Public Benefit

Nottingham High School

The charitable objective for our School is to advance education and training, by the provision and conduct of a primary and secondary school in or near the City of Nottingham.

The principal object is met by the provision of an educational environment that will develop to the full the talents of able children.

Financial Assistance

 Policy

The School is committed to broadening access by offering to eligible parents means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees.  Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.

Bursaries may be made available to parents of pupils entering Year 7.

The school is a non-profit making charitable institution and has only limited resources to assist those parents who for whatever reason are unexpectedly unable to meet their obligations to pay fees for their child’s education.

Parents with a child at the School whose financial circumstances suddenly change may write to the Headmaster, explaining their situation. In some circumstances Governors in the absolute exercise of their discretion may authorise the Head of Finance & Operations to waive fees wholly or in part or to advance assistance from the Bursary Fund ahead of budgeted income from that resource.

Consistent with the school’s philosophy as much help as possible will be given to the family concerned in identifying potential sources of advice assistance and funding. The School will support the family's applications to other grant-making bodies and this has enabled several families to access additional financial assistance from external sources.

 Awareness


Information provided by the School alerting the parents of potential pupils to the possibility of gaining means-tested financial support with the payment of schools fees is included in:

  • The School prospectus
  • The School website
  • Open Days and Taster Days
  • Exhibitions designed to market the School

Planning

The School operates a monthly payment scheme to assist those parents who wish to spread payment for School Fees over the year to better match their income streams.

Other

The School offers a number of non means-tested scholarships at entry to Year 7 each year, by means of a modest reduction in the tuition fees based on academic potential as evidenced by the Entrance Examination. Where appropriate, a recipient of a scholarship may also benefit from means-tested assistance from the Bursary Fund.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED 

See attached table showing the total finance assistance, provided by the School, from the various methods described above.

FinancialAssistanceProvided.pdf

 

Future plans

The School will continue to provide such support in order to ensure that the education at the School can be made available where parents are of more modest means.

The School’s Development Office has a key role to enhance relationships with alumni and other stakeholders with a view to generating additional funds to support further Bursary provision.

Working with others in the community

Nottingham High School is committed to working with our local and wider communities.  A number of the community partnership projects are outlined in greater detail on the ‘Schools Together’ website.

Working with other Primary Schools

  • Community Action: Provision of regular volunteers for placements in local state primary schools for members of our Community Action scheme to act as classroom assistants.
  • Provision of outdoor residential education opportunity in Derbyshire for Year 5 pupils from two local state primaries, funded, organised and staffed by our Community Action group.
  • Hosting a Music workshop including pupils from Edna G Olds Primary and our own Junior School.
  • Hosting a multisport festival for local Primary Schools.
  • Classics: Member of staff has joined the Latin Hub in Nottingham which is being set up to support Latin teaching in primary schools in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area. This is a group involving NTU, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham County Council.
  • The Classics Department coordinated and hosted a nationally renowned author visit, Caroline Lawrence, welcoming students from local primary schools (Edna G Olds, Carrington Primary and NGHS Juniors).
  • English: Partnership with Forest Fields Primary School:  use of NHS teachers to provide sessions for FF pupils, invitations to FF pupils to visit NHS for author visits coordinated and hosted by our library.
  • Junior Book Slam, around 200 local primary children attended last year. Berridge, Jesse Gray, Robert Mellors and Edna G Olds Schools have attended.
  • PE and Games:  Participate in and host numerous fixtures with local primary schools.
  • Host Primary Schools Cricket Festival.
  • Provide cricket coaching in a number of local primary schools.
  • Enter and support a wide variety of City and County Schools sports competitions and festivals.
  • Host Primary Schools tag rugby competition.
  • Host Primary Schools cross country competition.
  • Host Primary Schools U9 and U11 Football competitions.
  • Coordination of collection of Sainsbury’s Active Vouchers to donate to local Primary School.
  • Hosts annual Cross Country Event for local schools.
  • Maths: Host Nottingham High School Junior Mathematics Challenge for Year 5 pupils.  Six local primary school attended last year.
  • Music: Department working with Community Action to host a music day for local primary school Edna G Olds.
  • Science: Primary school teacher training.  Member of Science staff providing INSET for KS1 and KS2 teachers, in delivery of Science, offered to local Nottingham primary schools.
  • Hosted the ‘Kitchen Sink Show’, local primary schools attended, around 100 children. Claremont and Robert Mellors School attended this last year.
  • Hosting primary school Physics Competition.
  • Drama: Infant and Junior School speech and drama workshop with local primary school.
  • Chess: Hosts the County and National Chess Tournaments
  • Junior School: Hosted the Year 5 class from Seely Primary School for a languages workshop and lunch.

