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.
At Sir Jonathan North our simple aim is to ‘create good people’. In order to do this we need a curriculum that provides both academic excellence and holistic development. Our core values of resilience, respect, reflectiveness and resourcefulness underpin everything that we do.
We want our students to:
|S||Be successful both academically and personally|
|J||Experience a five year journey through the College which is enjoyable and memorable|
|N||Be nurtured as they develop|
|C||Be challenged, both in and outside the classroom.|
We intend to do this by ensuring students experience a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum so that they build up a rich body of knowledge over time. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and we systematically plan opportunities for the acquisition of cultural capital in order to broaden horizons. We will take every opportunity to develop students’ literacy and numeracy in order to best prepare them for working life. We will build their character through a well-planned pastoral curriculum and take every opportunity to develop their cultural, social, moral understanding to ensure students are fully prepared for life in modern Britain and are able to make a positive contribution to society.
The five year curriculum is carefully designed and implemented in such a way that it enables pupils to build their knowledge, understanding and skills in a systematic and progressive way. Cognitive science principles are used as teachers plan learning that allows students to embed and recall knowledge through techniques such as interleaving of topics and spaced practice. There are high levels of challenge built into lessons, together with targeted support, in order to ensure all learners can make excellent progress from their starting points. Teachers provide a wide range of varied activities that enable students to work interactively and collaboratively.
We develop the ‘whole child’ through a carefully constructed pastoral curriculum which sits alongside the academic curriculum. An extensive enrichment programme supports the development of well-rounded global citizens as students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of sporting, cultural, charitable and leadership opportunities.
The aim of our curriculum is to create students who are: