“Outstanding in every way” OFSTED
The outdoor pursuits opportunities are amazing. You really have to push yourself but the satisfaction of completing makes it worth it. Hayley, Year 12, Duke of Edinburgh Gold
Welcome to Norton Hill School Welcome to the 2011-12 prospectus for
Norton Hill School. The information contained within this booklet gives you some idea of the values and curriculum structure of the school. I am immensely proud of the achievements
Traditional values of behaviour and appearance
Developing personal leadership through a wide programme of extra-curricular activities and outdoor education.
of the students who come to the school and
Choosing the right secondary school for your
in 2011 they, once again, achieved excellent
son or daughter is a key moment in ensuring
results at both GCSE and Advanced Level.
they have the best chance of success in the
Norton Hill consistently achieves the highest
future. It is important you take time to consider
standards in the area on all measures,
two questions when making your choice of
including the new academic measure of the
school: “Will my child be happy here?” and
English Baccalureate. We strongly believe in
“Will my child be successful here?”. I firmly
the importance of students following courses
believe the answer to those questions for
which give them the best opportunities in later
current students is a resounding yes and this is
life, so we encourage academic challenge in
backed up by parental feedback.
our curriculum and will not make students take less worthwhile courses simply to boost league table positions.
This prospectus and our Open Evening can only give you a flavour of Norton Hill and I believe it is important parents visit a prospective
Norton Hill is identified as being one of the
school during a normal work day so I would
most successful schools in the country and
encourage you to book a tour through my PA,
was rated as Outstanding in every category by
Claire Jackson. During your visit, you will have
OFSTED in our most recent inspection. At the
a chance to visit lessons, observe a lesson
heart of this success are the core values that I
changeover and talk to the students you meet
and the whole school community believe
to give you a true experience of the outstanding
teaching, learning and behaviour at the school.
Individual care through the House system Excellent teaching by experienced, specialist teachers
High levels of achievement through a challenging academic curriculum that
Mr Peter Beaven
is chosen to give students the best life
chances, not just to boost league tables
Norton Hill School
Welcome to Norton Hill
Emily, Year 7
Being in a House made me feel part of the school straightaway. The Year 11 House Captains were really friendly and helped me find my way around on the first few days.
Students Joining in Year 7 Transition Timeline: 22nd September 2011 Open Evening Sept – Oct 2011 Parental Tours 31st October 2011 Deadline for applications to LA 1st March 2012 Letter from LA offering places May/June 2012 School liaison team visit all students in their primary schools July 2012 Induction Day & New Parents’ Evening July/August 2012 Optional Languages Week/transition events for Year 6 students September 2012 New Year 7 intake start full time
Students Joining in Year 7
The majority of our students join us at the beginning of Year 7. Students can be both nervous and excited so we work hard to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. Our Primary Liaison Team are Mrs Appel
transition process is smooth and comfortable
(SENCO) and Miss Mulgrew (Assistant Head
for parents too!
- Pastoral System). They will visit every student in their primary school during the
The Tutor Groups are carefully drawn up to
term before they start with us. This ensures
ensure a balance of gender and ability. We
each Year 6 is happy with the arrangements
also try to put each child with a named
for transition and gives them an opportunity
friend or friends (and avoid undesirable
to discuss any concerns they may have.
All the new intake attend a taster day in
A number of our students take part in the
July where they meet their Form Tutor,
extended activities we offer during the
House staff and the other members of their
summer break to help them get to know
Tutor Group. They will be able to explore
the school. This includes Languages Week,
the school and have an introduction to
Sports Activities and small group or one-to-
one support for specific individuals.
Parents are also invited to visit the school
If there are concerns at any point, parents
one evening to meet the Form Tutor, Head
are free to contact the Tutor, House staff
of House and Senior Staff. There will be
or Senior Team. We want problems and
an opportunity to ask questions of the
worries to be identified and addressed
Headteacher, as well as a display of school
whenever they arise.
uniform. Our intention is to make sure the
House System An environment based on traditional values, genuine care and concern is at the heart of student achievement.
House Staff (Pastoral Leaders): Blackdown - Purple Tie
Although Norton Hill may seem a large school to many parents, we ensure every student is known and valued through our House system. It is organised to make sure that every studentâ€™s personal and academic growth and happiness are closely monitored.
