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 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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On the menu this week


Jumbo Sausage Roll
Veggie & Cheese Roll
Mashed Potato & Green Beans
Salad Bar
Assorted Hot & Cold Desserts
Fresh Fruit & Yogurts


Penne Pasta Bolognaise
Pasta Quills Provençale
Garlic Bread & Mixed Salad
Salad Bar
Rich Chocolate & Marshmallow Mousse
Fresh Fruit & Yogurts


Crispy Chicken with Smokey Barbecue Sauce
Crispy Quorn Fillet
Herb Diced Potatoes, Green Bean & Carrots
Salad Bar
Tropical Fresh Fruit Salad & Ice Cream
Fresh Fruit & Yogurts


Beef & Root Vegetable Casserole
Mushroom Stroganoff
Baby New Potatoes & Mixed Veg.
Salad Bar
Fruit & Berry Crumble
Fresh Fruit & Yogurts


Beef Burger in a Bun
Vegetable Burger
Fries & Peas
Salad Bar
Fresh Fruit & Yogurts



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Fabulous Fete!

So many visitors commented on the lovely, friendly atmosphere at our fete today – it really was a wonderful day and,  with the sun shining warmly for most of the time, the last-minute rain didn’t dampen our spirits! Thanks to the PA for organising such a great event, and thanks to all who came – we hope you all had a great time! We think the pictures say it all….



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Where are they now? Francesca “Froggy” Warner

Former HOHS pupil and 2011 Head Girl Francesca Warner visited on Wednesday to give a wonderfully inspirational careers talk in assembly.  Now an emergency theatre practitioner at the Norfolk & Norwich hospital, Francesca – known since school as “Froggy” – studied A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and A S Levels in Spanish and Drama and an EPQ before taking her nursing degree at City University London and the famous St Bartholomew’s Hospital.  She particularly emphasised to the girls the benefits she had gained from completing all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which, she said, “really helped me kickstart my career, particularly my leadership and team work skills and keeping calm under pressure”.

Francesca worked in various London hospitals before accepting her current role back home in Norfolk, where she specialises in anaesthesia and is involved in all kinds of emergency situations, from removing an appendix  (“I am surprised there are any left in Norfolk, we take so many out!”) to serious traffic accidents.

Francesca’s younger sister, Jess, was also a pupil at HOHS and is now a successful swimming teacher – she even taught Mrs Grove to swim a couple of years ago!

  • We are always delighted to welcome old Hethersettonians for a look round their old school! If you are local, why not come along to our seaside-themed summer fete next Saturday, 12th May, from 11am-3pm and have an informal tour?


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Caitlin selected for national swimming squad

We are delighted  to announce that talented swimmer Caitlin C-K (Year 5) has been selected for the National Swimming squad and has started her training with the squad.  Congratulations, Caitlin, on this wonderful achievement. The picture shows Caitlin with a ercent medal haul from a competition at UEA Sportspark.

Do you have achievements out of school to tell us about? Drop us a line at mailto:marketing@hohs.co.uk and tell us about it!

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No after-school fun swim today

Parents, unfortunately there will be no swimming for Years 3-6 after school today as Mrs McEvoy is unwell.  Children are, of course, very welcome to stay and join in the other fun activities organised by our after-school co-ordinator, or you may collect them earlier if you prefer.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.




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Wanted – holiday homes for Winnie and Bubbles!

A plea from our boarders: would any of our families like to step forward to offer a holiday home for their two guinea pigs over the half term break at the end of May or in the summer holidays? Winnie and Bubbles, our ‘piggies’,  are easy to look after, fun and quite cuddlesome! If you can help, please email boarding@hohs.co.uk as soon as possible.