Northampton High School (England)
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headmistress||Mrs Sarah Dixon BA|
|Location||Newport Pagnell Road
|Houses||4: Selene, Artemis, Hestia, Demeter|
|Colours||Blue and white|
The school was founded in 1878 by a committee of local church people. It later came under the control of the Diocese of Peterborough (Church of England), whose Board of Education used to appoint the majority of the Governors. The school eventually became a direct grant grammar school. However, on the abolition of the direct grant system during the 1970s, the school became independent.
Before moving to its current location, the school was based in Derngate, Northampton town centre. The site was sold for a housing development with the school moving to new premises at its present location in 1992.
In 2006 the school joined the Girls' Day School Trust and no longer has a formal link to the church.
A new sixth form facility costing £150,000 was opened in 2008.
The Nursery opening time was extended to 46 weeks of the year in 2013.
Girls come from a large number of independent prep and junior schools as well as maintained primary and secondary schools within a wide area covering Northamptonshire and parts of neighboring counties such as Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire. The vast majority of girls in the Junior School stay on to the Senior School for their secondary education. Most girls stay on into the Sixth Form and each year girls from other schools join at Year 9 (post prep) and the Sixth Form. Almost all Year 13 leavers proceed to Higher Education, either directly or following a gap year.
This page shows the top institutions ranked on the basis of their pupils' A/AS-level and equivalent results in 2007. In 2007, on the basis of A/AS-level and equivalent results, the school achieved an average points score of 1035.8, making it the highest ranked in the county, and 93rd in the country, among the schools with 30 exam entrants or more.
Full rankings are available at the Independent Schools Directory website and from the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The latter report showed: "strengths in many aspects of its provision [...] high quality of learning, attitudes and behaviour of the girls contributes to the academic success of the school [...] high standards in the senior school. The headmistress and senior management team provide very effective leadership and management, ably supported by the governors. Very good quality and enthusiastic teaching supports girls’ attainment [...] high quality of pastoral care provided by the school contributes significantly to the personal development of the girls."
The standards of accommodation, maintenance and upkeep were: "outstanding and contribute to an excellent learning environment" and the school had no major weaknesses.
The sporting facilities in the school are of a high standard and the school sport squads frequently participate in local and nationwide tournaments. The school netball team is extremely competitive and have often been ranked as number one in the Northamptonshire county tournaments.
Notable former pupils
Prominent old girls include:
- Vivienne Dews, former Chief Executive in 1999 of the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO), and in 2014 of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
- Marcia Matilda Falkender, Baroness Falkender, formerly Marcia Williams and private secretary to Prime Minister Harold Wilson
- Anne Fine, author of Madame Doubtfire which was made into the film Mrs Doubtfire.
- Eliza Manningham-Buller, Baroness Manningham-Buller, former Director General of MI5
- Louise Pentland author and internet personality
- Judith Wilson, Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School, and a pioneer of buy-to-let ownership, owning over 600 houses in Kent
- Hilda Mary Woods (1892-1971) MBE, statistician
- Independent Schools Inspectorate report of February 2005[dead link]
- "Spruced-up sixth form is unveiled at High School" Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 21 October 2008
- "BBC News – Education – Top A-level results". BBC. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
- Independent Schools Directory website
- "Anne Fine biography". Bibliography. The Wee Web. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2010-12-25.