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Extra Curricular

2275​

Student activities accessed per week

INCLUSION   COMMUNITY  &  EXCELLENCE

8.00am to 5pm​ Monday to Friday

 

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At Northampton School for Girls we believe a​ successful enrichment programme will promote the life-skills and personal qualities needed for everyday life, both in school and beyond. By encouraging ​all ​of our students to participate in the wider curriculum we know that our students will not be confined by predetermined expectations but will push the boundaries to explore their passions, interests and future goals.

Commitment

Northampton School for Girls has a reputation for outstanding extra-curricular provision. This includes an extensive programme of lunchtime and after-school activities (daily, weekly and individual), providing for students across the full ability and age range. All interests and skill sets are catered for.

We actively encourage participation from all our students, even those that may, at first be reluctant, and challenge our students to step outside of their comfort zone and take up something they never have previously considered. 

Performing Arts

As a former specialist music college, we continue to delight in our musical heritage with the expectation that​ every one​ of our students will appear on stage at some point in their time at school. We also ensure there is provision for the most elite musicians and performers.

Concerts (or other productions) take place ​each month​, and showcase the many talents that our students possess.

  • Circus Club
  • 11 different dance clubs
  • 20 different music clubs
  • 4 different drama clubs
  • 895 students involved across performing arts per week
  • 500 students involved in the Christmas concert
  • 10 Years of Thomas’s Fund Charity support.
  • Student initiated events eg charity event and awareness raising for mental health
  • 20 tutor group lead assemblies throughout the year
  • Artsmark Gold & Music Mark accreditation

Sport

We offer an extensive range of sporting activities, with regular fixtures taking place alongside the clubs and other sporting events. Basketball is a particular strength of the school, and through our partnership with the Northants Basketball club and Basketball England , we are able to extend provision to students still further. Our sporting offer includes:

  • 35 different sports clubs
  • 98 sporting fixtures 2017 to 2018
  • 880 students involved per week across sport groups
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Sports Relief
  • Jogathon – raising awareness for young minds
  • Interform tournaments (lunch time)
  • Sports Day
  • Sports Leaders Award (sixth form)
  • Free gym membership for sixth formers

Well Being and Resilience

We recognise that the needs of our students are extremely diverse. Ranging from the practical - a quiet space to work, to the emotional - managing anxiety about the day ahead, we take a proactive approach to support our students to develop the resilience they need.

Attending our Summer School provision before starting Year 7 has resulted in a confident start to secondary school for many of our current students. The challenges of Duke of Edinburgh and the experience of the National Citizen Service are just two of the ways students have proved to themselves they have what it takes to face physical and mental challenges. In a typical year at NSG:

  • 83 Year 6 students attend Summer School before joining NSG in September
  • 60 Year 7 students attend the annual Camp Out
  • 75 students a week attend Breakfast Club
  • 467 students attend Homework Club each week
  • 125 students use the out of hours library each week
  • 30 Big Sisters (Sixth formers) linked to Year 7 tutor groups
  • Sixth Form Subject Leaders
  • Sixth Form Target Champions
  • Paired Readers- Sixth formers working with KS3 students
  • 116 students achieved Bronze D of E 2018
  • 40% of Yr 11 students - National Citizen Service - Gold Champion Award
  • Mindfulness and Resilience class for sixth formers
  • Stonewall Champion School

Stretch and Challenge

We strive for academic excellence, and to instil a love of learning among our students. Extra-curricular provision for more able students is broad and exciting and we encourage and support our most able students to attend, regardless of their backgrounds:

  • 12 students in the KS3 Brilliant Club
  • Maths Challenges - kangaroo maths
  • 20 students take the Higher-level Extended Project (HPQ)
  • 25 entries for the annual staff Vs student read off challenge.
  • Debating club
  • All Year 7 students enter the Disney Challenge
  • 16 students in the Chess Club
  • Afro Caribbean Tyler Essay Competition winner
  • Winner of 1 in 20 places on Ladder of Law Development Programme
  • Winner of Jaguar Land Rover Careers Furthering Futures Programme – inspiring young women
  • Lunchtime lectures on an eclectic range of subjects

The World Beyond School

Regular challenges throughout the year allow students to thrive and excel in many different ways, Our commitment to this is such that each year the school allocates up to a week of activities for all students to participate in, with Year 7 students spending a day engaging with outdoor activities; Year 9 students visiting Ypres; Year 10 students participating in enterprise activities; and all students invited to attend a range of trips and visits, both in England and abroad. All of this alongside our weekly clubs and regular events. Here is a brief overview of some of the activities, committees and organisations we are involved with:

  • Eco Club 
  • Tenner Challenge
  • Financial Education - 'Centre of Excellence'
  • Fair Trade - Fair Achiever Award
  • Young Enterprise - 'Centre of Excellence'
  • Young Enterprise- winners of the Best Product Award,Trade Fair, Northampton (2020)

Equality

Our pride in these activities is due to the participation levels and the fact that, given the size and diversity of the school, all students are able to participate in, and thrive in a range of activities. This means that our Muslim girls are able to learn to swim in the privacy of our swimming pool; that girls in wheelchairs travel abroad and participate in DoE; that some of our most introvert students enjoy performing in the circus group; that some of our most vulnerable students express themselves in the Friday academy; that some of our most able students are challenged beyond their self-belief of what they can achieve; that girls from different ethnic backgrounds may celebrate and share their cultures.