Overview

At Nottingham High School we have a well-deserved national reputation both for our academic success and for the high standards achieved in the wide range of activities we offer.

"By championing the individual and encouraging intellectual curiosity, we ensure that all pupils not only achieve outstanding examination results but leave the school as well-rounded, confident young people, ready to play their part in tomorrow’s society. "

About Us

Nottingham High School is an independent day school (HMC) comprising of an Infant and Junior School (for ages 4–11), Senior School (for ages 11–16) and Sixth Form (for ages 16-18).

The school was founded in 1513 by Dame Agnes Mellers with King Henry VIII sealing the school's foundation deed in that same year. After more than 500 years of teaching boys, we welcomed girls into our school, becoming a co-educational institution in 2015.

It is estimated that over 20,000 pupils have been educated at the school since that time. The Infant and Junior School (ages 4-11) has over 250 pupils. The Senior School mainly selects for entry at age 11+ and 16+ into Year 7 and Sixth Form with occasional places also available in Years 8-10. There are over 700 pupils in the Senior School including a vibrant Sixth Form of over 200.

Pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds and we are committed to maintaining a representative entry, supporting this with generous bursary and scholarship funds for Year 7. Together, these mean that about a tenth of Senior School pupils receive some form of financial assistance.

The High School is a school of national reputation.

The Headmaster having membership of HMC and the Infant and Junior Head membership of IAPS.

The School has an extensive pupil catchment and is first choice for much of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. 

Each of the parts of Nottingham High School and Nottingham High Infant & Junior School has a comprehensive development plan for the future focusing on teaching and learning, pastoral care and co-curricular activities as well as building developments. A first class Sixth Form Centre and a modern dining facility was completed in 2009 adding to new and refurbished facilities across all parts of the School. There are plans for an extensive redevelopment of the Junior School in the coming years.

Teachers at the High School are able to stretch the more able students whilst enabling all to achieve the highest possible value-added results. As well as teaching beyond the requirements of syllabus, there is a strong programme of departmental and School societies and clubs for pupils of all ages to enrich the curriculum; recent speakers at the School have included Geoff Hoon, Ken Clarke and Ed Balls, all former pupils, and the Speaker of the House of Commons.In addition regular visits are arranged to concerts and plays in the city through the High School Arts Society, offering subsidised tickets.

The High School operates a vertical pastoral system which is recognised as a particular strength. Tutors and Assistant Tutors get to know the pupils in their charge very well indeed during the course of their school careers. 

The Sixth Form has a strong and vibrant identity which provides leadership in the School.

Music and drama in our own Founder Hall, and sport and outdoor activities (linked with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force and our own Scout Group) are enthusiastically supported by pupils and staff, as is a strong programme of Community Action.

The Concert Band, music groups, choirs, wind band and orchestras thrive, regularly tour overseas and compete with national success in competitions. In recent years, the School has appeared in national finals for cricket, swimming, orienteering and chess.

The School has its own swimming pool on site and sports ground at Valley Road, ten minutes drive away. Rugby, cricket and athletics are the main boys’ sports in the Senior School; netball, hockey are the main girls’ sports. Additionally there are facilities and coaching available in many other sports. Tours are a feature of the major sports.

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    Teacher of Physics

  • Location

    Nottingham

  • Posted

    28th April 2021

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    MPS / UPS + Competitive Employee Benefits

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    Are you looking for your next challenge? Are you passionate about inspiring students to reach their full potential? We are looking for a Teacher of Physics for one year for the ac ...

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    Nottingham

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    26th April 2021

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    Are you looking for your next challenge? Are you passionate about inspiring students to reach their full potential? We are looking for a Teacher of Chemistry for the start of the ...

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Ethos

We are an academic community where intelligent children from a wide variety of social backgrounds are given the maximum opportunity to strive for the highest standards.  

We want children to develop their individuality and we must identify their talents in an environment where they feel safe and valued. Ours is a diverse, down-to-earth school which thrives on curiosity, challenge, encouragement and kindness; where everyone listens and responds to each other. 

