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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Last week in Year 1 ….

…the children worked so well that they were able to have some fun water play in ‘golden time’ on Friday afternoon. On Thursday, during their PSHCE lesson (personal, social, health and citizenship education), Year 1 learned about teamwork and how we can all achieve good results when we work together. After a discussion about how to be part of a team, the pupils produced a lovely banner about how we all fit together. Keep up the good work, Year 1!


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Sixth Form Escape!

Yesterday, our Sixth Form stayed after school to participate in a fiendish escape room activity devised by Mrs Mann. With puzzles, clues and QR codes hidden all over the school, the teams battled against each other solving every clue as fast as they could to find the location of the next puzzle trail. They were trying to reach the final mystery destination with all the information required to complete the last task. The winning team was the one that finished in the fastest time. It took just under two hours for the teams to complete the whole route and there was only a few seconds separating the teams in the end. It was a fantastic, fun and truly unique start to the term designed to fuel curiosity, problem solving, persistence and resilience, all of which are important skills for sixth form study.


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What have our youngest pupils done today? Mrs Wood has taken some pictures of some of our Nursery children enjoying their first day here.


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More First Day Photos

It’s lovely to see everyone looking happy to be back!


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Out and about at break time

As promised, here are a few more pictures taken during morning break. There was a lot going on all over the school site from the Lower Prep play area to the woods and lawns. More photos to follow later today.


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Successful expedition for our Golden girls!

Posing with our assessor. We all passed!

The stunning Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons looked very inviting on Saturday against a bright blue sky as our D of E Gold group set off to trek up the mountain on Day 1 of their challenging four-day expedition. The steepness of the hill was daunting in the extreme heat but the girls – Kelly, Maisie, Alice and Tayla – coped really well, with the help of extra water, hats, sun cream, long- sleeved shirts and neckerchiefs, and by taking the climb slowly before walking along the ridge. The views were spectacular along the top and the girls were able to draw some interesting pictures and write great stories for their book.

After a tiring but extremely successful day the group set up camp in the farmer’s field to cook themselves a well-deserved pasta supper.

Day 2 began at 5am so as to beat the heat on another strenuous climb.  The girls did very well and were really enjoying the views when we met them at the top.  Arriving at their campsite they  were greeted with the welcome sight of their own stream – perfect for cooling tired feet!

On Day 3, the girls ventured out at 4am under a still starry sky, to miss the heat of yet another scorching summer day. Passing many waterfalls, they  made their way to the top of the mountain and walked along the ridge where they enjoyed spectacular views of two different valleys, one with a reservoir.  On the way down they could see their goal, the ruined Llanthony Abbey.

The last day was cloudier and cooler than the other three but the girls still decided to start out at 4am. The assessor was very impressed with the group, praising their navigation skills and team work and declaring them a delight to assess, thoroughly deserving of the passes he awarded all four.

Today we are travelling home – and in cooler conditions. Well done everyone – you were superb! Now click on the images to see the gallery of photos….

Mrs Grove

  • Did you know…?

Over the past three years our pass rate for D of E awards has averaged 97% against a Norfolk average of 50% and a national average of 52.7%


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Celebrating achievements at HOHS Speech Day

There was so much to celebrate at our Speech Day today – a lovely day and with perfect weather for the traditional family picnic on the lawns afterwards, too! A truly inspirational speech from guest Jo Cruse who used examples of young women who have become leaders in their field to speak to our girls about their futures ‘bursting with virtually limitless possibility’. She also spoke with candid honesty about the challenges and opportunities that accompany times of change – as she herself faces a crossroads. “I thought it was an amazing speech”, said Amy H (Year 11) “It was as if she was talking directly to me and understood my own thoughts and feelings, I was transfixed!”

Happy holidays, everyone!