NHEHS works on the principle that differentiated high quality teaching is an expectation for all pupils, including those with SEND/ALN, and this will ensure that the majority will be engaged in their learning and achieve their potential. All our teachers are responsible for planning and delivering an individualised programme, personalising their teaching and providing constructive formative feedback to take account of the different learning styles, abilities and preferences of individual pupils. The first level of support for pupils experiencing difficulties takes a graduated approach in which the class or subject teacher assesses the pupil’s needs drawing on a range of evidence, plans appropriate differentiation or interventions, puts these into practice and reviews the outcome.
Academic scholarships are awarded at age 11 (Year 7 entry) for girls showing outstanding academic potential as judged by performance in the entrance examination; all girls taking the entrance examination are automatically considered for one of these awards. There is no separate scholarship application form or scholarship test. The value of these scholarships may vary but they are usually in the region of 10% of fees and are more about the honour of the award than the amount. However, a scholarship can be supplemented by a means tested bursary (see above).
Girls applying for Year 7 can apply for a music scholarship, usually worth 10% of the tuition fees. Girls should be playing at Grade 4 standard or above on their main instrument to be considered for this award, although they do not need to have taken grade exams
Means tested bursaries are available in the Senior School only, on entry to Year 7 and the Sixth Form.
Bursaries are awarded according to family circumstances and academic performance, as shown in the entrance test. Families who think they may be eligible should indicate this on the NHEHS Registration Form. They will be sent individual log-on details and details of an on-line form to complete.
ur staff are dedicated to inspiring students with an imaginative and vibrant curriculum, to providing pastoral care which allows girls to be themselves and develop strong friendships, and offering exceptional extra-curricular opportunities in which girls are encouraged to take the lead and have an outward-looking perspective. All those who know the School remark on its relaxed yet purposeful atmosphere, its strong sense of community, and the commitment of staff to providing students with a sense of opportunity and potential; as a result girls are confident yet grounded, independent yet supportive of each other.
If you are a prospective parent the best way to catch the spirit of this unique environment is to come and visit us. Come to an open day and see for yourself and more importantly, come and meet the girls. Their achievements and happiness are the real measure of the success of the school.
We very much look forward to meeting you.
Mr Matthew Shoults MA PGCE