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.
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 create Australian human map and sing Waltzing Matilda
Children from Hazlegrove Prep School formed a human map of Australia and sang Waltzing Matilda in a fund-raising mission for the Australian Bushfire Appeal through the WWF.
12th February 2020 — Children from Hazlegrove Prep School formed a human map of Australia and sang Waltzing Matilda in a fund-raising mission for the Australian Bushfire Appeal through the WWF.
The younger children were invited to help raise money by wearing a fluffy koala onesie or other fluffy clothes and donate money all of which will go to The Australian Bushfire Appeal through the WWF. The entire school then created a human map of Australia in which they sang Waltzing Matilda to show support.
The idea grew from a request by two pupils, Amelia H in Year 5 and Elise R, a Year 1 pupil. The children were so moved by what they had seen on the news reports that they asked whether the school could raise money to support the animals affected.
Head of Pre-Prep, Miss Strugnell said, ‘I was so impressed with the children’s thoughtfulness and proactive thinking and, with statistics such as 95% of Australian Koalas being destroyed in the bushfires, we fully agreed that we should do something to help. The whole school got behind the idea, our staff and children in the Pre-Prep all dressed in onesies and then joined the rest of the school in the map of Australia to sing Waltzing Matilda’.
The school has a rolling programme of charitable fund raisers for both local, national and international charities which include non-school uniform days, pop-up fetes, sponsored cycling and walks as well as sleep-outs and full school collections.
Children visit for a taster day and during this time they have an academic assessment.