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Hill House School, South Yorkshire

Coordinates: 53°29′11″N 1°00′54″W / 53.486408°N 1.014894°W / 53.486408; -1.014894
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Hill House School

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Coordinates53°29′11″N 1°00′54″W / 53.486408°N 1.014894°W / 53.486408; -1.014894
TypePrivate day school
MottoSapientia et Doctrina
FounderReginald Master
HeadmasterDavid Holland
Staff80 (approx.)
Age3 to 18
Enrolment800 (approx.)

Hill House School is a co-educational independent day school for pupils from the ages of 3 to 18 in South Yorkshire, England. In 2012, Hill House was named 'independent school of the Year' at the independent school awards.[2] It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, The Society of Heads, The Independent Association of Preparatory Schools, and the Independent Schools Council.

Early history[edit]

Hill House School was founded in Doncaster as a preparatory school for boys in 1912 by Reginald Master. In 1959, Paula Haigh, the wife of the then Headmaster of Hill House School, Mr Hamilton Haigh, founded St Mary's School on Bawtry Road as a girls' school. In the early 1970s under a new head, Hill House began to accept girls, and by the early 1980s had become fully co-educational.

Hill House St Mary's School was born when the two schools merged in August 2002, with primary-age children being taught at the Rutland Street site, overlooking Doncaster's Town Fields, and with secondary-age children taught at the St Mary's site on Bawtry Road.[3]

Recent history[edit]

In September 2008, Hill House School, reverting to its former name, relocated to the Officers’ Quarters of former RAF Finningley, previous home to Britain's Vulcan bombers, adjacent to the modern Robin Hood Airport. In an £8 million project, led by Cadman Construction, the school now has numerous purpose-built classrooms allied to historic function rooms. In September 2011, Hill House opened its new Sixth Form and Music School in a £1.1 million development, and was accepted into membership of the Society of Heads.

Since 2010, Hill House has been home to the Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival, which takes place in April each year. In 2012, the school acquired 54 acres of land in nearby Blaxton, which has been developed into sports grounds.

In February 2015, the school renewed its RAF past by becoming the base of 558 Finningley Squadron of the Air Training Corps

In April 2017, the school's new dining hall was opened.

In October 2020, the school issued an apology in response to a satirical Tiktok video showing several Hill House students lip-syncing to a song as part of a popular Tiktok challenge.[4]

In August 2021, the school celebrated record examination results and Oxbridge admissions.[5]

In February 2023, the school's new £1 million sports pavilion was opened at Blaxton Sports Grounds by the international netball player Tracey Neville.[6]


The main catchment area includes Tickhill, Bawtry, Epworth, Doncaster, Rotherham, Howden, Selby, Retford & Worksop, all of which are served by school transport.[citation needed]


The School has 4 Houses, School (Blue), Master (Red), Field (Green), New (Purple)


  • 2012–13 Times Independent School of the Year; Winner
  • 2012–13 Times Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award: Winner
  • 2012–13 Times Outstanding Governing Body Award; Shortlist
  • 2016–17 Times Outstanding Community Initiative Award; Winner
  • 2021–22 Independent School of the Year for Sport; Shortlist
  • 2023–24 Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year; Shortlist
  • 2023-24 Education Business Awards; Shortlist


  • 2016–17 North of England Hockey Champions, 5th in National Finals, at U13 Girls
  • 2017–18 North of England Hockey Runners-up, 7th in National Finals, at U14 Girls
  • 2021–22 North of England Tier 4 Hockey Champions at U18 Girls
  • 2021–22 National Tier 4 Hockey Runners Up at U18 Girls
  • 2021–22 U16 Boys Rugby Yorkshire Cup Winners
  • 2021–22 U15 Boys England National Rugby Bowl Winners
  • 2022–23 North of England Tier 4 Hockey Champions at U18 Girls
  • 2022–23 National Schools' Rugby Sevens Champions at U14 Girls
  • 2023-24 Yorkshire and North East Tier 3 Hockey Champions at U14 Girls

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Axis Educational Recruitment".
  2. ^ Independent School of the Year
  3. ^ "The Hill House Association". Hill House School. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  4. ^ "UK private school apologises for offensive TikTok video posted by students". International Business Times UK. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Hill House School – Record A Level Results!". Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  6. ^ "School Sports Pavilion Officially Opened by Sporting Great!". Hill House School. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  7. ^ Kessen, David (17 January 2023). "Jeremy Clarkson: Amazon reportedly 'axe' Doncaster star's shows after column about Meghan Markle". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Emma Chambers". Donny Online. Retrieved 22 March 2023.

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