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 we recognise that quality first teaching in every lesson is key in order to maximise student progress. We use the latest approaches in educational practice in order to give our students a high quality day to day learning experience where they are engaged, challenged and inspired.
We are a learning community and we expect staff to reflect on and debate the way they teach in order to innovate in ways that are right for their students. We expect all staff to be actively involved in the culture of sharing pedagogy/best practice and the College continuing professional development programme.
At Sir Jonathan North we know that effective teaching results in effective learning. To ensure this, teachers will:
Evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation shows that the provision of effective feedback to students is one of the key factors for improving learning. This research shows that effective feedback should:
Feedback should not be exclusively subject specific, but should focus on literacy too. Teachers should ensure students receive regular verbal feedback along with self and peer assessment (green pen). Research shows that written acknowledgement and effort marking do not impact on student outcomes, we do not expect to see this on students’ work. We recognise teachers’ workload and acknowledge that students will not get detailed feedback on every piece of work.
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