Working with other Secondary Schools

  • Art: Nottingham Society of Artist- annual exhibition
  • Life Drawing classes - open to all
  • Local schools and colleges are invited to our Summer Art exhibition.
  • CCF: Partnership with local state maintained secondary, Arnold Hill School, to help establish a CCF unit as part of the CEP (Cadet Expansion Programme).
  • Classics: Members of Nottingham & Birmingham and Midlands Classical Associations and EMACT.
  • Member of staff is the Schools Rep on the Nottingham Classics Association committee.
  • Member of staff co-ordinates the EMACT Poster Competition. We take part in the EMACT Latin & Greek Reading Competition each year and host the regional competition some years.
  • We take 6th form students to the EMACT 6th form conference annually and have hosted the event recently.
  • Provision of training and resources to support those teaching Latin at the Nottingham Free School and Rushcliffe School.
  • DofE: Hosting of Awards ceremony and meetings for Nottingham City Schools.  Provision of assessors for local state school.
  • Drama: Welcomed students and teachers from the Hucknall National School studying Drama to share in the production of Macbeth by the company Splendid, hosted in our Founder Hall.
  • DT: Centre of excellence for high tech activities.  Sharing good practice with visiting teachers from other schools developing their high tech skills and looking at developing their entries in national competitions.
  • Economics: Working with Emanuel School and Becket School Economics Departments to share ideas/best practice.
  • English: Participation/contributions to A-level English Language Teacher’s Network (University of Nottingham—other schools include Arnold Hill Academy, Toot Hill, Redhill Academy, Rushcliffe.)
  • Partnership with Djanogly Academy – eg Year 7 ‘Poetry Slam’, working with our library.
  • Higher Education: Undertake a number of mock interviews for prospective Oxbridge candidates from local state schools.
  • Host an Oxbridge information evening, to which we invite all local schools - about 300 booked from outside schools for this year’s meeting.
  • Host a fair for overseas study with 21 foreign universities manning stands.  All local schools were invited.
  • MFL: Partnerships with overseas secondary schools in France and Germany to facilitate exchange visits.
  • Model United Nations: Students work in collaboration with students from other schools, taking part in the Model United Nations Conferences, discussing and raising awareness of global issues.
  • Music: Quartet in residence workshops open to students from students from other local schools; hosting the first round of the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival; hosting the first round of the National Concert Band Festival competition for local ensembles; offering ABRSM examination hosting for students in local schools unable to attend other sessions.
  • PE and Games: Participate in wide variety of fixtures and competitions.
  • As an MCC Foundation Hub Programme we provide a high quality coaching programme to children from 20 local state secondary schools who are without the level of cricket provision typical of schools from the independent sector.
  • Host centre for PE OCR A Level practical moderation.
  • Physics: Part of an Ogden Trust Group with other local schools and both Nottingham universities competing in competitions at all age groups / attending lectures.  Other schools include Trinity, Kimberly School, Nottingham Girls High School, Chilwell, Arnold Hill
  • RS: Links through the Face to Faith video conferencing with different international schools. Possibility for collaborative work with some other schools: TichoNet, Tel Aviv, Israel; Chinmaya International Residential School, Tamil Nadu, India; City Montessori School, Lucknow, India; SIES Altiero Spinelli, Torino, Italy; Taras Shevchenko Gymnasium, Ukraine; Okhtyrka Gymnasium, Ukraine
  • Schools Challenge Quiz Competition: A member of staff has been the regional co-ordinator for the Schools Challenge Quiz Competition and that we host the regional competition and some inter-regional matches most years. We have also hosted and coordinated the Junior Regional Competition.

Teacher training

  • Regular PGCE students from local universities including Nottingham and Nottingham Trent.
  • Contact with local university PGCE students requiring assistance with data collection and questionnaires.
  •  Links with ISTIP, hosting regular meetings and training for NQTs across the region.
  • ISC Teacher Training provider.

Working with Universities (aside from teacher training)

  • Governor links are assured through both Nottingham Trent and the University of Nottingham being represented on our Board of Governors.
  • We have regular communication with a number of universities through our access to Higher Education and Careers programmes.
  • Degree student placements from Nottingham Trent University.
  • A number of university students have used our laser cutting and 3D printing facilities.
  • Links between DT Department and Engineering at Nottingham Trent University.
  • Links with and visits to the University of Nottingham Chemistry Department (e.g. Spectroscopy Masterclass visits) and the Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach based there.
  • Links with University of Nottingham Economics Department.
  • Drama Department has initiated link with Nottingham Trent University and their set design students.
  • Music – Work Placement for a University of Nottingham Student in the Spring Term, 2017, 1 day per week for 8 weeks.

Further Educational Provision

  • A number of staff are involved with the coordination and marking of public examination work and published educational work.

