ISI Inspection
The inspection team have now departed and, before doing so, reported back to the Chairman of Governors and the Senior Leadership Team.  Whilst the report remains confidential until it is published in a few weeks' time, I can tell you that I am really delighted with the outcome.  We have passed with flying colours and the feedback we received from the inspectors was truly excellent; the praise for the children and for our highly talented staff was glowing.
It is also immensely pleasing that the feedback from the parental and pupil questionnaires demonstrated exceptional levels of satisfaction and I feel incredibly proud of all the St Hugh's community and privileged to lead such an outstanding school.  Andrew Nott, Headmaster.

Assembly Theme of the Week: Respect

Club Cancellations
We apologise for the following After-School Club cancellations next week:
Thursday, 27th September:  Boys' Hockey is cancelled due to Cross Country fixtures.
Friday, 28th September :  Video Club is cancelled, as Mr Rundle is accompanying the Year 7 residential trip.

Wellbeing at St Hugh's

We are currently working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.  This award was developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, and is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community.

We want to ensure that we improve the support we offer, we have therefore asked pupils to complete an anonymous survey in school this week and next.  As stated in the email sent to you last week about this, if you have any questions or queries regarding wellbeing and the award, please email Ena Rogers,, who is coordinating the award, alongside the Wellbeing Change Team (Richard Clarke, Lisa Botsford, Jules Galbraith, Adam Pearson & Antonia Codrington).

Over the coming year, we will be in touch regarding the award and will be regularly updating the Wellbeing page on the school website.  To start with, we will be asking parents to complete an online survey about how well you feel St Hugh’s supports pupils’ emotional wellbeing.  An email about the survey will be sent to you shortly. 


There are two very popular FOSH events planned for this term:

Friday, 9th November: The FOSH Fireworks Evening is a family favourite and much enjoyed by both parents and children alike.  This event will begin at 5.15pm and end at 7.00pm.  Tickets will go on sale in the week commencing Monday, 8th October.  The FOSH reps are already working hard to ensure a great evening.  Further information about this event will be published shortly.

Friday, 23rd November: The FOSH Christmas Fair will take place from 3pm-5.30pm in the Manor House.  This is an ideal opportunity to start (or possibly complete!) your Christmas shopping.  There will be a wide variety of stalls including stocking fillers, jewellery and lovely things for the home.  We will also be selling teas, coffee and cakes, to enjoy at the end of your festive shopping.


Parents have alerted us that there are still some difficulties with the flow of traffic in the Manor House Car Park.  Please kindly remember to show consideration to others when parking and once children have been dropped off, we should be grateful if you would leave the car park promptly.  If, for any reason, you are staying in school for a longer period, please kindly use the Pavilion Car Park instead and walk down to school from there.  If children need to take items out of the boot of a car, please remember to park, rather than waiting outside the front of the Manor House, as this leads to queuing down the driveway and blocks the flow of traffic in Carswell Lane.

We very much appreciate your help in ensuring the school car parks are as safe and as efficient as possible for everyone.


Week 2 Questions

Upper School Questions
1.    Are the columns in the Parthenon straight?
2.    What type of animal has at least 250 fewer legs than its name suggests?
3.    In ancient times, Mesopotamia was an area between which two rivers?
4.    What does the acronym NASA stand for?
5.    Who invented the electric motor and the electric generator?
6.    Do whales feed their young on milk?
7.    What are trees that produce cones called?
8.    What is the name of King Arthur’s sword?

Middle School Questions

1.    Where is the Parthenon?
2.    Who said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” and where was he?
3.    Where is the Curiosity Rover busy taking photographs?
4.    What are baby hedgehogs called?


