Monthly Archives: November 2012

Achievement Assembly @ NHJS-Friday 30th November

On a bright autumnal morning, our spirits were still on a high from last week’s good news and I was especially delighted to congratulate our Year 5 boys on their conduct during the Shakespearean Workshop at NGHS on Tuesday. It seems as if we have budding actors in abundance at NHJS!

Our Achievement Assembly kicked off in traditional fashion with our mathematicians collecting various certificates for the Primary Mathematics Challenge and knowing their times tables by heart.

Razeen has the privilege of being the first pupil to receive his Bronze Award for achieving 3oo Housepoints-well done Razeen!

Only 500 to go to reach your Gold Award at Prize Giving.

Neel in Year 4 brought in his swimming shield for us all to marvel at. Neel has done exceptionally well as he was competing against older swimmers at frontcrawl, breastroke and backcrawl.

Student of the Week goes to Jack for his informative assembly on diabetes as well as his fundraising efforts for JDRF. If you have yet to guess the carbohydrates in the jar of sweets on Mrs Cartwright’s  desk, then Wednesday is your last opportunity!

Sporting Results

Friday 23rd Football vs. The Elms

U8: L 3-1

U9 vs. The Elms & Fernwood

U9A: D1, L2

U9B: D2, L1

U10A: D 3-3

U10B: W 4-2

U11A: L 5-1

U11B: L 3-2

Tuesday 27th U11 5 a-side Football Finals at Harvey Hadden

W1, D4, L2.

Finished 6th overall

Wednesday 28th Chess Matches

NHJS vs. Fernwood W 7-1

NHJS vs. Bramcote L 5-3

NHJS U11A & U11B teams have qualified for the Championship League in the Spring Term. Well done boys!


Achievement Assembly @ NHJS-Friday 23rd November

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay in publishing our achievement blog, but since our wonderful news on Friday that Nottingham High Junior School was named The Sunday Times Preparatory School of the Year, things at NHJS have been a little hectic to say the least!

“Learning with a purpose is the recipe for success at Nottingham High Junior School where the first-year curriculum includes chess classes and the boys receive free music lessons. We are impressed by the school’s all-round approach in engaging its pupils.”

Ian Coxon, Editor, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2012

Suffice to say we had a lot to celebrate on Friday, starting with the boys pictured below, (Max, Milad & Matthew) who collected times table certificates.

Primary Maths Challenge

Mrs Segdewick, as HOD for Maths was grinning from ear to ear when the results from the recent Primary Mathematics challenge were released.

The challenge was set for our boys to do as well as they could and they certainly didn’t disappoint with the standard that was achieved in the following categories:

Bronze Award Certificates (17&18/25)

Silver Award Certificates (19&20/25)

Gold Award Certificates (21+/25)

Our gold certificate holders now go through to the National Finals-good luck boys!


Anthony brought in his programme from the Stringwise! festival that he took part in last week at the Albert Hall in Nottingham.


James and Thomas were presented with chess trophies from recent competitions-well done boys!


Rayan brought in his cricket trophy that was presented to him for his contribution in his Under 11 club team.

Student of the Week

goes to Toby in Year 6, for his  all-round aptitude, both in and out of the classroom.

Sporting Results

I am extremely proud to inform you that Mr Allison has been appointed England Team Manager for the Cross Country Internationals in 2013 and 2014. He will be taking up the post for the first international on Saturday 23rd March.

Thursday 15th November 2012

Highfields School Cross Country

Under 9

1st – Isaac                                                             Team 1st (Trophy Winners)

4th – Harry

10th – Alex

11th – Mathew

15th – Joseph

19th – Alistair

22nd – Dillon

39th – Harry

41st – Oliver

Under 11

1st – Seb                                                               Team 1st   (Trophy Winners)

2nd – Sammy

3rd – Max

5th – Yousef

12th – Ben

14th James

19th – Olliver

41st – James

Congratulations to everyone, another great set of results

Friday 16th                          

U10 & U11 Football vs. Leicester Grammar

U10 W 5-2 U11 W 3-1

Saturday 17th                    

U11 Cross Country Sutton in Ashfield      NHJS 2nd Place

Monday 19th     

House Football

Year 3A
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Ball’s 3 3 0 0 9 4
Hardy’s 3 2 0 1 6 3
Tonkin’s 3 1 0 2 3 2
Trease’s 3 0 0 3 0 1


