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HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL ARE SUPPORTING LITTLE VILLAGE CHARITY

Hornsby House have been raising money and collecting donations for the Little Village charity, which has its headquarters a few streets away from the school.

Little Village provides good quality baby clothes and equipment to families who need it.  All the clothes and equipment are donated by local families and the charity is run by parents as an entirely voluntary enterprise.

The charity offers a weekly drop-in service for families who need support, a delivery service and also provides a referrals-based service for health visitors, children’s centres, midwives and the local foodbanks.  Families can either bring a voucher and select items from the Little Village stockroom themselves, or volunteers can put together bags of kit for them. The bags are designed to feel like gifts, rather than hand-outs, so goodies for the mum are included, and only good quality items are passed on.  The Balham centre has been such a success that Little Village have now opened a second centre in Camden.

Hornsby House has collected donations of baby and toddler clothes, books, games and equipment, as well as raising £1,374 from sales of cakes and wristbands and a concert by all the school choirs.  The children then brought in gifts from home to give to the Little Village mums for Mothers’ Day.  Alongside these activities, the Hornsby House School Parent Teacher Association has run a series of events in aid of Little Village, including a ceilidh evening and a quiz night for parents, as well as a toy fair and disco for the children – these have raised £4,000, bringing the grand total to well over £5,000.  Each of the three Year 6 classes have also visited the Little Village headquarters to help process donations.  They sorted books, checked games and puzzles were complete and in working order, cleaned buggies and created artwork to brighten up the storage room.

Mrs Michelle Boyd, Year 3 teacher, Charities Co-ordinator and mum-to-be, said, “Little Village are giving such valuable help to local families in need.  The Hornby House community has been very generous with their donations and with supporting our fundraising.  The Year 6 children also loved being able to help out at Little Village headquarters.

Sophia Parker, Founder of Little Village, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by staff, pupils and families at Hornsby House.  Not only have they donated some wonderful items for us to pass on to local families in need, but they’ve also raised an incredible amount of money in a very short space of time, helping us to open up for an additional day each week.  We loved having the children at HQ. Hornsby House’s contribution has made a big impact on Little Village.”

 
VISIT FROM GOLD MEDALIST CHRISTA CULLEN

The Year 5 girls at Hornsby House School were lucky enough to have a visit from Crista Cullen, Great Britain and England hockey player.  Crista is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and has over 185 caps for the GB and England teams, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, followed by a gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.  She carried out a training session with the girls, passing on lots of techniques and tips for improving their game.  They were amazed by her skill and delighted that she brought along her medals to show them.  It was an inspirational and memorable afternoon.

HORNSBY HOUSE PUPILS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING 11+ RESULTS

 

The 51 children in Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an impressive set of results in their secondary school entrance exams, winning a total of 40 scholarships and awards between them.

80% of the children will progress to one of six London day schools: Alleyn’s, Whitgift, Dulwich College, Streatham and Clapham High School, James Allen’s Girls School and Emanuel.  The other 20% are moving on to a range of other London day schools and boarding schools, including both independent and state options.

The 26 academic scholarships offered reflect the high academic standards at Hornsby House and is especially impressive since entry at Reception is unassessed.  The success rate for the most selective schools has been high, with a record-breaking 13 out of 15 applicants to JAGS receiving an offer.  Also notable was that all applicants to Whitgift, Streatham & Clapham High School and Sydenham High School received offers.  Sport is an area of strength at Hornsby House and this is highlighted by the 10 sport awards offered.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “I congratulate the Year 6 children on the excellent results they have achieved.  They have worked very hard and deserve their success.  The number of awards and the offers achieved at the most selective schools are impressive and reflect the high quality of the teaching at Hornsby House.”

Full details of the 2016 secondary school entrance results are available on our website:

http://www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk/Destination-Schools

Hornsby House Year 6 pupils achieve Outstanding Secondary School entrance results

The 55 children in Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an impressive set of results in their secondary school entrance exams, winning a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them.

70% of the children will progress to one of six London day schools: Alleyn’s, Whitgift, Dulwich College, Streatham and Clapham High School, James Allen’s Girls School and Emanuel.  The other 30% are moving on to a range of other London day schools and boarding schools, including both independent and state options.
 

The Year 6 pupils of Hornsby House have won a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them
The Year 6 pupils of Hornsby House have won a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them

The success rate for the most selective schools has been impressive, as has the significant number of academic scholarships, especially since Hornsby House do not assess children for entry at Reception.  Two-thirds of the awards were for sport, music, art and drama, which is a great reflection of the broad curriculum offered to Hornsby House children.  Sport has a high profile at the school and the excellent work on the arts was recognised last year with the award of Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England for the variety and quality of the arts opportunities at Hornsby House.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “The current Year 6 have done themselves and Hornsby House proud.  They have worked hard and have had the best possible support from our teachers.  We are absolutely delighted with the secondary school offers they have received and with the number and range of scholarships and awards they have won.”