AT NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL WE:

  • Build a culture of mutual respect and tolerance to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to live in a diverse society.
  • Expect and achieve high standards in academic work and in behaviour, valuing each pupil’s individual journey.
  • Maintain open communications between parents, staff and pupils to foster a partnership of learning.
  • Provide a creative and vibrant environment through a variety of opportunities and activities to allow every pupil to explore and experiment as they learn.
  • Provide a rich, stimulating and balanced curriculum that builds skills of independence, confidence and emotional resilience, through lessons which are challenging, engaging and exciting for all, to encourage an enjoyment of and love for learning.
  • Provide outstanding pastoral care.
  • Value and nurture each pupil as an individual, through our friendly, supportive and caring ethos. Celebrate the effort, achievements and talents of all.

"The school’s aim to provide an education for life is very largely met. The good and often excellent quality of their achievements stems from their intellectual curiosity, stimulated by much inspired teaching. ISI Report 2011"

Infant and Junior School

At Nottingham High Infant and Junior School, our aim is to foster in each child a love of learning that will carry them through this important, formative time, their senior school years and into adult life. Here, with us, pupils quickly become part of a community of learners, where each individual is unique. We tailor our curriculum and our resources to meet their learning needs and to support them to challenge themselves to develop their skills and talents throughout their learning journey.

A passion for exploring and experimenting is engendered in all we do and each child has the opportunity to experience a varied and diverse range of activities within and outside the classroom such as art, music, sport, drama and chess.

In our school, children are able to grow pastorally and academically in a nurturing and safe environment which allows them to take full advantage of the opportunities available.

Senior School

We are an academic community where intelligent children from a wide variety of social backgrounds are given the maximum opportunity to strive for the highest standards. 

We want children to develop their individuality and we must identify their talents in an environment where they feel safe and valued. Ours is a diverse, down-to-earth school which thrives on curiosity, challenge, encouragement and kindness; where everyone listens and responds to each other. It is our shared sense of belonging which gives our school its energy, its collective strength, its rigour and its ability to inspire pupils to excel. Excellent teaching in a disciplined environment is at the heart of the School. 

Nottingham High School provides an education for life and a lifetime of support through our dedicated staff and former pupils.

We very much value parental interest, co-operation and support. Through our unique tutor system, we aim to develop productive links between home and school. We aim to be an approachable, supportive, caring and friendly community with the promotion of self-discipline, reflection, social responsibility and integrity at the heart of all that we do. 

We encourage everyone to join in a wide range of activities, to discover their talents and grow in self-confidence and self-knowledge. We also try to develop skills of leadership, fellowship and service both for individual benefit and for the overall strength of the community of which our children are an essential part. 

Sixth Form

Nottingham High School has a thriving Sixth Form community of over 200 students.  Our aim is to provide all students with a wealth of opportunities, the highest quality teaching, excellent pastoral support and an exciting range of co-curricular activities. 

Moving into the Sixth Form is very much a transition from traditional learning to an emphasis on independent thinking and self-motivated study.  As well as the tremendous opportunities to achieve academic success, our students are also encouraged to develop their interests within a wide programme of intellectual, sporting, leisure and social pursuits. 

The culture of the Sixth Form is driven by high expectations and high aspirations. Our community is achieving, driven and confident, and Nottingham High School takes every opportunity to celebrate success and support students in meeting ambitious targets.

Students and staff work in a spirit of mutual respect underpinned by intellectual curiosity.

New freedoms bring new responsibilities and our students are expected to act as role models for the younger pupils and to embrace opportunities to take on leadership roles.  Whether this is as a prefect, a language ambassador, an officer in the CCF, directing music and verse-speaking choirs, or as a younger pupil’s Maths buddy, we see this as an important part of their personal development.

Our Sixth Formers demonstrate a genuine desire to take on new responsibilities.  We are proud to see our students leaving the school as confident, interesting and intellectually inquisitive young adults, equipped not just with qualifications but with a rich diversity of experiences and skills, and an appetite for new challenges.