Hazlegrove is an independent boarding and day preparatory school for 370 boys and girls aged 2–13. The School is set within 200 acres of parkland in Somerset, with direct access to the A303. Excellent facilities include a newly developed flood-lit sports area, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, squash courts, mini golf course, theatre, music school, design and art centre and a mini farm. A purpose-built, self-contained pre-prep and nursery gives pupils the ideal start to school life.
About the school
In today’s rapidly changing and demanding world, it is important that children have a breadth of opportunity to develop their abilities and potential, while enjoying the benefit of a caring, structured and secure environment. We provide this at Hazlegrove. Children are encouraged to seek high standards in academic, creative, sporting and many other areas of School life. At the same time, we are a family school and regard the happiness of the individual child, at whatever level of achievement, as of vital importance to their personal progress. . Pupils can board from age 7 when they join the Prep School. The full programme of evening and weekend activities, together with the large number of boarders staying in at weekends, ensures that there is always plenty to do. Music and drama play a significant role in developing personal confidence with all pupils being involved in a major production every year. Pupils have regular opportunities to perform in informal concerts and to join one or more of the large number of ensembles. Outdoor education is part of the curriculum allowing children to develop the skills to work as part of a team and confidence is built upon by pushing personal boundaries. Our aim is for pupils to leave Hazlegrove with a self-esteem which is intact, prepared to face the unknown challenges which lie ahead. Hazlegrove is a splash of colour in an increasingly grey and conformist world. It is a school that delights in children being children, it encourages individuality, and it values determination, perseverance and passion. The School has retained all that is best from the past, but, at the same time, is ready to respond to contemporary educational initiatives and to explore new technologies. Hazlegrove has a clear vision and an exciting future.
Prep School Opens its Forest to Parents and Toddlers
Hazlegrove Prep School is starting a new group for parents with toddlers in the local area who may have had restricted access to similar groups during lockdown.
10th September 2020 — Hazlegrove Prep School is starting a new group for parents with toddlers in the local area who may have had restricted access to similar groups during lockdown.
Many adults have experienced varying levels of anxiety linked to Coivd-19 and lockdown. The same can also be said for children who have had to navigate these unprecedented times, although often without the language and levels of understanding to fully process why their world has suddenly changed so dramatically.
It is well documented that children try to make sense of the world around them through their play and when this is limited, they may display a range of emotions from being very passive and withdrawn to being angry or upset. The role of an Early Years practitioner involves supporting children in understanding their emotions and those of others, developing their social skills and increasing their breadth of language, in order to communicate effectively.
Head of Pre-Prep, Miss Hannah Strugnell said, ‘ We are very aware that for many parents with young children, the opportunity to meet with other parents during the week is an essential lifeline and one which for many, during lockdown, was simply not available. Also, with Nurseries and Pre-Schools closing during lockdown at a time when children needed emotional and social support the most, many children were not able to interact with others and engage in rich learning opportunities.
On June 1st 2020, we reopened our doors to our youngest children; Nursery, Reception and Year 1, recognising that now, more than ever, children needed to reconnect with each other and experience the normality of school life. We greatly appreciate how fortunate we are in having such spacious and exciting grounds to have safely welcomed these year groups back; reinforcing their sense of belonging and enabling them to be immersed in nature and explore the great outdoors. It is well documented that spending time outdoors is not only physically beneficial but also mentally too. We are thrilled to be able to welcome families to Hazlegrove to continue supporting all children in their holistic development and well-being’.
The session will be run by the Head of Nursery, Katie Ellis, who has lots of outdoor activities planned which will enable children to explore the woods, develop their senses and socialise with others. Afternoons will involve welly walks, scavenger hunts, Forest School and other activities which enable the children to connect with nature and get a little muddy too.
Children Summit Everest During Lockdown Fundraiser
During lockdown, news of children summiting Everest is not what you expect to hear, however, that is exactly what the children from Hazlegrove Prep School achieved in their bid to raise funds for NHS Charities Together and Serve On.
11th June 2020 — During lockdown, news of children summiting Everest is not what you expect to hear, however, that is exactly what the children from Hazlegrove Prep School achieved in their bid to raise funds for NHS Charities Together and Serve On.
Year 8 pupils and their families took part in a Virtual Climb of Everest from 14 – 22 May, ‘trekking’ and ‘climbing’ from Lukla Airport to the summit, by using stairs, steps, ladders and hills.
There were some solo summit attempts, some two-person teams, and larger teams of pupils, all of whom completed climbs daily to scale Mount Everest. The aim was to ‘summit’ together on the evening of Friday 22 May. The children sent in progress reports and photographs on a daily basis as they worked through the climb together.
On the Thursday of that week, the children marked the weekly Clap for Carers by creating rainbows to feature in their updates, some were drawn or painted, whilst others were created out of a range of walking and climbing equipment. Staff joined in as well, with Senior Tutor Mrs Deborah Mahony enlisting the help of the school guinea pig, Peanut along with some yaks, and Miss Rudd, who set up base camp in one of the school buildings, where she proceeded to make her climb.
The children showed great ingenuity in recreating the appearance of Everest whilst not leaving their homes during the COVID_19 lockdown, and connections were made around the globe, including three children being bag piped to the top of their local hill and two girls, who put together a dance routine to celebrate their achievement whilst they were on two different continents.
