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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

This Week's Notices

It is important to us that parents are kept up to date with notices from the College.  Please check here each week for important information about your child and the College. 

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From the Principal

It is hard to believe that a term has already ended and another new year will start soon.  As always this has been a very busy term and I hope you enjoy reading about some of the wonderful activities, trips and sporting events our students have undertaken.

I would like to thank staff and students for all their hard work and parents for your continued support in working in partnership to help achieve success for every child.

I personally wish to thank Mrs Merrills, Executive Principal, who will from next year take on a wider role in the Trust, for her many years of outstanding contribution to Sir Jonathan North. 

As we plan and look forward to next academic year, it is important that we start to prepare students for next year too. In order to help your child to move in to the next academic successfully, I would like to remind everyone of our high standards of appearance and expectations.  A full outline of the College dress and equipment list can be found on our website but I would ask that:

  • all students come to school with the basic equipment of a pen, pencil, ruler and a scientific calculator. Any of these items can be purchased from the college. Your child can ask their tutor if they are unsure where to go for this.

We look forward to welcoming students in Years 8 – 11 for the new term on Thursday 29 August at 10 am and Year 7 at 8.20 am.

Mrs Angus

Message from the Acting Chair of Governors 


I write to inform you that the role of our Executive Principal, Alison Merrills, will be changing from next academic year. Mrs Merrills will no longer be working directly with Sir Jonathan North College although she will continue to oversee our Teaching School and her work within the leadership team of Lionheart Academies Trust.

The Local Governing Body would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Merrills for her commitment and outstanding leadership during her twelve and a half years as Principal and more latterly as Executive Principal of Sir Jonathan North Community College. 
Mrs Merrills began her term of office as Principal in January 2007 and has led the college through two Ofsted inspections (one good with outstanding features and one outstanding), two Ofsted subject and one Ofsted cross curricular inspection (good, good and outstanding respectively) during that time.

Mrs Merrills also steered the college through the Building Schools for the Future programme and oversaw the transformation of the school’s buildings and facilities into the wonderful college we have today. Within the last four years, Mrs Merrills has successfully applied for the college to become a National Support School and Teaching School and has herself been accredited as a National Leader of Education, working as a System Leader both locally and regionally.

Under Mrs Merrills’ leadership, Sir Jonathan North has gone from strength to strength: it continues to be over-subscribed with over 60 feeder primary schools now; enjoys an excellent reputation in the city for academic excellence and for student care, guidance and support. This academic excellence is reflected in its GCSE results over time and its positive Progress 8 score for the last three years. In addition to becoming an outstanding school, the college has attained a number of awards during her time as Principal: most notably Inclusion Flagship status, World Class School accreditation and most recently the AcSEED  mental health and well-being award.


We would like to extend our very best wishes to Mrs Merrills in her new role and we look forward to seeing Sir Jonathan North College continue to improve and develop its provision for students under the leadership of Rose Angus, Principal, supported by Jenny Piper-Gale, Deputy CEO of Lionheart Academies Trust.

Alastair Gray

Acting Chair of Governors

Principal Awards

The students below have been nominated as this week’s Principal’s award winners. You will gain 50 points for this achievement – Well done

Stars of the Week

With 100% attendance and no late marks last week, our Stars of the Week are:

DT Starts of the Month

Subject Student
Product Design:

Maysha 10.7
Mira 9.4
Sarah 8.5
Phoebe 7.5


Fashion and Textiles:

Mahek 10.5
Jayna 9.1
Alice 8.4
Yasmin 7.4

Food Preparation and Nutrition:

Nusaybah 10.7
Wacila 9.9
Khadija 7.1


School Keep Clear Programme

On 20 May Leicestershire County Council deployed a team of enforcement officers and a CCTV car to locate parents parking illegally during the ‘school run’. This is part of the ‘School Keep Clear Programme’ that will continue to operate throughout the year. Please ensure that you park considerately and legally, otherwise fixed penalty notices of £70 may be issued.

Please do not attempt to enter the College site between 14:30 and 15:00 unless you have made prior arrangements, as this will pose a potential hazard to students and staff. During these times the College drive and site will not be available for entry, or exit of vehicles. 

Dr Horsted
Business Manager (Site) 

Data Protection and Privacy

The Lionheart Academies Trust takes Data Protection and Data Privacy very seriously. We are constantly reviewing our systems and infrastructure in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. Recently, we have restructured our email distributions groups to ensure data can be shared appropriately. This term, pupils have also received some guidance around data protection to help them with their School work.


Phil Cooling

Vice Principal