HORNSBY HOUSE PUPILS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING 11+ RESULTS

 

Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an outstanding set of results in their secondary school entrance exams.  41% of the children in the year group were offered a total of 43 awards, including 24 academic scholarships, as well as two all-rounder scholarships and awards for sport, music and art. 

Whitgift remains a very popular destination, with half the boys in the year group accepting places there.  James Allen’s Girls’ School and Streatham & Clapham High School together account for half of the girls.  14 offers were received from Alleyn’s and 13 from Dulwich College but smaller groups have ended up going to those schools, as well as to King’s College School Wimbledon, Emanuel and Wimbledon High School.  A variety of destinations make up the remainder, including schools further afield such as Epsom College and Woldingham, leading state schools such as Graveney and Tiffin, and boarding schools, such as Benenden.

The range of schools that Hornsby House children go on to has expanded in recent years.  King’s College School Wimbledon only started 11+ entry into the senior school last year and we are delighted that four of our boys received offers this year, including two academic scholarships.  Together with the girls going on to Wimbledon High, this means 10% of our current Year 6 will be going to these two popular and highly selective schools.

In their most recent inspection in October 2016, the Independent Schools Inspectorate judged Hornsby House as excellent, both in the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements and in the quality of pupils’ personal development.  The report also noted that, “the school works closely with parents to prepare pupils for senior school entrance examinations and the demands of secondary education”.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “11+ entry to London day schools is very competitive and I am delighted with the outstanding results achieved by our current Year 6.  The impressive number of offers from selective secondary schools is a reflection of the children’s hard work and the excellent quality of the teaching at Hornsby House.”

Full details of the 2017 secondary school entrance results are available on our website:

http://www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk/Destination-Schools

WINNER OF BBC’S GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN OPENS NEW KILN ROOM AT HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL

 

Matthew Wilcock, winner of the popular 2015 BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down, came to Hornsby House School in Balham to open the new kiln room.  Pupils from Years 4 and 5 watched the official opening and gave Matthew a huge cheer as he cut the ribbon.

Matthew also ran an exciting pottery workshop with 20 pupils from Year 5.  The children loved working with him and he shared many techniques and interesting ideas. 

 

Matthew is Resident Potter at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire and balances teaching responsibilities with producing his own work.  His passion for ceramics came from his parents and his greatest inspiration has been his father, Geoff Wilcock, who has worked as a ceramics teacher and technician for over 40 years.

Pottery will now feature in the art curriculum for all Key Stage 2 pupils from September and there will be an after school club for children who are keen to do more.  Hornsby House will also offer access to the new kiln to some local primary schools which do not have their own firing facilities.   

Helen Shannon, Head of Art, said, “We were delighted that Matthew opened our new kiln room.  He did a wonderful workshop with the children and we are all looking forward to doing lots more pottery next year.”

FATHER CHRISTMAS AND HIS REINDEER VISIT HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL

The children at Hornsby House School had a lovely surprise when they arrived at school today for the last day of term.  They were greeted by Father Christmas in his sleigh, along with his elves and three reindeer.  Children, parents and staff sang carols together in the playground and were able to stroke and feed the reindeer – it was a memorable start to the Christmas holidays.
 
 

The children from the three Reception classes had an extra special treat.  After the rest of the school had gone into their classrooms, Father Christmas gave each Reception child a present and they all had a turn at sitting in the sleigh.  Father Christmas then toured the rest of the school, delivering a sack of presents to each class.
 
Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “This was a wonderful way for us to celebrate the end of a busy term.  Father Christmas, presents, carols and three real reindeer – it was very special and we are definitely all ready for Christmas now!”
 

Hornsby House School awarded Artsmark Gold Status by Arts Council

Arts Council England has awarded Artsmark Gold status to HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL. This award is only held by 6% of schools nationally and it recognises the variety and quality of the arts opportunities that Hornsby House offers its pupils throughout the age range.

In order to achieve Artsmark Gold, the school carried out a comprehensive application process and was then visited by a professional arts consultant, who commented, "as soon as you walk in to the school entrance the creativity is immediately apparent" and noted that,"there is great clarity and vision for how the arts are managed creatively, why they are included and why they are an important entitlement for all students."

Hornsby House has a generous staff:pupil ratio and there are specialist staff who lead the provision of art, design, music, drama, dance and gymnastics in the school. They also arrange for every class to visit a current exhibition or national collection as well as to see a live drama performance during the year. All staff work together to integrate arts across the curriculum, organising activities such as themed history days which include art and drama. In addition, there is a wide range of after school clubs for the children, a significant proportion of which have an arts focus, and these allow the children further opportunities to develop their interests.

Mark Peters, Assistant Head, led the Hornsby House team who put together the Artsmark application. He said, "We are very proud of being awarded Artsmark Gold in recognition of the high standard of our arts provision and I would like to thank all of our specialist arts teachers for their outstanding work and commitment."

Open Days
 

Thursday 8th June, 9am

 

 

SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS REQUIRE YOU TO BOOK A PLACE AT AN OPEN DAY. PLEASE CHECK SCHOOL WEBSITES FOR DETAILS.
 