Mr D McGilloway
Assistant House Head
Mrs M McDermott
Mr D Wiltshire
Assistant House Head
Mr S Perkins
Cotswold - Yellow Tie
When a student joins Year 7 they work closely with their Form Tutor who
Exmoor - Blue Tie
they will see twice a day. The Form Tutor is the first point of contact for
Mr C Elstob
the student and parents if worries arise or for information on progress or
Assistant House Head
Miss R Burling
welfare. The Form Tutor will normally stay with the Tutor Group from Year 7 through to Year 11. This allows students, parents and the Tutor
Mendip - Red Tie
to build the positive relationship which underpins academic success.
Mr G Green
Assistant House Head
Mrs S Graham
Each of the five Houses contains two Tutor Groups from each year and has its own distinctive tie and House area. Students are rightly proud of their Houseâ€™s identity and take an active role in the running of the House through a myriad of inter-House competitions, the House Council and charity events. Each House is managed by a Head of House who is supported by an Assistant Head of House who does not teach. This ensures they are easily accessible for both students and parents. The Houses are each based around an academic area and provide an area where the students from the House can relax at break and lunchtime.
Quantock - Green Tie House Head
Miss R Lilley/ Mrs K Truscott
Assistant House Head
Mrs L Jones
The Pastoral Team, led by Miss Mulgrew (Assistant Headteacher), meets regularly to ensure a consistent approach to its work. The Pastoral Team works with Tutors and other agencies to ensure that each of the students in the House reaches their full potential.
My teachers were really supportive during my exam preparation. They knew how to break the subject down into parts to revise and were always willing to offer help after school. Sophie, Year 11
Monitoring Progress of Students We aim to ensure each student is supported and encouraged to reach the highest standard they are capable of, both in their academic and personal development. At the core of this are our monitoring systems and three-way working
As students move through the school there are additional events/
relationship between students, parents and school staff.
evenings where required, eg Options Evenings.
Students’ progress and well-being are continually monitored by both
Links with Home
subject staff and the Tutor. Students receive regular mentoring from
We rely on our close partnerships with parents to maintain the high
their Tutor allowing early intervention where necessary if students are
standards and happy atmosphere the students are proud of.
not reaching their full potential. Parents are kept fully informed of their child’s progress and can contact the House or subject staff at any
As you would expect, we ask parents to be actively involved in, and
point if they have concerns.
support, their child’s progress in school. To this end we stress that parents are always welcome to contact and visit the school.
Each term, every student is set challenging target levels and grades based on their prior attainment. Their progress towards these is
We have a Home-School Agreement which the student, parents and
regularly fed back to parents through the progress reports, Parents’
school sign. This outlines the commitment each will make to ensure
Evening and an annual Full School Report.
students attain the highest possible progress during their time at Norton Hill.
Additionally we have an Academic Review in December when the Tutor meets with the student and their parents to give an overview of progress, strengths and weaknesses. During this meeting an action plan is agreed to help the student progress further.
There is no doubt in our minds that Norton Hill School has set our children on a firm footing, from which they can progress through adulthood. Parent of ex-Year 13 student
Curriculum Information The innovative curriculum at Norton Hill provides the range of skills and qualifications young people need. Norton Hill works with all students, whatever their ability, to help
of learning experiences that give them a balanced preparation for
them achieve their full potential. Students study a broad and balanced
future study. When entering the school, students are placed in a Tutor
curriculum which enables them to:
Group in one of the five Houses. The Tutor Groups have students from
Achieve the highest standards they are capable of
across the ability range. Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability
• • •
Develop skills and qualifications that enable them to function
groups for the Arts and PE/Games. Students are grouped by ability for
effectively in the future, and which are valued by employers and
Mathematics, English, The Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages
Higher Education institutions
Develop open and creative minds Possess an awareness of the problems facing society on a local,
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
national and global scale
During Year 9 pupils select their examination courses for the following
Become confident and self reliant in their relationships whilst
two years. The curriculum is designed so that students follow rigorous
developing a respect for others and an ability to work with them
courses which provide them with the best opportunities for their futures. Their choice of subjects is made after considerable guidance
High Quality Teaching
at school and discussion with parents.
Norton Hill is recognised at both national and international level for the quality of teaching at the school. Lessons are delivered by highly
In 2010-2011 at Key Stage 4 all pupils take:
qualified subject specialists who both inspire and support students of
English Language, Science & Mathematics GCSEs
all ability levels.
Short course GCSE in Philosophy & Belief and a short
Physical Education and Games
The school day has six lessons, each lasting 50 minutes. In some
Personal and Social Health Education
subjects there are double lessons allowing time for practical activities.
A Modern Foreign Language
The school operates a two-week timetable.
