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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Go Green for Big Brains!

A recent study has indicated that a green environment  could enhance academic achievement. The research showed that children who lived and learned in natural wooded and grassed areas had better spatial working memory, which is linked to higher academic attainment.

Almost 5,000 English young people were involved in the study, which was published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology. The authors wanted to see how important shared green spaces were to a trait strongly linked to academic performance, among other things.

We have always thought our beautiful surroundings here at HOHS must be good for learning, but now it’s official;  when our pupils are playing in the woods and running around on the lawns, they are not only developing their muscle power – they are building brainpower too!


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Countryside Challenge

Following on from our success in the Food, Farming and Countryside Challenge at the Royal Norfolk Show, we would like to invest the prize money in another green project for the school.

If you have any ideas about an eco-project to inspire our pupils, please suggest it on our Facebook page or email marketing@hohs.co.uk. We would love to hear your ideas.

Pictured below is the winning entry.


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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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Free Trampoline Taster Session

Karly Good, our trampoline coach, is offering free taster sessions after school on Monday 10th September to pupils in Years 3 – 13. The sessions will take place in the Sports Hall from 4 – 5pm for Years 3 – 6 and from 4 – 6pm for Years 7 – 13. If you would like your son or daughter to participate in this session, please sign up at Reception as soon as possible, or email reception@hohs.co.uk, as places are limited.

Thank you.


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More First Day Photos

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


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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another exciting school year full of learning and opportunities. I shall be out and about with the camera today to try to get some pictures of what is going on in all areas of the school so watch out for more photos on the blog later today.


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Are you interested in LAMDA Examinations Coaching?

lamda-logo1I am pleased to be able to offer private coaching lessons for senior pupils at Hethersett Old Hall School who are interested in taking LAMDA solo or duologue acting, verse & prose and solo public speaking examinations.

LAMDA exams are about achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual and providing an opportunity to develop the life skills they will need to be a success, regardless of the chosen career: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.

Find out more at: http://www.lamda.org.uk/examinations

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact me via the school office.

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