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Productions, concerts, trips and visits, achievements, assemblies and projects, fundraising, special events, exhibitions… there is always plenty happening at Hydesville.

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Year 1’s penguin waddle!

March 27, 2018

A big thank you to the parents and parents and family members who came along to support us at yesterday’s sponsored penguin waddle around Walsall Arboretum to raise money to help protect wildlife at risk.


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EYFS go on an adventure

March 26, 2018

Nursery and Reception pupils had a fun filled day at the National Forest Adventure Farm last Thursday.


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Making beautiful Spring time music

March 23, 2018

This week’s Spring Concert was a wonderful occasion for us to get together as a community, and to enjoy a lovely celebration of our pupils’ musical talents


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Shakespeare Week 2018

March 15, 2018

We’ve had a great time celebrating Shakespeare Week in Prep School.


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Chocolate inspired Science

March 13, 2018

British Science Week celebrations have begun in School.


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The Big Maths Quiz 2018

February 28, 2018

Well done to two teams of pupils from Year 5 and 6 who took part in yesterday’s Big Maths Quiz.


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Hydesville becomes member of School Notices

February 14, 2018

We are delighted to announce the enrolment of Hydesville Tower School in a new digital noticeboard and market place for parents: School Notices.


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Talent shines at teatime concert

February 14, 2018

Congratulations to the pupils from Year 3 to 11 who performed so beautifully and confidently at the Teatime Concert on Tuesday.


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GCSE Performance Table success for Hydesville Tower School

January 26, 2018

We are delighted with the recent news of Hydesville Tower School’s success in the Department for Education’s Performance Tables for last summer’s GCSE examinations.


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Murder comes to Hydesville

January 23, 2018

Staff from across the school took to the stage on Friday evening to perform ‘Who Killed the Soap Star’.


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Chartwells nutritionist offers snacking tips

January 12, 2018

Pupils in Prep School have been getting tips for healthier snacking.


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Eve spends Christmas in Neverland

January 12, 2018

Year 10 pupil and music scholar Eve, spent Christmas in Neverland when she was selected to play the part of a Lost Girl in the the arena production of Peter Pan in Birmingham.


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Pupils donate toys to Acorns Children’s Hospice

November 30, 2017

Kind hearted brothers, Kairon in Year 1 and Reuben in Nursery, have donated several bags of toys to Acorns Children’s Hospice in Walsall.


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Supporting Walking with the Wounded

November 28, 2017

We are delighted to announced Hydesville has become a member of the Schools’ 100 Club, part of the Walking with the Wounded charity, who support vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence.


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Who Killed the Soap Star?

November 22, 2017

A star studded cast of teachers from across the school will be taking to the stage to perform ‘Who Killed the Soap Star’ on Friday, 8th December.


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Year 2 pupil stars in BBC 2 drama

November 13, 2017

Hydesville Tower School pupil Mehtaab Sidhu is set to see himself on the small screen, after landing a part in BBC2’s The Boy with the Topknot.


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Prep pupils strike a pose

November 1, 2017

The glamour of the Milan catwalk came to Hydesville as Prep School took to the runway for our ‘Creative Couture Fashion Show’.


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Celebrating Harvest at Hydesville

October 18, 2017

What a wonderful Harvest celebration assembly we had in School yesterday.


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Betty Bus makes a stop at Hydesville

October 10, 2017

Pupils in Years 5 to 9 have jumped aboard the Betty Bus today, learning about puberty in an educational but fun way!


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Jaydeep is a star pupil

September 29, 2017

Pupils in Prep School are sporting brightly coloured  House ‘star’ badges, thanks to Jaydeep in Year 6. Jaydeep came up with the idea when he realised it would be helpful for teachers to easily identify which pupils were in each House. He took his idea to the Pupil Voice group who were fully in support of the initiative and as a result we now have


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Hydesville pupil is a pure genius

September 19, 2017

A Hydesville Tower School pupil is proving he is the cream of the crop after passing a test to become the member of an exclusive club which accepts only the smartest of people.


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Year 7’s License in Science

September 15, 2017

Well done to Year 7 who all now officially have a license to use a Bunsen burner. As part of science lessons this week they undertook training to learn how to safely set up and use the equipment. Miss Eynon reported they’d all passed with glowing colours!


