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  • The Robert Winston Lectures

    Published 08/09/17

    We are delighted to announce our new High-Level Speaker Programme, The Robert Winston Lectures. We are very honoured to able to host these prestigious speaker events and would like to invite you to join us. There will be a total of six lectures throughout the year. These events will be open to the public; therefore, tickets will be issued on a first come/first served basis. For more information on each speaker and to book tickets, please click on the link below and return the reply slip to the school office. We are currently only asking for responses for the first term’s speakers, the final three lectures will be offered later in the year, however, we would encourage you to make a note of the dates in your diaries.

    While we feel that these lectures will be particularly useful for students in Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form, we would like to welcome all who wish to meet and hear from current leading thinkers.

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  • Walker Morris Calendar Competition

    Published 21/11/17

    Walker Morris celebrated the 23rd year of their annual Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition in November with four Hill House School pupils coming away with prizes.

    Over 1000 primary school children from across the Yorkshire and Humber region entered their artwork in the hope of making it into one of the top thirteen spots, one for each month of the year plus the front cover.

    Poppy Bazlinton, now in Year 7, secured September, with three others coming away with runner up prizes, Charlotte Ashworth, Ella Joshi and James Barnsdale-Black.

    Art teacher at Hill House Junior School, Mrs Birch, said, “The Walker Morris Charity Calendar is a fantastic showcase of the talented young artists we have in Yorkshire. It is a great opportunity, not only to recognise this talent, but to also raise money for a fantastic cause, Martin House Hospice.

    We have been very lucky at Hill House School and have had a winning piece every year we have entered, it is fantastic to have continued that tradition this year.”

    The children were tasked with choosing a month of the year and painting images inspired by nature. Winner Poppy’s colourful painting was inspired by the leaves turning orange in September. Charlotte painted June because it’s a “warm month that brings out the beauty in nature”. Ella said of her painting, “I love the image of a wintry sunrise in the early mornings of January” while James entered his image for July because, “chameleons live in hot climates and July is a hot summer month”.

    The pupils not only came away with artists hampers, presented by renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson and David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at law firm Walker Morris, but they also won £250 for the Junior School Art Department.

    Well done all.

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  • North of England Hockey Success

    Published 08/11/17

    The Girls’ U14 Hockey team, already South Yorkshire county champions, progressed to the North of England Finals this week after a hard-fought tournament against other county champions in Manchester.

    After a poor display against Cheshire’s Queen’s School, losing 4-0, the girls rallied with an impressive 2-0 victory over Arnold School from Blackpool. They followed this with a masterful 4-0 win over King William’s School from the Isle of Man, including excellent strikes from Daisy Bennett, Isobel Flanagan and Evie Sprenger.

    Coming 2nd in their pool, the girls then pitted themselves against Manchester High School in a tight play off. After taking an early 1-0 lead through a wonderful solo goal by Captain Flanagan, the team then withstood heavy second half pressure, a barrage of penalty corners and a partisan crowd, with goal keeper Grace Thomas making a string of outstanding saves to take the team through to the North Finals, at which the girls will compete as one of the eight top teams in the North of England.

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  • Harvest Festival

    Published 17/10/17

    It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents join us in the school hall for the Junior School Harvest Festival celebration on Tuesday afternoon. The children worked hard to put on a fantastic event, with every child in Junior School taking an active role, through their numerous poems, small playlets and many songs.

    Year Six opened the Harvest celebrations with their very tuneful Harvest Song, "Celebrate." Nursery and Reception children delighted the audience with their beautiful singing of "Big Red Combine Harvester". Year One also showed off their singing skills as they sang about a "Little Seed". Year Two and Three, once again, delighted the audience with their confident poetry renditions about the true meaning of Harvest. Year 4 pupils livened up the proceedings with their "Vegetable Rap" and funky moves. The audience were also treated to a beautiful rendition of "Fields of Gold" by the guitar orchestra.

