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.
The percentage of students achieving the top GCSE grades is high. Lessons are challenging and carefully planned to prepare our students for further study. Most students continue their education at one of the local Further Education or Sixth Form Colleges. We take a keen interest in the progress of our students when they leave. In recent years students from the College have been offered places at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities.
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.