The College consists of five distinct buildings spanning the life of the College from 1937 to the present day. Our facilities are excellent including our Digital Arts suite, drama studio and trampolining hall. We have specialist resources for the Arts, design and technology, computing, science and PE, as well as extensive classroom accommodation and a learning resources centre. All classrooms have access to the internet. An indoor tennis centre opened in January 2007 and is a superb resource for both students and for the local community.
At Sir Jonathan North we believe it is vital to foster students’ holistic development alongside academic excellence. The holistic development is underpinned by our values, the 4 Rs and we will be utilising these throughout all aspects of college life. The 4 Rs are: Resilience - The ability to bounce back when facing challenges, Respect - Learning to value self, others and the environment, Reflectiveness - Understanding what needs to be done to make the next steps and planning how to do this, Resourcefulness - Having the confidence to search out answers in new ways and ask for guidance when necessary.
We achieve highly and examination results have been consistently good for many years. We aim to improve these results, with the awareness that students need support and guidance in managing the pressures of competition and challenge. We encourage students to be ambitious in their personal and academic goals. We work closely with parents to support our students and as a staff, we reward effort and achievement by creating a climate in and out of the classroom where individual initiative is recognised and team spirit is valued.
We set high expectations for both staff and students and work closely with parents. We believe that it is the duty of the College to educate our students to become responsible members of society and to respect others. Our experience is that students achieve high standards because they are set challenging targets, provided with interesting opportunities to learn in different ways and given support where they need it.
The College is proud of its unique and distinctive ethos as one of only two girls’ state secondary schools in Leicestershire and as a World Class school. We regard our student body as a major strength and take great pride in both the success and diversity of our student intake. We give students a voice in the College and we listen. We value courtesy, politeness, honesty and effort. We accept that we all make mistakes from time to time and we aim to learn from our mistakes. We are inspired by excellence in all forms including academic, creative, practical, physical and personal achievements.
We are an outstanding 11-16 girls’ school that is inclusive, friendly and enriched by the diverse community that we serve. I am proud to have led Sir Jonathan North since January 2019 and feel it has its own unique ethos.
At Sir Jonathan North our simple aim is to ‘create good people’. In order to do this we need a curriculum that provides both academic excellence and holistic development. In other words, we take every opportunity to develop the ‘whole child’.
Parents and carers often ask me why they should send their daughter to a girls’ school. At Sir Jonathan North, girls learn without limits. Research shows that student confidence has a strong impact on academic performance. In mixed-gender classrooms, boys can often dominate discussions, and teachers can subconsciously play to boys’ strengths to get the best out of them. In our school, girls take centre stage.
Over their five year journey they learn to be confident, strong, independent and resourceful young women. We place a strong emphasis on the STEM subjects, and have an excellent record for our girls continuing on to A-level in the traditionally male-dominated subjects such as physics and computing. We promote strong female role models and challenge stereotypes wherever possible through our curriculum and visiting speakers.
We offer a wide range of sports and our many teams regularly compete regionally and even nationally. We offer extra-curricular sports clubs every day of the week, and our high rates of sport participation bucks the national trend for girls. Our newest building, which includes our trampolining hall, was named after Alice Hawkins, the famous suffragette.
In 2013, the College benefited from a £9 million partial re-build as part of the national Building Schools for the Future programme and now has high quality purpose built facilities for each curriculum area.
If you would like any more information about Sir Jonathan North College, or would like to visit to see our College in action during the school day, please do not hesitate to contact us.