    A special thank you must go to Year Five who led the service from start to finish and also delighted everyone with their playlet and beautiful singing and swaying to “Autumn Leaves”. The afternoon finished with a very thoughtful but joyous song "Harvest Harmony".

    A huge thank you to the pupils and staff involved and to our very generous families for the donations. Friends of Hill House School spent the morning organising the donations and produced a beautiful display, thank you for your hard work on this.

    The Year Six House Captains had the very important job on Wednesday morning of delivering the food to The Trussell Trust Food Bank in Doncaster, whose volunteers spent time explaining the hard work that goes into organising and distributing the food to those in need.

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  • Yorkshire Biathlon Success for Hill House

    Published 15/10/17

    Pupils from Hill House School are celebrating their best ever performance at the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon Championships, which took place on Sunday 15th October at York University.

    A biathlon is a separately timed run (800m) and swim (50m). Pupils earn points for their performance based on their time with the points for each event added together to give a total at the end of the competition. The aim is to score 2000 points or more.

    Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin won the Under 12 Girls competition and took the award for the fastest swim. Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield, fresh from competing for Great Britain at the World Biathle Championships, stormed home to win the Under 10 Girls competition. Fellow Year 5 pupil, Daniel Reeve, came third in his first ever biathlon and took the award for the fastest run.

    The performance of the day came from Year 5 pupil William Payne who produced an outstanding swim to push himself up to 6th place in the ranking and earn a medal. All those early starts at the school swimming club on Thursday mornings are clearly paying off!

    All of these pupils scored 2000 points or more, a remarkable achievement. Connie Crowther in Year 4 took the opportunity to compete in the Under 10 Girls event despite most of the competition being composed of Year 5 pupils. Connie looked very confident and showed great promise in each event and will surely be back next year to try and emulate her peers.

    "I am thrilled for the pupils as they work incredibly hard in training sessions and are very committed. This competition involved very strong individuals from across Yorkshire and they have shown that they can compete with the best. Thank you to Pentathlon GB for organising the event and to all the parents for the support and encouragement," said Mr Lawrie, running and swimming club coordinator.

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  • Greta and Josh stride ahead

    Published 03/10/17

    Despite only being a few weeks into the new school year, two athletes at opposite ends of the school are celebrating outstanding achievements in their respective events.

    Joshua Dickinson in Year 11, winner of this year’s London Mini Marathon, came 1st in the English Schools Fell Running Championships which were held at Giggleswick School in Settle. Fell running is a much harder discipline than cross country as runners have to navigate themselves between check points.

    Greta Highfield in Year 5 has just returned from representing the Great Britain team at the 2017 UIPM Biathle World Championships in Viveiro, Spain. Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run race which enables Greta to combine her two passions of swimming and running. At the World Championships Greta finished in a very respectable 9th place out of nearly 30 athletes. As each age group covers two school years, Greta was actually one of the youngest in the race. She has already started to make preparations to return to next years championships and earn a medal.

    “Both pupils are an inspiration to their peers. Joshua continues to go from strength to strength, balancing his studies with new challenges such as fell running. Greta’s achievements have caused a massive buzz around the junior swim squad as everyone wants to emulate her!” said Mr Lawrie, who runs the school swimming squad.

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  • Professor Anthony Grayling

    Published 03/10/17

    Staff and Students at Hill House School were very privileged this week to welcome Professor Anthony Grayling for the first in our brand new High-Level Speaker Programme, The Robert Winston Lectures.

    Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of Oxford Universities, St Anne’s College. He has written over thirty books and specialises in both Philosophy and Politics. He regularly contributes to the Guardian, the Times, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the New Statesman and BBC Radio. Anthony is also a keen tweeter with over 40,000 followers. He is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council and is currently the Vice President of the British Humanist Association.

    There was a chance for our A Level Politics students to sit down with Professor Grayling before his lecture and discuss topics such as Brexit, Trump and the implications of living in a ‘Post-Truth World’.

