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.
We recognise that some parents will want their children to have mobile phones with them in College. If phones are ON SITE they must be OUT OF SITE. Phones should be SWITCHED OFF and kept SECURELY AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BAGS at all times during the college day.
If students are seen using their phones in College, their phones will be confiscated and students will receive a 30 minute after school detention.
Students can collect their phone from their pastoral base. after they have completed the detention. If a student has a phone confiscated three times, then the parent / carer will be asked to collect it. If a phone has been confiscated more than three times then a personalised plan may be agreed with a parent regarding the student’s phone.
If you need to contact your child in case of emergency, you MUST phone the College Office and we will get a message to the student.
Students must NEVER use their phones to arrange with a parent or family member to go home. This MUST be arranged through Pastoral Leaders or the First Aid Officer.
Student roles and responsibilities
· It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.
· The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or carers. It is incumbent upon parents to understand the capabilities of the phone and the potential use/mis‐use of those capabilities.
· Parents/carers should be aware that if their child takes a mobile phone to school it is assumed household insurance will provide the required cover in the event of loss or damage. The school cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or costs incurred due to its use.
· Parents/carers are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached in a relevant and appropriate way.
Most phones have a camera and a video facility. Students should be aware that it is an extremely serious matter to take photographs or recordings of staff, in lessons or around the College and can involve the police if evidence is found of students engaging in this activity.