Headmaster’s Newsletter – 10 June 2016

Dear Parents,

This past week Founders’ Hall has not been echoing to the sound of drama, art, music lessons and concerts but has been filled with quiet concentration as the boys in their final year have been sitting their Common Entrance exams. We trust that all the hard work that they and their teachers have put in will pay off handsomely. The results will be published on Thursday.

We will need to wait longer for the report following Ofsted’s visit on Wednesday. As I said in my letter on Wednesday evening we are not allowed to discuss any details of the inspection until the final report is published, as technically the inspection continues until publication. The inspection was carried out in a positive atmosphere and the inspectors were happy to pass on how much they had enjoyed meeting the pupils and were grateful for the warm and open way in which they were greeted. I would like to thank every member of staff for their hard work over the past months. It meant the day was able to run as smoothly as it did.

While Ofsted were here school life continued as normal and the boys in Upper Alpha were on a Geography trip to the Thames Explore Trust site at Chiswick Pier. Once again, it is very gratifying to hear that the Trust’s staff commented on how well informed, articulate and well behaved the boys were. It is often forgotten that even though we are situated right in the middle of this urban mass in a little over fifteen minutes from Cadogan Gardens our pupils were bird spotting, fishing, catching flounders, eels, dace and leeches as well as seeing a heron having a bath and a cormorant eating a large fish.

The Mufti Day before Half Term raised a magnificent £2,013.67 for the More Smiles Appeal. Here is a quotation from their response to our donation:

That is fantastic, thank you so much to everyone at Hill House School for your kind and generous support! We have raised an incredible £920,000 so far for our More Smiles Appeal and it’s a huge thanks to the support of schools like Hill House that we have been able to raise so much, so thank you once again.

Now that the weather is warmer and sunnier please remember to ensure that children come to school with sun screen applied. For those with a full afternoon of sport please also remember to bring a water bottle.

A reminder for those in Upper School that next week the Book Fair continues with children being able to purchase the books from their ‘wish lists’. Parents are welcome to accompany their children between 8.00am and 8.25am. We will not be accepting cash payments. Purchases can be made either by cheque, debit or credit card. It is essential that cheques are made payable to the London Travelling Book Company and NOT to Hill House. Please write your name, address and telephone number on the back of the cheque so that the London Travelling Book Company can contact you if there are any issues. If you are unable to come into school, please feel free to send your child into school with a cheque attached to their wish list, clearly stating which books you would like to purchase.

Next Tuesday sees the final Secondhand Uniform Shop of term in Cadogan Gardens. Please see the attached flyer for further details. Donations of good quality uniform are gladly accepted at any time.

Today we wish our two most famous former parents a very Happy Birthday. Today is the beginning of a whole weekend of celebrations marking the 90th birthday of HM The Queen and today is HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday. Last month two officers and a soldier of the Grenadier Guards visited Middle School to talk about how they protect the Queen’s jewels & crowns; one soldier marching into the dining room in Cadogan Gardens wearing full uniform including bear skin hat. As it happened one of the officers is the personal soldier to the Duke.

Richard Townend