Welcome to Newport Girls' High School
The grades achieved by our students at A level are outstanding – a result of the commitment shown by all concerned. We have an excellent record of entry to Higher Education, including Oxbridge and the Russell Group, and the majority of students go on to attend their first choice university. However, we offer far more than a traditional education. You will have many chances to develop organisational and leadership skills. You will also learn about yourself, become involved with others and grow in wisdom and understanding. The atmosphere in the school is relaxed and friendly with the students happy and caring. You will quickly be known as an individual – with all your strengths and areas for development. There is a strong tutorial programme as we aim to support your education whilst moving you from the rigour of school to the freedom of Higher Education. There is an informality and flexibility in the system which encourages you to make your mark and leave Newport Girls’ High School well prepared to be independent and able to manage future learning. We do our best to ensure you enjoy your time in the Sixth Form.
Applications are welcome from Year 11 pupils at any school. The entry criterion is six GCSEs at grades B or above (Level 5+) including English and mathematics, preferably with a minimum of grade A (Level 7) in the subjects to be studied at A level. In specified subjects a grade above grade B will be required. Please see our Admissions Policy. We will always consider special circumstances. Entry to the Sixth Form is not restricted by area or residence.
A small school based Sixth Form has many advantages. You will be able to separate your social life and academic studies whilst continuing to develop both.
Newport Girls’ High School - a great place to be “where Sixth Form provision is outstanding” (Ofsted).
All those who join the Sixth Form from other schools say they are made welcome and find the induction programme helps them to settle in quickly and make friends.
Induction is a mixture of team building, problem solving and study skills which gives all girls the confidence to embark on their chosen ‘A’ Level subjects.
There are also social events, including a weekend visit to a city, such as Liverpool, which is designed to include an enjoyable range of activities and helps students get to know each other and forge new friendships.
There are opportunities throughout Year 12 for students to develop leadership and team working skills through wider school activities. Sixth formers often help to run clubs and activities including drama club, sports practices, mentoring, charity activities and subject clubs. Sixth formers also work with younger students in ‘family groups’ and are involved in organising groups such as Student Council and the Environment Committee.
Achievement is exceptional and new students to the school make tremendous progress under our care and guidance. ‘A’ Levels at Newport Girls’ High are taught by teachers who are subject specialists with a vast amount of experience and enthusiasm for their subjects.
All programmes of study will be personalised to meet the needs of students and to help everyone fulfil their potential.
We encourage all students to set their own goals and ambitions and aim for the destination of their choice and we support applications to a wide range of universities including Oxbridge, Russell Group and US Universities, and also high for level apprenticeships and work placements.
Come and look around and speak to our teachers and students in our Open Week and join us on Open Evening if you want the opportunity of a Sixth Form experience of the highest quality.
Most institutions can offer a full range of A levels, but not all with our outstanding academic success. When choosing where to study you must also consider what else is available. At Newport Girls’ High School the curriculum is further enriched by access to an enrichment programme which develop complementary strengths. All Year 12 students are offered a varied programme, enabling the development and accreditation of personal and social skills in a variety of educational and community contexts.
The enrichment programme starts with an introduction to the Sixth Form and also include:
- Careers Education
- work experience
- an Extended Project linked to Higher Education courses
- Personal & Social Education (PSHE)
- community service and volunteering opportunities
- Information Technology (IT) skills
- aspects of science and technology
- cultural and aesthetic awareness
- communication and linguistic skills (including Critical Thinking)
- physical education and healthy living
- student leadership
- driver safety training
The emphasis is upon student centred approaches to teaching, learning and study skills.
All students who accept a place at Newport Girls’ High School are invited to sample lessons during an Induction Day held after their GCSE examinations. They are able to meet other students, subject tutors and find out more about the subjects they are interested in.
CHOOSING A COURSE OF STUDY
Option blocks will be developed around student choice and students are encouraged to choose three to study in Years 12 and 13. The new ‘linear’ A level courses will have no AS examinations at the end of the year but internal assessments will take place on a regular basis.
In Year 13 students will continue with three and complete the A level courses. In addition, most students will follow an enrichment programme and an Extended Project (EPQ).
Students seeking a university place will be expected to achieve three A levels at the end of Year 13 and will be given offers based on their courses. Different grades will be allocated a point score, and offers from universities will be made on a points, or grade, basis.
Your choice of subjects will ideally combine interest with aptitude, and will cover a broad range of subject areas.
You should know from the beginning of the Sixth Form which ones you wish to choose, keeping in mind any restrictions dependent on career aspirations. Please discuss this with Sixth Form staff if you are unsure on which combination of subjects to take. We are committed to providing choice and flexibility for all students.
The main buildings are red brick dating from the 1920s but have been added to over the years. Facilities have been, and continue to be, developed to meet the changing needs of education. In Summer 2011, a new technology room, music room and recording studio and a languages suite were completed to a high specification. Four additional classrooms and a new multipurpose hall were opened in October 2012 and over the summer of 2013 our science facilities were significantly improved and we are currently working on further expansion plans and development of Sixth Form facilities which will be ready for September 2017.
By September 2017 our school extension will be complete and the Sixth Form will have a large independent study area adjacent to six new classrooms and an exhibition area. The space will be used for private study, careers talks and information sessions.
The library has a combination of essential areas which greatly enhance study facilities and students’ access to ICT and other resources. These include a comfortable and quiet study and reference area, a well-stocked careers section, IT networks with internet access and reprographics facilities. You will have access to all of these as an important support to your studies and interests. The centre is invaluable for those students for who independent research is part of an A level course.
The Sixth Form has:
- a wide, challenging curriculum delivered in small teaching groups
- high level information, advice and guidance and pastoral support
- an outstanding record of academic success
- detailed induction programme, including social and cultural weekend to support integration
- highly qualified, committed and enthusiastic staff
- full extra-curricular PE programme including netball league fixtures
- opportunities for leadership and whole school improvement
- a well-stocked library and independent study area
- good access to ICT and resources
- research facilities for careers and higher education
- work shadowing, work experience and volunteering opportunities
- assertiveness training
- LAMDA lessons
- visits to the Arts
- Engineering in Education Scheme
- music recording studio
- Arkwright Scholarship
- mentoring training
THE TUTOR SYSTEM
Under the guidance of the Sixth Form Team, you will be offered a comprehensive programme which is operated through the tutor system. You will meet your tutor regularly and receive information and guidance on your progress and possible career and Higher Education pathways.
The Student Progress Record is an integral part of the procedures for assessment and reporting to parents. It constitutes the basis of all discussion between students and tutors. You will also be given the opportunity to reflect upon your performance as well as to record achievements which are other than academic.
The Special Educational Needs code of practice ensures that the special educational needs of all students are identified, assessed and provision made to meet such needs. The curriculum, teaching methodology and extra-curricular provision are all devised with the aim of providing our pupils with a learning environment that allows each to extend herself to the limit of her capacity whilst encouraging her to explore ideas and issues that may lie outside the prescribed scheme.
Our school SEND policy can be viewed here
Please click the link to see last years results
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.