Selected pupils from Years 6-8 will performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as part of this year's Shakespeare Schools Festival.  Tickets are reported to be selling fast, so if you would like to come and support St Hugh's, or would just like an enjoyable evening at the theatre, please see booking details below:

A Midsummer Night's Dream
New Oxford Theatre
7pm Thursday, 15th November 2018
Book Tickets: 0844 871 3020


We hope the following notes will help as a useful reminder when trying to re-locate lost property in school:

In Upper School:  There are boxes of named and unmaed lost property adjacent to the Day Room.  Parents and children are welcome to look in these for items that they know are missing and we ensure that the boxes of named items are emptied on a very regular basis.  Children are either given named items back in person or they are put into lockers or back on pegs.  If a named piece of clothing is found in the Sports Hall, it is returned to a pupil’s peg.  If the item is not named, it is taken to the boxes outside the Day Room.  

In Middle School:  There is a box in each of the year group cloakrooms and these are emptied regularly.

In Pre-Prep:  There are lidded bins situated in each year group cloakroom.  Named items are put back onto pegs on a regular basis but please check the bins if you are aware of a missing item.  We also encourage the children to try to remember to take jumpers and coats that they may have taken off during break time back into the cloakrooms after breaks.

Middle School News

Diary Reminders:
Wednesday, 26th September:  Boys U9 Rugby Match v Pinewood (h) 2.30pm and Girls' U9 Hockey Skills Session and Matchplay (h) 1.30pm
Thursday, 27th September:  U8 and U9 Girls’ & Boys’ Cross Country @ The Manor 4.30pm
Saturday, 29th September:  Boys’ U8 Rugby TAG Festival (h) - 10am and Girls’ U8 Hockey Festival (h) - 10am
Monday, 1st October:  Harvest Festival at St Hugh’s:  Parents are invited to join us at St Hugh’s at 3.15pm for our annual Harvest Festival service.  Please see information sent last week for more details.  We look forward to seeing you.

Curriculum Information Evening:  Many thanks to those parents who were able to attend Tuesday evening’s presentation.  Information leaflets, the PowerPoint presentation, Book Lists and the Accelerated Reader ‘Home Connect’ letter will be sent to all parents.  It was wonderful to see so many of you there and discuss the outlook we have for your child during the months to come.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Middle School staff if you wish to discuss any of the information included further.

Accelerated Reader: The children in Middle School have now all been allocated their reading level which is noted on a sticker in the inside of their prep diary.  We kindly ask that all children read at home on a daily basis, in addition to the periods of reading rest and library lessons they enjoy at school.  Once your child has completed their book, they should inform their form teacher who will support them in completing the associated comprehension.  As part of our Accelerated Reader initiative, each week we calculate the total number of words read by each House across Middle School.  In order to ensure the results we are reporting each week are as fair as possible, we will continue to calculate the average number of words per person, per House, rather than the cumulative total.  This gives all Houses, irrespective of size, an equal chance to win. This week, congratulations to Chislehurst who read 28,299 words! Scores from the other Houses were: Bickley - 19,380 words, Carswell – 16,100 words and Malvern – 9,666 words.

Matches:  We hope all parents of Year 4 children have been enjoying the weekly Wednesday afternoon matches so far this term.  A reminder regarding away matches – if your child is due to be picked up by the parent of another child, please kindly inform your child’s Form Teacher and Sports Coach of the arrangement by 10.50am.  This helps hugely with post-match organisation and helps us to ensure that all children in our care are properly accounted for and safe.  For home matches, children of Middle School are to be collected from their Form Room and for children who return to school after an away match, please kindly collect them from the Manor House.  If you have any further questions regarding Wednesday afternoon arrangements in Middle School then please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s Form Teacher, Mrs Newman, Mr Blanchard or Miss Greenwell.

Prep:  Please find below a list of prep arrangements for this term:
Monday - Spellings due in
Monday/Tuesday - new spellings set
Wednesday - Talk Prep set
Thursday - Times table test
Friday - 'Write on!‘

Leviathan – Leviathan is distributed via the weekly newsletter.  This is an optional activity, although we find many families enjoy completing the research together.  At the end of term, the children will have the opportunity to answer a written quiz of all the Middle School questions for the term, or participate in an oral, team quiz instead.

We would very much appreciate you and your child recording reading and times table practice in prep diaries, and for you to sign the prep diaries each Friday morning.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Middle School team if you have any questions about Prep arrangements.  Many thanks for your support.

