Our work with the local community includes partnerships with local schools. From bespoke careers advice, to mentoring initiatives and shared sports opportunities, our partnerships are an important part of our school life and culture.
Cross Sector Partnerships and Community
Working with and alongside our partner schools, students benefit from a shared pool of resources that widen academic and enrichment opportunities whilst staff across sectors share CPD opportunities and more. We know that our pupils value the meaning of community and proactively take up roles that support local and global causes; their compassion and willingness to connect and support others in the community is what drives our partnerships, and we ensure that all of our work in the community reflects this and gives them equal opportunities to learn, develop and thrive. Whether it’s being a Tots Ambassador in Junior School, a Bright Girls Bright Futures mentor in middle school, or an Outreach Prefect in the Sixth Form, NGHS provides a variety of opportunities for students to take up roles through Partnerships, enabling them to build genuine connections beyond their immediate school community and develop their wider social and cultural understanding.
Tots Ambassador Programme
In Year 6, girls in the Junior School can apply to be a part of our Tots Have Fun programme for local families of preschool aged girls. The sessions are a series of staff-led and child-led learning through play, supported by NGHS staff and Tots Ambassadors. The Tots Ambassador programme is perfect for girls who want to develop their social skills, communication and confidence. From reading one-to-one with families in the library or supporting little ones on the ropes course in our Upnah Wood, a Tots Ambassador learns the importance of kindness and patience. Through the course of the year, Tots Ambassadors form true friendships with our regular tots and are given the know-how to step out of their comfort zones ready to take on new challenges and social interactions ahead of their move into Year 7.
Bright Girls Bright Futures
Working with Dunkirk Primary School and Jesse Gray Primary School, The Bright Girls Bright Futures (BGBF) Partnership is a STEM-based mentoring programme for NGHS Year 8 pupils and Year 4 pupils from partner schools. Over the course of three years, pupils across all three schools will receive workshops inspired by women in STEM with follow-up tasks and challenges to complete in pairs. The partnership looks to raise the profile of women working in industry and pioneering the future of STEM, using real-life case studies and innovative teaching and learning methods.
You can read more about BGBF here.
Our community outreach and partnership programme, Reach Out, works with local primary schools throughout the year on various academic and creative events.
Committed to inspiring a love for learning and achievement in children and young people, Reach Out works to raise attainment by providing extraordinary opportunities and experience days through innovative and engaging workshops. Children grow in confidence across a range of skills, including teamwork, negotiation and listening.
Designed with primary core subjects in mind, our provision includes STEAM, computing, the arts, outdoor learning, learning support, business and enterprise.
We run local and national fundraising campaigns for charities, where the girls and staff find creative ways to raise money for good causes and volunteer their time to make a positive impact on the wider community.
Our girls also take the initiative themselves, often championing charities close to their own hearts. These have included some fearless and intrepid adventures from hiking great distances to skydiving, all rewarded with incredible sums of money being raised.
Volunteering isn’t just good for the community. It’s good for skills building too. Our girls learn leadership, commitment and teamwork throughout our enrichment programme and are recognised with prestigious awards and international certificates, including the vInspired certificates of recognition.
There are plenty of opportunities for all of our girls to volunteer. The School Leaders project is a popular option for our Sixth Formers to work with the University of Nottingham for the local community. We encourage girls from every year group to get involved with our Service Learning Programme.
Work experience is our girls’ first taste of life after education.
We work with a number of successful national and global businesses to provide mentoring and career advice for our girls, regularly inviting them to our careers fairs. Placements allow them to explore new technology and innovations, build their knowledge of specific career paths and form useful relationships for future projects.
This is one of the many ways we benefit from our inspirational alumnae network across both NGHS and the GDST. Many of our alumnae support future female leaders with work placements and coaching.