Autumn 2019 Highlights

With thanks to Mr Allworthy for the fabulous photo

At the very start of term we welcomed Jeremy Wyld to St Hugh’s as new Headmaster

Perseverance Day

All pupils took part in Perseverance Day and attended a variety of challenging sessions ranging from learning how to skip for the younger pupils to making marshmallow towers to catching balls blindfolded.

A huge thank you to our Parents’ Association for all their efforts during the term. The Macmillan Coffee Morning raised over £500. The Christmas Bake-off for the pupils was a great success with a record number of cakes being entered. They held a wonderful Christmas Shopping Fair and culminated with the pupils’ Christmas parties at the end of term.


Year 2’s topic this term has been Woodhall at War and they have had a number of trips to bring this to life. The first visit was to Thorpe Camp in Tattershall Thorpe where they learnt about RAF Woodhall Spa. They learnt about evacuation and rationing at the Cottage Museum and tried their hand at Rag Rugging. Then they visited the new International Bomber Command Centre.

Year 1 went to Heckington Windmill to find out how wheat is made into flour. They ground their own flour and dressed up like the old workers of the mill 100 years ago.

Our Early Years had some festive fun at Crazee Bongos

As part of their Geography Common Entrance exam Year 8 pupils visited a soggy Snipe Dales to undertake some practical fieldwork.

Year 7 had a busy trip to Paris where they visited le Musée des Invalides, Musée Fragonard, the Stade de France, Montmartre, Musée d’Orsay and finally the Arc de Triomphe via the Champs-Elysées.

Year 4 had a wonderful time visiting Gainsborough Old Hall. They stood in the room where King Henry the VIII stayed, had the opportunity to work in a Tudor kitchen and experience what a Tudor Banquet was like.


Congratulations to our pupils who passed their ABRSM exams with flying colours.

It was lovely to welcome three members of Uppingham's Music Department to St Hugh's when they gave our orchestra a morning of expert tuition.

Remembrance Service

We were delighted that Warrant Officer John Leonard, from RAF Coningsby, spoke at our Remembrance Service. Both the Senior and Junior Choirs sang and Year 8 pupil, Amelia, played the Last Post.

All the children in the Prep school took part in a magical Christmas Concert.


Pupils just love their time down in the woods


Sadly the continuous rain has had a major impact on the latter half of this term’s fixtures. Despite this there have been some real highlights on the sports pitches, in the pool and for our cross country runners.

Highlights have included:

• For the first time the U13 Boys' Rugby team beat both St Hugh's Carswell (A) and Lochinver (H)

• U11A Hockey Team won the Ranby Hockey Festival & competed at the IAPS Regionals at Repton

• We hosted a very successful U9 Hockey & Tag Rugby Festival with over 100 competitors

• Our swimmers came out on top at our two invitational swimming galas

• There were pleasing results in Cross Country at Brooke Priory - 3rd place for U8 Girls, U8 Boys and U9 Girls & Highfields - 2nd Place for U11 Girls

• We also hosted a second Go Tri, Woodhall Spa event

• Our Year 8 Young Leaders have been leading sessions for our Reception class

  • The term ended with a muddy, yet competitive, Set cross country event


It seems a long time ago when the boarders started the term with a trip to the beach, making the most of the sunshine whilst it lasted. During the term they have been enjoying film nights, games nights, hide and seek, swimming, sports hall games and of course looking after our 2 new resident guinea pigs, Choc and Chip. We have ended the term with our perennially popular Christmas Decoration evening; the busiest night so far with over 50 boarders! It has been good to see a number of regular flexi boarders in the boarding house this term and we are planning themed year group evenings for 2020.


Our Early Years' Nativity, Easy Cheesy, told the story of three naughty mice living in a stable in Bethlehem when some unexpected visitors arrive!

The Pre Prep were having a party as we followed three angels inviting guests to a very special party in Bethlehem

In a specially written pantomime for the pupils, the staff were snowed in on Christmas Eve and two mischievous elves weren't helping matters.

Thank you to Mr Wilson and his team for the yummy annual Christmas lunch.

The Carol Service was a fitting end to a wonderful term. All the soloists and choirs sang beautifully. Have a fantastic break and see you in 2020!!