    Coordination and Marking Table.pdf
  • Members of staff at Nottingham High School have contributed to the development of other schools as governors over the last year:
    - Bleasby Primary
    - Farnsfield Junior School
    - Heage Primary School
    - Joseph Whitaker School 
  • A Chemistry teacher is involved with HMC Teacher Training fair.
  • A Chemistry teacher is involved with Easter revision courses for A-Level students at Nottingham University run by Sutton Trust.
  • A Music teacher works with Cantamus, currently ranked 3rd in the world of youth choirs and based in Mansfield. 
  • A Music teacher is a member of the Music Masters and Mistresses Association.
  • A Music teacher is on committee of the Nottingham Young Musician of the Year Competition.
  • Several music teachers are involved with music-making in the community (accompanying, conducting etc.)
  • The Music Administrator is the Regional Representative for the London College of Music for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and she is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
  • Members of the Drama Department provide National Youth Theatre tuition and coordinate LAMDA tuition.
  • Our Art Department host an artist in residence once a week from the local community (Sherwood) who works with our ceramics facilities.
  • A Classics teacher has led several training sessions for teachers on examining at ARLT Summer Schools and Refresher Days and also at events run by the Birmingham Classical Association at the University of Birmingham.
  • Our librarian speaks to local History Societies, such as the Lowdham Local History Society, about history of the School.
  • Within Design and Technology, some national award winning A level projects have had significant community benefits.  For example, Care Home Fall Detection and Flood Detection systems.
  • Links with Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • A number of staff are involved with contributions to organising community sport:
  • Chairman City Schools Athletics Association
  • Regional ESAA Track and Field Secretary
  • Organising committee Nottinghamshire County Games
  • Two Nottinghamshire AA committee members
  • ESAA Cross Country Secretary
  • England Girls’ Rounders U16 coach
  • Manager of MCC Hub Programme hosted at NHS – state school cricket development programme
  • County Hockey Cups organiser U14 and U16
  • Hockey JAC/JPC selector 
  • An English teacher sat as a judge for the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 words’ Creative Writing competition
  • Our library reaches a wider community through blogging about School History, Books, Reading and Literacy initiatives and News.
  • Through the Library online Book of Remembrance, interaction and information sharing with families and organisations involved in research into War Records such as www.aircrewremembered.com.
  • The librarian was involved with liaising with Development Director of Nottingham bid for UNESCO City of Literature re: information on DH Lawrence, Geoffrey Trease, etc. and future collaborations.
  • A member of staff has strong links with Trent Vineyard - Arches Charity and Soup Run in Nottingham.
  • A member of staff is involved with Riding for the Disabled.
  • A member of staff is the Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Chess Association.

Further Local Community Action

Community Action:

Pupils from Year 9 upwards have the opportunity to get involved with our Community Action group. 

  • Hosting of annual Christmas events for senior citizens within the Nottingham community.
  • Regular provision of volunteers to the St Ann’s Allotments community project.
  • Provision of regular volunteers for placements in local state primary schools for members of our Community Action scheme to act as classroom assistants.
  • Provision of outdoor residential education opportunity in Derbyshire for Year 5 pupils from two local state primaries, funded, organised and staffed by our Community Action group.
  • Members of Community Action undertake a weekly volunteering commitment within their local community.
  • Strong links with local branch of the NSPCC, through which fund raising and collections of Christmas and Easter presents for children in our local community has taken place

Combined Cadet Force (CCF):

  • Support for Nottingham City Remembrance parade at St. Mary’s Church and the parade through the City.
  • Provision of resources, such as use of range facilities, to local ATC unit.
  • Planned support and partnership with Arnold Hill School as outlined above.

Scouting:

  • Helping local scout and guide groups to develop craft and design based activities.
  • Scouting impacts on public benefit from our own Scout Troop and Explorer Scout Unit - DoE service volunteering that our Scouts are involved with.
  • Hosting of Scouts DoE and Scout leaders meetings and award presentation meetings.

Support for the Arts in and around the Nottingham community:

  • School Plays and Concerts are available to the local community as an audience.
  • The Arts Society is unique locally in encouraging large numbers of students to attend a wide range of theatrical and musical events.
  • The Drama Department facilitates the Nottingham Shakespeare Society open-book performance.
  • Drama GCSE and A level students support local theatre with regular theatre visits.
  • The English Department organise curriculum visits to local theatres and cinemas.
  • Music is very strong in the School and choirs and musical groups have performed at a wide variety of local venues, from Oakfield School to the Royal Concert Hall.

Further Community Links:

The School has had close links with a number of city centre churches, particularly St. Mary’s where the School was founded and is the venue for our annual Founder’s Day Service.  A member of staff is director of music at St. Mary’s and links have been further strengthened since a retired Deputy Head from the School took up a senior position at St. Mary’s.  The carol concert and further musical events take place in the church.

