We want your journey to NGHS to be as simple and straightforward as possible

Hopefully you’ve found everything you were looking for, but if not, here are some answers to some of those questions you might be asking yourself.

School meals

  • Do you cater for allergies and dietary requirements?

    Yes. We operate a ‘no nut’ policy, avoid the use of artificial colours and preservatives wherever possible, and are happy to accommodate for special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, religious requirements, coeliac/gluten free and food allergies. Our Catering Manager, Steve Evans, is happy to discuss any special dietary requirements. Please feel free to contact him on 0115 941 7663 or email: s.evans@not.gdst.net

  • How do I pay for school meals?

    For Infant and Junior School girls, lunches are included in the fees. For girls in the Senior School and Sixth Form, both the Dining Hall and Tuck Shop operate on a cashless PIN system. Your daughter will have her photograph taken and be provided with her own unique PIN on her first day of school. At the point of sale, she will input the number and, as an added security measure, her photograph will appear on the till. The price of her purchases will then be deducted from her ParentPay account. Details of all her transactions can be provided on request.

  • Are meals cooked fresh each day?

    Yes they are. We offer plenty of choice, with menus changing every three weeks. Our dishes are high in fibre, low in salt and saturated fat, and always baked rather than fried. Fresh vegetables are part of every main meal and fresh fruit is always available.

    Lunchtime choices include a traditional meal, a vegetarian dish, jacket potatoes, a salad bar and pasta, with a pudding, fresh fruit and yoghurt always available for dessert.

  • Where do you source your ingredients?

    We always use high-quality ingredients, and local produce where we can, with all our suppliers approved by Red Tractor Food Standards or British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards.

Uniform

  • Is religious dress permitted in the school uniform?

    Girls may wear special forms of dress or religious symbols where these are an essential part of their religious or cultural background and do not compromise health and safety.

    We would ask that any items of religiously symbolic jewellery be worn discreetly and be covered with a sweatband during PE lessons.

    If girls wish to wear the hijab we ask that it be either plain black or navy.

    If girls wish to wear additional or alternative clothing for swimming, they are free to do so as long as it does not compromise health and safety.

  • Where can I purchase the school uniform?

    All school uniform should be purchased from our online supplier, Stevensons with the exception of certain generic items which can be purchased from any shop. Our Sixth Form girls don’t have to wear uniform but have a smart dress code to adhere to.

Clubs and extracurricular activities

General

Fees, application and assessment

  • How much are the school fees?

    Details of our school fees and how to pay them can be found on here.

  • Can I apply for financial assistance?

    There are a number of Bursaries and Scholarships available and details of these can be found here.

    Application for financial assistance is now done online as part of the overall application process. Complete an application form to register your daughter for admission, indicating that you would like to apply for financial assistance. An email address is required. The school will then provide you with logon details to enable you to access the online Financial Assistance form. You will need to provide proof of income and assets. We cannot guarantee however, that everybody who applies for financial help will be eligible to receive it.

  • I’d like to apply – what next?

    Admission is by entrance assessment and interview with the Head, Head of Infant and Juniors or Head of Sixth Form depending on your year group. There are more details about the procedure here. Application forms can be found in the back of the information packs we send out if requested, or online.

  • Is there an exam/registration fee?

    A charge of £50 is made to register for the entrance exam.

  • What does the entrance exam include and how long does it take?

    The Senior School entrance exam lasts about three hours in total. It includes papers in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning.

    The English and Mathematics papers are based on the National Curriculum.

    English: One hour, two sections. Section 1: Reading (with comprehension type questions) and Section 2: Writing.

    Maths: One hour booklet of approximately 25 questions.

    Verbal Reasoning: One hour test and includes a 15 minute practice test to familiarise girls with the types of questions.

    The Infant and Junior School assessments take place during a Taster Day, where we invite girls to spend a day in a class of her year group. We observe her attitude towards learning during the day, and carry out assessments in the main subject groups.

    Sixth Form applicants attend an interview with the Head of Sixth Form and require an average of Grade 6 across their GCSEs including English and Maths, and a Grade 7 in their chosen A Level subject. Verbal Reasoning tests are also required for Bursary applications.

  • My daughter is at a state school – I’m worried she won’t have covered the right topics. Should I get extra tuition for my daughter in preparation for the exam? Are past exam papers available?

    The entrance assessment is designed to test potential and understanding, not particular areas of knowledge. The tests will be broadly based on the work your daughter will have been doing in preparation for her Year 6 Key Stage 2 SATs. We are not looking for girls who have been tutored to pass exams and so do not provide past papers or encourage extra tuition.

  • My daughter is very bright but doesn’t always perform well in exams/gets nervous about interviews

    The exam results form only part of our overall impression of your daughter. We request a reference from her current school and interview ALL girls during the week following the exam. Girls are interviewed in groups of three or four by the Deputy Head. We are conscious that they will be nervous and try hard to put them at ease – most girls say they have enjoyed it!

Have we missed anything?

If there’s anything additional you’d like to ask us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Admissions Team on 0115 935 4444.