HORNSBY HOUSE ARE NATIONAL U11 MIXED TEAM GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS
 

The Hornsby House School gymnastics team has won the National U11 Mixed Team title at the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) Floor and Vault Finals, which took place in Stoke-on-Trent on 30th April.  It is the second time in three years that the school has won this competition and Hornsby House pupils Nicolas Goad and Phoebe Hastings also took the individual honours for the highest scoring boy and girl.

The team’s success at the BSGA Floor and Vault Finals follows their third successive win at the BSGA Milano Team Trio Finals which took place in March, also in Stoke-on-Trent.

The pupils are very proud of their medals and the silver cup and shield that they were awarded as winners of these two events.  The cup and shield will be engraved and displayed at the school for the coming year.

Emma Evans, Head of Girls’ Games and Clubs Coordinator, said, “Gymnastics is very popular at Hornsby House and we now have around 50 children taking part in the after school gym clubs every week.  The team has done so well to win both the national competitions this year – a truly impressive achievement.”   

 

 

TOM DAVIES, AGE 19 AND FORMER HORNSBY HOUSE HEAD BOY, IS YOUNGEST PERSON TO CYCLE ROUND THE WORLD

 

19 year old Tom Davies cycled solo around the world during his gap year and arrived back home in August.  He was welcomed back by a group of family and friends, including parents and children from Hornsby House School, where he was a pupil and worked as a gap year assistant during the autumn term ahead of his big trip.

Tom is now starting a degree at Loughborough University but found time to come back to Hornsby House beforehand to talk to the children about his incredible journey and the many challenges he faced along the way.  The children were inspired and amazed by Tom’s talk and the wonderful photographs he showed.

Tom set off from his home in Battersea in January and cycled over 18,000 miles across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America.  Although this is not an official Guinness World Record, since “youngest” records are not recognised, Tom believes he is the youngest person to have done it. He also made sure he fulfilled all the key criteria for a round the world trip, such as using the same bike frame throughout, starting and finishing at the same point, riding in one direction, covering at least 18,000 miles and passing through two antipodal points – in his case, Wellington in New Zealand and just north of Madrid in Spain.

Tom has been a keen cyclist throughout his teenage years. At the age of 15, he cycled to Chamonix with his father and he rides regularly with Strictly CC, a South London cycling club.

 

The trip was an enormous personal challenge and, although he received much kindness and hospitality from many different people around the world, he needed to be almost entirely self-reliant.  He had many adventures along the way, including being held up by snow in Greece, being chased by dogs in Albania, and crossing the Nullarbor Desert in Australia, but did not let anything deter him. Tom raised money for three very worthy charities: Sohana Research Fund, Prostate Cancer UK, and Carney’s Community. Sohana Research Fund is focused on funding research to find a cure for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic skin blistering condition, while Carney’s Community is a small charity that works to turn around the lives of disadvantaged and excluded young people.  To date, Tom has raised over £57,000, which will be shared between the three charities.

Tom said, “The trip was amazing - it was incredible to see the countries and experience the different cultures in this way, whilst also pushing myself harder than I ever thought possible.  I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of people all around the world and I am delighted that the three charities will benefit from my trip.  I am so grateful for all the support from my family and friends, as well as the children, parents and staff at Hornsby House School.  It was lovely to see the children again and to tell them about the trip – they were a fabulous audience! 

 

For more information about Tom, his cycle ride around the world and his three chosen charities, see Tom’s website: www.tomdaviesrtw.com

 
HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL ARE SUPPORTING LITTLE VILLAGE CHARITY

Hornsby House have been raising money and collecting donations for the Little Village charity, which has its headquarters a few streets away from the school.

Little Village provides good quality baby clothes and equipment to families who need it.  All the clothes and equipment are donated by local families and the charity is run by parents as an entirely voluntary enterprise.

The charity offers a weekly drop-in service for families who need support, a delivery service and also provides a referrals-based service for health visitors, children’s centres, midwives and the local foodbanks.  Families can either bring a voucher and select items from the Little Village stockroom themselves, or volunteers can put together bags of kit for them. The bags are designed to feel like gifts, rather than hand-outs, so goodies for the mum are included, and only good quality items are passed on.  The Balham centre has been such a success that Little Village have now opened a second centre in Camden.

Hornsby House has collected donations of baby and toddler clothes, books, games and equipment, as well as raising £1,374 from sales of cakes and wristbands and a concert by all the school choirs.  The children then brought in gifts from home to give to the Little Village mums for Mothers’ Day.  Alongside these activities, the Hornsby House School Parent Teacher Association has run a series of events in aid of Little Village, including a ceilidh evening and a quiz night for parents, as well as a toy fair and disco for the children – these have raised £4,000, bringing the grand total to well over £5,000.  Each of the three Year 6 classes have also visited the Little Village headquarters to help process donations.  They sorted books, checked games and puzzles were complete and in working order, cleaned buggies and created artwork to brighten up the storage room.

Mrs Michelle Boyd, Year 3 teacher, Charities Co-ordinator and mum-to-be, said, “Little Village are giving such valuable help to local families in need.  The Hornby House community has been very generous with their donations and with supporting our fundraising.  The Year 6 children also loved being able to help out at Little Village headquarters.

