I am honoured to represent Northampton School for Girls as the School President and am extremely thankful for all the opportunities NSG has offered me.
I have been a student here since Year 7 and I believe that during this time NSG has been a major factor in making me an individualistic and independent student with strong social values. The school ethos of Respect for Self, Others and Learning is key to its success and can be seen from the positive learning environment that exists throughout the extensive school site. Each individual student is encouraged to have their own voice and do the best that they can so that they leave NSG as a mature young adult fully prepared for whatever career path they wish to pursue.
From my personal experience, I found the transition into year 7 at a new school to be a huge change, however, NSG ensures that every student is welcomed into a friendly, safe environment and with the addition of a group of ‘Sixth Form Big Sisters’ there to support the transition is a smooth one. Here at NSG, we also provide support systems throughout the school such as being mentored at regular intervals throughout the school year. The major transitions experienced between the different key stages can also be very challenging but there is always someone to turn to. An example of this is when it comes to what to do at the end of year 11; everyone is given a formal interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their choices about the next stage of their education/training and, although ultimately it is the decision of the individual it is good to know that help, support and advice are there should you need them.
In my opinion, what sets us apart from other schools within the sixth form is that we are privileged with freedom and are treated like young adults. One of the biggest challenges I had at NSG was choosing my A-Levels. Initially, I was struggling to find my feet in terms of what subjects would provide me with my desired choice of university offers as well as what combination of A -levels would be a healthy balance. Through the support and guidance given to me I am now confident about the decisions I have made and will be making about my future.
Throughout the school, apart from the taught lessons we have a wide variety of additional extra-curricular activities that we can attend, some of which are run by students, we even have a Circus Club. There are also opportunities for development such as Form Captain, Sports Captain, School Council, Young Enterprise etc. These help students gain an insight into what they enjoy doing as well as giving them experience in key leadership roles. Being the School President has allowed me to give back and play an active role in the student voice at NSG. With my team over the next year we aim to take on issues we feel passionately about such as; mental health, current affairs and gender equality.