They then choose three further options from a wide range of over
course in ICT
twenty subjects. Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) The curriculum at Key Stage 3 provides students with a wide range
Facilities & Specialisms
Facilities & Specialisms The school is organised into distinct faculty areas which are well equipped to provide specialist accommodation. Our Facilities Include:
Maths and Computing
Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Multi-activity room, Astroturf
As a specialist Maths and Computing school, Norton Hill
pitch, seven tennis courts and a number of grass pitches
is recognised for the quality of support it offers students in
Drama and Dance Studios
developing their mathematical skills at all levels. Students’
Ten fully equipped Science Laboratories
ICT skills are developed through both discrete lessons and
Music practice rooms with Recording Studio
across subjects. The extensive ICT facilities allow students
New Business area housing the Business Academy
to access a range of ways to learn and additional support
Numerous ICT teaching rooms with the most up-to-date
outside the classroom.
hardware and software, including a brand new ICT •
Newly refurbished dining facilities
Languages College We are also a specialist Language College. This allows
students to develop the communication skills that are so
As a nationally recognised high-performing school, Norton
valued in business and further study. All students study
Hill has been given additional specialisms. These provide
two languages at Key Stage 3 and will follow at least one
additional resources and allow the school to offer a wider
language to GCSE. The school is also recognised for the
breadth to its curriculum than most other schools.
work it does in preparing students to be part of the global community. Norton Hill is one of only a handful of schools to
Gifted and Talented
have received the International School Award from the British
Norton Hill is the Lead School in Bath and North East
Council on three occasions.
Somerset for Gifted and Talented Education. Students who are identified as having a talent in a particular curriculum
Leading Edge and Training School
area have access to an individual support programme to
Norton Hill is designated with these additional specialisms
ensure they reach the highest standards possible. This
due to the recognised quality of teaching at the school
extends to the Sixth Form to the Cambridge Pre-U course and
and its innovative use of new technology to support
Oxbridge preparation programme.
Facilities & Specialisms
Outstanding Achievement Norton Hill is one of the highest performing schools in the country, with students of all abilities making outstanding progress.
Excellence for All
the success of those who find learning more
Results at Norton Hill have
challenging. We invest considerably in
been consistently high over
additional support for those who need it,
a long period of time. In
with programmes to boost literacy and
Year 9 results are outstanding, with students
numeracy and life-skills courses across all
making excellent progress in their first three
years. At GCSE we are amongst the top 5% of all schools nationally for â€œvalue-addedâ€?
All students have targets which are regularly
between Years 7 and 11. We are the best
reviewed to ensure they are making good
school for the English Baccalaureate. A-level
progress. Assessments and marking help
results are the highest in the area.
students to understand what they need to do to move to the next level or grade.
These excellent results are, in part, due to
the imaginative curriculum which caters
Our Sixth Form is one of the highest
for the needs of all learners at each stage
performing in the local area, with nearly all
of their education and development. The
students exceeding their official government
more able are stretched with accelerated
predictions. Students go on to attend
courses and programmes to support Gifted &
prestigious universities, including Oxford and
Talented students. We are equally proud of
Ofsted Inspection Outstanding in all Categories Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequate.
How well do learners achieve?
The standards reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress
Achievement and Standards
Personal development and well-being How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?
The extent of learnersâ€™ spiritual, moral and social cultural development
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
How well learners enjoy their education
The attendance of learners
The behaviour of learners
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being
The quality of provision How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of learnersâ€™ needs?
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Being in a House makes you part of a group as soon as you join the school. The older students help the younger ones settle in and there are lots of chances to celebrate success together. Charlotte, Year 11 Mendip House Captain
Student Leadership Students at Norton Hill play an active role in the life of the school community at all levels. They are encouraged to develop their individual leadership skills through a range of opportunities available to them. House Council
Sixth Form. The School Council provides a
Each House has its own representative body
forum for students to develop whole-school
made up of two students from each Tutor
initiatives. They also work with other local
Group. Students are voted onto the House
organisations to develop the work of students
Council each year by their peers. The House
in the community.
Council meets regularly as a group with the Head of House. They take an active role in
organising charity events and Inter-House
A large number of students participate in
sporting competitions. The House Council
the Outdoor Education programme. These
representatives are also available to other
activities provide an excellent opportunity for
students in the House who want to raise
students to demonstrate both their teamwork
issues to go to the School Council. Year 11
and leadership skills as they take on a
students in each House can also apply to
variety of roles within a group.
become House and Sports Captains. These students take a lead in organising many of
Junior Leadership Awards
the activities and in helping the new Year 7
Students have the opportunity to take part
students in their House settle in.
in either the Junior Sports Leadership Award (JSLA) or the Language Leaders Award.
