Hill House School, Doncaster
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Hill House School is a co-educational independent school for pupils from the ages of 3 to 18 in Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England. In 2012, Hill House was named 'Independent School of the Year' at the independent school awards. It is a member of The Society of Heads, The Independent Association of Preparatory Schools, and the Independent Schools Council.
Hill House School was founded in Doncaster as a preparatory school for boys in 1912 by Reginald Master. In 1959, Paula Haigh, the wife of the then Headmaster of Hill House School, Mr Hamilton Haigh, founded St Mary’s School on Bawtry Road as a girls' In the early 1970s under a new head, Hill House began to accept girls, and by the early 1980s had become fully co-educational.
Hill House St Mary’s School was born when the two schools merged in August 2002, with primary age children being taught at the Rutland Street site, overlooking Doncaster's Town Fields, and with secondary age children taught at the St.Mary’s site on Bawtry Road.
In September 2008, Hill House School, reverting to its former name, relocated to the Officers’ Quarters of former RAF Finningley, previous home to Britain’s Vulcan bombers, adjacent to the modern Robin Hood Airport. In an £8 million pound project, led by Cadman Construction, the school now has numerous purpose built classrooms allied to historic function rooms. In September 2011, Hill House opened its new Sixth Form and Music School in a £1.1m development, and was accepted into membership of the Society of Heads.
Since 2010, Hill House has been home to the Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival, which takes place in April each year.
In 2012, the school acquired 54 acres of land in nearby Blaxton which has been developed into sports grounds.
Hill House School was named Independent School of the Year 2012-13, having been shortlisted at the Independent School Awards for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award and for the Outstanding Governing Body Award.
The main catchment area includes Doncaster itself, and outlying towns and villages including Tickhill, Bawtry, Epworth, Rotherham, Retford & Worksop, all of which are served by school transport.
The School has 3 Houses, School (Blue), Master (Red), Field (Green). School House have won the House Music Competition for the last 3 years, while Field House have won the House Relay for the last 2 years, with consecutive 9Fs as the fastest team in the school.
Notable former pupils
- Jeremy Clarkson Television Presenter and Journalist
- Emma Chambers Actress
- Rosie Winterton Member of Parliament
- Earl of Scarbrough (13th Earl) Richard Osbert Lumley
- Richard Dawson England Cricketer and Gloucestershire Cricket Club Head Coach
- Michael Hills England, Sale, London Welsh & Doncaster Rugby Player
- Holly Brown, England Hockey Player
- Independent Schools Council
- Doncaster Free Press
- BBC News
- Independent Schools Awards
- Society of Heads