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Hill House School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:55 PM

Hill House School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Hill House School is an independent day school for girls and boys aged 3 to 18 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Pupils at Hill House School study a broad yet challenging curriculum in small classes, making it possible for teachers to help children maximise their potential. English, maths, science and modern languages are essential to the curriculum, with a variety of encompassing subjects including computing, philosophy, politics and ethics, economics, psychology, and business studies available to students in later year groups. Exam results at Hill House School are the best in the area; in 2022, 75% of A level grades were A*/A/B and 51% of GCSEs were 9, 8 or 7.

Beyond the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities for pupils to develop existing talents and explore new interests in a wide and varied co-curricular programme. Musicians will enjoy six choirs, three orchestras and several ensembles, with a vibrant calendar of concerts. There are four large drama productions each year and budding artists have opportunities to exhibit their work on the websites of major galleries, including The Saatchi Gallery.

A large number of pupils represent the school locally and regionally in traditional sports (hockey teams at Hill House have been crowned North of England champions), while a new equestrian club has been established to allow pupils access to the facilities and experience at Grove House Equestrian Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Key information for Hill House School

  • Headmaster: Mr David Holland

  • Address: Hill House School, Sixth Avenue, Auckley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 3GG

  • County: South Yorkshire

  • Admissions contact: Miss L Ward – [email protected], 01302 776300

  • Age range and gender: 3–18, boys and girls

  • Number of pupils: 736

  • Open day date: Saturday 1st October 2022

  • Overview of selection procedure: entrance exam and trial day

  • Registration opens: currently open – enquire with the school

  • Registration closes: undisclosed

  • Assessment date: Monday 23rd January 2023

Hill House School fees and financial assistance

The current fees at Hill House School for pupils in Years 7 and 8 are £4,650 per term. The school fees include the cost of tuition, swimming (where this applies) and school lunch.

Hill House School awards a small number of bursaries (means-tested financial assistance) annually to parents of children according to financial need. One or two places are available as 100% awards (i.e. free school places). Applications for bursaries can be made at any time during the school year – to obtain an application form and get guidance on applying, call the school bursar on 01302 776300.

There is also a small number of scholarships available to 11 plus applicants to Hill House School:

  • Open scholarships (academic, art, music, performing arts, and sport): these are awarded to children on the basis of their performance in the 11 plus entrance exam and assessment in January of Year 6. They normally carry a 10% reduction in fees but can be more if the child’s parents require additional financial support (a means-testing process will take place if this is the case).

  • Foundation scholarships: assessment for a foundation scholarship is by invitation only at any age and is outside of the normal open scholarship process. These are only offered very occasionally, in exceptional circumstances.

  • Rose Learning Trust scholarships: one means-tested scholarship is available each year to a candidate of exceptional potential from any school within the Rose Learning Trust. This includes Richmond Hill Primary School, Woodfield Primary School, Balby Central Primary Academy, Hatchell Wood Primary Academy, Crowle Primary Academy, Owston Park Primary Academy, Lakeside Primary Academy, and Town Field Primary School.

Hill House School term dates

The term dates at Hill House School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 6th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 22nd October – 6th November 2022

  • Spring term (Lent): 10th January – 30th March 2023

  • Half term: 11th–19th February 2023

  • Summer term: 17th April – 6th July 2023

  • Half term: 27th May – 4th June 2023

The term dates at Hill House School for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 6th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 21st October – 5th November 2023

  • Spring term (Lent): 9th January – 21st March 2024

  • Half term: 10th–18th February 2024

  • Summer term: 10th April – 10th July 2024

  • Half term: 25th May – 2nd June 2024

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to Hill House School

If you are considering Hill House School as a possible choice for your child, you will need to complete the registration form (contact the school to obtain this).

All registered applicants will then be invited to the Year 7 entrance exam day, which will take place on Monday 23rd January 2023 (applicants registered for 2023 entry). As well as completing test papers, your child will experience taster lessons – this is an opportunity for your child to find out if Hill House is the right fit for them, while enabling staff at the school to see what they can offer in return.

Following a successful trial day and good exam results, Hill House School will write to parents with the offer of places. If your child is successful in receiving a place and you would like to accept, you will need to return the necessary forms and submit a deposit (refundable once your child leaves the school).

Hill House School 11 plus exam

Applicants for Year 7 entry to Hill House School will take three written tests in January of Year 6:

  • English: a one-hour exam with sections on reading comprehension and creative writing.

  • Maths: a one-hour exam based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum for maths. Find out what topics your child will likely be tested on in our guide to 11 plus maths.

  • Verbal reasoning: a one-hour exam which will assess your child’s ability to reason and solve problems with written information. Take a look at our guide to 11 plus verbal reasoning to see typical questions and find out how your child can prepare effectively.

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at Hill House School

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Engage with their progress

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