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.
Full inspections were carried out by OFSTED in 1995, 1999, 2005, 2008 and 2013. There were subject inspections in art and modern foreign languages in May 2008 and a cross curricular inspection of students’ economic and business understanding financial awareness in February 2011.
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Sir Jonathan North was inspected in October 2013 by Ofsted whose judgement was that the college is ‘outstanding’. The report comments that:
"This outstanding school enables almost all of its students to make rapid progress in their learning."
"The quality of teaching is outstanding across all subjects; staff have exceptionally high expectations and aspirations for what students can achieve."
"The behaviour of students and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. Students are exceptionally polite and courteous, and feel safe in school."
"The curriculum is very well suited to the needs and aspirations of students, who also benefit from a rich programme of very well attended out of school activities, including sports, arts, cultural and subject-related clubs, visits and special events."
"Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding."
"The headteacher is relentless in her drive for high standards…. she has high expectations and is exacting and uncompromising in her pursuit to build on the school’s success."
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