Headmaster's Welcome

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A very warm welcome to St Hugh’s.

St Hugh’s is an exceptionally happy and nurturing place to be at school, where opportunities abound for children to discover and develop their talents.  Staff are focussed on giving every child the levels of challenge and support they need to flourish, thus ensuring that their educational journey is the best that it can be. We expect our pupils to succeed, but we want them to do so whilst developing a love of learning, an inquisitive nature, and a willingness to tackle whatever obstacles lie before them. The way to build an innate, yet humble, confidence is to create a homely environment where all are valued and where there is mutual support and respect. In such conditions, children will always seek to reach for the stars, but they will not be afraid to land on the moon from time to time. 

We have defined our school values around six core principles: kindness, respect, independence, collaboration, courage and curiosity.  We strive for excellence in all that we offer our pupils, and in turn, our pupils aim to be the very best that they can be.  We are academically ambitious, and our broad and stimulating curriculum allows all children to explore their potential and find areas in which they can excel.  Our overriding wish, however, is to produce well-rounded, friendly, and considerate children who recognise their responsibilities within the school and wider community.  

Please do come and visit us – it is only by seeing the school in action that that you will really appreciate what we can offer your family. We are located just ten miles from Oxford but in the most spacious and green of environments with our 45 acres of fields, outdoor classrooms, woodland, and adventure playgrounds. Our facilities are second to none with recent developments including our state-of-the-art Swimming Pool, Sports Hall, and Dovecote Library. However, the real wow factor comes from meeting the children and the staff, all of whom will greet you with a warm smile, friendly welcome, and they will convey genuine pride in their school. 

I very much hope to meet you in person soon. It is always a pleasure for me to talk about what makes St Hugh’s special and to discuss how we can support your children’s formative education, giving them the best preparation for their lives beyond. 

David Griffiths

‘Small classes, spacious modern facilities and glorious surroundings are enough to inspire any child to reach their full potential, and everyone is encouraged to find their talent’

The Good Schools Guide