King's Hawford is a dynamic, exciting, and award-winning school, nestled in rural north Worcestershire, where pupils aged 2 to 11 experience hands-on learning, discovering passions both in and outside of the classroom.
King’s Hawford starts new term by welcoming new Head, Jennie Phillips
Jennie Phillips has taken up her role as Head of King’s Hawford, a Prep School of the King’s Worcester Foundation. She is the first female Head to join the King's Foundation in its near 500 year history.
26th April 2021 — King’s Hawford, a Prep School of the King’s Worcester Foundation, is delighted to start the Summer Term by welcoming their new Head Mrs Jennie Phillips.
Jennie has joined King’s Hawford from Monmouth School Girls’ Prep School where she was Head.
She has relocated to Worcester with husband Eddie and daughters Amelia and Daisy and like all Heads within the King’s Foundation, will live on site so she can fully immerse herself into school life.
Jennie was educated at Oxford High School, and read Education at the University of Exeter, specialising in Mathematics and Art.
During her career she has worked at St Peter’s Prep School in Lympstone and Badminton Junior School in Bristol.
She was appointed to her new role at King’s Hawford from a dynamic field of sitting Heads and Deputies, and was the unanimous choice of the Headmaster, Governors and the staff who met her.
Reflecting upon her new role, Jennie said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team at King’s Hawford, and of course the wider King’s Foundation.
"The school has a wonderful sense of community which is clearly held dear by parents, staff and pupils alike.
"After such a warm welcome I am looking forward to working collaboratively with teachers, staff, parents and pupils to ensure the very best academic, cocurricular and pastoral provision for our children.”
Jennie’s appointment is a big milestone for the King’s Foundation as she is the first female Head in its near 500 year history.
The Headmaster of the King’s Foundation, Gareth Doodes said: "I am very much looking forward to working with Jennie as I know she will bring drive, energy and an abundance of enthusiasm to King’s Hawford.
"As a Foundation we are extremely proud of the fact that Jennie will be our first female Head and I know everyone within our community is looking forward to working with Jennie as she continues to take King’s Hawford forward."
Sweet Sound of Musical Success for King’s Hawford Pupil
Michelle Z, a Year 4 pupil at King’s Hawford, has been awarded a prestigious Silver prize in Season 3 of the London Young Musicians competition. King’s Hawford is a Prep School of The King’s Worcester Foundation.
2nd March 2021 — Michelle Z, a Year 4 pupil at King’s Hawford, has been awarded a prestigious Silver prize in Season 3 of the London Young Musicians competition.
The international online music competition is open to all classical musical instruments and vocal, for young musicians aged 28 or under.
Michelle’s piano performance of Waltz in A minor, B.150 Op. Posth. by Frederic Chopin was submitted to the Young Talent Age 9 and under category. It was the first time Michelle had entered the competition so she was naturally delighted to receive the news that she’d won a Silver prize.
Sophie Hughes, Director of Music and Performance at King’s Hawford, said: “Michelle is an extremely talented musician and an absolute pleasure to teach. She has a natural flair for all aspects of our musical curriculum and enjoys participating in various musical groups and activities within school. I’m delighted that her talent and dedication have been recognised as part of this competition.”
Feedback from the judges included the following comment: “A confident and assured presentation of this piece. Very good sense of style. This was a good performance and showed a well executed lyrical line! It was sensitive and well balanced. Technically well controlled with good pedalling. Well done.”
Michelle, who is nine years old, hopes to achieve her Grade 5 Theory within the next couple of months so she can take her Grade 7 Piano exam, which she is currently studying for. She is also working towards Grade 4 Violin, having only started lessons in September 2019 and achieving a distinction at every Grade so far. She has won a number of awards prior to the London Young Musicians International competition, including several first prize trophies in the Birmingham Music Festival and the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival.
Speaking of their daughter’s achievements, Michelle’s parents said: “Music has brought so much joy to Michelle over the past few years, and provides her with skills that will benefit her throughout life. We hope she will continue with her musical journey and we look forward to supporting and encouraging her.”
Michelle is an active member of both the King’s Hawford Orchestra and Choir and enjoys performing in assemblies and school events.
Notes to Editors:
King’s Hawford holds the status of Artsmark Gold, awarded by the Arts Council of England. This was awarded to recognise the high quality art, music, dance, and drama being undertaken by the children at the school and also recognises the support of visiting artists at events involving the arts.
King’s Hawford is a Prep School of The King’s Worcester Foundation, offering an independent education for boys and girls aged 2 – 11. The school is nestled in a rural location on the outskirts of North Worcester.