Newcastle High School for Girls: Empowering girls to be leaders, trailblazers and world-shapers | Living North

Newcastle High School for Girls: Empowering girls to be leaders, trailblazers and world-shapers


Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG) is a hive of confidence, diversity and success. With many alumnae playing a significant role in society today, read on to find out how NHSG can empower your daughter and shape her future.

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Firmly established as the leading girls’ school in the North East, NHSG is on a mission to champion an all-girl education in the 21st century. An all-girl education provides the perfect foundation for infinite possibilities. In removing gendered roles, blasting stereotypes and providing a safe and supportive culture in which to take risks and learn creatively, NHSG pupils are empowered to take an equal place in the world - to be leaders, trailblazers and world shapers.

As specialists in girls’ education, NHSG tailors its teaching to the way girls learn best, and instils in them the conviction that there’s no limit to what they can achieve. Under the guidance of Michael Tippett, who was appointed as Head in 2018, NHSG has seen a significant uplift in its examination results, winning it the award of The Sunday Times NE Independent Secondary School 2020. Alongside excellent teaching and learning, NHSG takes pastoral care and personal development equally as seriously. The importance of equipping girls with the broader life skills and values that combine to make happy, healthy and fulfilling lives is a binding principle that runs throughout the school.

NHSG is uniquely placed in this approach, not least because it is the only North East school that benefits from being part of the wider Girls’ Day School Trust – the leading family of independent girls’ schools committed to helping every girl fulfil her potential and dreams.

Within this empowering environment, girls are given the space to develop in their own confidence and sense of self, and ultimately follow their ambitions while at the same time supporting those around them – characteristics that are truly coming to the fore when faced with the challenges of a pandemic.

In January, schools once again have been asked to open only for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. NHSG has, during these difficult times, been prepared for every eventuality and has moved to live remote teaching through its excellent Guided Home Learning programme where the girls in all Year Groups continue to learn and progress, whether at home or in school.

With the optimism that comes from the vaccination programme, and hopeful for a return to school in the Spring, we highlight just some of what NHSG offers its pupils.

Early Years and Junior School

Girls are able to join the NHSG Nursery from just three years of age and the Junior School provides a curriculum delivered within outstanding facilities making indoor and outdoor learning incredibly exciting. Outdoors, NHSG Junior School pupils have access to five acres of grounds with outdoor learning areas, sports facilities, a forest school, nature and wildlife areas and a mud kitchen among other features. Indoors there are large technology enabled classrooms alongside specialist facilities for Art, Science, Music, IT and Dance.

Being encouraged to see the possibilities the wider world can offer, the broad curriculum sees girls, for example, given the opportunity to learn a language from day one – with specialist teachers providing Spanish and Mandarin classes from nursery onwards.

Senior School and Sixth Form

The NHSG Senior School boasts state-of-the-art facilities thanks to a multi-million pound redevelopment in 2016. These include impressive Sports, Science and Performing Arts facilities and like the Junior School, technology enabled classrooms. Indeed the use of technology in teaching and learning has set the school apart as it continues to deliver live lessons whether the girls are in school or at home, as well as opening up a wealth of new opportunities within the curriculum.

Girls at NHSG are given significant choice and agency throughout their schooling, meaning they can pursue their personal passions, preferences and ambitions, ultimately setting them up for success. In addition to traditional GCSEs and A Levels, girls further develop skills through a powerful co-curricular programme.

If your daughter loves to learn and you’d like to find out more about the exceptional education provided at NHSG, please get in touch by calling Admissions on 0191 201 6511 or visit which continues to accept applications for entry to the School in 2021.

Published in: January 2021

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