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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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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Year 1 go down to Willow Farm

Last Wednesday, Year 1 and Mrs Bird had a fantastic day out  at Willow Farm, home of Amy T (Year 2). The children learned about many different aspects of farming  – from bees to cattle and crops – at the mixed farm which adjoins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s  Hickling reserve. Highlights were undoubtedly the ride on the trailer and calling for Boris the Bull (who did turn up)!

Amy’s father is a previous award winner of the national Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group’s Silver Lapwing Award, achieved for the environmentally friendly approach to farming adopted at Willow Farm.  Many thanks to the Tallowin family for a wonderful trip!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/broadland-farmer-s-success-in-national-wildlife-award-1-1105724







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Gold D of E Practice – Part 2!

Last Friday, Maisie and Kelly (Year 12) together with  Tayla and Alice (Year 11), Mrs Grove and Mr Johnston, set off on their very challenging, four-day  Duke of Edinburgh gold practice in the Peak District. We reported on their first couple of days earlier…and now can bring you the second instalment…

Day 3 – Despite grey skies, the girls set off bright and breezy at 7am for an all-day trek. After a brief, stiff climb they walked atop the ridge with amazing views of Edale, continuing on past some agile cows, who looked perfectly at home negotiating tiny paths,  to the ‘shivering mountain’ Mam Tor and on to  ‘Ringling Roger’  By the time the girls had picked their way down this impressive mountain to their campsite it was time to start preparing and cooking their evening meal and settle down for an early night in preparation for a very early start.

Day 4. – The girls chose to rise at 4am to get started by 5am up the mountain behind the campsite and on to Kinder Scout, enjoying a beautiful dawn followed by blue sky and bright sunshine. Before they knew it they had made it to the peak and were walking along the edge before most people had even had breakfast!  The descent took them  along the Roman Road.

Well done to all four girls for completing their gold practice so efficiently and being on time at all of their stops.  Good luck with your gold final expedition in the Brecon Beacons in July.

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Gold D of E Practice – Days 1 and 2

Four girls, Maisie, Kelly, Tayla and Alice set off on their gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition on Friday, ready for a four day walk and four night camp.

On day one, they got up early and took just one hour to eat breakfast and pack their camping equipment away so they were ready to begin their day. They started walking under threatening skies at 8am. Although there were a few showers throughout the day it wasn’t until they had just finished putting up their tents at the campsite that the heavens opened with an almighty downpour interspersed by the odd rumble of thunder. Luckily it was only a short storm after which they were able to cook their tea outside. 

Day two saw the girls getting up even earlier so they were out of their camp by 7am. They had some complicated navigation to overcome but managed it with aplomb. A long but pretty walk along Snake Path brought them up to the top of Kinder Scout. After lunch, they descended along William Clough which is the site of the mass trespass of 1932. This trespass allowed the ordinary people more access to walk on the land of the Peak District. The girls arrived at their campsite at 3pm and were able to rest before putting up their tents and cooking dinner – pasta, the staple diet of D of E!

More news of the expedition will be posted soon.

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The future starts here…

Year 12 will be attending the  Norfolk Higher Education Exhibition at UEA tomorrow.  With UCAS experts, university and college representatives from over 100 institutions and industry professionals present, it gives the girls a great opportunity to learn about the many possibilities open to them after their A levels.  They will be able to attend seminars on how to choose a university and find out what life is like on a university campus as well as talk to experts about options other than going to university.

Watch this space for pictures and the girls’ feedback from the event!


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Brilliant Hilltop trip for Years 3-6!

Our Years 3-6 pupils returned today from their fantastic residential trip away at Hilltop Outdoor Centre near Sheringham. They took part in so many exciting and challenging activities – from the vertical challenge and climbing wall to toasting marshmallows on camp fires they had made themselves.  On their last morning – today – after a big breakfast they tackled the zip wire (look at the video clip below to see why teamwork is important!) and archery.

Of course, a huge part of the fun was sleeping away from home – for some children this was the first time they had done this. The teachers report that everyone was very good and slept well, with no talking after lights out…but we expect there will be some tired children at bedtime tonight!

Look out for a gallery with more pictures on the blog next week.


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Superb first day at Hilltop for Years 3-6!

We have just heard from one of our teachers at Hilltop Outdoor Centre with Years 3-6. She says the children have had a superb first day outdoors making camp fires, playing games and toasting marshmallows, amongst other adventures. Everyone is tired and happy and looking forward to their supper!