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.
SJNGC benefits from having a working partnership with Connexions advisor Suzanne Betts-Sanders who delivers a one-to-one service to all our Y11 students. She also works alongside the Advice, Guidance and Progress team to provide a range of services to all our students across the College.
These services include:
Every year SJNC holds a careers fair attended by higher education institutions, workplaces, public service representatives and the armed services.
We also provide career talks on apprenticeships, university & college options.
Careers information is communicated to students and parents through our fortnightly careers newsletters here. Posters and flyers about careers events are also posted throughout the College and students are made aware of events via tutor time.
Every summer our Year 10 students are given the opportunity to take part in work experience. Work placements are organised by Leicester Education Business Company (LEBC). Previous students had a fantastic experience, with supervisors providing extremely positive feedback:
Students themselves realised the benefits of the experience and commented:
We provide all the information you and your daughter need to experience a positive and worthwhile placement.
In England, a young person must be in part-time education or training until they are 18.
You can find out more by following these links.
The world of work is continually changing and as parents/carers you may wonder what future employment opportunities will look like. Looking at future trends, the employment opportunities in your area can help you support your child to plan their future career. Some questions you might want answered are:
When thinking about supporting your child's career ideas, it is useful to consider what is happening in the labour market; consider what is happening around you and always encourage your child to have ‘back up’ ideas. Find out about the labour market in your local area check out this link: https://llep.org.uk/document-library/?