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May 2017

  • 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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  • Doncaster Primary Schools' Cross Country 2017

    Published 13/05/17

    Hundreds of school children descended on Hill House School for the 15th annual Doncaster Primary Schools' Cross Country Championship.

    In the under 9 girls event Greta Highfield finished in second place with a special mention for Year 3s Lottie Thomas who came 10th and Jessica Eggitt. The under 9 girls were third in the team competition. 

    Hill House's Daniel Reeve did the double by winning the under 9 boys event having won the same event the previous year as a Year 3 pupil. Daniel was closely followed by  Freddie Brooke, Alifie Bazlinton and Albert Attack, to secure second place for the team. 

    In the under 11 girls event Jessica Rowland and Olivia Lennard were neck and neck all the way round but a sprint by Jessica saw her take the title. Charlotte McLellan, stepping in at the last minute for an injured Olivia Martin, finished in a very commendable 10th position. A great run by Erin Yates saw the girls take first prize in their age group.

    William Russum rounded off an excellent cross country season with third place in the under 11 boys race, closely followed by Ben Drohan and William Payne. With three Hill House boys finishing in the top 10 this secured them the team prize. 

    Hill House were crowned the overall winners across all age groups, for only the third time in fifteen years. Saltersgate were second and Copley Junior School were third.

    Chris Keyworth, Head of P.E. at Hill House School, said "This event is one of the highlights of the year and it has been such a pleasure to welcome schools from across Doncaster. Congratulations to all runners who completed the course and represented their school."


    Under 9 girls (42 runners): Greta Highfield (2); Lottie Thomas (10); Chloe Hall (16); Jessica Eggitt (18)
    Under 9 boys (41 runners): Daniel Reeve (1); Freddie Brooke (7); Alfie Bazlinton (12); Albert Atack (17)
    Under 11 girls (40 runners): Jessica Rowland (1); Olivia Lennard (2); Charlotte McLellan (10); Erin Yates (16)
    Under 11 boys (40 runners): William Russum (3); Ben Drohan (6); William Payne (9); Scott Frisby (32)


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  • Wilde expert from the University of Cambridge

    Published 12/05/17

    The A-level English Literature students were lucky enough to listen to a small, seminar-style lecture on the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde from Dr Peter Raby, a world-renowned Wilde expert from the University of Cambridge. As part of our A-level course, we have studied one of Wilde’s most famous plays: 'The Importance of Being Earnest', and Dr Raby provided us with a range of information, critiques and ideas for debate to help with our learning: from the plays inception and critical reception, to its key themes, actions and motifs. 
    One upper sixth student said ‘I’m glad we had the talk. It gave me great ideas on how to expand my essays and different perspectives of points’. Moreover, a lower sixth English Literature pupil and student of  Drama pupil felt that he was ‘inspiring and passionate, giving a broad and in-depth insight into Wilde’s comedy and humour within The Importance of Being Earnest. A truly enjoyable morning with a great gentleman’. 
    I would like to say on behalf of all the English Literature sixth form students that the session was helpful and inspiring. We were incredibly lucky to have such a distinguished, intelligent and passionate man help us understand this critical text and help us prepare for our upcoming exams. 
    Jess Farmer 

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  • Annabel Bennett represents England Hockey U16

    Published 08/05/17

    Year 11 Hill House School student Annabel Bennett stepped onto the big stage with England Hockey U16 recently in a series of matches against Irish opposition. Annabel was involved with the squad winning all 3 matches against their opposition. The matches took place at Lilleshall, National Sports Centre and Annabel scored a goal for England on the second day in the 5-0 win. It was a textbook Bennett goal involving her skill and precision. From a short corner she ended up with the ball with her back to goal, executed a clever spin and flicked the ball into the bottom corner.

    Head of girls games Miss Katie Barnes commented;

    "It is an incredible achievement for Annabel to play at this level, she should be incredibly proud and we are incredibly proud of her at Hill House School. Congratulations Annabel!"

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  • The stars were out at the annual Robin Hood Festival held at Hill House School in Auckley.

    Published 05/05/17

    The event provides opportunities for young people in Doncaster to play, sing, act and compete in an inclusive and supportive environment. Run by Hill House music teacher Vicky Bodman, it was recently named 'Outstanding Community Initiative Award' at the prestigious 2016 TES Independent School Awards.

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  • Poet Laureate Visits Hill House

    Published 02/05/17

    On Tuesday 2 May, Hill House School hosted Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate. Accompanied by musician and thespian, Mr John Sampson, Dame Duffy read to over 200 A-level and GCSE students, as well as members of our parent body, from her collected works, Mean Time; currently studied at Advance Level English at Hill House.

    In addition, the Poet Laureate gave insight into her inspiration for the writing of these poems, the response they received and ways our students could interpret them. In order to facilitate the learning of our GCSE students, Dame Duffy spent time reflecting on the poem ‘War Photographer’, currently being studied as part of the AQA Power and Conflict anthology. Her contextualisation of these works provided invaluable comments for our students in the weeks before their examinations.

    Pockets of music and drama interspersed the poetic readings and John Sampson gave the audience a musical treat, with a range of instruments that spanned the historical spectrum of the office of the Poet Laureate.

    After this, Dame Duffy met students for a discussion about her work, answering questions and signing books. We were delighted to welcome staff and students from Hall Cross Academy as part of this experience and thank them for joining us.

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