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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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  • Hill House School Hits All the Right Notes

    Published 24/06/17

    Hill House School Jazz Orchestra played at Epworth Music Day on Saturday 24th June. The Ensemble entertained a huge audience for an hour on the steps of the Wesley Methodist Church. The group rocked the audience with numbers such as Sharp Dressed Man, Eye of the Tiger and I Gotta’ Feeling. The Band has recently taken part in the National Concert Band Festival Final at Warwick School where they received a Platinum Award and several members of the band will be playing at the final of the Music for Youth Festival at Birmingham Symphony in July. The Jazz Orchestra will also be going on tour to Austria in the Summer of 2018.

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  • Friends £13,000 donation for school woods.

    Published 13/06/17


    A big thank you to the Friends of Hill House School for their wonderful donation of £13,000, which will be used to fund development of the school woods.

    Friends have worked tirelessly, raising funds through various activities including parties, discos, vouchers, coin collecting and bags2school.

    Chair of the Friends, Nicky Thomas, said, ‘we have had a great year, with lots of support from children and parents. We are really pleased that the school will be using this money to provide the children with a forest school, including a pond, gazebos, a barbecue area and an adventure trail.’

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  • Junior School Mock Election

    Published 08/06/17

    As national election fever intensifies across the country, Hill House Junior School made the most of the opportunity to introduce Year 6 pupils to the workings of democracy.

    The Mock General Election was launched a few weeks ago when six political parties (all campaigning on six very different aspects: "Environment, Human Rights, Home Schooling, Internationalism, Creativity and Being Active!") presented their manifestos to the Junior School pupils.

    The names for the political parties derived from different aircraft, as the school is very close to Robin Hood Airport (the home of the Vulcan to the Sky Experience) the pupils thought that this would be a natural connection to make. The choice of names was given very careful thought and eventually the names were chosen - Spitfire, Concorde, Canberra, Vulcan, Hurricane and Red Arrows.

    The whole project came to a climax this morning when a Pop up Polling Station sprung up across the road at the Vulcan Hangar. All Junior School pupils were supervised as they walked across to cast their votes. During the morning our very own Don Valley Conservative candidate Mr Aaron Bell popped in to meet the pupils, answer some intriguing questions and to offer his support.


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  • Gold for Mathematics department

    Published 26/05/17

    The numbers certainly add up in the Hill House School Maths department with phenomenal success at the UK Mathematical Trust's Junior Challenge.

    The notoriously difficult paper, which is set for pupils in Year 8 and below, is a yearly event for many of the school's mathematicians. Many of the pupils attend the school's weekly Maths Masterclass with Mr Barnett who has been prepping them for the competition. Over 60% of pupils received at least a bronze award and in this competition receiving a certificate is a major accomplishment. 

    Six pupils received a gold award with Yuvan Rajasundaram in Year 7 receiving the highest marks and an invitation to the Kangaroo stage of the competition. Hussain Waseem, a Year 5 pupil, also received a gold award making him one of the youngest gold winners in the country. 

    Mrs Thomas, Head of Mathematics at Hill House School, said: "We are so proud of all of the students who took part in this national challenge. Thank you to Mr Barnett for his inspirational Maths Masterclasses which have resulted in several gold winners!"

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  • Greta Secures Great Britain Qualification

    Published 16/05/17

    Year 4 pupil Greta Highfield is celebrating after being selected by the Great Britain team to compete in the European Biathle Championships in Portugal.

    Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run race. Greta travelled down to Cheltenham with fellow pupils Olivia Martin and William Payne. Olivia had to race twice due to a high number of entrants in her age group and although she stormed home in the first race, an injury saw her fall down the places in the final race. Having already represented Great Britain Olivia is on a reserve list for the European Championships. William had a fantastic run entering the pool in a top 5 position but fell behind on the swim. He has set himself a target to come back fast in the water next year.

    After the event Greta was presented with her Great Britain kit. She will travel to Portugal in July with the squad. 

    Junior school teacher Mr Lawrie said "This is a fantastic achievement for Greta as it was only her third biathle race. It is great to see these school swimming club members compete on this big stage and they should be very proud of their achievements."

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  • EYFS and Infants Open Afternoon

    Published 16/05/17

    Early Years and Years 1&2 Open Afternoon: Friday 19th May 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Limited places available in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for September.

    Outstanding Eary Years Provision

    Average class size 15 children or fewer

    Excellent Specialist Facilities

    Warm, Family Atmosphere

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  • National Hockey Finals

    Published 15/05/17

    On Friday, the U13 Hockey team travelled to Nottingham as the first team from Hill House ever to reach the National Finals. After a superb victory over pre-tournament favourites Surbiton High School, the girls played very well in their following group matches, in each case taking the lead before being held to a draw. In a sickening blow, Bedford High School equalised in the last second of the match, securing them the gold medal match ahead of Hill House. In the final match, the girls held on in a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Kent College to secure 5th place in the country. Head of Girls’ Games Katie Barnes said ‘we are so proud of the girls; to be the only unbeaten team, apart from the winners, in the National Finals is a superb achievement! We intend to be back next year!’

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    Published 15/05/17

    The U13 Girls Hockey team did Hill House proud by winning the Under 13 North of England Hockey Championships in Leeds.

    Having progressed through the South Yorkshire and North West Finals, the team were drawn in a very competitive group at Leeds University. After falling behind to a breakaway goal against Wakefield Girls High School, the Hill House girls fought back for a 1-1 draw. With Daisy Bennett and Isabel Kell increasingly influential in midfield, two strong victories against Lancashire champions Kirkham Grammar School (2-0) and North Yorkshire champions Cundall Manor School (2-1) saw the girls win their group.

    In a tense semi-final against Manchester High School, Hill House won 1-0, thanks to some excellent defence by Emma Tonge and Eve Bishop, setting up a final with Cheshire champions, the Grange School.

    With the North of England title on the line, the Hill House girls were irrepressible, typified by the work-rate of centre forward Evie Sprenger, and in what had earlier been a very tight tournament, the girls stunned the watching crowd by recording a superb 5-0 victory.

    Hill House now represent the North of England in the National Hockey Finals in London.

    Head of Girls’ Games Katie Barnes was delighted with the success saying ‘We couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls; it’s great to see Hill House hockey now taking its place on the national stage!’


    Group Stage (winner)  
    Wakefield Girls 1-1
    Kirkham Grammar 2-0
    Cundall Manor 2-1
    Semi Final  
    Manchester High School 1-0
    Grange School 5-0


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