Year 4A
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Tonkin’s 3 2 1 0 7 4=
Trease’s 3 2 1 0 7 4=
Ball’s 3 1 0 2 3 2
Hardy’s 3 0 0 3 0 1


Year 5A
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Tonkin’s 3 2 1 0 7 4
Ball’s 3 1 1 1 4 2=
Hardy’s 3 1 1 1 4 2=
Trease’s 3 0 1 2 1 1


Year 6A
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Trease’s 3 2 1 0 7 4
Tonkin’s 3 1 1 1 4 3
Hardy’s 3 1 0 2 3 1=
Ball’s 3 1 0 2 3 1=


Year 3B
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Tonkin’s 3 3 0 0 9 4
Hardy’s 3 1 1 1 4 3
Trease’s 3 1 0 2 3 2
Ball’s 3 0 1 2 1 1


Year 4B
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Ball’s 3 3 0 0 9 4
Trease’s 3 2 0 1 6 3
Tonkin’s 3 1 0 2 3 2
Hardy’s 3 0 0 3 0 1


Year 5B
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Ball’s 3 2 1 0 7 4=
Hardy’s 3 2 1 0 7 4=
Tonkin’s 3 1 0 2 3 2
Trease’s 3 0 0 3 0 1


Year 6B
House Played Won Drawn Lost Points Position Points
Trease’s 3 2 1 0 7 4=
Hardy’s 3 2 1 0 7 4=
Tonkin’s 3 1 0 2 3 2
Ball’s 3 0 0 3 0 1

House Football Final Table

Position House Position Points
1 Tonkin’s 23
2 Trease’s 20
3= Hardy’s 19
3= Ball’s 19


NHJS is the Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year 2012

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Nottingham High Junior School is officially The Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year 2012!

This weekend sees the publication of the Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Schools table, which shows a significant improvement in our ranking from last year. We were ranked in 16th place in 2011, based on our SATs performance from 2008-2010, which was an improvement of three places; up from 19th in 2010.

This year sees us ranked in 8th place nationally and even more impressively as the top boys’ prep school outside London, based on our 2009-2011 SATs performance. Furthermore, I expect our position to improve yet again in 2013, as the Sunday Times will use our results from 2010-2012.

As can be seen from the tables below, our Key Stage 2 SATs results over recent years at Level 5, the average level of a 13 year old, are certainly something to be proud of, especially when they are compared to the national percentage of pupils and boys achieving Level 5.


National   Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above

National   Percentage of boys achieving Level 5

Percentage   of boys achieving Level 5 at NHJS


















National   Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above

National   Percentage of boys achieving Level 5

Percentage   of boys achieving Level 5 at NHJS


















It is my pleasure therefore, to take this opportunity to whole-heartedly thank all the Junior staff for their dedication and the success that they have achieved over my time here at the Junior School.

I do hope that you and your sons will get the chance to enjoy their time in the lime light, when our official title of The Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year 2012 is revealed this weekend.

With best wishes,

Andrew Earnshaw


Achievement Assembly-Thursday 15th November

This week has been a real treat for all of us here at NHJS. The boys have been enjoying the delights of our annual Arts’ Week, with barely a day passing without a year group participating in a workshop, visit or activity.

To give you an idea of what’s gone on here at NHJS, I have included a brief list of some of the things our boys have been doing this week at our action packed school!

Monday 12th      

6G Art Session at Senior School

Tuesday 13th                      

Year 4 at Lakeside Pavilion for Balls Boots & Players Workshop

Y3 Pinxton Puppet Workshop

Poetry Plate Final in Junior Hall for Y5-6.

Wednesday 14th              

6L Art Session at Senior School

Year 5 Samba Drumming Workshop in Junior Hall

Thursday 15th

Year 5 Trip to Terrible Tudors (Theatre Royal)

6S Art Session in Junior Art Room

Friday 16th                          

Year 4 Diwali Workshop (Hence why achievement assembly has moved from its usual session)

Year 6 Trip to Vile Victorians (Theatre Royal)

Therefore, it seemed only appropriate to start with presenting the awards from our Poetry Plate Final. Skye was the overall winner, but we wanted to recognise the boys who gained certification in the following categories:


Highly Commended:


As Matthew received his distinction certificate, we felt it was an ideal opportunity for him to recite ‘Sea Fever’ by John Maisefield.

