We congratulate Miss Alix Anson, our Head of Learning Support, who has been offered a senior leadership position at Cothill, beginning in September. In addition, her new position will provide time to undertake charitable work projects in Chile with her husband, Marcus.  Alix has been an outstandingly talented Head of Learning Support and we will miss her enormously but we wish her well in this exciting new chapter in her career.  Taking over after the summer, will be Mrs Alexandra Lord whom we are delighted to welcome back to St Hugh’s. Mrs Lord is an exceptional and highly experienced Head of Learning Support, previously holding this position at Summer Fields and currently working at Bruern Abbey School.

'Senior Gappie', assistant teacher and sports coach Jack Power leaves us today to take up his post as Manager of Operations at Waterford Football Club in Ireland. Jack has been with us for five terms and has been an exemplary 'Gappie' role model, providing invaluable support in all areas of the school, with unfailing enthusiasm and diligence.  We wish Jack all the best for his exciting new career.

Our current Gap students Anouska Ashmead-Bartlett, Harry Sayer and Joe Truran also depart at the end of this term.  All three have thrown themselves into school life and we are grateful for all their assistance this term. We wish them well for the future.

Making a Difference

Congratulations to Georgia Scott who has been awarded the 'Making a Difference' Cup this term, in recognition of her acts of kindness and the excellent example she sets. Very well done, Georgia.

Calendar Notice: Start of Summer Term

Wednesday, 25th April: Summer term begins.  In order to reduce the inevitable first day of term congestion, the arrival time will be extended to 9am, with the first assembly of term starting at 9.15am.  Form teachers will be in their classrooms ready to greet children from 8.15am so there will be an extended 45 minute ‘window’ of opportunity for you to drop off. 

If you are able to delay your journey to slightly later than normal on this first day, then please do so, as you may find you avoid the queues and should find it much easier to park.

Revision for Year 8 Pupils

Please see the following link, which provides useful advice for Year 8 parents juggling their children's revision with technology use during the Easter holidays:

Sports COngratulations

Congratulations to Tom Cole who in an athletics event last weekend was awarded two UK rankings as an U13 Athletics Competitor and Tom has only just turned 11!
800m - ranked 35th U13 in the UK
200m - ranked 66th U13 in the UK

Music Department News

Congratulations to Edward Roques for gaining a Distinction in his Grade 1 Piano.

Library Request

We are delighted that the conversion of the Dovecote into the new Upper School Library is now well underway. As part of the relocation, we will be carrying out a stocktake at the start of May. With this in mind, please could you have a look around at home for any Library books which may be lurking there, and bring them in to school at the start of next term before we carry out this check?  Many thanks, in advance, for your support and assistance.


We are looking forward to seeing many of our Year 8 families at The Ceilidh on Friday, 11th May from 7.00 - 9.30pm in the Sports Hall.  This is always huge fun and we are extremely fortunate that the band 'Supergrouse' have agreed to come back to St Hugh’s to guide us through our paces.  Tickets will be available at the start of the summer term. Watch this space!

Year 8 Apprentice Day

We are grateful for all the kind offers of help with this initiative and have been overwhelmed by the positive response from parents.  We are delighted to report that we now have a full compliment of advisors.


Please kindly ensure at drop-off and pick-up times that cars are parked with care and with respect to other vehicles.  Please do not block in other drivers, to ensure all can exit the car parks swiftly.

Middle School News

‘Take One…’ – Many, many thanks to all the visitors who joined us on Tuesday.  We were extremely proud of all the children, their enthusiasm and commitment, both on Tuesday and throughout the project.  Many thanks, also, to all parents for their support, whether helping to make videos, fact files, Houses of Parliament cakes or replica Guy Fawkes' lanterns!  If the children would like to create their own, new, mini project over the holidays, we would love to see any outcomes in the new term.

Holiday Activity Ideas and Spellings Please find attached a list of activities to help your child maintain their key skills over the Easter break. Your child's spelling prep for the Easter holidays can be found in their spelling jotter.  Any opportunities to consolidate the spelling of these would be much appreciated.  The test will be on Monday, 30th April.

Reading – The Accelerated Reader word count winners this week are Malvern with 21,086 average words read.  Well done, Malvern!

Have a lovely Easter break.  The Middle School team

Pre-Prep News

Thank you to everyone who has given so generously in sponsorship for the Skipathon in aid of the Mulberry Bush School.  We would be happy to receive the remaining monies at the beginning of next term.  Meanwhile, thank you for your support of this fun-filled event and the excellent cause it supports.

Please encourage your children to read over the holidays.  The progress this term has been considerable in every year group and we are keen to maintain the momentum.   Sharing stories and poems with your child, listening to audio books, as well as to hear them read to you, are all excellent ways of encouraging a love of reading.  Children's vocabulary, imagination and confidence all benefit from daily reading practice.

In readiness for the summer term, please would you kindly check that all your child’s kit is clean and named?  Outdoor clothing, including coats and waterproof clothing, will still be needed, whilst white PE kit and swimming costumes will be on display at the Swimming Galas and Sports Day.  We are grateful for your help in ensuring the children look really smart for these occasions.

Year 2 children have been offered many after-school activities for next term: if you have not managed to sign up your child to their desired activity, please let Mrs Russell know of the choices as soon as possible.

Thank you for all your support this term.  Everyone in Pre-Prep wishes you a very Happy Easter and really looks forward to welcoming you back for the Summer term.


Recent Year 7 and 8 team photographs are now available to view and order online:  Enter 'St Hugh’s' in the search criteria box, click when it appears and then select the date of photograph, which will take you to the image(s).

Sports Results







Year 8 Leavers


Lost : 4 - 5

Goals: Miles Gilroy(2), Ekamsingh Khaira, Charles Lykke Dahn, Mr Mitchell(2), Mr Pearson, Mr Smith(2)








Mothers' Lacrosse Team

See report :

Score: 6-4 to Mothers' Team
Club goal scorers: Jack Wood - 3, Libby Graham-Campbell 1
MVP: Jack Wood
A high spirited match with both sides giving 100%. The Club players scored early with two quick goals and were ahead at half time. The Mums re-grouped in the second half and exposed some gaps in the opposition's defence, allowing them to pull ahead. Encouragingly, the Club improved and created more opportunities to score but couldn’t quite close the deficit before the final whistle. Congratulations to both teams for a fun afternoon of lacrosse.


Mr & Mrs Avery’s Holiday Camps 2018
Easter: 3rd - 6th April
Summer Camp 1: 9th - 13 July
Summer Camp 2: 28th - 31st August
Please click on this link to download a flyer. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs Avery -

Laura Macdonald Smith: Theatre Studio Workshops

Theatre Games/Characterisation/Improvisation
An exploration of Characterisation and Character Physicality
Monday, 23rd April 9am-1pm
Buckland Village Hall
Please email to confirm a place:

Sports Courses

Tennis: Liz Bamber Easter Tennis: Tuesday, 3rd April – Friday, 6th April:  10am-12pm Beginners/Improvers
Contact Liz Bamber:, Tel: 07774680542 Please see flyer attached


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