Year 6 Transition 2022

Transition days will be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd July 2022.

We will also be holding a SPIN (Supporting Parents In to Northgate) on the evening of Thursday 21st July 6:00-7:30pm (an email has been sent which includes further information).

CEO Welcome letter

Transition Key Information

heads Welcome letter

Letter from Head Boy & Girl

Head of Year Letter

Letter from Year 7 Students




NCC School Transport

Satchel: One


All About Me

Meet Head Boy & Head Girl

Example Timetable

lunch menu example

Virtual 360 School Tour

Meet the Tutors

Miss Bauman - 7JB

Department: English

Started at Northgate: June 2022

Where you studied (and qualifications): University of Windsor, Canada (BA Honours in Drama in Education and Community with minors in English and Psychology), Trent University (Teacher’s College)

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done:  I am a keen traveller. In addition to several solo backpacking trips and of course moving across the globe to the UK from Canada, I worked on cruise ships with Carnival Cruise Lines for two years where I organised the programming for the teen club on board. Those were two of the most fantastic years of my life! I try, as much as I can, to continue to travel to as many new places as I can.

Message to Year 7: Coming to a whole new environment can be scary sometimes. I get it; I only moved here this summer so it is also new to me! So I am happy that we can embark on this journey together.
Starting high school is an exciting time full of new knowledge, new friends and new experiences. The students and staff here at Northgate are here to make the transition easy and help you get into the swing of things in no time.
I look forward to meeting each of you in September.

Mr Everett - 7VE

Department: Modern Foreign Languages

Role in school: Head of Languages

Started at Northgate:

Where you studied: University of Cambridge

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I speak French and Spanish, as well as English. I have taught at Northgate for over 15 years. Before that, I taught in other schools in England, France and Mexico.

Message to Year 7: I am looking forward to getting to know a new Year 7 form and taking you through your time at Northgate.


Mrs Mottley - 7MM

Department: Design Faculty

Role in School: Head of the Design Faculty

Started at Northgate: 2002

Where you studied: Middlesex University BA (Hons) in Fine Art. PGCE

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I will have been at Northgate High School for twenty years by the time we are together in September. I have seen many changes whilst I have been at Northgate, I arrived in post as the Head of Art from London where I taught in a school called Southgate School. The department has evolved and developed into the fabulous Design Faculty that it is today. Our Design Faculty includes: Art, Textiles, Photography, RM, Graphics and Food. Our team are always happy to help with events and productions and it is very likely that you may help too in future events.

Being an Art teacher is part of what I do but I love the outdoors, really enjoy gardening, and especially enjoy going on holidays abroad with my family. I have two cheeky dogs and a very stubborn cat. Every chance I get I always like to visit exhibitions, galleries and of course take our pupils on visits too if we get the opportunity.

I really love our school too, so much so that Mr Mottley and I decided to send our own children here. My eldest daughter Freya is now in Year 12 at Dereham Sixth Form and my youngest daughter Esme is now in Year 9. Mr Mottley joined our school three years ago as he was so impressed and he is in charge of Design Technology.

Message to Year 7: As I said to my old Year 11 form in Leavers’ Assembly, aim to be the best version of yourself. Aim high and you will do well. I strongly believe that attitude is everything, so always have a positive one. Y7 is a very exciting time; you may arrive with loads of friends but you may meet your forever-best friend. There will be clubs and activities, visits and trips. Your hopes and dreams may start small but by the time you leave in Year 11 you will have ambitions and success that you may not even think about yet. Year 7 is the start of your journey and I will help you along the way. I am really looking forward to being your form tutor and cannot wait to meet you.

Mr Phillis - 7RP

Department: PE

Role in School: Head of PE

Started at Northgate: September 2005 initially as a PE teacher/School Sports Coordinator which involved working with primary schools helping them to deliver their PE. I am became Head of PE in 2008.

Where you studied (and qualifications): Wolverhampton University (BSc Hons in Sport Science), Bath University (PGCE in Physical Education). As well as this, I have numerous coaching qualifications and am a qualified Fitness Instructor.

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: Naturally, I am interested in sport and physical activity and enjoy playing most sports. I have played Hockey for over 25 years and currently play for Norwich Dragons HC. I run regularly, which I took up during lockdown to get out of the house and stay active, and have recently started paddle boarding.

Message to Year 7: Starting high school is a huge step in your life journey and although you will be excited, there will also be lots of you who are nervous. However, there is no need to worry as there is plenty of support at Northgate to help make your transition into high school an enjoyable and safe one. As a father of three (1 boy and 2 girls) only last year I saw my own son make his journey to secondary school, so I am really excited to have the chance to be a year 7 tutor. Remember you only get out of life what you put in.
I look forward to getting to know you all and to helping you to get the very best out of your time and individual talents whilst at Northgate.

Mr Digby - 7JD

Department: Science

Role in school: Teacher of Science

Started at Northgate: Sept 2021

Where you studied: Durham University – BSc (Hons) in Physics, University of Suffolk – PGCE.

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I worked in scientific research and in the oil and gas industry before becoming a teacher.  I have been to every continent on Earth, including living in Antarctica for 2 ½ years. I am a qualified swimming coach, and keen on sports.  I enjoy cycling and I run competitively.

Message to Year 7: Welcome to Northgate! Starting high school is a great opportunity to learn new things and make new friends, and I know you will have a great time here. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and being your form tutor!

Mrs Harris - 7RH

Department: Drama and Dance

Role in School: Head of Drama and Dance

Started at Northgate: Easter 2022 – Although I have been a teacher for 14 years, I will only have been at Northgate a term longer than you!

Where you studied (and qualifications): Lancaster University – Theatre Studies with a specialism in Dance. I have also been a GCSE Dance moderator for many years.

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I have two children who take up most of my time but I also run a competition dance team in the area, Obsidian. This is a group of dancers from age 12-25 that compete as a contemporary dance team around the country for trophies and awards. I am also part Italian so I end up spending a lot of my holidays in Italy eating copious amounts of pizza and ice cream!

Message to Year 7: I know ‘big school’ can be scary and you are all probably worried about getting lost but let me reassure you – I was scared too when I started here in 2022 and I also got lost! It was okay though as there are so many friendly people here that I soon found my way around and now I would not want to be anywhere else. I hope you are as excited to meet me, as I am you.

Mrs Nimmock - 7DNi

Department: Design Faculty

Role in School: Teacher of Textiles

Started at Northgate: October 2005

Where you studied: Open University

Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I love being creative, making things from a variety of materials but my absolute favourite is working with fabric and thread. When I am not working, I love to be outdoors running, cycling and walking, especially near mountains. I like to travel at every opportunity both in the UK and abroad. I have completed two Marathons and two 100-mile cycling events as well as many other physical challenges. I enjoy a challenge!

I have been at Northgate for 17 years and both of my daughters attended Northgate and Dereham Sixth Form College. Northgate is a part of my family: my husband Mr Nimmock also works here in the High School.

Message to Year 7: I have just said goodbye to my last tutor group. They were with me from when they started in Year 7 through to leaving in Year 11. It was a privilege to watch them grow and develop into young adults. They developed lots of new friendships and soon became familiar with getting around the school. I was always on hand to help and support them.
Northgate has so much to offer; clubs, committees, sports events to name a few. I firmly believe in ‘Active Body, Active Mind’ so I hope you will find something to take part in too.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you and sharing your time at Northgate with you. Have a great summer.