Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9

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Happy smiles as Year 13 receive A Level results!

It may have been raining outside this morning, but there were sunny smiles in the hall as our Upper Sixth leavers celebrate another good year of A Level results and their next steps into the worlds of higher education and further training.  Mr Crump says:

“Our hard-working Year 13 girls can be proud of their achievements. They are a multi-national year group and we wish them well as they head off to universities in England and beyond – from Newcastle to Canada – or to their chosen workplace-based training.  I am delighted that all those applying to university have gained places on their chosen courses again this year –  something in which the school takes great pride – with  subjects as diverse as geography, animation, paramedicine, equine management and international development.”

The percentage of passes from A*- C has jumped up by twelve per cent on last year’s total – 73% compared to 61% in 2016 – so there is cause for celebration across the board.

Mr Crump added:

“Of course it’s not just about exam results, important and pleasing as they are. We hope our young women leave this school with well-rounded personalities, achievements in many areas and familiarity with leadership, hard work and high personal aspirations – these are the qualities every employer looks for in a rapidly-changing and uncertain world.”

Pictured below, left to right:  2016-17 Head Girl Anna, who will be studying Politics and English Literature at Newcastle University;  Emily, who is off to Royal Holloway College to study geography and Khloe,  who is heading for Brighton to study paramedic practice.

Deputy Head girl Tami, in the second picture,  has been offered places at  York University in Toronto and the University of Ottowa to study International Development as a step towards her ultimate ambition –  to open maternity clinics and paediatric centres in Malawi to help women with obstetric fistulas and premature babies. Tami received three good A Levels and an A* for her Extended Project Qualification,  for which she composed The Bluest Eyes, a song on black women’s self-image. Tami gained  the maximum 100% marks and you can  listen to her powerful song here.



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HOHS at the Royal Norfolk Show!

Despite heavy rain causing a bit of a mishap with our marquee the day before, we had a great two days at the Royal Norfolk Show this week and it was a delight to see so many current and past pupils and some former staff members, as well as chat to families interested in our school.

We were so proud of our pupils who won art and writing prizes at the Show and would like to thank Mr Crump and some of the parents who attended the presentations for these pictures, as well as the ones of the children enjoying themselves at the Show.

  • Did YOU capture any special moments at the show? Email them to marketing@hohs.co.uk and we will post the best on the blog and Facebook.

Charlotte, Daisy and Chloe on the Pensthorpe stand – thanks Mrs Tricker for this one!


Chloe with her Highly Commended farmland painting



Izzy (Year 9) pictured at the Show with Chief Constable Simon Bailey from the Norfolk Constabulary.

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Prize winners!


More prize-winners…


And more prize winners!



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Alice’s team wins National U16 cup!

Alice (Year 10) plays for Blofield United U16 football team – who last weekend were crowned national champions at the Pitchero Aces finals held at Nottingham University!
The annual tournament features teams from all around the country who have won local and regional grassroots league and cup competitions, with a total of almost 300 teams competing. Alice’s team earned their place by winning the Norfolk Women’s and Girls League (NWGL) U15 title last season. To scoop the U16 title at the Aces Nationals, after topping their initial group table they then beat the teams representing Nottingham (2-0 in the quarter-finals), Coventry (4-1 in the semi-finals) and Leicester (4-0 in the final).
Well done, Alice! Read more in the EDP here

Picture by Blofield United

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More Norfolk Show Winners!

We were proud to announce recently that HOHS pupils were amongst the winners of the prestigious Schools Art Competition at the Royal Norfolk Show…and now we have heard that no fewer that TWELVE of our senior girls and FIVE from the Prep Department have scooped  top positions in the Broadcast News Report competition, too!  Their brief was to produce a news report focusing on issues around food, farming and the countryside. Presentations will be made on Wednesday morning at the show, in the Schools Exhibition Marquee and the honours go to:

Rosamaria, Caitlin, Sarah and Alia  (Year 9) – 1st Prize, Key Stage 3 competition

Anna, Felicity, Cristina and Fleur (Year 9)  – 1st Highly Commended

Darci, Isabelle S, Isabel H and Rebekah (Year 9)  – 2nd Highly Commended

Ellie (Year 6) – 1st Prize, Key Stage 2 competition

Skyla-Grace and Leoni (Year 6) – 1st Highly Commended

Ruby and Emily (Year 6) – 2nd Highly Commended

  • Are you visiting the Royal Norfolk Show on Wednesday? Do come and see us at the HOHS marquee at Stand 4, Third Drive for a chat and cup of tea!

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Miss Mickleburgh’s Magpies collect Gold!

Huge congratulations go to to Miss Mickleburgh, whose Harleston Magpies hockey team was crowned Mixed National Champions 2017 on Sunday.

Miss Mickleburgh told us: “The road to the finals was tough; we had to beat teams from Bedford, Bourne Deeping, Letchworth, Dereham and Horsham along the way in earlier rounds. This weekend we travelled to the Lee Valley Olympic Park for the finals.  On Saturday we took on Spencer, from London, and ran out 4-1 winners. Then on Sunday we played the final against Khalsa from Birmingham.  The game ended in a 1-1 draw, which meant it would be decided on shuffles  (the hockey equivalent of a penalty shoot out,  but more exciting in my biased opinion!).  After five shuffle takers, it was still level and the game then goes to ‘sudden death’ …very tense! But then our goalkeeper saved their shuffle – meaning WE WON!!”

The team has been very successful over the last three years, having scooped Gold in 2015 and Bronze last year as well. Look out for reports and more pictures in our local Mercury.

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Mathematics Challenge Result

Well done to our Years 7 and 8 pupils. This year’s United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Mathematics Challenge results arrived from Leeds University last week and the results are as follows:

Year 7
1st – Anna
2nd – Fleur
3rd – Felicity
4th – Cristina

Year 8

1st – Emily
2nd – Taonga
3rd equal – Emilia and Catlin

Congratulations – certificates should arrive soon through the post from Leeds University.

Mrs Heppell
Head of Mathematics

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Caitlin wins times table challenge

Since September, pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been learning their times tables up to twelve and back. Every week they have a test – and if they pass on one, move up to the next.

Caitlin is the first to pass all the tests to twelve and all the tests back . There is still time for other pupils to complete the challenge by the end of the school year, but meanwhile, well done Caitlin!