Sophia Parker, Founder of Little Village, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by staff, pupils and families at Hornsby House.  Not only have they donated some wonderful items for us to pass on to local families in need, but they’ve also raised an incredible amount of money in a very short space of time, helping us to open up for an additional day each week.  We loved having the children at HQ. Hornsby House’s contribution has made a big impact on Little Village.”

 
Open Days
 

Thursday 8th June, 9am

 

 

SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS REQUIRE YOU TO BOOK A PLACE AT AN OPEN DAY. PLEASE CHECK SCHOOL WEBSITES FOR DETAILS.
 

WINNER OF BBC’S GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN OPENS NEW KILN ROOM AT HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL

 

Matthew Wilcock, winner of the popular 2015 BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down, came to Hornsby House School in Balham to open the new kiln room.  Pupils from Years 4 and 5 watched the official opening and gave Matthew a huge cheer as he cut the ribbon.

Matthew also ran an exciting pottery workshop with 20 pupils from Year 5.  The children loved working with him and he shared many techniques and interesting ideas. 

 

Matthew is Resident Potter at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire and balances teaching responsibilities with producing his own work.  His passion for ceramics came from his parents and his greatest inspiration has been his father, Geoff Wilcock, who has worked as a ceramics teacher and technician for over 40 years.

Pottery will now feature in the art curriculum for all Key Stage 2 pupils from September and there will be an after school club for children who are keen to do more.  Hornsby House will also offer access to the new kiln to some local primary schools which do not have their own firing facilities.   

Helen Shannon, Head of Art, said, “We were delighted that Matthew opened our new kiln room.  He did a wonderful workshop with the children and we are all looking forward to doing lots more pottery next year.”

HORNSBY HOUSE PUPILS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING 11+ RESULTS

 

The 51 children in Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an impressive set of results in their secondary school entrance exams, winning a total of 40 scholarships and awards between them.

80% of the children will progress to one of six London day schools: Alleyn’s, Whitgift, Dulwich College, Streatham and Clapham High School, James Allen’s Girls School and Emanuel.  The other 20% are moving on to a range of other London day schools and boarding schools, including both independent and state options.

The 26 academic scholarships offered reflect the high academic standards at Hornsby House and is especially impressive since entry at Reception is unassessed.  The success rate for the most selective schools has been high, with a record-breaking 13 out of 15 applicants to JAGS receiving an offer.  Also notable was that all applicants to Whitgift, Streatham & Clapham High School and Sydenham High School received offers.  Sport is an area of strength at Hornsby House and this is highlighted by the 10 sport awards offered.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “I congratulate the Year 6 children on the excellent results they have achieved.  They have worked very hard and deserve their success.  The number of awards and the offers achieved at the most selective schools are impressive and reflect the high quality of the teaching at Hornsby House.”

Full details of the 2016 secondary school entrance results are available on our website:

http://www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk/Destination-Schools

TOM DAVIES, AGE 19 AND FORMER HORNSBY HOUSE HEAD BOY, IS YOUNGEST PERSON TO CYCLE ROUND THE WORLD

 

19 year old Tom Davies cycled solo around the world during his gap year and arrived back home in August.  He was welcomed back by a group of family and friends, including parents and children from Hornsby House School, where he was a pupil and worked as a gap year assistant during the autumn term ahead of his big trip.

Tom is now starting a degree at Loughborough University but found time to come back to Hornsby House beforehand to talk to the children about his incredible journey and the many challenges he faced along the way.  The children were inspired and amazed by Tom’s talk and the wonderful photographs he showed.

Tom set off from his home in Battersea in January and cycled over 18,000 miles across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America.  Although this is not an official Guinness World Record, since “youngest” records are not recognised, Tom believes he is the youngest person to have done it. He also made sure he fulfilled all the key criteria for a round the world trip, such as using the same bike frame throughout, starting and finishing at the same point, riding in one direction, covering at least 18,000 miles and passing through two antipodal points – in his case, Wellington in New Zealand and just north of Madrid in Spain.

Tom has been a keen cyclist throughout his teenage years. At the age of 15, he cycled to Chamonix with his father and he rides regularly with Strictly CC, a South London cycling club.

 

The trip was an enormous personal challenge and, although he received much kindness and hospitality from many different people around the world, he needed to be almost entirely self-reliant.  He had many adventures along the way, including being held up by snow in Greece, being chased by dogs in Albania, and crossing the Nullarbor Desert in Australia, but did not let anything deter him. Tom raised money for three very worthy charities: Sohana Research Fund, Prostate Cancer UK, and Carney’s Community. Sohana Research Fund is focused on funding research to find a cure for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic skin blistering condition, while Carney’s Community is a small charity that works to turn around the lives of disadvantaged and excluded young people.  To date, Tom has raised over £57,000, which will be shared between the three charities.

