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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The Results are In!

Once again, owing to our small classes and tutorial-style education, we are pleased to announce that all our Year 13 students have gained places at their first choice of university. With a pass rate of 100% and the percentage of A*-B grades rising by 8%, our girls have gained places on courses ranging from mechatronics (a combination of mechanics and electronics) to international event management.

On Speech Day, we heard from our Head Girl, Kami, about her aspiration to read pharmacy at Aston University. Pharmacy is an over-subscribed course with high grade requirements and we would like to congratulate Kami on achieving her goal.

Well done to all our Sixth Formers. We wish you every success in your future. We hope you keep in touch and let us know how you get on in your degree.

If there are any recent graduates who would like to share their results and next steps, please send a photo and a brief outline of your plans to marketing@hohs.co.uk.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Whilst tending to the grounds today, Mr Young came across this rather large caterpillar. It is an elephant hawk-moth caterpillar which is one of the largest caterpillars found in the British Isles. The species is named after its resemblance to an elephant’s trunk. Eventually, it will turn into a beautiful elephant hawk-moth as shown below. Have a look at this fascinating video, too!

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Tennis League Winners

We are delighted to report that both our Years 7 & 8 and our 15 and under teams have won their inter-school tennis leagues!

Last Monday we played two matches against Aylsham High School.

The Years 7 & 8 team of Rachel Y, Anna L, Cristina M-M and Ashlyn G won 4 – 2. The girls then clinched their league title last Tuesday in their final fixture versus Acle.

The 15 and under team also recorded a straight 6-0 victory at Aylsham – well done Hannah Y, Rebekah Y, Skyla-Grace M and Darcey W – and have won their league too!

A fabulous achievement: well done to all the girls and of course to coach Katie. We hope all you tennis fans are enjoying watching Wimbledon!

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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!

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Speech Day on Thursday…order of events

This Thursday is Speech Day and we look forward to welcoming parents and family members. The marquee is almost set up and already looking stunning in our beautiful gardens – and with the weather set to be another hot and sunny day,  the traditional bring-your-own picnic on the lawns afterwards will be wonderful! Please remember that we close for the summer at 3.45pm after Speech Day and there is no day boarding. Here is a reminder of the order of events:

10.30am – Speech Day ceremony begins

12.00 noon – Bring your own picnic on the lawns

1.00 – 2.00pm – Upper Prep and Senior classrooms open to view displays

1.00pm -Year 10 Drama GCSE piece performance on the Women’s Suffrage movement (The Barn)

2.00pm – Tea for all

3.45pm – school closes and there is no day boarding

Setting up the marquee…




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On the menu this week

Jumbo Sausage Roll
Vegetable Kiev
Creamed Potatoes
Green Beans
Salad Bar
Sliced Peaches and Cream
Fresh Fruit

Roast Chicken Breast
Roast Potatoes
Broccoli and Carrots
Quorn Fillet with BBQ Sauce and Melted Cheese
Salad Bar
Chocolate Fudge Brownie with a Chocolate Sauce
Fresh Fruit

Fish Fingers
Mozzarella Sticks
Salad Bar
Fresh Fruit

Speech Day Buffet

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Year 6 camp out tonight!

Nursery children watched Year 6 busily putting up their tents in the secure prep playground earlier, ready for their exciting annual camp out this evening. It’s an absolutely glorious afternoon for their barbecue and games in the gardens and we are sure they will have a fabulous time before getting under canvas for a good night’s sleep!