Here is a list of questions answered in this section. Please click on the question to be taken to the answer:
What are the teachers like? Are they strict and scary?
The teachers are all really friendly and approachable. They want you to learn as much as possible and therefore are always happy to help you if you get stuck or have a question.
How much homework will I get?
You will be given a homework timetable so you wont get all your homework on the same night. You could have up to 3 pieces if homework an evening, with each piece lasting 20-30 minutes, so a maximum of 90 minutes homework per evening.
What happens if I don’t do my homework?
Your teacher will ask if there is a good reason why not. If there is you will get an extension. If there isn’t a good reason you will get a late homework comment sent home and will be asked to bring the homework in the next day. If you don’t bring it in the next day or regularly don’t hand your homework in on time you will get a detention.
Are there detentions? What would you get detention for?
Yes, either at break time, lunch time or after school if you have done something serious. You might get a detention if you have not done your homework more than once, if you keep talking in class when you have been asked to be quiet or if you bully another student.
What is the food like?
Fantastic! Almost all the students and lots of the teachers choose to have school dinners because they are delicious! You get to choose what you eat. There is always a good selection of 3 or 4 hot main meals to choose from, including a vegetarian option, plus everyday there are jacket potatoes and fillings (tuna mayo, cheese, beans), pasta pots and a sandwich bar. Main meals include fish and chips, pizza, wraps, lasagne, curry, kebabs and roast dinners. There is also a hot pudding each day such as chocolate pudding and chocolate sauce, sticky toffee pudding and custard or jam roly poly, as well as cakes and biscuits. The chocolate brownie is fabulous and very popular!
How many subjects are there?
Lots; Maths, Science, English, Art, PE, Technology, Music, History, Geography, French, Spanish, RPSE (Religious Personal Social Education)
What clubs are there?
There are all sorts of clubs to get involved in. We have lots of different sports clubs such as football, hockey, rugby, netball, table tennis, gymnastics and athletics. We also have lots of different musical clubs such as choirs, orchestras, bands and guitar ensemble as well as individual or group instrumental lessons. We have several drama opportunities such as First Bow and an annual production (this year we did Mary Poppins). In additional there are lots of other clubs such as Science club, book club, chess club, Art club and debating society. It doesn’t matter if you have any experience or are any good, everyone is welcome to join any of the clubs! At NHGS we think getting involved in extra curricular activities is very important so you should join as many as you have time for!
How will I find my way around?
It is natural to worry about getting lost but there really is no need! To begin with as soon as you arrive you will be met at the front door by sixth form prefects who will guide you to our meeting point. From there you will meet your form tutor and your sixth form prefects will remain with you for the day, taking you around from one place to the next. Over the first 2 weeks your form prefects will always take you from one lesson to the next so you don’t get lost. For the most part you will have all your lessons with the other students in your form, so you will be moving around the school together. You will also be given a map!
What if I get lost?
It is unlikely you will get lost, but if you do all you need to do is ask any older student or teacher you can see and they will either walk with you to where you need to go or will explain to you how to get there. Alternatively, you can go to Mrs Cockroft at reception who will tell you how to get where you need to go.
Do the older students bully the younger students?
The older students are actually nice and helpful at NHGS. They remember what it was like when they were new so go out of their way to help younger students.
I’m coming on my own from my primary school. Will I make friends?
Yes!!! Almost half of the new Year 7 students come from primary schools all on their own! For the others, just because there might be someone else from their primary school coming, it doesn’t mean they are friends or actually like each other anyway! You will find that the other Year 7 students are desperate to make friends and are friendly and approachable.
What is the uniform?
Grey skirt or trousers, grey blazer, white shirt and NHGS tie.
What will I need on my first day?
A bag with a pencil case, reading book and bus pass.
Will we get lockers?
We would normally allocate lockers to students, however given the current situation this may not be possible from the start of the academic year. We will update parents once the provision of lockers becomes feasible. We will try to make alternative arrangements for the storage of students' bags and books in the short-term.
Where do I go on the first day?
As you come into school, you will be met at the front door by Sixth Form prefects who will escort you to the old gym.