Statement from the Principal

Coronavirus Closure

Following on from the updated Government directive on school closures in the Leicester and Leicestershire area, Sir Jonathan North is now closed from Tuesday 30th June to all students except children of key workers who have registered for a place.

Welcome to the Sir Jonathan North College. Whether you are a potential student or parent, we hope to provide you with some useful information to help inform your next step in your education.

We are an oversubscribed 11-16 girls’ school located in Knighton although we receive applications from all over Leicester City and beyond. We are unique as the only girls’ multi faith state school in Leicester and Leicestershire. With a reputation for innovation and success, Sir Jonathan North is an inclusive, friendly and diverse community. 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.

I am proud to have led Sir Jonathan North since January 2019 and feel it has its own unique ethos. Our core values, Respect, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness, underpin all that we do and reflects our culture. These values were developed in conjunction with parents, staff and students.

At Sir Jonathan North my 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-sex classrooms, boys can often dominate discussions, and teachers can subconsciously play to boys’ strengths to get the best out of them. In our single-sex school, girls take centre stage.

Through a culture of nurture, support and mutual respect, we seek to challenge our girls by encouraging them to take risks, explore new ideas and acknowledge that making mistakes is essential for learning.  We focus on helping our girls to become resilient learners and develop the skills and character to prepare them for the future. 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.

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.

Mrs Rose Angus

Principal