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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Where are they now? Felicity Watson…

We always love to welcome former pupils of HOHS to their old school, and over the Easter holidays were delighted to catch up with Felicity Watson, who came for a tour and a chat while visiting Norfolk. Felicity, now in her mid 20s and living in London, told me, “I have such happy memories of my times here. I was at HOHS for ten years and sometimes boarded as my family travelled – it is such a warm, friendly school, I loved it!”

Felicity achieved three A Levels at Grade A and currently works as an events supervisor for the National Trust, based at Eastbury Manor House near London. She is also studying for a Masters degree in Heritage.

“I honestly think I got my love of old buildings and heritage in general from HOHS”, she said. “I loved boarding in the  old attic bedrooms at Hethersett and the buildings themselves always fascinated me!”



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Former HOHS pupil inspires girls to study science

It’s wonderful to see former HOHS student Joy Chianu promoting science subjects to young women in this video from the prestigious McGill University in Canada. Joy, who won a scholarship to study chemical engineering there, achieved outstanding results in her biology, chemistry, physics and maths A Levels at HOHS, as well as in her EPQ. We are very proud of Joy and how she is encouraging other young women to study STEM subjects.

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Former Head Girl Jess inspires HOHS Seniors

Last Wednesday, former Head Girl Jess Withey, who left HOHS in 2009, gave an inspirational careers talk to our senior girls.  Jess talked about her own experiences at school, where she studied A Levels in geography, history, politics and maths, and about her route into a career as a solicitor. After taking a law degree at the University of Kent,  she gained a training contract with Birketts, a regional law firm, and has stayed there, specialising now in addressing the legal needs of private clients, often dealing with wills, powers of attorney and tax issues. Jess explained how varied her day can be and emphasised the importance of communication skills. She told the girls that having a wide spread of A level subjects, determination and a willingness to undertake relevant work experience helped her land the job she now loves so much.

  • Former pupils – do YOU have news that we can share on our blog? Contact marketing@hohs.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you!



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Where are they now? Alex Calton…

We are always delighted to see former pupils and this week our Head Girl from 2015-16, Alex Colton, came in to see us – the day before she excitedly set off to begin a degree course in Interior Architecture at the University of Lincoln. Alex has taken a gap year to raise funds for her studies. “Coming from Zimbabwe means the fees are much higher than if I was a UK citizen, so I needed to raise some money towards my studies,” she explained. Since leaving HOHS after achieving good A Level results in 2016, Alex has worked at Marks and Spencer, latterly in the home department. It was an experience which she says has helped her to develop skills and knowledge which will help on her course, particularly in design and colour co-ordination. We wish Alex every success as she embarks on her next exciting chapter.

Alex is pictured second from left, below, collecting her Gold Dof E aard at Buckingham Palace in May this year with other recent HOHS leavers.

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Where are they now? Catherine Lovick…

We were delighted to catch up with former HOHS pupil Catherine Lovick, who called in to see us yesterday.  Catherine studied A Levels in Textiles, Biology and Maths at HOHS and has just graduated with a First Class BA Honours degree in Contour Fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester. The course is one of only two fashion and textile programmes in the UK specialising in intimate wear – underwear, swimwear, nightwear and corsets.

“When I left Hethersett, I wasn’t sure what to do next so I took a gap year and worked as a lifeguard at Riverside Sports Centre in Norwich for a while,” said Catherine,  pictured below with HOHS textiles teacher Mrs Ling. “But Mrs Ling told me about this course – she used to teach at De Montfort – and it appealed to me. I looked at lots of others but kept coming back to this one, and am so glad I did.  The course has given me amazing opportunities including an internship at bridal designers Caroline Castiligiano.”

Catherine, who aims to work in sportswear or swimwear design,  created the yoga wear collection pictured below for the final catwalk show and heard only today that she has been awarded a First Class degree. Well done, Catherine! We wish you all the very best for the future.

  • Former pupils – do YOU have news that we can share on our blog? Contact marketing@hohs.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you!


DMU Contour GFW 2017 Catherine Lovick

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HOHS Golden Girls at the Palace

Last year’s HOHS Deputy Head Girl Emily Matthews writes:

On May 24th 2017 five of us (last year’s Upper Sixth) got the opportunity to receive our Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award at Buckingham Palace. Most of us arrived early, which allowed us to explore the beautiful gardens, take photos and listen to the Royal Band in the glorious sunshine. Groups from all around the country were assigned a different area and we were part of a group of fifty people from Norfolk and Suffolk.

Presenting us with our award was celebrity soprano Laura Wright who performed at the opening ceremony of HRH Prince Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games debuting a piece she wrote called “ Invicible”. Laura also completed her Gold award and was therefore able to share some of her own experiences with us before we were visited by The Earl of Wessex. The Earl spoke to us about our achievements and asked us about our own unique Gold DofE experiences. Overall it was a great experience and it was lovely to see everyone, including former pupils, Megan and Libby.

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Note to past pupils and all friends of HOHS: Summer Ball tickets are on sale at our fete tomorrow!

We would like to invite all past pupils and friends of HOHS to our Round-the-World themed summer ball on July 6th.   Head and Deputy Head girls Anna and Tami are creating a fantastic event with an international flavour…there will be a themed three-course dinner, dancing and a gorgeously-decorated marquee for an evening out to remember. There will also be a licensed bar, operating a strict ID policy, an official photographer and a photo booth.  The ball is also, of course, open to parents of ALL our pupils, from Nursery to Sixth Form, plus staff, as well as our Year 11-13 girls.

Don’t miss out – tickets are now on sale and cost just £35.00 per person. Why not make up a table of ten with your friends? Tami and Anna will be on hand at tomorrow’s SUMMER FETE to sell tickets: you can also reserve yours by calling us on 01603 810390 or emailing marketing@hohs.co.uk