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Report - Hill House St Marys School, Doncaster September 2009

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by iceman, Sep 28, 2009.

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    Hill House School is an independent fee-paying school in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England for some 450 boys and girls from 3 to 16, and is a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Independent Schools Council.

    Hill House School was founded in Doncaster as a preparatory school for boys in 1912 by Reginald Master. In the early 1970s under a new head, the school began to accept girls and by the early 1980s had become co-educational.

    Notable past pupils include Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Vicar of Dibley star Emma Chambers, local MP Rosie Winterton, Earl of Scarborough (13th Earl) Richard Osbert Lumley, Michael Hills (England U21 & Sale Sharks 1st XV Rugby) and England test cricketer Richard Dawson.

    St Mary’s School was founded as a girls school in the Bessacarr area of Doncaster in 1959 by the wife of the then Headmaster of Hill House School, Mr Hamilton Haigh. Both schools were proprietorial until 1972 when Hill House became a charitable trust run by a board of governors.

    To counter the increasingly common problem of retaining pupils beyond the age of eleven, the Governors of Hill House had a business plan to extend the school to teach up to GCSE level. St Mary’s were already doing this and when the proprietors were made aware of the plans in the summer of 2002 they warmed to the idea of a take over. The merger would be mutually beneficial.

    Hill House St Mary’s School was born when the 2 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.

    In September 2008, Hill House, 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 pound project, led by Cadman Construction, the school now has numerous purpose built classrooms allied to historic function rooms.

    The main catchment area includes Doncaster itself, and outlying towns and villages including Retford, Tickhill, Bawtry, and Epworth.

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    Myself and a few friends stumbled upon this while checking out another location, we found the gates and doors wide open so were very cautious as there may have been other people inside....luckily there was no-one around so we were able to have a good couple of hours in there without being disturbed and I was able to go back the day after and take my family for a look aswell!

    Anyways have a look at a few of the pics and let me know what you think


    Among the usual riff-raff that attended the school there were a few celebs including:
    * Jeremy Clarkson
    * Emma Chambers
    * Rosie Winterton
    * Earl of Scarborough (13th Earl) Richard Osbert Lumley

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    #1 iceman, Sep 28, 2009
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