Tom said, “The trip was amazing - it was incredible to see the countries and experience the different cultures in this way, whilst also pushing myself harder than I ever thought possible.  I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of people all around the world and I am delighted that the three charities will benefit from my trip.  I am so grateful for all the support from my family and friends, as well as the children, parents and staff at Hornsby House School.  It was lovely to see the children again and to tell them about the trip – they were a fabulous audience! 

 

For more information about Tom, his cycle ride around the world and his three chosen charities, see Tom’s website: www.tomdaviesrtw.com

 
Hornsby House School awarded Artsmark Gold Status by Arts Council

Arts Council England has awarded Artsmark Gold status to HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL. This award is only held by 6% of schools nationally and it recognises the variety and quality of the arts opportunities that Hornsby House offers its pupils throughout the age range.

In order to achieve Artsmark Gold, the school carried out a comprehensive application process and was then visited by a professional arts consultant, who commented, "as soon as you walk in to the school entrance the creativity is immediately apparent" and noted that,"there is great clarity and vision for how the arts are managed creatively, why they are included and why they are an important entitlement for all students."

Hornsby House has a generous staff:pupil ratio and there are specialist staff who lead the provision of art, design, music, drama, dance and gymnastics in the school. They also arrange for every class to visit a current exhibition or national collection as well as to see a live drama performance during the year. All staff work together to integrate arts across the curriculum, organising activities such as themed history days which include art and drama. In addition, there is a wide range of after school clubs for the children, a significant proportion of which have an arts focus, and these allow the children further opportunities to develop their interests.

Mark Peters, Assistant Head, led the Hornsby House team who put together the Artsmark application. He said, "We are very proud of being awarded Artsmark Gold in recognition of the high standard of our arts provision and I would like to thank all of our specialist arts teachers for their outstanding work and commitment."

HORNSBY HOUSE PUPILS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING 11+ RESULTS

 

Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an outstanding set of results in their secondary school entrance exams.  41% of the children in the year group were offered a total of 43 awards, including 24 academic scholarships, as well as two all-rounder scholarships and awards for sport, music and art. 

Whitgift remains a very popular destination, with half the boys in the year group accepting places there.  James Allen’s Girls’ School and Streatham & Clapham High School together account for half of the girls.  14 offers were received from Alleyn’s and 13 from Dulwich College but smaller groups have ended up going to those schools, as well as to King’s College School Wimbledon, Emanuel and Wimbledon High School.  A variety of destinations make up the remainder, including schools further afield such as Epsom College and Woldingham, leading state schools such as Graveney and Tiffin, and boarding schools, such as Benenden.

The range of schools that Hornsby House children go on to has expanded in recent years.  King’s College School Wimbledon only started 11+ entry into the senior school last year and we are delighted that four of our boys received offers this year, including two academic scholarships.  Together with the girls going on to Wimbledon High, this means 10% of our current Year 6 will be going to these two popular and highly selective schools.

In their most recent inspection in October 2016, the Independent Schools Inspectorate judged Hornsby House as excellent, both in the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements and in the quality of pupils’ personal development.  The report also noted that, “the school works closely with parents to prepare pupils for senior school entrance examinations and the demands of secondary education”.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “11+ entry to London day schools is very competitive and I am delighted with the outstanding results achieved by our current Year 6.  The impressive number of offers from selective secondary schools is a reflection of the children’s hard work and the excellent quality of the teaching at Hornsby House.”

Full details of the 2017 secondary school entrance results are available on our website:

http://www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk/Destination-Schools

VISIT FROM GOLD MEDALIST CHRISTA CULLEN

The Year 5 girls at Hornsby House School were lucky enough to have a visit from Crista Cullen, Great Britain and England hockey player.  Crista is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and has over 185 caps for the GB and England teams, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, followed by a gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.  She carried out a training session with the girls, passing on lots of techniques and tips for improving their game.  They were amazed by her skill and delighted that she brought along her medals to show them.  It was an inspirational and memorable afternoon.

HORNSBY HOUSE ARE NATIONAL U11 MIXED TEAM GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS
 

The Hornsby House School gymnastics team has won the National U11 Mixed Team title at the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) Floor and Vault Finals, which took place in Stoke-on-Trent on 30th April.  It is the second time in three years that the school has won this competition and Hornsby House pupils Nicolas Goad and Phoebe Hastings also took the individual honours for the highest scoring boy and girl.

The team’s success at the BSGA Floor and Vault Finals follows their third successive win at the BSGA Milano Team Trio Finals which took place in March, also in Stoke-on-Trent.

The pupils are very proud of their medals and the silver cup and shield that they were awarded as winners of these two events.  The cup and shield will be engraved and displayed at the school for the coming year.

Emma Evans, Head of Girls’ Games and Clubs Coordinator, said, “Gymnastics is very popular at Hornsby House and we now have around 50 children taking part in the after school gym clubs every week.  The team has done so well to win both the national competitions this year – a truly impressive achievement.”   

 

 

FATHER CHRISTMAS AND HIS REINDEER VISIT HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL

The children at Hornsby House School had a lovely surprise when they arrived at school today for the last day of term.  They were greeted by Father Christmas in his sleigh, along with his elves and three reindeer.  Children, parents and staff sang carols together in the playground and were able to stroke and feed the reindeer – it was a memorable start to the Christmas holidays.
 
