Below is a virtual tour of the school.
You can navigate through the school halls, familiarise yourself with the school’s layout and even take a look inside classrooms.
In July (2020), Mr Darlow hosted a live Instagram tour of some of the main areas of the school. You can view the video from that tour below.
Pre-loved Uniform Shop:
Attitudes to Learning
Day to Day
Meet the Tutors
Meet the Tutors
Dr Barrett (7AB)
Role in School: Head of Geography
Started at Northgate: June 2011
Where you studied: Keele University (PhD in History), University of Liverpool (MA Latin American Studies)
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: Being a Geography teacher, I love the outdoors, whether that is walking, running, cycling or simply appreciating our amazing planet through nature photography. My favourite place is Curbar Edge in the Peak District. I have run two marathons and once wrote a dissertation (project) on bandits in South America. On Saturdays in winter, my daughter and I make our way down to a certain town in Suffolk to watch the football.
Message to Year 7: Welcome to Northgate! Only two years ago, I saw my youngest daughter make her journey to secondary school so I am really excited to have the chance to be a Year Seven tutor. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to get the very best out of your time here. We know it’s been tough these last few months, which is why we will be doing our utmost to help you. If you can add some hard work, initiative and willingness to listen, you will do amazing things. Everyone has a special talent and I look forward to seeing you develop yours, whatever that might be.
Mrs Holt (7AH)
Role in School: Head of Girls PE
Started at Northgate: September 2004 – to think that I am now entering my 16th year at the school, and the number of pupils I have seen through their school careers, is quite frightening!
Where you studied (and qualifications): Liverpool John Moores University (BA Hons. in Physical Education, Sport and Dance with QTS). As well as this, I have numerous coaching qualifications and I am first aid trained.
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: Naturally I am interested in sport and physical activity. I take part in regular fitness classes, and play badminton in a local league. I am also a keen skier, running the school’s annual ski trip, and I have completed triathlons in the past. I am a mum to two young boys, so family plays a big part of my life, and together we have lots of adventures.
Message to Year 7: Starting high school is the next big part of your life, and I am sure you are excited, yet equally nervous. I have every confidence that the staff and pupils at Northgate will make the transition easy for you, and before you know it, the year will be over and you’ll have conquered your first year at high school. There will be challenging times and fun times, but I will be there to support and guide you through both. I look forward to meeting everyone in September. Best wishes, Mrs Holt.
Mr Dungar (7CD)
Role in School: Drama teacher.
Started at Northgate: September 2020.
Where you studied: Anglia Ruskin University (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Studies).
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I am a massive Formula One fan and spend most of my holidays travelling the world watching motor sport.
Message to Year 7: I am really looking forward to meeting you all in September and I hope that you are just as excited as I am to start at Northgate High School. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you at the start of the new academic year.
Miss Brook (7CB)
Role in School: Head of Music; I also manage Satchel One (Show My Homework)
Started at Northgate: September 2000
Where you studied (and qualifications): Trinity College, London; PGCE (OU), GTCL, FTCL, LTCL.
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: Diving, walking, crafting; I play in orchestras and a flute group. I am also getting into building websites and I have taken my Google Educator exam this term. (I passed!)
Message to Year 7: I am really looking forward to meeting you and finding out what your talents and skills are. Enjoy your summer!
Miss Sanders (7KS)
Role in School: Teacher of English
Started at Northgate: September 2020 – I’m new too!
Where you studied (and qualifications): University of Hull (BA Hons. in Theatre and Performance); UEA (PGCE)
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: Last year I completed an Ultra marathon which was 50km (about 32 miles!) I’ve also completed the Brighton Marathon, Tough Mudder and 3 Spartan races. I worked as a stage manager for about 6 years, managing theatre productions in Norfolk and London. During my time, I worked with the famous actor Sir John Hurt. I was also a member of crew on the tour of West End Musical ‘Hairspray’ when it came to Norwich. I also enjoy horse riding.
Message to Year 7: Welcome to our incredible community! I can’t wait to meet you and share all the amazing experiences you are about to have at high school. Please know that a friendly face, a listening ear and a genuine interest in what you’ve been doing awaits you at every turn. I’m so excited to start our Northgate journey together. There is so much you will learn and discover over these next few years, you won’t want to waste a moment.
Miss Abdouni (7NA)
Role in School: Teacher of French
Started at Northgate: September 2019.
Where you studied (and qualifications): I completed a French Literature degree in Algeria before training to become a teacher at Anglia Ruskin University.
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I like cooking and trying different cuisine from around the world. I also practise belly dancing! I speak fluent English, French, Arabic and I am currently studying Spanish.
Message for Year 7: I am really excited to be your form tutor; I will do my very best to make sure you feel welcome and happy at Northgate. Northgate is a very friendly school and the staff are really helpful. I look forward to meeting you all in September!
These optional activities will help your child to prepare for learning at secondary school across a range of curriculum areas. Rewards and prizes are available for work completed in a number of the different subjects, so do encourage your child to get involved. Any completed project work should be submitted to your child’s class teacher for the relevant subject during the second week of term (14th – 18th September).
All school transport is coordinated by Norfolk County Council Passenger Transport. If you require a bus pass or are unsure if you qualify for one please follow this link for further advice and support : https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-and-college-transport/home-to-school-transport/apply-for-school-transport
You will also find bus timetables and designated route maps for pick up and drop off points.
