You will not find a better, happier and more successful school than St Hugh’s.  You’d expect me to say this but I hope that if you have not already done so you will see for yourself why I have this view.  When Sarah and I first visited the school we were really struck by the wonderful atmosphere of the school. Yes, the buildings and grounds were beautiful but it was the children and staff to whom we immediately warmed.  Down to earth, friendly, polite, smiley, kind and considerate, the children still welcome newcomers as warmly now as they did me and my family when we first began.  I can honestly say that the staff are the most talented, outstanding team I have ever come across.  And I say this both in my capacity as a head but also a school inspector who has visited dozens of schools over the last ten years.  I have seen good practice elsewhere but none has matched the excellence I see every day all across the school.

Sarah and I have five children of our own: Elizabeth is 26 and, having completed a degree in Psychology, is studying for an MA at UCL, William, 24, read Economics at Cambridge University and has embarked on a career in asset management, Henry, 22, is studying for a Business Management degree at Oxford Brookes University, George, 15, is in his third year at Abingdon School, and James, 12, is in Year 8 here at St Hugh's.  In addition to looking after our brood, Sarah is responsible for our marketing and newsletters and for managing this website.

Like most parents, we are very aware that all of our children are very different to each other, and I love the fact that St Hugh’s is a place where everyone has a chance to shine, be they children who might struggle with their learning or whether they are destined for academic scholarship.  We are an inclusive school where everyone is involved in music, takes part in school plays and represents the school in matches on Wednesdays.  However, we are also a school which promotes excellence and you see this in the classroom, on the sports pitch, in Art and DT studios, on stage and in the vibrant musical life of the school.

We are also a school that has deliberately chosen not to expand.  Demand for places is incredibly strong and we could be a much larger school.  However, we have chosen to remain at around 300 as it is the size of this school which helps to make us special. This also makes it possible for me to know all the children, and all their parents, and as a school community we value highly the excellent relationships we build with the children and their families.

Andrew Nott