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.
Behaviour expectations are made very clear to all students. The SJNCC Positive Behaviour Code is displayed in every classroom and all students are expected to follow it. Normal procedure is that if a student chooses not to follow the rules or a teacher’s instructions she will be removed from that lesson and will work at the back of another classroom on the first few occasions. You will be notified either by phone or by letter when this happens and the student may be placed on report. If there is a sixth incident, she will have an internal exclusion, working in supervised isolation from 10.30am until 4 pm in the Inclusion Centre. If she is removed from lessons seven times, she will be given a fixed term exclusion.
It is important to note that very few students are removed from lessons. Most students end up being eligible for rewards. If a student is finding it difficult to follow the School Behaviour Code, we will support her and work with parents to improve her behaviour.
Students are expected to enter classrooms quietly, settle quickly, remove coats, have the correct equipment and follow all instructions.
Bullying in any form is not tolerated at College. Any concerns should be directed to the Progress Leader as soon as possible. Students can also attend FABAD (Friends Against Bullying and Discrimination) lunchtime club.
Sir Jonathan North College is a school that recognises success and rewards good behaviour. Key Stage 3 students are awarded merits for good work in lessons. Students record their merits in their planners and once they have accumulated enough merits they receive certificates. In order to receive certificates, students have to earn the following numbers of merits:
Students are also awarded certificates for attendance each term.
|95% - 96.9%||Bronze Certificate|
|97% - 99.9%||Silver Certificate|
|100% with no lates||Platinum Certificate|
At the end of each term, every student’s attendance, punctuality and behaviour will be reviewed. Those students who meet the reward criteria are eligible for the end of term reward event. The Progress Leader will organise a reward event appropriate to the year group.