    During his talk, Grayling examined the origins of the post truth world and considered whether it represents a corruption of intellectual integrity and a potentially damaging influence on the fabric of democracy. He also discussed the impacts of social media in a world where opinion can be worth more than fact.

    The audience really engaged with this subject and the question and answer session led to further discussion on a variety of topics such as conspiracy theories and the death of democracy.

    Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Jo Chappell, said, “It is a real honour to be able to hold these prestigious events and give pupils in the Doncaster area the opportunity to meet and hear from current leading thinkers. We have named this series after Professor Lord Robert Winston as we are delighted to be hosting him in November. We would encourage people to get in touch if they would like tickets as this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

    There will be a total of six lectures throughout the academic year. Next in the series is Tim Marshall, former Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News. Tim’s talk, ‘Prisoners of Geography’, takes place on Tuesday 10th October and will explore how geography shapes the historical and political development of countries and regions around the world.

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  • Oliver Barker - All England Song and Dance Champion

    Published 01/09/17


    Oliver Barker stormed the Hackney Empire in London this summer with his performance of ‘Mr. In-Between,’ a song written by his Father. With a unanimous decision, the judges awarded Oliver the first prize in the Musical Theatre section, beating off stiff competition from all around England.

    The All England Dance finals are held every two years and the finalists go through gruelling heats around the country, followed by a regional semi final (this year held in Hinkley, Leicestershire) and finally to the bi-annual event held in London’s Hackney Empire. Two years ago, when Oliver was searching for a musical theatre song to perform, his Dad (a professional writer and arranger) was at a loss, so wrote a tongue in cheek song for him about the fact that there aren’t really any musical theatre songs for teenagers.

    The judges were wowed by Oliver’s vocal and dance abilities and his performance was greeted with cheers from the audience. He was also invited to perform in the prestigious ‘Gala’ concert on the Sunday.  It has been quite a year for Oliver as he also won the prestigious Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival and received the Performing Arts prize at school as well as putting in a fantastic performance as Fagin in the Summer Term production of Oliver!

    Oliver doesn’t know where his future lays but, from his experience in London, a number of agents and casting agencies have got their eye on him for the future. 

    Well done Oliver!

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  • GCSE Records Tumble as Grade 9s pose no problem at Hill House!

    Published 24/08/17

    Pupils and staff at Hill House are celebrating this year after a record breaking set of GCSE exam results.

    A massive 318 of the examinations taken resulted in A*/A or equivalent grades, leading to a record breaking 60% of GCSEs earning A*/A, and 98% of pupils achieved at least 5 good GCSEs including English and Mathematics.

    Despite concerns over how hard the new Grade 9 would be to achieve, the Hill House group won 22 of them, with pride of place going to Hampole’s Tilly Poskitt and Belton’s Matthew West, who both gained a full set of 9s in English Language, English Literature, and Mathematics. Tilly adds her 9s to 6A*S and 2 As, while Matthew adds his to 7A*s

    A*/A                                                                                          60%

    A*-C                                                                                          99%

    Pupils gaining at least 5 GCSEs at C and above

    in English & Mathematics                                                    98%

    Pupils achieving at least 8As and above                         44%

    Epworth’s Arnav Chadha secured 9s in Mathematics and English Literature to go with one 8, and 7A*s, while Worksop’s Joe Pollard earned 9s in English Literature and English Language, to go with another 8A*s. Alice Bastow, from Kirk Smeaton, also managed 9s in English Literature and Mathematics, to go with 7A*s and one B, while Katie Law achieved 9s in Mathematics and English Literature, to go with 4A*s, 3As and one B.

    Eastoft’s Morgan Everatt gained one 9, 5A* and 2As, Belton’s Hannah Young managed one 9, 7A*s and 2As, while Epworth’s Beatrice Holland earned 6A*s and 3As.

    Tickhill pupils also excelled; Holly Anderson gained 7A*s and 2As, Joe Hill managed one 9, 6A*s and 3As, Ed Smith delivered one 9, 6A*s and 3 As, and Oliver Kell secured 7A*s and 3As.