 

The children from the three Reception classes had an extra special treat.  After the rest of the school had gone into their classrooms, Father Christmas gave each Reception child a present and they all had a turn at sitting in the sleigh.  Father Christmas then toured the rest of the school, delivering a sack of presents to each class.
 
Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “This was a wonderful way for us to celebrate the end of a busy term.  Father Christmas, presents, carols and three real reindeer – it was very special and we are definitely all ready for Christmas now!”
 

Hornsby House Year 6 pupils achieve Outstanding Secondary School entrance results

The 55 children in Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an impressive set of results in their secondary school entrance exams, winning a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them.

70% of the children will progress to one of six London day schools: Alleyn’s, Whitgift, Dulwich College, Streatham and Clapham High School, James Allen’s Girls School and Emanuel.  The other 30% are moving on to a range of other London day schools and boarding schools, including both independent and state options.
 

The Year 6 pupils of Hornsby House have won a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them
The Year 6 pupils of Hornsby House have won a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them

The success rate for the most selective schools has been impressive, as has the significant number of academic scholarships, especially since Hornsby House do not assess children for entry at Reception.  Two-thirds of the awards were for sport, music, art and drama, which is a great reflection of the broad curriculum offered to Hornsby House children.  Sport has a high profile at the school and the excellent work on the arts was recognised last year with the award of Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England for the variety and quality of the arts opportunities at Hornsby House.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “The current Year 6 have done themselves and Hornsby House proud.  They have worked hard and have had the best possible support from our teachers.  We are absolutely delighted with the secondary school offers they have received and with the number and range of scholarships and awards they have won.”

HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL ARE SUPPORTING LITTLE VILLAGE CHARITY

Hornsby House have been raising money and collecting donations for the Little Village charity, which has its headquarters a few streets away from the school.

Little Village provides good quality baby clothes and equipment to families who need it.  All the clothes and equipment are donated by local families and the charity is run by parents as an entirely voluntary enterprise.

The charity offers a weekly drop-in service for families who need support, a delivery service and also provides a referrals-based service for health visitors, children’s centres, midwives and the local foodbanks.  Families can either bring a voucher and select items from the Little Village stockroom themselves, or volunteers can put together bags of kit for them. The bags are designed to feel like gifts, rather than hand-outs, so goodies for the mum are included, and only good quality items are passed on.  The Balham centre has been such a success that Little Village have now opened a second centre in Camden.

Hornsby House has collected donations of baby and toddler clothes, books, games and equipment, as well as raising £1,374 from sales of cakes and wristbands and a concert by all the school choirs.  The children then brought in gifts from home to give to the Little Village mums for Mothers’ Day.  Alongside these activities, the Hornsby House School Parent Teacher Association has run a series of events in aid of Little Village, including a ceilidh evening and a quiz night for parents, as well as a toy fair and disco for the children – these have raised £4,000, bringing the grand total to well over £5,000.  Each of the three Year 6 classes have also visited the Little Village headquarters to help process donations.  They sorted books, checked games and puzzles were complete and in working order, cleaned buggies and created artwork to brighten up the storage room.

Mrs Michelle Boyd, Year 3 teacher, Charities Co-ordinator and mum-to-be, said, “Little Village are giving such valuable help to local families in need.  The Hornby House community has been very generous with their donations and with supporting our fundraising.  The Year 6 children also loved being able to help out at Little Village headquarters.

Sophia Parker, Founder of Little Village, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by staff, pupils and families at Hornsby House.  Not only have they donated some wonderful items for us to pass on to local families in need, but they’ve also raised an incredible amount of money in a very short space of time, helping us to open up for an additional day each week.  We loved having the children at HQ. Hornsby House’s contribution has made a big impact on Little Village.”

 
HORNSBY HOUSE PUPILS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING 11+ RESULTS

 

Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an outstanding set of results in their secondary school entrance exams.  41% of the children in the year group were offered a total of 43 awards, including 24 academic scholarships, as well as two all-rounder scholarships and awards for sport, music and art. 

Whitgift remains a very popular destination, with half the boys in the year group accepting places there.  James Allen’s Girls’ School and Streatham & Clapham High School together account for half of the girls.  14 offers were received from Alleyn’s and 13 from Dulwich College but smaller groups have ended up going to those schools, as well as to King’s College School Wimbledon, Emanuel and Wimbledon High School.  A variety of destinations make up the remainder, including schools further afield such as Epsom College and Woldingham, leading state schools such as Graveney and Tiffin, and boarding schools, such as Benenden.

The range of schools that Hornsby House children go on to has expanded in recent years.  King’s College School Wimbledon only started 11+ entry into the senior school last year and we are delighted that four of our boys received offers this year, including two academic scholarships.  Together with the girls going on to Wimbledon High, this means 10% of our current Year 6 will be going to these two popular and highly selective schools.