The School plays an active role in supporting our immediate community in and around the Arboretum area of Nottingham, working with the City Council to improve traffic flow in the area and promoting good behaviour and a social conscience within the community.

The provision of an extensive school bus service significantly reduces the need for car journeys to and from the School.

Community Action

Pupils from Year 9 upwards have the opportunity to get involved with our Community Action group. 

  • Hosting of annual Christmas events for senior citizens within the Nottingham community.
  • Regular provision of volunteers to the St Ann’s Allotments community project.
  • Provision of regular volunteers for placements in local state primary schools for members of our Community Action scheme to act as classroom assistants.
  • Provision of outdoor residential education opportunity in Derbyshire for Year 5 pupils from two local state primaries, funded, organised and staffed by our Community Action group.
  • Members of Community Action undertake a weekly volunteering commitment within their local community.
  • Support for The Arches project through Christmas Toy collection.
  • Support for Trent Vineyard through Harvest Festival donations.
  • Strong links with local branch of the NSPCC, through which fund raising and collections of Christmas and Easter presents for children in our local community has taken place.
  • Our Art Department are working with Community Action to paint a mural at the local NSPCC centre.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

  • Support for Nottingham City Remembrance parade at St. Mary’s Church and the parade through the City.
  • Provision of resources, such as use of range facilities, to local ATC unit.
  • Support and partnership with Arnold Hill School as outlined previously as part of the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP).
  • Host an annual competition day participated in by all three community cadet arms as well as our own cadets.
  • Our CCF also fund raises, with money collected on Inspection Day, for the Army Benevolent Fund.  The collection is organised and staffed by the Friends of the High School.

Scouting

  • Helping local scout and guide groups to develop craft and design based activities.
  • Scouting impacts on public benefit from our own Scout Troop and Explorer Scout Unit - DoE service volunteering that our Scouts are involved with. 
  • Hosting of Scouts DoE and Scout leaders’ meetings and award presentation meetings.

Support for the arts in and around the Nottingham community

  • School Plays and Concerts are available to the local community as an audience.
  • The Arts Society is unique locally in encouraging large numbers of students to attend a wide range of theatrical and musical events.
  • The Drama Department facilitates the Nottingham Shakespeare Society open-book performance.
  • Drama GCSE and A level students support local theatre with regular theatre visits.
  • The English Department organise curriculum visits to local theatres and cinemas.
  • Music is very strong in the School and choirs and musical groups have performed at a wide variety of local venues, from Oakfield School to the Royal Concert Hall.  The Albert Hall in Nottingham is a venue for annual School concerts.
  • The Music Department provides a student to play the Last Post for the Nottingham City Council Act of Remembrance.
  • The School puts on various trips to local art galleries including the Nottingham Contemporary.
  • Musical participation in local competitions (Derby Arts Festival and Bolsover Choir Competition)

Further community links

The School has had close links with a number of city centre churches, particularly St. Mary’s where the School was founded and is the venue for our annual Founder’s Day Service.  A member of staff is director of music at St. Mary’s and links have been further strengthened since a retired Deputy Head from the School took up a senior position at St. Mary’s.  The carol concert and further musical events take place in the church.

The School plays an active role in supporting our immediate community in and around the Arboretum area of Nottingham, working with the City Council to improve traffic flow in the area and promoting good behaviour and a social conscience within the community.

The provision of an extensive school bus service significantly reduces the need for car journeys to and from the School.

Participation in Nottingham ‘CASE’ and ‘DARE’ programmes are examples of our Junior School involvement with local community education projects.

Charity Fund Raising

Charities are supported through our School House system, which each House selecting one or two charities annually to support.  Money is raised through sponsored events such as bike rides, runs, cake sales, non-uniform days and Tutor Set collections.

For the academic year 2016/17 the House charities include:

  • Cooper’s:            Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • Maples’:              Berega Hospital, Tanzania
  • Mellers’:              PASIC (Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children)
  • White’s:               Teenage Cancer Trust

Whole School charity events are very much encouraged and supported.  Over the last year money has been raised for the BBC Children in Need appeal, UNICEF, Sport Relief, and Comic Relief.

Further to this, the links between our Community Action Group and our local NSPCC branch have led to charity collections at our School productions which has raised money to support their transport funds to assist in getting children to and from their centre.

Our librarian organised a sponsored ‘readathon’ for children’s charities.

Students and staff are involved annually in the Marie Curie Cancer Charity collection in Nottingham City centre.

In recent years our senior expeditions to Tanzania and Bolivia have involved raising money and practical help in building classrooms in areas of need.