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Hethersett Old Hall School is an independent day school for girls aged 3-18 and boys aged 3-11, with boarding for girls aged 9-18. We welcome international students and have an excellent ESOL provision.
We are a deliberately small school of approximately 200 pupils with class sizes of on average 10 pupils. Visitors always comment on our welcoming and friendly atmosphere and we nurture all our pupils to ensure they reach their full potential.
All members of our community are valued as individuals and we celebrate achievement in all its forms, whether it is a string of A* grades at GCSE or A Level or the first swimming certificate awarded to a four year old in Assembly. In this school we share our success.
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What the parents say...

My daughter made the move to Hethersett Old Hall School last year and has never been happier - it is everything an independent school should be and more. The teachers are kind, caring and very effective, and the class sizes are small enough to make sure that those who need to be stretched are stretched and those that need help get extra assistance and encouragement. The Headmaster is really welcoming and takes an active part in the school, and the children really like and respect him. The Boarding House is very well run and my daughter absolutely loves it. Hethersett Old Hall School is not large and flashy, and doesn't have the wealth of facilities offered by some other independent schools, but if you are looking for a school where your child really is treated like an individual, and part of a 'family' then this is the right school for you. I think that Herthersett is possibly overshadowed by its larger, more widely known Norwich neighbours, which is precisely why you ought to visit - we only found it by accident whilst looking at some of the other schools in the area, and I can't be more pleased we chanced upon it.

Commented on 3rd Mar 2015

As a parent at Hethersett Old Hall I honestly don't believe the school gets enough credit or recognition for how good it is, and I personally feel it deserves to be shouted out from the rooftops - or from your website at least! Where to start? The biggest selling point of HOHS is perhaps the pupils themselves. From nursery through to Sixth Form, they are widely considered to be a polite, articulate and intelligent bunch, congratulated on every school outing for their excellent behaviour and beautiful manners. There's certainly non of the arrogant or uppity attitude that often gives public school kids a bad name! This, I believe, is down to the school's commitment to creating a really caring and nurturing environment, one that works hard to ensure every child reaches their full potential - whether that might be academically, artistically, musically or on the stage or sports field - and goes on to become a polite, well-rounded and useful member of society when they leave the school gates behind. As one of the smaller independent schools in the area our class sizes are admittedly much smaller than the local 'competition'. But far from being a negative, I personally consider this to be a major advantage. The enormous amount of one-on-one time both my children receives makes all the difference in the world; it's certainly reflected in their academic progress and the fantastic grades they both achieve. In my opinion, where HOHS really excels is its wonderful sense of community. Much like that famous Boston bar, Hethersett Old Hall School really is a place where everybody knows your name! From the headmaster through to teaching, office and kitchen staff, every pupil and parent is made to feel welcome and an integral and valued member of the school. Having encountered bullying myself while I was at school, when my daughter was faced with an incident a few years ago, I was really pleased that the matter was quickly and painlessly resolved and the pastoral care she received was second to none. On the contrary, on my sons very first day at the school he cried when I arrived to collect him. Not because he hated it but because he didn't want to leave the woods! There hasn't been a single day since that he has dragged his feet as we arrive in the mornings or been eager to leave at the end of the day; hopefully this is a reflection of how happy he is at school rather his home life! All of that aside, what's not to love about a school where the kids are encouraged to get mucky climbing the trees, or to pick apples in the orchard and make their own apple juice, or learn how to make honey from the school bees! Being voted the 'Best Day School ' at the Archant Good Schools Show is perhaps proof enough that Hethersett Old Hall is, without doubt, a fantastic place to go to school.

Commented on 6th Aug 2013

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