Autumn Term Topics:  Middle School currently have a selection of fiction books relating to this term’s topics on display in the Middle School Hall.  These books are written by Karen Barlow and are available for £5 each.  With each copy sold, a donation will be given to FOSH.

Have a lovely weekend. The Middle School Team.

Pre-Prep News

A huge thank you for the many donations for the Pre-Prep Harvest Festival celebration. The Abingdon Food Bank was thrilled to receive so much to help those in need.  Well done to all four Houses!

Please do feel free to use Carswell Cabin after school for quiet reading or quiet activities with your children.  Please kindly leave the space as you find it.

Order forms for our Design a Christmas Card went out at the end of last week in children’s bookbags.  Please pass any orders (along with payment) to class teachers as soon as possible, as the closing date is Friday, 5th October.  The printed cards will be delivered to school no later than the first week of December.

Parents are kindly reminded that the Pre-Prep playground woodland is out of bounds to children after school.  We really appreciate your cooperation in this.

Please can we request that parents and children do not enter the classrooms until 8.25pm?  Book bags and blazers can be left on children’s pegs in cloakrooms and Larks Club is available from 8am in the Pre-Prep Library.

There will be a drop-in Phonic Q & A session on Tuesday, 2nd October.  These will run from 8-8.45am in the Pre-Prep Hall, at 3.10-3.30pm and at 3.40-4pm in 2LB.  Please do pop in and ask any questions you may have about the phonic scheme we run.  We will plan a similar drop-in for Maths after half-term.

Pre-Prep are taking part in the whole-school Behaviour of the Week initiative.  This is introduced each week in our Monday assembly.  This week we have all worked hard to remember to be courteous and open doors to let people through.  Next week we will be mindful to respond to teachers with their name, for example, ‘Yes please, Mrs Blythe’.

Pre-Prep Parents' Evenings will take place on Tuesday, 9th October 3:40pm - 5:30pm and Thursday, 11th October 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  Parents will be able to sign up for a specific time closer to the date.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. The Pre-Prep Team.

Music Department News

For particularly impressive focus and effort, well done to the Orchestra Players of the Week:  Seb Rich - French Horn (Year 7) & Holly Gilroy - Percussion (Year 8) and to the Singers of the Week:  Milo Spier (Year 6) & Tashy Back (Year 8)

Please ensure all entries for music exams are handed in to Mrs Rich by Monday.  The deadline is next week.

We should be grateful to receive second-hand 1/4 size and 1/2 size violins. Please contact Joanna Havelock: if you have a violin of either of these sizes, which you wish to donate or to sell.


Times Tables of the Week – 2x table


Please click on this link to view this week's sports results.

Further details about fixtures may also be viewed on the sports pages of the school website.


The latest team photographs are now available to view and order online:
•    Enter ‘St Hugh’s School in the search criteria box
•    Enter password 361113 if prompted
•    Select date of photograph, which will take you to the image (s).

Senior Schools Open Days

Pangbourne College, Saturday, 22nd September, 9-12pm, Tel: 0118 9766696
Abingdon School, Saturday, 29th September, 9.30-12.30pm, Tel: 01235 849041
Oakham School, Saturday, 29th September, 9.45am, Tel: 01572 758758
Canford School, Saturday, 6th October, 9.30am-1pm, Tel: 01202 847207
King's College, Taunton, Saturday, 6th October, 10am, Tel: 01823 328204
Bloxham School, Saturday, 6th October, Tel: 01295 720222


Following an exciting summer of festivals and gigs, Truck Festival being the highlight, Phoebe Rose has a released a new single. “Autumn Leaves” is available on iTunes, spotify and all online platforms.  The official music video can be seen on Youtube: Hope you enjoy it!  If you would like to see her and her amazing band live, they are playing at the Maybush, Newbridge on Saturday 22nd at 6pm.  They're headlining “Talent in the Tipi” which is an afternoon of live music starting at 3pm.  With a suspended woodturning stove and a converted barge bar, it's cosy whatever the weather!


Our current GAP students are keen to offer their babysitting services, or to help with events such as birthday parties.  Their numbers may be obtained from Reception.

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