Not be outdone, Mrs Slater’s English Group performed ‘The Alligator’ to the whole school.

Frazer and Niranjan came up to the front next to collect their mathematics certificates…

whilst Toby (cricket) and Harry (rugby) brought in their trophies that they had won in their respective clubs.

Mr Caldwell as I’m sure you’re all aware of has worked extremely hard in raising the profile of NHJS’s Global Challenge. All of the boys (and staff) have worn their pedometers with pride and as a result we were able to award the boys certificates for the ‘Highest Single Day Step Total’ and ‘Most Improved Stepper’.  Pictured below are the boys at the top of the tree who received certificates for being the ‘Top Stepper’.

Monday 19th November sees our boys take part in the Inter-House Football Competition. Last year’s winners were Ball’s House, so we all wait with great anticipation to see if they can hold on to their crown!

The boys and staff have cast their votes for the captaincy of each year group and the boys pictured below will lead their teams out onto the field on Monday.

Year 3

Year 4


Year 5

Year 6

Good luck one and all!

Student of the Week

This week goes to Cole who performed a miraculous act of bravery in helping  a boy in distress whilst on holiday. Well done Cole-we’re all proud of you!

Sporting Results:

Friday 6th November

U11 Football vs. Priory

A team W 3-1

B Team W 4-2

Saturday 10th                     

U11 Football Festival at Foremarke

3rd place in the Plate Competition

Monday 12th                      

U10 & U11B Football vs. Grosvenor

U10 D 2-2

U11B L 4-1

U11A vs. Fernwood

L 4-0

NHJS Achievement Assembly Friday 9th November

It seems as though the boys have carried on from where they left off before the half term break!

Our achievement assembly preceded our Remembrance Service, which this year was based on the theme of evacuation.

Over the half term break I enjoyed reading one of my favourite books, from my childhood, to my two sons at bedtime. The book was of course the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I’m delighted to say that both boys enjoyed it as much as I did when I was their age. In fact, they enjoyed the book so much, that they asked if we could watch the film as a special treat.

It was from this simple request that really got me thinking about the subject for today’s Remembrance Service here at Nottingham High Junior School. I’m sure your son will be able to go through the main points of the service with you over the weekend, but I’ve included the opening clip from my presentation to give you a flavour of today’s service.

In terms of today’s achievement assembly we had many things to celebrate starting with mathematics

Well done to Archie, Zain and Joe for learning their 12×12 multiplication tables by heart.

House Certificates

Congratulations go to the boys pictured below for scoring the highest total of house points over the last house point fortnight in their respective house.


Josh brought in his trophy from MHCC, as he was the best batsman in their squad.

Student of the week goes to Charlie for being a fantastic role model in Year 3. You can certainly see how pleased Charlie is to have received his reward in the photograph!

Sporting Results…

Friday 12th October  

U10 Football vs. Fernwood at Valley Road

We lost to Fernwood 4-0. They were a strong team and will probably win our league. We had some good chances, hit the post, some great saves from their keeper, but they were the better side. We were taught a footballing lesson!

Saturday 13th October

U11 Cross Country Sutton in Ashfield

We finished 2nd on the day behind Archbishop Cranmer School. With a full complement of boys I think we should be in with a shout again, can we make it 4 years in a row?

Sebby– 6th

Sammy– 7th

Yousef – 15th

James– 23rd

A total of 113 boys in the field

Monday 15th October

U8 & U9 Football vs. Grangemount

U8 Drew 1-1

U9 Drew 1-1

U10 Football vs. Bentinck

Won 4-0

Thursday 18th October

U11 Football 7 aside Karnival at Highfields

Runners Up (by 1 point!)

P 4 W2 D2 L0

Conceded only 1 goal

Friday 19th October

NHJS U11 Football Festival at Valley Road

Runners up (despite conceding no goals!)

P5 W3 D2 L0

Monday 5th November

U9 Football vs. Foremarke

U9A won 4-0

U9B won 4-3

Tuesday 6th November

NSFA Indoor 5 a side Football Competition

P4 W2 D1 L1

South Wilford L 2-3

Milford D 0-0

Middleton W 3-0

Sneinton W 4-0

(Qualified for finals on the 27th November)

Thursday 8th November

Junior B Chess Team League Matches

A team scored 11 points

B team scored 11.5 points