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A View From A Hill

At Hill House School, we are blessed with a staff body of forward thinkers and are proud of our position at the forefront of innovation in education. 

In our blog, A View From a Hill, we have a weekly thought from a range of writers, including the Headmaster, members of staff or pupils, covering a variety of topics with the aim to stimulate conversation and even civilised debate.

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  • The Adventure Begins...

    Published 05/09/20, by Isobelle Randall

    With the start of the new school year just around the corner, some children may be feeling nervous about what is to come. Particularly those who are heading in to Year 7. Leaving behind the familiarity of their junior school can be quite daunting to some. That is why we asked Harry to write a few words of encouragement to those who are taking that leap into the unknown world of senior school. Harry knows exactly how our new Year 7s are feeling as he was in their shoes this time last year.

    Take it away, Harry…

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  • Au Revoir Val Cusworth

    Published 13/07/20, by Hill House School

    Our plan was to use speech day as a farewell to Val Cusworth as she steps down from her role as Chair of Governors. For obvious reasons, speech day didn't happen so we wanted to use this space to pay tribute to the legacy of the Cusworth family...

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  • School Governors - Who Are They?

    Published 05/07/20, by Hill House School

    As Speech Day is, unfortunately, not going ahead this year, our Chair of Governors, Val Cusworth, will not have the opportunity to address the parents, pupils and staff of Hill House in the traditional manner. Instead, Val has taken over this week's blog, taking the chance to explain who governors are and why they are so important to the school community. 

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  • The Benefits of an Independent Education

    Published 19/06/20, by Hill House School

    Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting task for a parent. With so many options to consider, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. Children are so young when considering a nursery or reception class, how will you know what their educational needs will be in 5 years’ time? When considering senior schools, how can you tell if your child will thrive in that environment or become lost amongst the masses? And sixth forms offer so many options, which one will guide your child to the next step in their education or career?

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  • Keep Going

    Published 12/06/20, by Hill House School

    The last 3 months have been challenging for so many people on so many levels; for some, perilous for their health, for others, damaging to their business, for older pupils, worrying for examination success and university places. Many have missed friends and relatives, others have missed loved activities and eagerly awaited opportunities.

    As a keen student of history, I am reassured, however, by the many examples from the past of the supreme resilience of the British people, the crucial quality that the wonderful cricket commentator, player, coach and umpire David Lloyd calls ‘bouncebackability’.

    This week’s assembly, therefore was about the importance of resilience; given the critical importance of this trait at this challenging time, we thought it appropriate to share this message a little more widely.

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  • Welcome Back!

    Published 05/06/20, by Hill House School

    This week, our Early Years Foundation Coordinator and Nursery Manager, Janine Guest, talks about the positives of bringing our youngest children back to school…

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  • Life Behind the Hot Plate

    Published 22/05/20, by Hill House School

    This week, our Catering Manager, Matthew Hewitt, discusses life behind the hot plate and the importance of teamwork, especially when working with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc...

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  • Bowled Over

    Published 13/05/20, by Hill House School

    Head of Girls' Games, Miss Barnes, talks about why the summer term may be a little different for girls these days...

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  • Conserving our World from the Pandemic of Climate Change

    Published 06/05/20, by Hill House School

    This week, Lower Sixth student, Eve Nicholson, highlights the positive effect the global pandemic has had on the environment. 

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  • The Times They are a Changin’

    Published 01/05/20, by Hill House School

    From the Headmaster....

    Just like our children, we parents, have rites of passage, some joyous, some challenging. The delight of the birth, the first word, the first day at school; the triumph of much longed-for selection for a team, the despair of an audition or music exam not passed. The terror of the first boyfriend or girlfriend; exam results…….

    This summer, I had one of the experiences that comes to many parents of a certain age – the start of the university career!

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  • Learning for the Future

    Published 24/04/20, by Hill House School

    Head of Hill House Junior School, Mr Hall, considers the effect the current situation may have on our future...

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  • What Was The Point?

    Published 17/04/20, by Hill House School

    Like parents all over the country I have spent countless hours over the last two years fretting about my child’s GCSEs. Too much study, not enough, are they coping, are they too laid back? Knowing a great deal about how the process works and having been through it many times from “the other side” doesn’t provide any insulation from these worries. I’ve proffered revision cards hopefully, made comforting hot chocolates, suggested timetables and study breaks - and now suddenly it’s all gone. So does that mean the last two years were wasted? I think the answer is obviously, and thankfully no.

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