    Sprotbrough’s Joshua Smithurst gained 7A*s and 2As, while Doncaster’s Alina Khan secured 6A*s and 4As, with Jack Zhu achieving one 9 in Mathematics, to go with 5A*s and 4As

    Staff were especially pleased to see that the school’s busy international sports’ stars were able to reconcile their budding careers with very good grades; Doncaster and England Hockey player, Annabel Bennett gained 9 GCSEs including an A* and 2As, Great Britain Skier Jodie Grant secured 7 GCSEs including 3As and 3Bs, while GB sailor Tom Parkhurst earned 7 good passes.

    Headmaster David Holland was delighted with the results, saying ‘we are so proud of this group of pupils; we were thrilled to see last year’s group getting past the 50% mark for A*/As, but this takes results to a new level. To see nearly half of the year group get at least 8As is also wonderful, but so is seeing every pupil achieving what they needed to move on to their Sixth Form studies. It is amazing to see that only 5 individual GCSEs were graded below C in the whole year group! Well done to all concerned!’

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  • A Level Results

    Published 17/08/17


    We are celebrating another successful year as our Upper Sixth students receive an excellent set of A Level grades, despite the government insisting examinations have become significantly harder.

    Pupils’ hard work paid off as they achieved a super pass rate of 98%. An impressive 47% of exams were graded at A* to B, with 77% graded at C or above.

    Star performers include Neil Srivastava who achieved a superb set of 2A*s in Mathematics and Biology, and 2As in Chemistry and French, and will study Medicine at Sheffield University. Oliver Cox achieved A*A*A and has won a place at Warwick University to study Politics. Twins Adam and Liam Senior were thrilled with their A*AB and AAB, as was the Chair of the School Council, Thomas Neale, who gained 4 A grades.

    Head Girl, Annie Barrass achieved ABB and has won a place at the University of Liverpool, while Star Fly Half, Sam Brooke, who made his debut for Doncaster Knights last week against Newcastle Falcons, worked hard to gain 3 A levels at CCD alongside his burgeoning rugby career.

    Headmaster David Holland was delighted with the successes, saying ‘this reflects a lot of hard work and talent from both students and teachers. We are especially pleased that results are improving as national expectations suggest a reduction in grades, and that the great majority of our Upper Sixth are going to top universities on competitive courses.’

    Congratulations to you all, Upper Sixth, we are extremely proud of you and wish you all the best for the future!

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  • Please Sir, I Want Some More…

    Published 30/06/17

    Audiences were certainly left wanting more as Hill House School pupils put on a rousing performance of the West End hit, Oliver!

    The students had a Dickens of a good time performing in this well-known musical based on an orphan boy living in Victorian London, with each sell out performance getting a standing ovation from the crowd.

    Pupils from years three to nine have worked hard over the last two terms to perfect the show and, despite all the nerves, delivered three first-class performances.

    The energy never dropped, ‘Oom Pah Pah’ had the audiences clapping along while Lucy Blott’s remarkable rendition of ‘As Long as He Needs Me’ moved some to tears.

    Mrs Lee, the driving force behind the Hill House School productions, said, “The children have put in so much hard work over this year and I am incredibly proud of them. You can really see that the younger pupils have been inspired by the older ones to really put in their all and the result has been fantastic. The production of the show was incredible and the live orchestra, along with the lights and sound, really brought everything together.”

    See clips from the show on the Hill House School YouTube channel or twitter feed @HillHouseSchool.

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  • The Final of the National Festival of Music for Youth

    Published 27/06/17

    Following the Regional Festival Series, the Concert Band and the Guitar Orchestra have been invited to perform at the Music for Youth National Festival Final 2017. The Concert Band will be performing at Symphony Hall and the Guitar ensemble will be performing at the Town Hall in July.  Hill House musicians have worked really hard this year and will enjoy playing in two professional venues in the midlands.

    Bravo to all our musicians.

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