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Buzz of activity and air of purpose from passing girls in the corridor. Our sixth form guides obviously well known, from acknowledgements received from lower year groups we met. Casual gear sets sixth form apart, a relaxed dress code strongly defended by those we spoke to. Spanking new facilities in completely refurbished accommodation or contemporary designed new build. Good library and, as you might expect, computers all over. Providing girls with skills for changing careers in a global market with strong emphasis on contributing to the improvement to north east prosperity is integral...

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Previous head Hilary French was due to leave in summer 2018 and the school’s senior deputy head, Michael Tippett, had been appointed as her successor for September 2018. However, Mrs French was dismissed in June and police are currently investigating allegations of expenses fraud, so Mr Tippett took up the reins sooner than planned.

Mr Tippett has an MA in classics from Oxford and PGCE in classics from Cambridge. He joined the then Central Newcastle High as a classics teacher, becoming senior master and deputy head. When CNHS merged with Newcastle Church High in 2014 to form Newcastle High School for Girls, he was appointed senior deputy head.

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‘An academic school, but you can almost take the academic side for granted,’ say parents, but there has been a downward trend since...

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