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 both the Society of Heads and the Independent Schools Council.
Hill House School was founded in Doncaster as a preparatory school for boys in 1912 by Reginald Master. In the early 1970s under a new head, the school began to accept girls, and by the early 1980s had become fully co-educational.
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' school. 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.
Since 2010, Hill House has been home to the Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival, which takes place in April each year. 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.
In 2012, the school acquired 54 acres of land in nearby Blaxton which is currently being developed into sports grounds.
Hill House School was named Independent School of the Year 2012, 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.
Notable former pupils
- Jeremy Clarkson
- Emma Chambers
- Rosie Winterton MP
- Earl of Scarborough (13th Earl) Richard Osbert Lumley
- Independent Schools Council
- Doncaster Free Press
- BBC News
- Independent Schools Awards
- Society of Heads