In their most recent inspection in October 2016, the Independent Schools Inspectorate judged Hornsby House as excellent, both in the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements and in the quality of pupils’ personal development.  The report also noted that, “the school works closely with parents to prepare pupils for senior school entrance examinations and the demands of secondary education”.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “11+ entry to London day schools is very competitive and I am delighted with the outstanding results achieved by our current Year 6.  The impressive number of offers from selective secondary schools is a reflection of the children’s hard work and the excellent quality of the teaching at Hornsby House.”

Full details of the 2017 secondary school entrance results are available on our website:

http://www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk/Destination-Schools

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VISIT FROM GOLD MEDALIST CHRISTA CULLEN

The Year 5 girls at Hornsby House School were lucky enough to have a visit from Crista Cullen, Great Britain and England hockey player.  Crista is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and has over 185 caps for the GB and England teams, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, followed by a gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.  She carried out a training session with the girls, passing on lots of techniques and tips for improving their game.  They were amazed by her skill and delighted that she brought along her medals to show them.  It was an inspirational and memorable afternoon.

WINNER OF BBC’S GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN OPENS NEW KILN ROOM AT HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL

 

Matthew Wilcock, winner of the popular 2015 BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down, came to Hornsby House School in Balham to open the new kiln room.  Pupils from Years 4 and 5 watched the official opening and gave Matthew a huge cheer as he cut the ribbon.

Matthew also ran an exciting pottery workshop with 20 pupils from Year 5.  The children loved working with him and he shared many techniques and interesting ideas. 

 

Matthew is Resident Potter at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire and balances teaching responsibilities with producing his own work.  His passion for ceramics came from his parents and his greatest inspiration has been his father, Geoff Wilcock, who has worked as a ceramics teacher and technician for over 40 years.

Pottery will now feature in the art curriculum for all Key Stage 2 pupils from September and there will be an after school club for children who are keen to do more.  Hornsby House will also offer access to the new kiln to some local primary schools which do not have their own firing facilities.   

Helen Shannon, Head of Art, said, “We were delighted that Matthew opened our new kiln room.  He did a wonderful workshop with the children and we are all looking forward to doing lots more pottery next year.”

HORNSBY HOUSE ARE NATIONAL U11 MIXED TEAM GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS
 

The Hornsby House School gymnastics team has won the National U11 Mixed Team title at the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) Floor and Vault Finals, which took place in Stoke-on-Trent on 30th April.  It is the second time in three years that the school has won this competition and Hornsby House pupils Nicolas Goad and Phoebe Hastings also took the individual honours for the highest scoring boy and girl.

The team’s success at the BSGA Floor and Vault Finals follows their third successive win at the BSGA Milano Team Trio Finals which took place in March, also in Stoke-on-Trent.

The pupils are very proud of their medals and the silver cup and shield that they were awarded as winners of these two events.  The cup and shield will be engraved and displayed at the school for the coming year.

Emma Evans, Head of Girls’ Games and Clubs Coordinator, said, “Gymnastics is very popular at Hornsby House and we now have around 50 children taking part in the after school gym clubs every week.  The team has done so well to win both the national competitions this year – a truly impressive achievement.”   

 

 

HORNSBY HOUSE PUPILS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING 11+ RESULTS

 

The 51 children in Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an impressive set of results in their secondary school entrance exams, winning a total of 40 scholarships and awards between them.

80% of the children will progress to one of six London day schools: Alleyn’s, Whitgift, Dulwich College, Streatham and Clapham High School, James Allen’s Girls School and Emanuel.  The other 20% are moving on to a range of other London day schools and boarding schools, including both independent and state options.

The 26 academic scholarships offered reflect the high academic standards at Hornsby House and is especially impressive since entry at Reception is unassessed.  The success rate for the most selective schools has been high, with a record-breaking 13 out of 15 applicants to JAGS receiving an offer.  Also notable was that all applicants to Whitgift, Streatham & Clapham High School and Sydenham High School received offers.  Sport is an area of strength at Hornsby House and this is highlighted by the 10 sport awards offered.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “I congratulate the Year 6 children on the excellent results they have achieved.  They have worked very hard and deserve their success.  The number of awards and the offers achieved at the most selective schools are impressive and reflect the high quality of the teaching at Hornsby House.”

Full details of the 2016 secondary school entrance results are available on our website:

http://www.hornsbyhouse.org.uk/Destination-Schools

FATHER CHRISTMAS AND HIS REINDEER VISIT HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL

The children at Hornsby House School had a lovely surprise when they arrived at school today for the last day of term.  They were greeted by Father Christmas in his sleigh, along with his elves and three reindeer.  Children, parents and staff sang carols together in the playground and were able to stroke and feed the reindeer – it was a memorable start to the Christmas holidays.
 
 

The children from the three Reception classes had an extra special treat.  After the rest of the school had gone into their classrooms, Father Christmas gave each Reception child a present and they all had a turn at sitting in the sleigh.  Father Christmas then toured the rest of the school, delivering a sack of presents to each class.
 
Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “This was a wonderful way for us to celebrate the end of a busy term.  Father Christmas, presents, carols and three real reindeer – it was very special and we are definitely all ready for Christmas now!”
 

