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Celebrating GCSE results at HOHS!

There were smiles and hugs all round at HOHS this morning as our Year 11 girls collected their GCSE results and celebrated the fruits of their hard work. Well done, everyone – and we wish you all the very best with your A Levels and vocational programmes next year.

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Celebrating GCSE Success

Hethersett Old Hall GCSE candidates have celebrated another year of success in the GCSE and IGCSE examinations.

Headline news is another increase in the top grades, A and A* – last year just under a third of passes were at these grades – this year the percentage has grown to 37%, just over 5% better.

Mr Crump commented: ‘There has been a lot of change in public examinations recently and the shake-up in A Levels and GCSE currently being implemented has made all of us – teachers, parents and pupils – slightly worried about standards and changing goalposts. However, we believe that our excellent teaching, small classes and focused, hard-working pupils enable our school to do the very best academically, despite a changing assessment landscape.

This year we have seen an increase in the percentage of passes at the highest A and A* grades and again we have pupils for whom all passes were at A* and A. The BBC is reporting a slight fall this year in the highest grades nationally – this is one trend we are very happy to buck!

Statistics, of course, don’t tell the whole story; we have, for example, welcomed two pupils into Year 11 this year. Having missed one year of the two-year GCSE course, they have taken fewer exams – but I am delighted to report both girls included the highest grades amongst their achievements. Well done to them both for their success in a relatively short space of time.’

Year 10 have also had examination results, in their case for the core science GCSE examination. With 75% of grades in the top A* to B band, we congratulate them on their achievement and wish them well for the second year of their courses.

GCSE group

GCSE Emily & Anna

GCSE - Olivia and Ebony

GCSE - Sienna

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A* Success in IGCSE English

Following on from the success of our A Level results yesterday, we were delighted to learn that this year’s English and English Literature IGCSE results (released earlier than GCSE results) were excellent, even beating last year’s outstanding results.

In IGCSE English, our girls achieved 35% passes at A*, 35% at grade A, 90% A*-B and a 100% pass rate A*- C.

In IGCSE English Literature, our girls achieved 29% passes at A*, 29% at grade A, 71% A* – B.

Mrs Crump, the very happy Head of English, commented that ‘The girls all worked very hard and I am delighted with their achievements!’

Fingers crossed for even more good news next Thursday!


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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

Feb GSCE tableGCSE Exam results24

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New common room for Year 11

Year 11 returned to a completely redecorated and newly-furnished common room at the start of term, with new sofas, footstools, mugs, kettle and toaster.

It’s a busy year for them, but they should be heartened by their Year 10 GCSE core science GCSE results gained this summer, where almost two-thirds of the grades achieved were at the higher grades of A*-B and most of the girls achieved a C grade.

Anna, Frankie and Olivia are shown here enjoying a quiet moment in their comfortable surroundings, no doubt before getting down to the serious business of their GCSE year.

Year 11 common room

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Bright, confident children? Yes please!

With the long summer holidays a distant memory, come September parents’ minds generally turn back to schooling and often niggling concerns about their child’s current education can become more pressing.

Research has shown that increasing numbers of parents, who might not have previously considered private education, are looking to the sector for a variety of reasons. That’s certainly a trend that can be seen at Hethersett Old Hall School a leading independent day and boarding school just south of Norwich.

As Stephen Crump, Headmaster explains;

“All parents want their children to flourish and be happy. They want a school that offers the perfect blend of support and challenge, nurture and opportunity. As a small, successful independent school that really cares about the individual, this is our ethos. We welcome well-motivated pupils from all backgrounds who can benefit from our broad and balanced curriculum.

We are able to ensure that all pupils fulfil their potential due to the benefits of enthusiastic teaching, small class sizes (which are generally much larger in the state system) and our friendly and caring atmosphere. Every pupil is recognised as an individual so we cultivate bright, confident children who achieve excellent results and develop a well-rounded character.

Established since 1938, a constant over the past seven decades is that all our visitors comment on the welcoming nature of our school and our beautiful grounds which really do give our young people ‘space to grow’. We pride ourselves on both these factors and are always happy for people to come along and see the school in action for themselves.”

Hethersett Old Hall School will be holding an Open Morning on Saturday 4th October from 10am-12.00pm.

Visit www.hohs.co.uk or call 01603 810390 for further details.

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Still making the news…

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