This involves developing and delivering a
The School Council is made up of
programme of activities to younger students
representatives from the House Councils
and the students work closely with local
and the Head Boy and Head Girl from the
Primary Schools to deliver this.
Traditional Values Norton Hill School dates back to 1911 and we are proud to have provided a hundred years of state education. At the heart of the Norton Hill philosophy is a belief in the highest standards and an expectation that everybody will do their best. High Expectations We have the highest expectations of our students’ behaviour. In lessons we have an ethos of learning and OFSTED noted that our students “have very positive attitudes towards their work”. Relationships between staff and students are excellent, and visitors to the school remark on how courteous and trustworthy Norton Hill students are. At Norton Hill, we believe that it is important to reward effort, achievement and community spirit. We operate a system of merits throughout the school for good work or good behaviour. We use “Time Out” to deal with any student who disrupts a lesson to ensure that nobody can interfere with the learning of other students. Student Involvement Students play a central part in the life of the school and are directly involved in many aspects of the management of the school. Each Tutor Group elects a tutor representative who is part of the House and School Council. As well as raising money for charities of their own choosing, the students organise sporting competitions and numerous projects around the school. The School Council has an important role in shaping school policies and activities.
Life Changing Experiences
The Duke of Edinburgh award is a fantastic experience. You really get to know your team mates and test your own skills. Ellie, Year 11
Learning Beyond the Classroom We firmly believe that high academic achievement goes along with encouraging young people to develop their skills, attitudes and interests. Thanks to the considerable energy and commitment of our staff, we are able to offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. At the start of each academic year, students are sent a programme
listing all the extra opportunities available. The new Year 7 intake
All students are encouraged to take part in representative and House
also take part in a ‘Freshers Fair’ where they have a chance to find out
sports and we have very high levels of participation. Through the
more about the activities on offer and speak to students who currently
highly qualified PE staff and use of external coaches, we can offer a
take part in them. To allow as many of the students as possible to
wide variety of sporting activities at a range of levels. Many students
participate, we provide a late bus to most of the outlying villages in
(and parents!) also make use of the Sports Facilities at evenings and
BANES that our students come from.
weekends through the Community Sports Programme. We have extensive playing fields which accommodate rugby, football, hockey
The types of opportunities available can be broadly grouped into:
and cricket as well as athletics. We have seven tennis courts and a full size Astroturf with floodlights. Indoor facilities include a Sports Hall,
fitness activity room and a gymnasium.
We have a strong tradition of excellence in the Arts and students are encouraged to develop these skills through:
Students can participate in extra curricular sport through:
Individual/group musical tuition
boys’ and girls’ football, boys’ and girls’ rugby, netball, hockey,
rounders, cross-country, athletics, tennis, cricket, basketball,
Music Summer School - a week long residential culminating in a
dance and golf
A wide variety of clubs and school sports teams including
School sports teams
Annual Lower and Upper School Drama productions
Dance performances including the annual Gym and Dance display
School Sports Day
County and National representative teams (we currently have
Participation in local and national Art competitions and displays
students in athletics and canoeing competing for the England School teams) •
Learning Beyond the Classroom
We even have an Equestrian Team
a skill or hobby) and a two day expedition. Many students then go
Our well equipped and spacious Library and ICT facilities are open and
on to complete the Silver and Gold Award in Year 11 and Year 12. To
staffed at lunchtimes and after school for students to use for study,
support these activities we have a range of staff with outdoor activity
research, doing homework or improving their ICT skills. Students can
qualifications, including the Mountain Leader Award.
also take part in an animation club. Education Visits Specific support for students approaching examinations is offered in all
There are many opportunities, both within the curriculum and during
subjects after school and also during the Easter holidays.
Activities Week, for students to participate in off-site visits which enhance their learning. For example, students can opt to spend a
week in France, Spain or Germany to develop their language skills.
Norton Hill is recognised as having the largest outdoor pursuits
They can learn to ski in the French Alps or participate in water sports
programme in the area and we are proud of the number of students
in the Ardeche. In 2008, Norton Hill received the International School
and staff who take part each year. These activities build student
Award for the third time from the British Council, reflecting its links
confidence and leadership skills and are highly valued when students
and exchanges with other cultures.
leave the school for Higher Education or the workplace. Outdoor activities available to students include:
Year 8 Forest of Dean Residential visit
One of the curriculum highlights is the Activities Week which takes
place during the final week of the Summer Term. This offers an
extended learning opportunity for students to develop their skills in a
particular area of interest to them. During this week, Music Summer
Duke of Edinburgh Award - Bronze, Silver & Gold
School, School Camp and the Languages visits to Europe take place.
