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Years 3 and 4 visit Kentwell Hall

Last Friday, Years 3 and 4 travelled back in time to 1593 when they visited Kentwell Hall in Suffolk to experience life in Tudor Times first hand. They discovered such things as Tudor pottery, basket making, cooking, sword school and dyeing.  They even visited the alchemist and made an explosion with gunpowder! The children explored the grand house and saw what life was like for Tudor gentry. After a long and enjoyable day, we all went through the time tunnel back to 2017…

Mrs Fisher

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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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Sixth Formers take part in ‘Question Time’

On Monday 6th October, five Sixth Formers – Amy, Megan, Tammy, Sophie and Natasha –  took part in a ‘Question Time– style debate at Norwich Cathedral.

The topic was “Immigration and integration – can Britain keep growing?” A variety of questions were asked on the issue regarding the rise of UKIP, racism in Britain and why Britain is so appealing. A question submitted by HOHS students was selected and led to a lively debate amongst the panel members which included Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chloe Smith MP and Judge Jeremy Richards.

It was good to hear so many questions and comments from Sixth Formers from across Norfolk and Suffolk including one international student who questioned the idea that Britain is a caring society by pointing out that whenever asked how we are, most Britons reply, “I’m fine,” regardless of whether they are or not; this led the international student to question whether British people do really care about each other.

The debate ended with a comment made by Rev Hudson-Wilkin in response to Judge Richards stating that we need to be tolerant of others; she said, “I don’t want to be tolerated. I want to be accepted!” for which she received a round of applause.

Mrs Neal

imagePicture by SIMON FINLAY

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Year 8 visit Kentwell Hall

On Tuesday 1st April Year 8 visited Kentwell Hall at Long Melford, Suffolk.

Kentwell, one of the finest moated Tudor Houses in England, is set in a 25-acre estate including beautiful parks and gardens, a working farm and extensive historic outbuildings. Most of the current building façade dates from the mid 16th century, but the origins of Kentwell are much earlier, with references in the Domesday Book of 1086.

As well as taking a tour of the stately home, pupils were also lucky enough to see lambs on the farm that had been born just 5-minutes before. Their lunch was shared (though not willingly!) with some of the beautiful peacocks wandering around.

See more photos from the trip.Year-8-Kentwell-HallYear-8-Kentwell-Hall6Year-8-Kentwell-Hall5

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Year 7s captured in castle

As part of their Key Stage 3 history course, Year 7 visited Framlingham and Orford Castle during the summer term. These two contrasting Suffolk castles gave pupils a chance to consider methods of attack and defence, as well as explore the medieval living conditions.

Each of these castles is architecturally intriguing. Framlingham boasts a great curtain wall with thirteen towers and Orford’s keep is one of very few castle interiors to retain all original rooms and corridors.

Fitness levels were certainly put to the test with so many stairs to climb and some of the girls discovered that it always pays to be on the right side of the prison bars!

See all the photos from the trip here. Year-7-hsitory-trip