The children raised over £2,500 pounds for the charities.
Senior Tutor, Mrs Deborah Mahony said, ‘Around this time of the year, the Year 8 pupils would usually be planning their annual charity fete; we took this opportunity to do a different one-off exciting event as our remote learning alternative, and created an extra chance for the year group to stay connected and complete their first Leavers’ Project together. We are so proud of the way in which the children approached their Virtual Climb of Everest Challenge, a terrific result’.
School DT Teacher makes protective masks for NHS staff
Head of DT at Hazlegrove Prep School, Mrs Bonnie Barton, created a production line in her kitchen, in order to make 95 protective face masks for front-line workers, NHS healthcare in prisons and local Doctors surgeries.
31st March 2020 — Head of DT at Hazlegrove Prep School, Mrs Bonnie Barton, created a production line in her kitchen, in order to make 95 protective face masks for front-line workers, NHS healthcare in prisons and local Doctors surgeries.
Using her design technology skills, Mrs Barton made the most of having her family at home for social distancing and set up a production line in her kitchen in order to make the masks and get them to where there were needed as quickly as possible.
Mrs Barton said, 'We did 45 in a whole family production line that went out on Sat and another 45 made and delivered today. It’s quite emotional how overwhelmingly grateful the staff are when the masks are delivered.'
Six Year Old Somerset Girl Awarded Police and Crime Commissioner Pride Award
This year, the annual PCC Pride Awards included a six year old girl who showed extraordinary courage and quick thinking when her mother fell ill at the wheel.
23rd February 2020 — Esmé A, who attends Hazlegrove Prep School, was in the back of her mother's car when her mother fell ill, after pulling over to the side of the dual carriage way, Esmé's mother's condition quickly deteriorated.
Esmé realised the seriousness of her mother's condition and dialled 999 for an ambulance. Through her tenacity and quick thinking she was able to guide an ambulance to their location using the satnav in the car and her ability to stay calm under pressure played a significant part in aiding her mother's treatment. A Police spokesperson said, 'The bravery and courage that young six-year-old Esmé showed in such a traumatic situation cannot be underestimated, she is truly deserving of the recognition of her actions'.
The PCC Pride Awards ceremony was hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens. The awards, which took place recently at Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead, saw the PCC recognise 24 worthy winners and included a lunch with the PCC and Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson before enjoying a tour of the communications centre where ‘999’ and ‘101’ calls are received.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “The Pride Awards are something I always look forward to in my role as I get to say a big thank you to some truly extraordinary people in our community. I am delighted that so many people have chosen to nominate these ‘silent stars’, all who go about their daily business with little or no recognition.
Esme's mother said, 'I’m so incredibly proud of Esmé. She is a kind and sensitive sole with an unbelievable capacity to put others first. I’m not at all surprised that despite being utterly petrified by what was happening around her on the day, her instinct was to help - that is Esmé! It was a special moment attending the PCC’s Pride Award Ceremony with her teacher, Mrs Davison and watching Esmé being recognised for her courage and bravery alongside Police officers, A night Porter, a judge, a Reverend and others'.
Head of Hazlegrove Pre-Prep, Miss Hannah Strugnell said, ' We are all hugely proud of Esmé who demonstrated courage, quick-thinking and great maturity and we are thrilled that her actions and strength of character have been recognised. She showed tremendous maturity in a very stressful situation'. Esmé said, “It makes me feel excellent for winning an award today. It makes me happy to be recognised.”
Smiles of joy as nursery children entertain at a care home
Children from Hazlegrove Nursery enjoyed their termly visit to Highfield House Care Home recently. The children brought smiles to the faces of the elderly residents as they entertained them with songs and games.
16th February 2020 — Children from Hazlegrove Nursery enjoyed their termly visit to Highfield House Care Home recently. The children brought smiles to the faces of the elderly residents as they entertained them with songs and games.
Miss Ellis, Head of Hazlegrove Nursery said, 'It is such an worthwhile thing for the children to do and it is wonderful to see young and old people enjoying the company of each other. It works on so many different levesl; for the children chatting and explaining games and songs is a wonderful lesson in sharing and communication, whilst for the residents, it is lovely to see the very positive impact that the children have on their day. A child's enthusiasm is infectious and they can help to reach and connect with the Highfield House residents in a very unique and uplifting way'.
The visit to Highfield House is part of a rolling programme of outreach events which the school provides and includes the residents visiting the school for concerts and tea parties at various points throughout the year.
Girls from Hazlegrove Prep School were victorious in their pursuit of medals at the recent National IAPS Judo Finals, which took place in High Wycombe.
16th February 2020 — Girls from Hazlegrove Prep School were victorious in their pursuit of medals at the recent National IAPS Judo Finals, which took place in High Wycombe.
For many of the pupils, this was their first major competition at national level. Their teacher, Mr Gleeson was particularly proud of them and said, 'I was so impressed with their efforts', he added, 'Judo is such an important sport and has so many benefits to those who take part including self-discipline, self-defence as well as control'.
The girls were placed in different aged categories and were delighted to win four silvers and a bronze.
Children visit for a taster day and during this time they have an academic assessment.