Headmaster’s Newsletter – 14 June 2019

Dear Parents,

This week we feature the wonderful results achieved by the pupils in both Upper Transitus and Upper Sixth Form in their entrance examinations to secondary schools. The results are truly astonishing including seventeen scholarships. Additionally the number of papers passed at A and A* confirms the excellence of the teaching our pupils receive throughout their time at Hill House.  In particular all the boys entered for Eton and St Paul’s were graded in the top 30% of all entrants to those schools – congratulations to them on their fine achievement. A special mention goes to Leon Croxford who gained seven passes at A* to Brighton College – a magnificent achievement.

You will have read in the press of the changes being made to secondary school admissions and the fate of the Common Entrance exam itself has been the subject of much comment.  Our results show that it is a benchmark of excellence in academic performance and as such must be retained.  This national examination, which is externally marked, should give parents confidence in the superb and inspiring teaching which their children are receiving at Hill House. It should be remembered that we do not have a formal test or examination for children who join in Small School. Our belief is that if children are happy they will learn and reach their potential. These results are proof of that.

For the first time in many years the number of boys moving to boarding schools almost equals the number going to day schools.  More and more parents are requesting flexibility and the schools are responding by offering full boarding, weekly boarding and even flexi boarding.  In the autumn we have planned an evening presentation on this new development.

GIRLS’ LONDON DAY SCHOOLS

1 – Francis Holland, Regent’s Park

6 – Francis Holland, Sloane Square (1 Academic Scholarship)

1 – Fulham School

2 – Godolphin & Latymer

1 – The Grey Coat Hospital

1 – JAGS

1 – Kingsdale Foundation School

3 – Latymer Upper School

1 – Putney High School

2 – Queen’s College

8 – Queen’s Gate

1 – Surbiton High School  (Hockey Scholarship)

GIRLS’ BOARDING SCHOOLS

1 – Benenden

1 – Bryanston School

1 – Cheltenham Ladies College

1 – St Mary’s Ascot

1 – Downe House

FURTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

Cheltenham Ladies’ College 1 – Academic Scholarship

Francis Holland, Regents Park  5 – Academic Scholarships

Francis Holland, Sloane Square 2 – Academic Scholarships

Wimbledon High School 1 – Sport Scholarship

BOYS’ LONDON DAY SCHOOLS

3 – City of London School  (1 Academic Scholarship)

5 – Dulwich College  (1 Academic Scholarship)

1 – King’s College School Wimbledon

10 – St Paul’s School

3 – Wetherby Senior School

2 – Whitgift School  (1Academic Scholarship)

BOYS’ BOARDING SCHOOLS

1 – Bedales

1 – Bradfield College

1 – Brighton College

2 – Charterhouse

1 – Cranbrook School

2 – Eton College

1 – Haileybury

2 – Millfield School  (1 Sports Scholarship)

1 – Marlborough College

1 – Oundle School

1 – St Edward’s School Oxford  (Music Scholarship)

1 – Tonbridge School

2 – Winchester College

With best wishes,

Richard Townend