Hoe Bridge School is set in a perfect location on the outskirts of Woking, Surrey surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland and is only 20 minutes from London. It is an IAPS for boys & girls aged between 2 1/2 and 13. It has an extremely good reputation and is constantly striving to preserve the atmosphere, improve results and explore all possibilities for enriching both the School and the children.
About the school
Hoe Bridge School is set in a perfect location on the outskirts of Woking surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland and is only 20 minutes from London. At the heart of Hoe Bridge stands the stunning 17th century mansion, Hoe Place. Hoe Place is steeped in history and was once the favourite retreat for Lady Castlemaine, one of the mistresses of King Charles II. Major development has taken place over the past few years and the school now boasts outstanding and 21st century facilities. These facilities are second to none and we are immensely proud of the successes and achievements of our children as they take full advantage of all that is available to them here, the children are equally proud to call Hoe Bridge their school. The Pre-Prep department is located in its own purpose built building and achieved “Outstanding” throughout at our last inspection. From Nursery to Year 2 the creative curriculum followed at the Pre-Prep enables the children to learn through play, adventure, discovery and experience. Transition to the Prep Department is seamless and as children mature they become increasingly independent learners in preparation for the move to senior school. The results achieved by the children across the ability range are outstanding leading to success at some of the country’s leading schools. The pupils are inspired by dedicated staff, lessons are rigorous and interactive and achievement is excellent. Alongside the academics sport, music, art and drama play a major part throughout the school and children excel in many areas; end of year productions; sporting excellence achieving national success in netball and hockey, county success in cricket and football; individual musical success in national youth orchestras and choirs and a spectacular annual art exhibition. Scholarships in all these areas are won every year to a variety of schools across the country. “The pupils’ successes in academic work, sport and music, both individually and in groups, are due to their excellent attitudes to learning.” Latest ISI Inspection Report. Senior pupils in Years 7 and 8 take part in regular extra-curricular activities such as Bush Craft weekends, French trips, cricket and netball tours and are challenged by preparing and presenting a gourmet meal to their parents. It is at this stage of their time at Hoe Bridge that they take on extra responsibility becoming prefects and role models to the younger children. The atmosphere of every school is unique and we consider the strength and attraction of Hoe Bridge to lie in the atmosphere here. Created by the staff and children it combines warmth, care, good relations and pride in achievement. The children spend ten years at Hoe Bridge. These are formative years and they should be ten happy and rewarding ones and aim is to do the very best for each child. Standards and targets are realistic, though set as high as possible, the bright are challenged and the less able supported; we endeavour to instil confidence in all our children. Visitors are amazed how happy the children are, how determined they are to succeed and how much they care about each other. The School has an extremely good reputation and we are constantly striving to preserve the atmosphere, improve our results and explore all possibilities for enriching both the School and the children.
The pupils at Hoe Bridge Pre-Prep celebrated the 260th birthday of the Scottish Bard Robert Burns.
29th January 2019 — The children in the Pre-Prep Department at Hoe Bridge School were treated to their annual ‘bill o’ fare’ of haggis, neeps and tatties as they celebrated the 260th birthday of the Scottish Bard Robert Burns. Piper Ewan piped them into lunch and then with ‘his knife see rustic labour dight’ he cut the haggis open ‘wi’ ready slight’ and they all tucked in! Ewan then lead the country dancing outside in the playground.
After a year of fund raising, pupils, staff and parents from Hoe Bridge School were very proud to present cheques to the two charities they have been supporting over the past 12 months.
20th November 2018 — Both The Elizabeth Foundation and Water Aid found themselves on the receiving end of the generosity for the pupils, staff & parents from Hoe Bridge School. Each year the boys and girls vote for two charities that they would like to support and raise money for and this year those two lucky recipients received £9,000 each.
The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity supporting infants and pre-school children with hearing loss and WaterAid works to provide everyone everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Both charities were absolutely delighted to receive their cheques from the children during a special assembly and thanked them on behalf of all those it will go towards helping.
Since 2012, the School has raised nearly £125,000 for various charities.
The brother & sister team from Hoe Bridge School have once again clinched gold at the 2018 U13 IAPS Sailing Championships.
24th May 2018 — Congratulations to Robert & Gemma who have once again became IAPS National Sailing Champions this time in the Under 13 age group. They competed in the Zest class at the The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and after a tough day of competition finished in first place and clinched the title. Last year they sailed in the Under 11 Quba class and won gold after some fantastic sailing and so to win this year in a different class is a superb achievement. The win is even more outstanding as they are still Under 12 & Under 10 respectively. A thoroughly deserved win!