One-day Year 9 Outdoor Skills training
Other students are involved in work with community organisations,
Sports week, Arts week, a residential visit to Ironbridge, the Real Game and even Murder, Mystery and Mayhem (Maths based problem
This year, we have over 150 students (and 30 staff!) taking part in
solving with a forensic theme!). All of these offer the students a
the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. This involves three elements:
chance to develop their knowledge in a different way.
Service (contribution to wider community); Skill (further developing
Community Values At Norton Hill, we recognise that, as well as personal and academic success, it is important we make sure students are equipped to make a positive contribution to their local and wider communities. Students are given a range of opportunities to take part in community activities both through the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. These include: House and Student Leadership
international activities allow our students to work with people from a
Each House develops their own community action projects led by
range of cultures and ages.
the House Council. Each year, each House produces a presentation of their community work to a panel which award points to the House
deemed to have made the greatest contribution. Students of all ages
Students can choose to take part in â€˜Make a Differenceâ€™ during our
are involved in the activities, for example, each House runs a charity
annual activities week. This is a week spent working with local
week when they raise money for the school charities.
organisations on activities aimed at improving the local area and helping vulnerable groups.
Eco-Schools The school runs a student Eco-Schools group who take a lead on
sustainability issues in the school and local community. For example,
A large number of our Key Stage 4 students are involved in
students help lead and publicise the country wide Zero-Waste week.
volunteering activities through the Duke of Edinburgh and Applied Learning schemes. Students are able to log and accredit their activities
to provide evidence of their work for future employment and Higher
Students have the chance to experience working with students
of different ages through link projects with other secondary and primary schools. Visits to and from the school for local, national and
Having the whole school centenary photo was amazing. It is a really good way to celebrate 100 years of Norton Hill. Ben, Year 8
I’ve really enjoyed the Sixth Form at Norton Hill. I’ve had excellent teaching and I now want to go on to University, something I never thought I would be capable of when I joined the school. Tom, Year 12
The majority of students choose to stay at the school to continue their Post-16 studies across the Partnership at the Midsomer Norton Sixth Form. The Sixth Form students have the opportunity to experience the greater
Christi and the University College Cambridge helps to maximise
freedom and opportunities of Sixth Form life as well as a wide range of
students’ chances of successful applications.
over 40 courses at both the Norton Hill and Somervale sites. They can also take advantage of excellent facilities across both sites, such as
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
the fantastic media suite and new Sixth Form library on our Somervale
From September 2009 we have become the first state
site, and our Sixth Form Centre and our extensive new ICT facilities on
school in the area to be approved to run the Cambridge
our Norton Hill site. Students can also participate in a wide variety of
Pre-U course. This course is designed to offer students
social and educational trips; such as to Thorpe Park, Bournemouth,
a linear approach to study with opportunities for more in-depth
analysis. The programme has been identified by the top Russell Group of Universities as the ideal preparation for study at their institutions.
Each year, a number of students will choose to join us from other institutions for their Sixth Form study. We offer a wide range of
Business Career Academy
courses and have outstanding levels of achievement. There is a strong
Students who are interested in a career in Business can enrol in
tradition of students entering Higher Education including regular
the Career Academy. This is a national programme and Midsomer
success at Oxbridge.
Norton Sixth Form is the only Sixth Form in the area approved to be a Business Career Academy. As part of their preparation to be the
As part of the Post-16 programme, students participate in a Careers
business leaders of the future, they receive master classes from local
and Higher Education programme which ensures they receive
and national business leaders. They also have a mentor from the
preparation and support with university applications and when
business world who meets them regularly. The jewel in the crown of
entering the world of work. Additionally, as part of our work as the
the programme is the paid internship during the summer of Year 12.
Gifted and Talented Lead School, students can opt to take part in a
Students spend six weeks on a placement developing their skills in a
separate Oxbridge preparation process. Our partnership with Corpus
real-life business environment.
School Community The school stands on the B&NES border to the south of Midsomer Norton and Radstock (10 miles from Bath and 12 miles from Bristol).
The Somerset villages of Chewton Mendip, Ston Easton, Chilcompton, Gurney Slade, Binegar, Stoke St Michael, Coleford, Oakhill, Holcombe, Stratton-onthe-Fosse and Kilmersdon are within 15 minutesâ€™ drive of the school, as are Peasedown St John, Wellow, Shoscombe, Camerton, Timsbury and Paulton which are in B&NES. School coach transport is provided by B&NES from Farmborough, High Littleton, Clutton, Temple Cloud, Hallatrow, Farrington Gurney and Paulton. Somerset County Council also provides school coach transport from Coleford and Holcombe. m Fro
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