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Pupils celebrate superb GCSE results

August 24, 2017

Year 11 pupils are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with over 97% of the new style exams being awarded a “standard pass” or better at the new grade 4 and above.  75% of the cohort achieved a “strong pass” at grade 5 and above in English Language and Mathematics. More pleasingly, at a time of much curriculum reform designed to make examinations more challenging, 50%


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Summer Arts Showcase takes place in school

July 14, 2017

Despite the awful weather cancelling our Summer Arts Showcase on Tuesday our Prep children have been able to showcase their acts to their teachers and friends this morning.


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New Headteacher for Hydesville

July 13, 2017

Warren Honey has been announced as the new Headteacher at Hydesville Tower School – marking a new chapter in the leading Independent School’s ongoing development.


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Duke of Edinburgh expedition for Y9 & 10

July 12, 2017

Last weekend the first Year 9 and 10 Duke of Edinburgh group completed their two day practice expedition in Cannock Chase.


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Teachers come top of the class in annual charity football match!

June 27, 2017

Our third annual Dads v Teachers charity football match took place last Friday and ended in a 3-0 win to the teachers team.


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Sports Day 2017

June 27, 2017

Thank you to those parents, grandparents and other family supporters who came along to cheer pupils in Upper Prep and the Senior School at their Sports Days at Wyndley Leisure Centre.


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Senior pupils take a trip to Wonderland

June 27, 2017

The nonsense of Wonderland was captured beautifully in our Senior School’s show stopping production of Alice in Wonderland at Aldridge Youth Theatre last week.


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Early Years monkey around for charity

June 22, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone involved for their support during our EYFS Cheeky Monkey Marathon Challenge this week – completing one lap of the lake in Walsall Arboretum to raise money for the UK’s leading national children’s charity, ‘Children with Cancer UK’.


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Lower Prep Sports Day

June 16, 2017

Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 took part in Lower Prep Sports Day.


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France comes to Hydesville!

June 16, 2017

Nursery children took part in a French Day, to celebrate and coincide with our extra-curricular French club which children are able to take part in Nursery.


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Key Stage 1 pair up for writing

June 16, 2017

Pupils in Key Stage 1 enjoyed a morning of ‘Sports Day’ themed English and maths lessons.


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Year 2 become A stars!

June 16, 2017

As part of the A* Stars programme, Year 2 to part in a quiz about road safety.


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Smoothie making fun

June 15, 2017

Thank you to our catering provider, Chartwells, for helping our children to eat vibrantly with a little help from a smoothie bike! Hydesville catering manager Gareth Long was joined by Chartwell’s nutritionist Clare Hedderman to hold healthy workshops for children in Prep School, encouraging them to eat more fruit.  As part of the sessions the children selected fruit they wanted to include in a smoothie,


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Hydesville Tower Senior School presents Alice in Wonderland

June 12, 2017

A cast of 17 Senior School pupils are adding the finishing touches to its production of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.


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Senior visit Loughborough University

June 9, 2017

Senior School pupils in Years 7 to 10 enjoyed a sports nutrition workshop at Loughborough University.


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Skittles fun

June 9, 2017

The sun shone brightly for Hydesville’s inaugural Family Skittles Night.


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Pupils become evacuees!

May 26, 2017

Pupils in Year 5 became evacuees this week.


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Pupils and parents put on their dancing shoes!

May 23, 2017

Last Friday we welcomed James & Francesca Moorcroft from Studio1 dance studio in Walsall. The duo are also former number 1 ranked Latin and 10 dance (combined ballroom and Latin) in the under 21 age group in England and the UK.


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Exam stress advice for GCSE pupils

May 11, 2017

GCSE exams will start on Monday 15th May, so Miss Nijjar would like to pass on the following message to pupils.


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Times Tables success

May 8, 2017

Well done to pupils in Prep School who received awards for their success in the Hydesville Times Tables Challenge!


