Northampton High School

Northampton High School
Northampton High School
Northampton High School logo.svg
Established 1878[1]
Type Independent selective girls school
Headmistress Mrs Sarah Dixon BA
Head of Junior School:
Andrew Noakes
Founder Church of England
Location Newport Pagnell Road
England England
Students 833 (2007)[1]
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18
Colours Royal blue and white

Coordinates: 52°12′36″N 0°53′10″W / 52.210°N 0.886°W / 52.210; -0.886

Northampton High School is a private selective day school for girls in Hardingstone, Northampton, England.



The school is about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Northampton town centre along the Newport Pagnell road (the B526, formerly part of the A50 road) which separates the school from Wootton.


The school was founded in 1878 by a committee of local church people. It later came under the control of the Diocese of Peterborough (Church of England), whose Board of Education appoints the majority of the governors. The school eventually became a direct grant grammar school. However, on the abolition of the direct grant system, the school reverted to "independent of government" status.[1]

Before moving to its current location, the school was based in Derngate, Northampton town centre. The site was sold for a housing development with the school moving to new premises at its present location in 1992.[1]

In 2006 the school joined the Girls' Day School Trust.

A new sixth form facility costing £150,000 was opened in 2008.[2]


Girls come from a large number of maintained primary and secondary schools within a radius of about 2 miles (3 km), covering a wide area of Northamptonshire and north Buckinghamshire. The vast majority of girls in the junior school stay on to the senior school for their secondary education. About a third of girls leave after Year 11. Very few sixth-form girls come from other schools. Almost all Year 13 leavers proceed to higher education, either directly or following a gap year.[1]


This page shows the top institutions ranked on the basis of their pupils' A/AS-level and equivalent results in 2007. In 2007, on the basis of A/AS-level and equivalent results, the school achieved an average points score of 1035.8, making it the highest ranked in the county, and 93rd in the country, among the schools with 30 exam entrants or more.[3]

Full rankings are available at the Independent Schools Directory website[4] and from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.[1] The latter report showed: "strengths in many aspects of its provision [...] high quality of learning, attitudes and behaviour of the girls contributes to the academic success of the school [...] high standards in the senior school. The headmistress and senior management team provide very effective leadership and management, ably supported by the governors. Very good quality and enthusiastic teaching supports girls’ attainment [...] high quality of pastoral care provided by the school contributes significantly to the personal development of the girls."

The standards of accommodation, maintenance and upkeep were: "outstanding and contribute to an excellent learning environment" and the school had no major weaknesses.[1]


The sporting facilities in the school are of a high standard and the school sport squads frequently participate in local and nationwide tournaments. The school netball team is extremely competitive and have often been ranked as number one in the Northamptonshire county tournaments.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils

Prominent old girls include:


See also

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