St Hugh's Highlights Spring 2019

Welcome to the 2nd edition of St Hugh's Highlights. We hope you enjoy reading about what our pupils have been up to this term.

New Head

We are delighted that Jeremy Wyld has been appointed as Headmaster from September 2019. Jeremy is currently Deputy Head at Holmewood House School in Kent and was previously a Boarding Housemaster and teacher of French at Sevenoaks School. He will be moving to Woodhall with his wife, Niki and family in August


Nine pupils are celebrating after gaining another bumper crop of scholarships to their future schools. James P – CB Fry to Repton (2020) Pippa S – Sport to Oundle Ava W – Sport to Ryde William H – Sport to Oakham Jake W – Sport to Lincoln Minster Harry S – Sport to Lincoln Minster Gabriel S – Drama to Lincoln Minster Jack C – Music to Oakham & Lincoln Minster Lorenzo F – Music to Repton & Lincoln Minster


Friends and families were treated to spectacular performances of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The annual school musical was a stunning display of singing and dancing with superb music and brilliant costumes. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production.

Chinese Dancing

To celebrate Chinese New Year the Pre-Prep Department enjoyed a fun day of Chinese Dance. Each session included a variety of dances, such as the Dragon Dance, fans and parasols and the children enjoyed the day enormously.

Young Engineers

A group of Y8 pupils travelled to RAF Scampton to take part in the Young Engineers Robotics Challenge. Over the day they had to use Lego Robotics to solve a range of challenges. The pupils also got to use virtual reality equipment, sit in a Red Arrow simulator, watch the RAF bomb disposal robots and then they had a fly past from the Red Arrows. At the end of the day they won the award for the best robot design.

Visible Learning on the World Stage

We are celebrating after being named as the first independent school in the UK to become a Level 2 Visible Learningplus Partner School. In fact we are one of only four schools in the UK who has reached this level. In addition Mr Sinnott and Miss Hainsworth ran a delegates' session entitled “Implementing Visible Learning at School Level” at the Visible Learning World Conference in Edinburgh. As dedication to the cause, Miss Hainsworth had her nails specially painted.

Cyber Security

Four Y8 pupils have taken part in the national CyberFirst Girls competition. The team, comprising Caitlin, Georgina, Pippa and Ava, answered questions on Networking, Logic & Coding, Cyber Security and Cryptography. Having completed the competition the four girls are now eligible to go on a free four day residential course to inspire them further and develop their cyber security skills.

World Book Day

Characters from a wide range of books appeared at St Hugh’s for World Book Day. We were delighted to welcome children’s author Laura James who, not only spoke to all pupils from Reception to Year 4, but also judged the best outfit competition – what a responsibility! Our Y8 Librarian, Caitlin, had created a Treasure Hunt in the Library with clues to help pupils find their way around and other activities.

Cadbury World

A very excited Y4 visited Cadbury World to learn more about the Mayan Civilisation and, of course, to eat chocolate! The children learned interesting facts about the Mayan people and gained an understanding of how important the cocoa bean was to their society. They also received a bar of chocolate or two for the way home!

Polar Bear World

Y1 had a super trip to the Maritime Museum in Hull to look for a polar bear. They all climbed in a boat and rowed north towards the Arctic into a room full of whales. After this they climbed up a mountain and discussed what Polar bears’ favourite food might be. As Year 1 made their way down the other side of the mountain with magnifying glasses and torches, they spotted something two metres long and weighing 100 stone… Eric the Polar bear!

Food Glorious Food

This term’s topic for Reception has been "Food, glorious food". The children have had great fun learning all about where food comes from and tasting lots of different food on a number of related trips. First up was Something Fishy in Tattershall, followed by Fairburn Eggs, then a tasty trip to Italian restaurant, Zucci’s and finally a visit to Woodhall Co-op.

Nursery walked to the Woodhall Post Office to post animal themed cards they had created after reading the book Dear Zoo.

Repton Challenge

Six pupils had a fun filled day of Wizarding, Quidditch, Quills, Spells and Sorting Hats at this year’s Repton Challenge. The day culminated in the team setting up their very own shop in Diagon Alley, as well as getting into the final of the Quidditch tournament.


There have been two concerts this term, each showcasing the pupils’ musical talent. These are super opportunities for our pupils to perform and practise their pieces in front of an audience.

Lincoln Music & Drama Festival

Congratulations to all our pupils who took part in this year’s Lincoln Music & Drama Festival. St Hugh’s was well represented in both individual and group recitals gaining five 1st, four 2nd and two 3rd places.


Over 40 boarders went to Jump Warriors, in Ingoldmells for an amazing evening of bouncing, jousting, jumping, climbing, cartwheeling and swinging. Look out for our "Celebration of Boarding" week in next term's What's On Guide, it's looking like a fun week of activities.


This term there have been over 96 fixtures and tournaments against a wide variety of schools and all the pupils from Years 3-8 have represented the school.

Highlights have included

The U11A Boys' Football and Hockey both had an unbeaten season in school fixtures.

The U9 Boys were runners up in the Ayscoughfee Cross Country meet and the U9 girls went one better in their category and won.

The U11 netballers came 3rd at the S. Anselm's tournament.

Both the 4x1 Medley and 4x1 Freestlye relay teams qualified in style for the Nationals Finals in June. Harry, Aurora, Will and Helena swam the freestyle relay in an impressive time of 1.07.93. Annabel swapped with William to swim alongside Harry, Aurora and Helena in the 4x1 Medley which saw us not only qualify with the fastest small schools time but achieve the 3rd fastest time of the evening.

But whatever the result it is evident all our pupils enjoy playing sport be it in the pool, on the cross country field, on the netball court or on the hockey and football pitches.


The term ended with a spectacular, whole school Colour Dash. All pupils, accompanied by family members and friends, ran either the 1k or 3k course whilst being blasted with neon colour throughout. The charity run raised funds for the Toghill Ward at Nottingham Hospital, who have treated Mme Brabant over the last few months, and once all the sponsorship money is in we will let you know the total.

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