TOM DAVIES, AGE 19 AND FORMER HORNSBY HOUSE HEAD BOY, IS YOUNGEST PERSON TO CYCLE ROUND THE WORLD

 

19 year old Tom Davies cycled solo around the world during his gap year and arrived back home in August.  He was welcomed back by a group of family and friends, including parents and children from Hornsby House School, where he was a pupil and worked as a gap year assistant during the autumn term ahead of his big trip.

Tom is now starting a degree at Loughborough University but found time to come back to Hornsby House beforehand to talk to the children about his incredible journey and the many challenges he faced along the way.  The children were inspired and amazed by Tom’s talk and the wonderful photographs he showed.

Tom set off from his home in Battersea in January and cycled over 18,000 miles across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America.  Although this is not an official Guinness World Record, since “youngest” records are not recognised, Tom believes he is the youngest person to have done it. He also made sure he fulfilled all the key criteria for a round the world trip, such as using the same bike frame throughout, starting and finishing at the same point, riding in one direction, covering at least 18,000 miles and passing through two antipodal points – in his case, Wellington in New Zealand and just north of Madrid in Spain.

Tom has been a keen cyclist throughout his teenage years. At the age of 15, he cycled to Chamonix with his father and he rides regularly with Strictly CC, a South London cycling club.

 

The trip was an enormous personal challenge and, although he received much kindness and hospitality from many different people around the world, he needed to be almost entirely self-reliant.  He had many adventures along the way, including being held up by snow in Greece, being chased by dogs in Albania, and crossing the Nullarbor Desert in Australia, but did not let anything deter him. Tom raised money for three very worthy charities: Sohana Research Fund, Prostate Cancer UK, and Carney’s Community. Sohana Research Fund is focused on funding research to find a cure for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic skin blistering condition, while Carney’s Community is a small charity that works to turn around the lives of disadvantaged and excluded young people.  To date, Tom has raised over £57,000, which will be shared between the three charities.

Tom said, “The trip was amazing - it was incredible to see the countries and experience the different cultures in this way, whilst also pushing myself harder than I ever thought possible.  I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of people all around the world and I am delighted that the three charities will benefit from my trip.  I am so grateful for all the support from my family and friends, as well as the children, parents and staff at Hornsby House School.  It was lovely to see the children again and to tell them about the trip – they were a fabulous audience! 

 

For more information about Tom, his cycle ride around the world and his three chosen charities, see Tom’s website: www.tomdaviesrtw.com

 
Hornsby House Year 6 pupils achieve Outstanding Secondary School entrance results

The 55 children in Year 6 at Hornsby House School have achieved an impressive set of results in their secondary school entrance exams, winning a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them.

70% of the children will progress to one of six London day schools: Alleyn’s, Whitgift, Dulwich College, Streatham and Clapham High School, James Allen’s Girls School and Emanuel.  The other 30% are moving on to a range of other London day schools and boarding schools, including both independent and state options.
 

The Year 6 pupils of Hornsby House have won a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them
The Year 6 pupils of Hornsby House have won a total of 36 scholarships and awards between them

The success rate for the most selective schools has been impressive, as has the significant number of academic scholarships, especially since Hornsby House do not assess children for entry at Reception.  Two-thirds of the awards were for sport, music, art and drama, which is a great reflection of the broad curriculum offered to Hornsby House children.  Sport has a high profile at the school and the excellent work on the arts was recognised last year with the award of Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England for the variety and quality of the arts opportunities at Hornsby House.

Edward Rees, Headmaster, said, “The current Year 6 have done themselves and Hornsby House proud.  They have worked hard and have had the best possible support from our teachers.  We are absolutely delighted with the secondary school offers they have received and with the number and range of scholarships and awards they have won.”

Hornsby House School awarded Artsmark Gold Status by Arts Council

Arts Council England has awarded Artsmark Gold status to HORNSBY HOUSE SCHOOL. This award is only held by 6% of schools nationally and it recognises the variety and quality of the arts opportunities that Hornsby House offers its pupils throughout the age range.

In order to achieve Artsmark Gold, the school carried out a comprehensive application process and was then visited by a professional arts consultant, who commented, "as soon as you walk in to the school entrance the creativity is immediately apparent" and noted that,"there is great clarity and vision for how the arts are managed creatively, why they are included and why they are an important entitlement for all students."

Hornsby House has a generous staff:pupil ratio and there are specialist staff who lead the provision of art, design, music, drama, dance and gymnastics in the school. They also arrange for every class to visit a current exhibition or national collection as well as to see a live drama performance during the year. All staff work together to integrate arts across the curriculum, organising activities such as themed history days which include art and drama. In addition, there is a wide range of after school clubs for the children, a significant proportion of which have an arts focus, and these allow the children further opportunities to develop their interests.

Mark Peters, Assistant Head, led the Hornsby House team who put together the Artsmark application. He said, "We are very proud of being awarded Artsmark Gold in recognition of the high standard of our arts provision and I would like to thank all of our specialist arts teachers for their outstanding work and commitment."

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