With regards to transport during COVID-19 restrictions, please follow Government advice as this will change between now and September.
Northgate offers a wide variety of lunchtime and after school clubs. This list changes throughout the year and if you want to start a club and there is enough interest we can always look into this. For the current list of clubs offered at school please follow the following link:
Mrs Beasley our SENCO and Assistant Headteacher has been liaising with all the primary schools to get a full picture of need prior to September. She has also been putting together a series of extra transitional support packages to reduce any anxieties.
Once Mrs Beasley has all the information about additional provision from primaries, she will be contacting parents to discuss this further and to agree provision for Year 7 and where possible, the support that is in place at primary school is mirrored at secondary. If you would like to discuss SEN provision with Mrs Beasley please contact her via: email@example.com
The school provides a set hot meal, a selection of healthy foods and a variety of snacks daily. There are designated outdoor seating areas around school for packed lunches in addition to seating in the canteen. We operate a cashless catering service so no money is required in school. The form to sign up for this system was part of the online form you have already replied to. This will allow an account to be set up or added to an existing pupil for you to top up money on their account. Your child can
also put money on their account in school if required.
At present there are no restrictions on food consumption regarding allergies, however we are aware of pupils with minor allergies and request pupils be careful and respectful of this. All food available in the canteen has allergy information available. This is subject to change depending on our intake.
Uniform / Houses
Please see the following link (https://www.northgate.norfolk.sch.uk/school-uniform/) for a full list of uniform expectations at Northgate High School. If you are unsure please ask us before you purchase an item. All school uniform and PE kits are available from Birds Clothing Online or at their Warehouse.
With regards to Houses, we operate a House system that runs alongside our Pastoral support. We have 4 Houses, Holmes (Yellow), Rowling (Red), Hawking (Blue) and Attenborough (Green). The House your child is in is allocated following completion of the admissions form. Where possible siblings are placed within the same House and all pupils are notified in June/July of their House. The House you are in will affect some aspects of uniform and you should wait for this information before purchasing any. Houses are chosen by Mrs Graves to allow a further mix of pupils and broaden social opportunities. Houses are non-negotiable and remain for the child’s duration at Northgate.
Transition and Summer School
Summer School – At present there are no plans for this due to current Government guidance. If this changes we will inform you with as much notice as possible. We will however be sending work and a curriculum map out to all new Year 7 students to allow those that want to prepare more thoroughly for High School.
Transition Week – Under current Government guidelines this will not happen in its usual way. The safety of our community is at the forefront of this decision and we will be looking at alternatives to enable all students to get an experience of High School before starting in September. Further information will follow regarding this once certain guidelines and restrictions we are operating under
are removed or relaxed.
Form Groups and Classes
Form groups are a pastoral support network your child will have throughout their time at Northgate.
They will see their form tutor daily and they will be your initial point of contact. Forms are allocated based on conversations with Year 6 staff and Mrs Graves. Mrs Graves is currently working on allocating all pupils to a form and where possible your child will know someone from their school in their form. If there are no other pupils attending Northgate from your primary school we will
endeavour to match you with another pupil from another school with similar interests. You will be notified of your form in due course. Form groups are assigned a “Peer mentor” from upper school who will help with any aspect of settling in.
Classes have been decided to be mixed ability until at least Christmas due to the lack of data from SATS. This will give pupils time to settle into High School and a working routine in addition to allowing our experienced staff time to assess pupils and set where appropriate. As with form groups, Mrs Graves is in the process of looking at teacher information from Year 6 staff to help with this, and where possible your child will know someone from their school in their class. Classes and timetables will be available on your child’s first day at Northgate. On their first day they should report to the main hall.
Timing of the School Day
Please see the link for the School Day (https://www.northgate.norfolk.sch.uk/school-day/)
Pupils can arrive at school from 8am as staff are on site from this time. There is a limited breakfast option offered by the canteen. At present there are no activities or clubs before school starts at 8.45am.
As you can see from the School day there is movement time built in between lessons for pupils to go to their locker, the toilet and move between lessons. We are aware that in Year 7 moving from class to class may prove a challenge for some and as such we will be lenient over being “late/lost” for the first few weeks. There will be a Peer Mentor system in operation to help navigate the site and all the pupils and staff will always be on hand to point you in the right direction.
All pupils at Northgate receive a locker. It is expected for all bags to be placed in lockers throughout the day and only essential items are taken to class. If your child has PE then they are permitted to have their bag on the way to and from PE.
All Homework at Northgate is set on our online platform Show My Homework (SMHW). Parents and students get a log in for this and means all homework can be kept track of and nothing can ever “get lost” or forgotten! All subjects set homework and we recommend on average a minimum of 30 minutes home learning per week per subject. Homework is staggered across the week and
appropriate time is allocated for its completion.
Northgate High School has a zero tolerance anti bullying policy (https://www.northgate.norfolk.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Anti-Bullying-policy-Northgate-2019.pdf)
As per our 2017 Ofsted report “pupils told inspectors that they feel safe in school, that bullying is rare and that it is dealt with appropriately if it happens”. Consequently we provide a network of support and educate pupils through assemblies and lessons on appropriate social interactions. We have a team of anti-bullying ambassadors and fully support and promote anti bullying week every