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Lower Prep’s Maths Challenge

May 8, 2017

Congratulations to pupils in Lower Prep who received awards for their success in a recent Maths Challenge. An impressive ten pupils received a Rainbow Award, for answering seven questions in 20 seconds. Well done to Nandika, Kairon, Avnie Mae, Maaya, Anoop, Aryan, Ibrahim, Ryan, Tandip and Narian.   Viren, Adiel and Shivam answered an outstanding 17 questions in 30 seconds and were awarded the Moon


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Year 6’s Apprentice Challenge

May 4, 2017

Pupils in Year 6 rose to the Hydesville Challenge of becoming young entrepreneurs and came up with a number of business ideas that even Lord Alan Sugar would be proud of. The children were each given £1 and asked to set up a mini enterprises over the Easter school holidays in a challenge designed to give the youngsters an insight into business.  The project is


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Shaan’s royal delivery

May 4, 2017

Shaan in Reception was excited when he received an extra special delivery this week….a letter from the Queen!


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Safe scooting by Year 2

April 27, 2017

On the final day of last term, Year 2 took part in the Scooterbility training, led by the Year 2 teachers.


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Eve performs with Icelandic star

April 27, 2017

We’re very proud of Year 9 pupil and Music Scholar Eve who was invited to sing a duet with Hafdis Huld last week at the Kitchen garden cafe in Kings Heath. Hafdis is from Iceland and has had number one selling albums there. Eve sang a lovely duet after only one rehearsal an hour before the show. Well done Eve!


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Happy retirement Mrs Davies!

April 7, 2017

Today we say a fond farewell to Jane Davies who is retiring after 16 years at Hydesville.


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Prep School extravaganza raises the roof!

April 7, 2017

Our Prep School performing arts extravaganza raised the school roof .


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Nursery children go on Egg-cellent hunt

April 5, 2017

Nursery Children had great fun on their Easter Egg hunt.


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Delivering road safety lessons to reception pupils

March 31, 2017

As part of the A* Stars programme (delivered in conjunction with Walsall Council) Reception pupils have taken part in a road safety walk


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Year 2 visit West Midlands Safari Park

March 30, 2017

Year 2 had a wonderful day visiting West Midlands Safari Park.


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Special visit by Ellie Simmonds

March 29, 2017

What an amazing morning we’ve had – former Hydesville pupil and Paralympic medalist Ellie Simmonds has paid us a special visit.   Ellie held two assemblies, speaking to our pupils in both Prep and Senior Schools about her achievements and experiences and she bought in three of her Olympic medals that children had the chance to hold! She also coached a special swimming lesson to


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Spring Concert raises the roof!

March 28, 2017

Our annual concert raised the roof at St Matthew’s Church in Walsall.


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Tiaras and tea for Nursery pupils

March 27, 2017

Nursery children came to school dressed as princes and princesses when we hosted a British Values tea party and invited parents to join the fun.


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No added sugar day

March 21, 2017

We’ve been raising awareness of low sugar diets in school today, thanks to a visit from Chartwells nutritionist, Clare Hedderman.


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Flyday fun in Prep School

March 21, 2017

We renamed last Friday as ‘Flyday’ when Pupil Voice reps ran a paper plane competition for the Prep school.


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Where there’s a Will there’s a play….

March 21, 2017

Last Friday we kicked off the Shakespeare Week celebrations in school with pupils in Years 1 and 2 taking us back to a time when men wore tights and children were to be seen and not heard.


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Talented young writers

March 21, 2017

A big well done to a group of promising young writers in Year 3 who are celebrating after their work has been published in a book of poetry after entering a national competition.


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Reception perform The Rainbow Fish

March 14, 2017

Last Friday’s Prep School assembly was led by children in Reception who performed their own version of the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’, written by Marcus Pfister, which highlights the importance of sharing and the value of friendship.   All children made excellent contributions to the performance, either by being a […]


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A top day watching top athletes!

