Meet The Lower School Team

Lower School Leader and Year Group Leader for Year 7

Miss Brooke

I am the Lower School Leader and Year Group Leader for Year 7. My Lower School Leader role means I have the overall responsibility for the pastoral provision of all Lower School students, this includes both Year 7 and 8. Alongside this role I am the Year Group Leader for Year 7, Year 8 have a separate leader. For you this means I am in charge of your year group where I support students with their well-being and academic progress as well as dealing with behaviour. I am in school full time and you can find me in the Lower School Office, next to Mrs Lamb's room along the pastoral corridor.

I am very much into my sport and currently play hockey for a club, I also enjoy running to keep fit. Going for long walks with my friends and family is something I also like to do in my spare time.

I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Lower School Administrator and Admissions Secretary

Ms Smith

My role involves administratively supporting all staff and students connected with Years 7 and 8. I am the first point of contact at school for any parents/carers of students in Year 7 and 8. My role also involves the monitoring of all lesson registers for Lower School students, monitoring and reports, typing letters home, arranging contact lists and letters for trips, taking meeting minutes, general letters and typing, covering reception and administering lockers and assisting with school uniform and bus inquiries.

I am in school Monday to Friday 8am until 3pm, term time.

I am based in the main school office.

Out of school I like working on my allotment and gardening, travelling, running, walking and bike riding.

Vice Principal Pastoral/Designated Safeguarding lead

Mr Wood

I have overall responsibility for the safety and well-being of everyone in the school.  I am also in charge of behaviour in the school.

I am in school full time.

I can be found in the Pastoral Leadership Office

Out of school I enjoy lots of sports, though more watching than playing these days, and support Leeds United.  I enjoy going for long walks in the countryside.  I am an avid reader, particularly of political biographies and crime thrillers.

Well-being and Engagement Officer

Mrs Booth

I'm the school's counsellor; my fancy title is Well-being and Engagement Officer. That means that I've worked with school students for thirty years helping them with any worries, low self-esteem and relationship issues. Before I was a counsellor, I was a teacher and Year Group Leader, so I am also here to help students to 'engage' with school life by helping with any work stress, organisation or sleep issues. My aim is to help you settle into school life and grow your confidence because I think that if you feel happy, you'll do well. I'm in school every day and see students by appointment in my office near the music department. Students just email me if they want to talk - it's as simple as that! I look after my own well-being by walking, reading and watching films with friends or family. At NHGS your well-being is very important to us, so perhaps take time to think about what makes you feel good and make sure you do things which lift your spirits over the summer, so that you're ready for life with us in the NHGS family :)

School Welfare Officer

Mrs Lamb

I am the person you come to see for any medical assistance . I am also part of the school Well-being team, working with Mrs Booth and the pastoral team. 

I run a drop-in service during the school day so if you have any worries about anything you can pop in and see me. There are a wide range of issues I try to help with emotional, physical, behavioural or maybe your worried about a friend. If you require some advice, support or just a chat then please come and see me. Please don’t worry and think 'she will think I’m daft' or 'she won’t be able to help with that', just try me. We try to make transition as smooth as possible and the majority of you will adapt easily enough but some of you may worry and become anxious about some things so please do tell me if you feel anxious about anything.

My other role is medical. I am based in the medical room, E5 which is down on the E corridor next door to the lower school office and the pastoral leadership office. During the school day if you feel unwell, injure yourself or just require a plaster, please come and see me. Please do not ring home and ask your parents to come and get you. I will see if I can help and contact your parents if needed.

I am in school daily and work from 8am to 2.30pm so if you need to see me about anything you can see me before registration and I have my lunch during period 3 so that I am available over the lunch period. Welcome to the NHGS family and I look forward to meeting you all.


 Mrs Alexander

I am the school's SENDCo and this means that it is my responsibility to ensure that all students have access to the curriculum irrespective of any issues or difficulties.

I am in school Monday to Thursday and I can be found in the SEND Office near the Learning Resources Centre.

Out of school, my interests are walking, gardening and racquet sports.

Senior Support Assistant

Mrs McMillan

I’m the Senior Support Assistant in the Student Support Department, working alongside the SENDCo and Support Assistants. My role is to support students to overcome any additional needs they may have and work closely with Form Tutors, Heads of Year and the Well-being Team to help all new students to settle into NHGS and enjoy their time here.

I sometimes work with students 1:1 or as part of a small group and I’m available to students each weekday until including break time and lunchtime. The Student Support rooms/ office is near the Learning Resource Centre, don’t be worried about coming to say hello and letting me or other members of Student Support know if you need help/ advice or are or confused or worried about anything; we are all very friendly and will try our best to help you.

When I’m not at school I like to read and have recently started to garden (though I’m not very good at it:). I’m really looking forward to meeting you in September, until then hope you all have a lovely summer.