- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
A number of staff are involved with the coordination and marking of public examination work and published educational work.
- AQA GCSE Chemistry Senior Examiner on CH1 and CH2
- Question writer for BMAT, IMAT and UCAM tests administered by Cambridge Assessment
- Examiner for OCR - Team leader on a GCSE Language Paper
- Examiner for OCR - AS Latin Language paper
- Examiner for OCR - GCSE Latin Language paper
- Examiner for OCR - AS Classical Civilisation Paper
- GCSE AQA Unit 2 Moderator
- GCSE AQA Unit 1 Senior Examiner
- Exam marking for AQA Economics
- Writing of text books and magazine articles for A-level students
- Edexcel Reviewer
- AQA Examiner
- Reviewer of maths texts for Mathematical Gazette
- Examiner for Pearson
- Examiner for AQA
PE and Games:
- Moderator Cambridge IGCSE
- Examiner for Edexcel Government and Politics
Members of staff at Nottingham High School contribute to the development of other schools as governors:
- Bleasby Primary
- Farnsfield Junior School
- Greenwich Free School
- Joseph Whittaker School
- A Chemistry teacher is also 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).
- Members of the Drama Department provide National Youth Theatre tuition and coordinate LAMDA tuition.
- 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, someFor example,
- 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
- Organiser of local charity swimathons
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
This year the House charities are:
- Coopers’: Teenage Cancer Trust
- Maples’: Berega Hospital, Tanzania
- Mellers’: Nottingham Women’s Refuge and Framework
- Whites’: Aegis Trust
Whole School charity events are very much encouraged and supported. This year money has been raised for the BBC Children in Need appeal and UNICEF.
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.