March 10, 2017

Senior School pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 enjoyed a day of watching top class performances from top class players at the Yonex ALL England Badminton Championships at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. Regarded as the oldest and the most prestigious badminton tournament the visit gave our pupils the opportunity to […]


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STEM savvy Senior pupils

March 8, 2017

Year 11 enjoyed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Workshop during ‘What Career Live’ at Birmingham’s NEC last week. The event gave pupils the chance to find out more about careers and higher education opportunities, to help them decide what to do after leaving school. During the morning the […]


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Science Museum visit

March 8, 2017

Pupils in Year 3 and 4 had the chance to think like real scientists during a visit to the Science Museum in London last Friday. All of the children had the opportunity to gain hands-on with real scientific phenomena, such as seeing lightning strike, using thermal cameras to visualise themselves […]


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Road safety lessons

March 7, 2017

Pupils in Upper Prep have taken part in special lessons in road safety this week. The lessons were part of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and were designed to improve pupils’ understanding of road safety including how to use pelican crossings safely, as well as how to cross a […]


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Celebrating World Book Day

March 2, 2017

School has been full of colour and invention today as children have come to school dressed as their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day.  From Disney characters to aliens and pirates, everyone (event the teachers) have got into the spirit to support the day. Aside from dressing up, […]


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Year 1 have a snow day

February 17, 2017

As part of this half term’s topic work Year 1 have been studying Winter weather and the Arctic. They went to the Snowdome to experience what it would feel like to be an Inuit living in the Arctic and to see what the snow felt like.   The children had […]


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Former pupil returns to Hydesville

February 16, 2017

We were delighted to welcome back a former Hydesville pupil who left our school more than 50 years ago! Elizabeth Thompson (nee Kavanah) was a pupil in our senior school from 1957 until 1963 so joined Hydesville just five years after we first opened. Now aged 71 she lives in […]


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Supporting Acorn’s Children’s Hospice

February 14, 2017

The Senior School Community Fundraising Group made a special visit to Acorn’s Children’s Hospice in Walsall last Friday to present a cheque for £106 that they raised during a cake and samosa sale.   The kind hearted group also took a selection of art and craft supplies for the children […]


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A Bumbajig assembly

February 13, 2017

Year 4 did us proud as they performed the actions to go with the Bumbajig story, a book written by the late Miss Brach and shared with the Prep School during last Friday’s assembly. Thanks go to Mrs Rees who decorated the stage with butterflies and prepared the costumes.   […]


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Teatime concert raises the school roof

February 10, 2017

Parents and invited guests were wowed by our 18 of our talented musicians at the second of our tea time concerts this term, held in the school hall yesterday. The event celebrated what the children have been doing in their instrumental lessons this term and involved pupils from Year 1 […]


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Outside learning and fun for Year 4

February 9, 2017

Pupils in Year 4 enjoyed a trip to Woodlands Adventure activity centre where they took part in a range of activities including an assault course, zip wire, abseiling and archery. The day gave them the opportunity to bond as a group and experience some of the activities that they will […]


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Safer Internet Day 2017

February 7, 2017

Pupils from across the Prep and Senior Schools have been showing their support for Safer Internet Day 2017 with a range of activities including quizzes, debates and poster competitions. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’ with a focus on ‘The Power of Image’ and […]


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Year 2 visit Warwick Castle

February 7, 2017

On Friday Year 2 visited Warwick Castle as part of our ‘Happily Ever After’ topic. We started by having a Kingmaker tour where we learnt about the different weapons and forms of protection. We then moved on to climb the turrets and walk along the high walls to look at […]


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Shaan’s tennis tips from Judy Murray

February 6, 2017

Lucky Shaan in Reception met his idol’s mum, Judy Murray, last Saturday at his tennis club (David Lloyd All Stars Tennis Club in Great Barr).   At the age of 2½ Shaan was one of the youngest in his tennis class to join the Club and took to the sport […]


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Drums with Year 1

February 3, 2017

Year 1 have been studying drums in their music lessons. Ryan and Jayden brought in their dhol drums and gave us a fantastic and loud demonstration.  Ryan even taught Mrs Brown how to play! Jayden also brought in some tabla drums which the class got to experience playing.


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Real life science for Year 5

February 2, 2017

Year 5 have been getting hands-on in a special Science lesson today.   The class have been investigating the function and structure of the heart and were lucky enough to have the opportunity to dissect and analyse a lamb’s heart, learning about the important structures in the heart.


