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.
Trips and visits
Here at Sir Jonathan North we have a comprehensive enrichment programme designed to give students the opportunity to try new things and explore and develop interests outside of the classroom. This gives students the opportunity to experiment, which in turn helps build student confidence and helps them learn new skills. We want to encourage students to follow their passions, develop new interests. We want them to be inspired
So what does this look like for our students? Well this year we have answered this question with a promise, the Sir Jonathan North Promise. Our vision is for all students to be resourceful, resilient, respectful and reflective learners who are able to embrace challenges and to be responsible citizens. This promise is to offer a range of different opportunities to all students. These opportunities have been divided into four categories:
The Arts which include:
The next category is Leadership which includes:
The Social category encourages students to:
And finally there is the Professions section. Here they will have:
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of local, national and international trips and visits during their five years at Sir Jonathan North. In addition to the vast array of external visits, we also offer a whole host of in College opportunities and sporting fixtures. Here are just a handful of the opportunities students had last year:
At the end of the year, all students who have behaved well and have good attendance and punctuality will earn the opportunity to go on a day trip as a reward for their efforts. Many trips and visits require that parents/carers make a voluntary contribution in order that they can proceed. We look forward to getting you involved in as many educational experiences as we can and of course thinking up new opportunities for you all as well.