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Erasmus Germany

Following on from the success of the London programme in March our Year 9 Erasmus project participants were delighted to be heading off to Germany last week for the next stage of the programme which was organised by our partner school there, the Europäische Schule, Karlsruhe.

Joined by 50 students from the Karlsruhe school and our other Erasmus partner schools (Malgomajskolan, Vilhelmina, Sweden, SOU Sveti Kliment Ohridski, Dalgopol, Bulgaria and  Collège Vauban, Strasbourg, France) our students spent a week at the Internationales Forum Burg Liebenzell which is housed in a twelfth century castle perched 440 metres above the small spa town of Bad Liebenzell in the northern Black Forest.

Once again the focus of the students’ work was gender equality in schools and they spent the week working together in mixed nationality and multi-lingual groups discussing their response to this theme and how they might effect change in their own schools and communities. Three days were spent in a programme of exciting workshops led by experts in film production, drama and graphic novellas or comics. A visit to Stuttgart provided the opportunity to attend meetings which gave insight into what Trades Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbubd Jugend and Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft) and Local Government (Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg ) are doing to promote the cause of gender equality at work and in education and the chance to discuss how this differs from what the students have experienced in their own countries.

On the final day we all traveled to Europäische  Schule, Karlsruhe and the students were able to present the films, comics and drama pieces they had been working on. Euro MP Daniel Caspary joined them for the presentations and they were later welcomed to Karlsruhe’s ultra-modern town hall by the city’s Oberbügermeister, Dr Mentrup.

In an extremely busy week there was also time to relax. Highlights included the showing of the award winning film Sami Blood by the group from Sweden along with the chance to learn about Sami culture and language, a disco in the Bergschenke and an evening walk in the surrounding forest. The students also loved the opportunity to meet up with friends made on the London programme and to make new ones. The Burg was an ideal venue for this with plenty of space and facilities for games such as basketball and  table tennis.

We are all extremely grateful to the staff at Internationales Forum Burg Liebenzell particularly Director of Studies, Gertud Gandenburger for making this such a successful week and also our huge thanks go to everyone at  Europäische Schule, Karlsruhe for making us so welcome and particularly to Ines Ladehof for organising and co-ordinating such a great programme throughout the week.

We look forward to seeing everyone again in Strasbourg next year when Collège Vauban will host the final session of the 2-year programme.

Teacher Award Shortlist

We are very proud indeed to reveal that NHEHS Director of Sport, Sophie Nicholas has been shortlisted for the London Sport Teacher of the Year Award.  When all the nominations were considered, Miss Nicholas was one of the four teachers that stood out for their commitment to personal development and delivering cricket, hockey and netball to girls in school.

The award is sponsored by TeamUp a joint initiative launched in 2016 by the England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball. Its goal is to maximise the legacy of three consecutive home women’s World Cups between 2017-2019 and ensure that girls across the country have the chance to play team sports.

Sophie along with the other finalists Erin Hebblewhite, Connaught School for Girls; Maria Papazoglou, Whitefield School and Rob Agnew of Muschamp Primary School have been invited to the Vitality Netball SuperLeague Grand Final on Saturday 7th July. The winner will be announced and presented with their award during the match.

Outstanding GCSEs!

Congratulations to our Year 11 girls who have done outstandingly well and earned outstanding GCSE results.

  • The A*% percentage is 58%
  • 90% A*/A ,
  • 99% A*/A/B
  • 100% A*-C
  • 61% of girls obtained all A/A* grades, with 11 girls sweeping the board with all A* grades.

Some other highlights include 100% A* in Mandarin ( 30 girls took this exam, our largest number for this exam so far ) and 100% A*/A in Biology, Drama and Design Technology.


Head, Lucinda Hunt said:  “All subjects have super results and there are lots of examples of girls who have excelled through sheer hard work and determination. We are all thrilled that every single girl has achieved a really strong set of results to set her up for the next stage of her education. Our warmest congratulations go to them all!“

Fantastic A Levels!

Many congratulations to our 2015 Leavers on their fantastic A Level results.

 2015 has been another extremely successful year for NHEHS girls all of whom leave us with 3 or more A Levels.

  • 87% of entries were awarded A*/A/B
  • 43% of girls have 3 or more A or A* grades
  • 24% of entries were awarded the top A* grade (the national average is 8%)
  • 19% of girls achieved 2 or more A* grades.

Head,  Lucinda Hunt said:  “There have been lots of delighted hugs and tears at school this morning!  I’m thrilled for all the girls who will be setting off to study the course of their dreams, so many of them at Russell group universities. I am also particularly proud of those girls who struggled at times in their school career, either academically or with difficult personal problems, but who worked so hard, listened to advice and made the most of everything we can offer them here, and are now all set for the next exciting phase in their lives. Our leavers have been such a lovely, warm, funny, enthusiastic, loyal and talented year group. We will miss them all hugely and wish each one of them every success and happiness in the future.”

Summer Term News

The Summer edition of the NHEHS Senior School Newsletter is out!

There are articles on trips, visits, lectures, clubs, activities and everything that makes life here so exciting.  Highlights in this edition include Sports Day, a visit from international best-selling author Jodi Picault and  news from our water polo teams and their appearance in the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) national finals.  


Click here to read it

Year 6 Ace SATS

Girls in  Year 6 have produced an amazing set of SATS results.

The national expectation is that children achieve a Level 4 by the end of Year 6, which all our girls achieved. In addition, the percentage of the girls who sat the assessments and achieved Level 5 or above were as follows: 90% in Maths, 98% in grammar, punctuation and spelling, 100% in comprehension and 98% in writing.


We are thrilled with the marks they achieved, which are due to their hard work throughout the year.

Fourth Plinth Winner

Congratulations to Shivani in Year 8 and Thushika in Year 7, who have won prizes in the Fourth Plinth School Awards 2015, an annual competition open to all primary and secondary school pupils in London to design a sculpture for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Set up by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson the competition attracts thousands of entries and the theme for 2015 was ‘Live your Life to the Fullest’.


thushika-4th-plinth-smallThushika won the category for 12-15 year olds with her plan to display huge letters spelling out the word ‘LIFE’ and Shivani’s design of a huge blue pepper won a prize in the commended category.


The girls’ teacher Ms Teusink also received an award.  She won a Teacher’s Prize for evidence of wide discussion about the idea of the Fourth Plinth to inspire students and help them realise their creative vision.


Celebrated artist, Mark Wallinger, one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, whose work ‘Ecce Homo’ was on the Fourth Plinth in 1999, presented Thushika with her prize at a special ceremony at City Hall. Both the girls’ designs were made into huge posters which graced the walls of City Hall and they also each received a prize of a big bag of Cass Art materials.