St Hilda's is an IAPS preparatory school for girls aged 4 to 11 in Bushey, Hertfordshire. It was judged an 'outstanding setting, highly effective in meeting the needs of the children' in its most recent ISI Inspection. There is also a stand-alone nursery, Bluebird Nursery, which offers sessional and wrap around care for boys and girls aged 2 - 4.
The pupils of St Hilda’s School have earned an extraordinary seven scholarships between them in another round of highly successful 11 plus exams.
13th March 2017 — The pupils of St Hilda’s School have earned an extraordinary seven scholarships between them in another round of highly successful 11 plus exams.
This year’s cohort have secured highly sought after places at schools including Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, St Margaret’s School, Aldenham School, Watford Grammar School for Girls, Royal Masonic School, St Albans High School for Girls, and St Clement Danes School. Scholarships have been offered to Mia Mortensen (Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Academic Scholarship, Royal Masonic School Academic Scholarship), Remi Parmar (Royal Masonic School All Rounder Scholarship), Isra Salahuddin (St Margaret’s School Art Scholarship), Faith Victoria (St Margaret’s School Drama Scholarship) and Amber Yebovi (Aldenham School Music Scholarship, St Margaret’s School Art Scholarship), and Katie Lemon has been selected for the elite Sporting Excellence Programme at Harefield Academy. 36% of pupils who applied to schools in the independent sector received scholarships.
Faith Victoria, who has earned a drama scholarship to St Margaret’s, is thrilled. “When I heard the news, I was exhilarated. I’m going to do my absolute best and I know I’ll have a great time!” Her parents are equally pleased. “We’re grateful to everyone at St Hilda’s for giving Faith the skills and confidence necessary to tackle this next stage in her development. Her teachers have been incredibly supportive throughout the 11 plus process.”
Nestled in the heart of Bushey, St Hilda’s is a small girls’ school well-known in the area for its nurturing ethos and high academic attainment. Girls receive specialist teaching in all subjects and have the opportunity to discover and develop a range of talents and interests, including art, music, sport and drama. Pupils are prepared for entry to a variety of prestigious schools in both the state and independent sectors, whilst being encouraged to maintain a healthy balance of work and play. Miss Sarah Jane Styles, Headmistress of St Hilda’s, is delighted that the range of scholarships awarded to the girls reflects the broad curriculum about which the school is so passionate.
“In a class of just 16 girls, seven scholarships is an astounding result,” Miss Styles commented. “We are so proud of our girls’ outstanding achievements. They have met the 11 plus process with true St Hilda’s spirit and it is wonderful to see their effort and perseverance being so richly rewarded.”
The pupils of St Hilda's School were visited by John Attlee, the third Earl Attlee, for Parliament Week.
22nd November 2016 — The Earl Attlee visited St Hilda's for Parliament Week on what was an incredibly exciting day for the school. Earl Attlee gave a fascinating talk explaining his role in the House of Lords, and was then presented with a cake as he celebrated an important birthday in October.
“As a member of the House of Lords, I have to keep a lot of state secrets, and I thought I’d managed to keep the state secret that I love chocolate cake!” he joked. After the assembly, it was time for the ‘launch’ of the new play boat, and the girls were over the moon to discover the name of the boat at last: HMS Happy Hilda’s.
The Chair of the Aldenham Foundation Governors, Mr Trevor Barton, made a rousing speech to mark the occasion, talking fondly about his time in the Navy. Forms 5 and 6 then returned to the hall for a question and answer session with Earl Attlee, who praised the girls for their participation and interest. He answered a wide range of questions, from “What was your favourite debate to take part in?” to “What has been the most important recent event for the government?”
Following the Q&A, Form 6 engaged in a thrilling debate, with the rest of the Upper School as their audience. Earl Attlee adjudicated the debate and gave valuable feedback, commenting, “I wouldn’t have been able to speak so confidently at your age.”
To end his visit, the Headmistress, Miss Sarah Jane Styles, asked Earl Attlee for a few words of wisdom for anyone wishing to go into politics. Without hesitation, he responded, “Have another job first.” He elaborated, “The best and most influential politicians have experience in a revenue-paying job.” Pupils and staff learned a great deal from Earl Attlee’s visit and a tremendous thanks must go to Miss Melanie Charles, who organised the whole event.
Form 6 at St Hilda's School enjoyed a wonderful, informative visit to the Houses of Parliament.
11th November 2016 — Form 6 enjoyed a wonderful, informative visit to the Houses of Parliament. The visit included a fascinating tour of the House of Commons, an opportunity to sit in a session committee room, and an engaging workshop on the Magna Carta and the monarchy.
Mrs Dillon, who organised the event, commented, “We had a fantastic time and the girls learned a huge amount from the visit.”
Form 5 played three thrilling netball matches at home against Radlett Prep.
10th November 2016 — Form 5 played three thrilling netball matches at home against Radlett Prep, with our A & B teams playing extremely well. Radlett Prep were the winners but we gained insight into how to improve for next time and there were strong performances from both teams.
Form 5 had a fantastic trip to Sayers Croft in Surrey.
10th November 2016 — Form 5 had a fantastic trip to Sayers Croft. Mrs Peterman reported, “As soon as we arrived at Sayers Croft the children were busy learning new skills from a quick way to put on a duvet to giving clear instructions through a blindfold trail. They developed their team building skills with the opportunity to create bear-proof and storm-proof shelters and by working together on the challenge course. One of the highlights was enjoying sitting around the campfire eating marshmallows and singing songs. Another exciting experience was the night walk to the Iron Age settlement. Keeping their rooms tidy was another surprising challenge! Overcoming fears, making new friends and working together makes the Sayers Croft trip very special.” Many thanks to the staff for giving their time to make this such a wonderful experience for the girls.
A huge variety of events took place at St Hilda’s to celebrate Book Week
23rd October 2016 — A huge variety of events took place at St Hilda’s to celebrate Book Week. These included a Roald Dahl Dress Up Day, and it was lovely to see the girls really getting into their characters—for example, Danielle in Form 5 was a perfect Miss Honey and took good care of our Matildas!
There was also a ‘Wormy Spaghetti’ challenge, with Mrs Pateman from Bluebird Nursery commenting, “The children in Owls Class thoroughly enjoyed the worm activity yesterday—it was wonderful!”
We had a visit from poet Brian Moses, who encouraged the children to use their imaginations to write innovative poetry and brought drums with him to demonstrate the importance of rhythm in poetry. His workshops were very interactive and the girls produced excellent poems. He was so impressed by Faith’s poem in Form 6 that he has included it on his blog (http://brian-moses.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/new-zealand-2012-joy-of-fresh-cutting.html).
We had an informative English Curriculum Evening with a talk from Miranda McKearney OBE, and the week drew to a thrilling close with the House Poetry Competition.
Congratulations to the finalists, who showed great talent, and many thanks to Mr Fowler, Headmaster of Aldenham School, who adjudicated the event. Well done to the winners, Whitby House. “This has been an inspiring, exciting week, challenging our concepts of reading,” said Mrs Rosewall, who organised the events.