The Under 11 netball team at Hoe Bridge School have achieved a superb and almost impossible feat by being crowned triple champions with the Under 11 boys and the Under 10 girls also getting in on the act as County Champions !
13th March 2018 — In the space of four short weeks, the Year 6 girls and boys and the Year 5 girls from Hoe Bridge have produced something very special. The Under 11 girls can now boast that they are Surrey Netball Champions, IAPS Regional Netball Champions and also IAPS National Netball Champions, the boys also showing off their success as Surrey Hockey Champions as are the Under 10 girls.
Last week saw the culmination of the Under 11 girls hard work and determination when they made the journey to Basildon Sports Village to compete in the National Finals where the top 40 teams in the country fought for the National title. The tournament was run in four sections of ten teams, meaning each school had nine sectional matches. The girls played with passion, determination and most importantly good team spirit and finished top of their section after winning all of these matches. As sectional winners, they then went on to play St Piran’s School in the quarter final winning 10 - 5 and then followed by Orchard House School in the semi final which they won 9 - 6.
The Final against The Manor School would be a replay of a match that had taken place earlier in the day and with both teams determined to perform to their best it promised to be an exciting end to the competition. The Final proved to be just that and with the full time score at 7 - 7, the match would be decided with extra time. The atmosphere was tense and the Hoe Bridge girls returned to the court with 'the team' attitude. The ball travelled quickly from end to end with some great interceptions from both teams, goals were scored and missed, but Hoe Bridge held their nerve and at the final whistle celebrated a 3 - 2 win. They were later presented with their medals and the National trophy which they are now displaying with pride at the school. This was a superb achievement for which they should be incredibly proud.
Not to be out done by the girls, the Under 11 boys have also been working hard out on the hockey pitch. They too are now Surrey Champions after winning the county tournament and as winners of the county they then moved on to the tough South East Region Championships. After a long day of hockey against the best in the region, they made it through to the semi finals and finished with a ranking of fourth in the South East overall.
If that wasn't enough success, the girls from Year 5 decided that they too wanted a piece of the action. After a thrilling Surrey tournament at Reigate Grammar School they made it through to the final where they were the eventual winners taking the total to three County Champion teams from the school.
Year 6 girls from Hoe Bridge School in Woking have become 2018 County Netball Champions.
8th February 2018 — Recently, schools from across Surrey competed in the annual Surrey Schools netball tournament which was hosted by Guildford High School.
In what is always a hotly contested tournament, the Under 11 Hoe Bridge team played outstandingly well throughout their section matches and ran away with the group after not lost a single match. They moved from the group stage into the quarter final where once again they showed their dominance by beating Holy Cross School by five goals and having played some outstanding netball the girls then faced St. George’s College in the semi final which they won comfortably 10 goals to 3.
A final beckoned against Caterham Prep School. The Hoe Bridge girls quickly took control of the match playing with skill, determination and a fantastic team spirit which proved too much for their opposition and claimed the county title with an 8 goals to 2 win. Overall, they scored 59 goals and conceded only 10 throughout the entire tournament - a statistic worthy of the champions!
Sarah Thornton-Pickering, Head of Girls Games at Hoe Bridge said, "We were so impressed by the standard the girls set themselves and when a team has this much determination and skill they are always difficult to beat. We are really proud of them!"
The girls were then lucky enough to be presented with their medals and trophy by two of the Surrey Storm Netball players.
The boys and girls from Hoe Bridge School have given two charities an early Christmas present by donating £20,000 to their causes after twelve months of frantic fundraising.
4th December 2017 — Both The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People and Salt of the Earth found themselves on the receiving end of the generosity for the pupils, staff & parents from Hoe Bridge School in Woking. Each year the boys and girls vote for two charities that they would like to support and raise money for and this year these two lucky recipients received £10,000 each.
The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People provide Bugzis which are small powered wheelchairs to young disabled children so they can experience mobility and explore their environment. Salt of the Earth support rural development projects in India and run a multitude of programmes focusing on women’s empowerment, income generation, health, education and environmental preservation.
Both charities were absolutely delighted to receive their cheques from the children and thanked them on behalf of all those it will go towards helping.
Headmaster Nick Arkell said, “We are so pleased to be able to hand over such large donations and we know how much this will help those that really need it. The children have once again surpassed my expectations and been so generous with their time and money. I am truly humbled by their enthusiasm and kindness.”
Since 2012, the School has raised nearly £105,000 for various charities and for 2017 - 2018 the children have voted to support WaterAid and The Elizabeth Foundation.
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Hoe Place, Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8JE