy Head Girl (Transition)
As the Lower School Deputy Head Girl of Transition and Integration, I shall be working to ensure the transition into our school is as seamless as possible- particularly for the new Year 7 students. The progression from primary school to secondary school can be a difficult one, with many aspects of life drastically changing. NGHS already offers an outstanding support system that ensures that this difficult journey is comfortable and enjoyable. The teachers and students are incredibly welcoming, making our school a warm community that is delightful to join. I look forward to working with the team to provide many safe opportunities for integration, so students can get to know each other and make new friends, which is of course a highlight of school life. It is an honour to be part of the Lower School Head Girl team and I hope to use my role to make a positive impact on the lower school.
Deputy Head Girl (Community & Careers)
Hello! I am pleased to be the Lower School Deputy Head Girl of Community and Careers. Education needs to be closely aligned with careers and the requirements of the community. Thus, it is my goal to ensure that NGHS girls have individual career guidance based on their needs, interests, and academic capabilities.
NGHS facilitates its students to obtain enriching opportunities of work experience so they can understand the need of the employer and the skills that are valued in the changing workplace. Towards this, I intend to work with students, teachers and the school to identify and target the relevant enrichment activities, including assisting the choice of subjects for visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
I aim to ensure that the younger years are confident in their GCSE subject choices, and will always be available to support them if they need any help. I will encourage all of our students to make the most of all the present systems at our outstanding school has in place to help them. Even during the pandemic, I hope to keep as many clubs and extracurriculars as active as possible, as they are a valuable part of a student’s high school experiences, and contribute to the strength of community within our school. I cannot wait to be able to help and assist my fellow students to thrive in our school’s environment, and advance through life as they prepare themselves for the future with the help of NGHS.
Deputy Head Girl (Wellbeing)
Having a particular focus on the health and wellbeing of the students, my role as Lower School Deputy Head Girl aims to ensure that school life for every student can be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I will be working closely with the sixth form Head Girl Team in improving already existing support networks within NGHS.