Hill House School, Doncaster

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Hill House School
HHSLogoSm.JPG
Motto Sapientia et Doctrina
Established 1912
Type Independent school
Headmaster David Holland
Founder Reginald Master
Location 6th Avenue
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN9 3GG
England England
Coordinates: 53°29′11″N 1°00′54″W / 53.486408°N 1.014894°W / 53.486408; -1.014894
Staff 80 (approx.)
Students 700 (approx.)
Gender Co-educational[1]
Ages 3–18
Colours

Blue

    
Website www.hillhouse.doncaster.sch.uk

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.[2] It is a member of The Society of Heads, The Independent Association of Preparatory Schools, and the Independent Schools Council.

Early history[edit]

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' school. 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.

Recent history[edit]

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.

In September 2015, having acquired 3 further pieces of land adjacent to the main site, the school's new Paver Hockey pitch was opened by Imran Sherwani, Olympic gold medalist, with Hill House becoming the first independent school in the North of England to possess a blue astroturf pitch.

In February 2015, the school renewed its RAF past by becoming the base of 558 Finningley Squadron of the Air Training Corps

Catchment[edit]

The main catchment area includes Doncaster itself, and outlying towns and villages including Sprotbrough, Tickhill, Bawtry, Epworth, Rotherham, Howden, Retford & Worksop, all of which are served by school transport.[citation needed]

Houses[edit]

The School has 3 Houses, School (Blue), Master (Red), Field (Green).

House Music Champions

  • 2017 Field
  • 2015 School
  • 2014 Field
  • 2013 Field
  • 2012 Field

House Relay Champions

  • 2017 Field
  • 2016 Field
  • 2015 Field
  • 2014 Field

Awards[edit]

  • 2012-13 Times Independent School of the Year; Winner
  • 2012-13 Times Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award: Winner
  • 2012-13 Times Outstanding Governing Body Award; Shortlist
  • 2016-17 Times Outstanding Community Initiative Award; Winner

Notable former pupils[edit]

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