Nottingham High School, 诺丁汉中学,诺丁汉高级学校 Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
Tel: 0115 978 6056 Fax: 0115 979 2202
• BOYS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 820, Upper sixth 115
• Termly fees £2690
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Founded in 1513 by Dame Agnes Mellers, widow of Richard Mellers – a bell-founder
and Mayor of Nottingham. She was granted a royal charter from Henry VIII. It had
early links with Oxford and Cambridge to which many boys went as scholars. From
the turn of the 19th century it expanded steadily to its present size
and in 1868 moved to its present position between the Arboretum and the Forest –
a very agreeable, urban site with fine gardens. The large campus is both well
designed and well equipped, with many recent developments. It is a well-run
school with motivated pupils and staff. Its academic standards are high and
examination results are excellent. Music is very strong with a range of musical
groups. There is much activity in drama throughout the school. Sports and games
are compulsory for everyone and high standards are attained each year (the
school has an outstanding record at county and national level). Numerous clubs
and societies cater for most conceivable needs. Chess is especially strong.
There is a large and flourishing CCF and an active scout group. At any one time
there are over 120 pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
for silver and gold awards. Outdoor pursuits, eg orienteering, canoeing,
rock-climbing, are widely encouraged and expeditions and foreign trips are
frequent. The school combines with Nottingham Girls’ High School in joint
theatrical productions, concerts etc. A large number of boys are actively
engaged in local community work.
Scholarships & bursaries 9 pa scholarships, up to 15 pa entrance
bursaries, 2 HSBC scholarships; additional sixth-form scholarships and bursaries
including Ogden Trust science bursary.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Christopher Parker, in post from 1995. Educated at Windsor
Grammar School, and at universities of Bristol (geography) and Cambridge
(education). Previously Headmaster of Batley Grammar School, Deputy Head of
Goffs School, and Senior Geography Master at Bradford Grammar. Also FRSA; former
Chairman of Government Advisory Group on Independent/State School Partnerships;
Vice Chairman of the Permanent Forum on Independent/State School Partnerships;
Co-Chairman of ISC–LGA Joint Committee.
Teaching staff: 74 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 4%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 119 pupils in Year 11, of whom 99% gained at least grade C
in 7+ subjects. Average GCSE score 68 (69 over 5 years).
A-levels: 115 in upper sixth: 98% passed in 4+ subjects; 2% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 462.
University & college entrance 94% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (12% after a gap year), 14% to Oxbridge. 14% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 5% in
law, 16% in humanities & social sciences, 16% in business and finance, 12% in
other subjects. Others typically go on to non-degree courses or into employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 16 GCSE subjects, 20 AS and 18
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 17% take science A-levels;
26% arts/humanities; 57% both. Evidence of key skills attainment built up and
recorded by students in school-provided logbook.
Vocational: Work shadowing available.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Latin offered to GCSE and A-level.
Regular exchanges (France, Germany, Italy, Spain).
ICT: Taught both as discrete subject in Year 7 (2 lessons a week) and
cross-curricular in Years 8–13; most subjects use ICT where appropriate. 160
computers for pupil use (access 8 hours/day), all networked on fast ethernet
network, and with email and internet access.
Music: Approx 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument. Musical groups
include 2 orchestras, 3 bands, a number of choirs and ensembles. 1 band in
finals of national concert band championships; biennial foreign music tour.
Drama: Drama offered. Strong tradition of school productions.
Art & design: On average, 33 take art GCSE, 8 A-level; 32 take design
technology GCSE, 3 A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, athletics, cricket compulsory in 1st year. Sixth form only:
football, badminton, golf, squash, shooting, hockey, weight training. Recent
national representatives at cross-country, golf, athletics, orienteering,
Activities: Pupils take silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CCF
and Community Action both optional at age 14. Up to 40 clubs, eg canoe,
climbing, music, politics, Scouts, stage staff, fencing, debating, Christian
Union, chemistry, chess, bridge, eco-schools.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. School captain, prefects, head of
house and house prefects, appointed by the Headmaster based on recommendations
from housemasters and prefects.
Religion: Attendance at non-denominational religious assemblies
compulsory, unless parents request exemption.
Social: Joint concerts and theatrical productions, politics society,
Explorer Scouts with Nottingham High (Girls). French and German exchange visits.
Pupils allowed to bring own car/bike. Meals formal. School shop. No tobacco or
Discipline Structured sanctions to match severity of offence, eg
warning, detention, Saturday detention as appropriate. Firm, clearly explained
procedures to combat bullying, involvement with drugs, etc.
Alumni association is run by Simon Jackson, Lenton House, Cropwell
Former pupils Kenneth Clarke; Geoff Hoon; Edward Balls; Edward Davey;
Reg Simpson; Sir Peter Gregson; Sir Douglas Wass.