In December 2016 Sir Jonathan North was one of only 17 nonselective state secondary schools to be awarded World Class status having demonstrated it far exceeded the highest Ofsted inspection grade.
The College has held the IIP standard for thirteen years. In 2016, feedback was incredibly positive: ‘The Senior Leadership Team is able to provide our students with the opportunities to develop to their full potential. The same also applies to us as staff; we are given the same opportunities to develop to our full potential.’
Alison Merrills is a National Leader of Education (NLE). NLEs are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most. As part of this process, Sir Jonathan North was designated a National Support School.
Sir Jonathan North received flagship status in 2014 and was reassessed for the Inclusion Quality Mark in May 2015 and May 2017. The final report stated that the College demonstrates, ‘not only through its wide ranging curriculum but also through its vibrant and engaging environment, an inclusive ethos which is understood by all and embedded in all practice’.
Sir Jonathan North was recognised as a Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence in 2013. This was awarded for providing students with as many opportunities to access enterprise activities as possible through Young Enterprise. Last year the Young Enterprise group won the Leicestershire trade fair at Highcross shopping centre; best presentation and innovation at the Area Final and best company report and presentation at the County Final. They were finalists at the Area Final and runners-up at the County Final.
The Fair Trade Group won the 2016 Summer Term Gold Award from the Jane Goodall Institute. This is awarded in recognition of contribution in achieving a better world for people, animals and the environment. The Fair Trade group continues to campaign to raise money and improve awareness of Fair Trade to all stakeholders.
Sir Jonathan North has successfully achieved the Silver Eco-Schools Award. It is fantastic to see the hard work of both the Eco and Fairtrade groups being recognised through this achievement. The next step for 2017 is to achieve the golden Green Flag status. The groups have plenty of plans to make this happen.
The College was awarded the National Healthy Schools Standard in 2005 and again in 2010 for good practice in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Citizenship, Emotional Health and well-being.
Sir Jonathan North was awarded the Gold Games Mark award in 2016 – 2017. The Games Mark is a national accreditation that recognises the contribution of schools in encouraging participation in school sports and physical activity.
The History department has been given the Historic England Heritage Schools Award for its amazing success in Lord Lieutenant’s competition for the past two years (winning both years) and for embedding local heritage in our curriculum.
Sir Jonathan North has been awarded the Arts Mark Gold Award five times. Taking part in an Arts Award helps young artists to develop their creative skills and their ability to communicate well and lead projects.