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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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More award winners at the Royal Norfolk Show

Two more of our Prep School pupils who received poetry and art awards at the Royal Norfolk Show last week!
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Winning awards at the Royal Norfolk Show

Congratulations to all our pupils who received poetry and art awards at the Royal Norfolk Show yesterday!


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Art and poetry awards at the 2015 Royal Norfolk Show


Organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show this week announced the winners of the prestigious schools art and poetry competitions. These attract hundreds of entries from schools around Norfolk – and HOHS has scooped many of the top prizes and awards!

All the winning, runner-up and commended entries will be displayed at the Show itself at the beginning of July so we hope as many of you as possible will proudly visit the marquee!

Meanwhile, very well done to the following:

POETRY:  Years 7, 8 & 9 category
Ella Kassulke – overall WINNER
Mia Ellis-Wood – runner-up
Lacey Mayes – highly commended

POETRY: Years 5 & 6 category
Imogen Stubbs – overall WINNER

POETRY: Years 3 & 4 category
Romily Garner – runner-up

POETRY: Years 1 & 2 category
Imogen Glynn – commended

ART: Years 5 & 6 category
Harriet Catlin – highly commended

ART: Years 3 & 4 category
Laila Oarton – runner-up

ART: Reception/ Years 1 & 2 category
Imogen Glynn – overall WINNER
Edith Martin – runner-up
Georgina Ellis – highly commended
Chloe Tricker – highly commended

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Welcome back and let the summer begin

We hope you have all had a wonderful break for Easter. It is good to see everyone back in school and looking forward to a busy, productive term.

For many of our senior and Sixth Form pupils, of course, this includes exams and we will all support them fully in the run-up to this important time.

At the end of her first week here, Miss Cushing, our new senior boarding mistress, has commented that “this seems such a lovely, friendly school, everywhere I look are smiling faces!”

I think that sums up the best of HOHS!

Mr Crump

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Ancient Tree boughs out at HOHS

Over the February half term break we had to say a sad goodbye to our huge, iconic 300-year old tree,  following a specialist survey last month.

The ultrasound examination revealed extensive rot and splits in the two-metre-diameter trunk of the ancient copper beech – and the delivery of an unexpected death sentence. The felling of an iconic feature of the school grounds has come as a great shock to teachers and pupils at the day and boarding school in Hethersett.

Headmaster Stephen Crump said:

“Trees are the oldest living things we meet in everyday life. Our ancient beech was a beautiful tree in all respects and last Autumn it put on one of the best displays we’ve ever seen – its fiery red and gold leaves were just magnificent. It’s as if the tree knew this would be its final season.”

Tree 1Tree in Autumn and carpark2treepic2treepicThe school is based on an old estate, and Mr Crump thinks there has been a ‘Hall’ on the site since Saxon times.

“When Will Kemp, one of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, danced his famous jig from London to Norwich, there would have been large farmhouse here; soon afterwards, it became a rather grander gentleman’s residence, and the tree was planted as an addition to the grounds.”

The tree was adopted as the school’s logo and features in all its publications. Luckily, a scion of the tree was planted next to it, and in a few HOHS Logocenturies it should rival its grand parent.

“Not that I will be around to see it!” commented Mr Crump wryly.

A special time lapse film has been made of the felling – see below. As the tree yielded over fifty tons of timber, selected pieces have been saved.

“We hope to make some mementos out of the wood of it once it has been properly seasoned, and some pupils and parents have already asked if they can keep a piece as a souvenir”, Mr Crump added.

Pupils from Nursery through to the Sixth Form said a fond farewell to the tree before half term:


the special time-lapse film of the felling:

Video produced by Alex Brickham.

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HOHS tops exam tables for GSCE results

We are delighted to see Hethersett Old Hall topping the local schools’ exams tables for 2014.

Although league tables do give an indication of examination passes, they are not a fair guide to a school’s real achievements. In a school with international students such as ours, no allowance is given to those pupils whose first language is not English and who will therefore take a ‘second language’ English IGCSE which is not counted in the tables, which only record pupils who obtain grades in ‘first language’ qualifications.

Also, the size of the cohort matters – in a smaller school, a couple of pupils missing key examinations through illness have a disproportionate effect on percentages. What really matters, I think, is how much pupils grow and develop, gaining confidence and life skills, over the course of their education – league tables don’t measure this!

Stephen Crump

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