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Felt fun for Senior pupils

February 2, 2017

Creative pupils in the Senior School have taken part in a special felt making workshop with local artist, Lisa Olsen.  Year 7’s lesson was last week and this Wednesday Year 8 had their turn.  The class learnt about the intricate process of felt making and were able to have a […]


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Celebrating National Storytelling Week 2017

February 2, 2017

To celebrate National Storytelling Week Year 2 children have celebrated their love of reading by bringing in their favourite stories from home along with our cuddly reading buddies. We have shared our stories throughout the week, reading them as a class, with a friend and by ourselves. We really enjoyed […]


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National Storytelling Week 2017

February 1, 2017

To celebrate National Storytelling Week 2017, Mrs Still, Prep School Literacy Coordinator, has put together some top tips for encouraging your child to engage in reading and share in the love of books: At home it is beneficial to create an atmosphere where books and stories can be shared and […]


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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

January 30, 2017

We commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday with a number of events in School. Form 2 delivered an assembly to the Senior School which looked at how and why we remember the Holocaust. We discussed what happened during the Holocaust and how similar genocides continue to happen. Pupils were reminded […]


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Year 1’s special visitor

January 27, 2017

Pupils in Year 1 had a four legged, furry visitor this week, Tinkerbell the cat!   Tinkerbell belongs to India Fidanza’s grandmother and she paid a visit to Hydesville to help the children with their English lessons where they have been studying cats through poetry.   The children learnt a […]


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Early Years visit Walsall Library

January 26, 2017

Nursery and Reception children enjoyed a tour of the children’s library at Walsall Library this week. The librarians spoke about their roles before reading a book to the children, which encouraged participation and lots of questions! The children all went off to find a book of interest before becoming a member […]


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Year 2’s Bake Off!

January 25, 2017

Year 2 have been learning to write instructions. As part of this topic, we held a ‘Year 2 Bake Off’. The children made cakes at home and wrote the recipes for them. They brought in the cakes to be judged and all the children have tried a variety of cakes […]


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Tapas and Flamenco for Senior pupils

January 25, 2017

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 Spanish pupils visited Amantia restaurant in Birmingham this week, to practise their language skills in an authentic setting and to learn more about the Spanish culture.  They enjoyed trying a range of different tapas including tortilla (potato omelette), albondigas (meatballs), patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) […]


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Pupils go litter picking

January 23, 2017

Environmentally conscious Senior School pupils swapped the classroom for the Arboretum last Friday when they went litter picking.   The pupils are all from the Community Fundraising Group and took part in the initiative as part of The Big Tidy Up, a national campaign to encourage people to come together […]


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Chartwell’s nutritionist visits Hydesville

January 20, 2017

Thank you to Chartwell’s nutritionist, Clare Hedderman, who paid a special visit to Hydesville this week. Clare held healthy eating workshops for pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 and also taught a special lesson for the Year 10 GCSE Food Technology class. Along with the support of Hydesville catering […]


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Nursery fire service visit

January 18, 2017

What a fantastic morning our Nursery children had this week when Walsall Fire Station arrived at School – complete with a group of firefighters and a fire engine. The officers used their training, experience and expertise to deliver fire safety information in a reassuring way to ensure the pupils were able […]


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It’s panto time!

January 18, 2017

Our lucky Prep School pupils are off to the pantomime this afternoon to show their support for Simran, Amrit and Arjun who are appearing in the show. The talented children are dancers in all of the songs, across six acts. They attend Mrs Townsend’s Dance School, Classic Dance Academy, and […]


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Supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice

January 16, 2017

Thank you to Acorns Children’s Hospice fundraiser Abi Floyd who visited our Senior School Community Fundraising Group on Friday to talk about all the great work they do to provide care, support, fun and laughter for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families. The group are […]


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Making Early Years Music

January 12, 2017

The school hall came alive with the sounds of the piano, singing, flute, recorder, clarinet, violin, guitar and ukulele at this week’s Early Year’s music workshop.  Children had the fantastic opportunity to meet Miss Bultitude and Mrs Bulkeley our Early Years instrumental specialists and find out more about the range […]


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Remembering Miss Brach

January 12, 2017

Hydesville Tower School would like to thank you for your unwavering support which has helped to carry us through a difficult and testing time. Miss Brach will be forever in our hearts and we are now starting the process of healing by returning to a semblance of normality. We are […]


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Linking up with Spanish pen pals

December 9, 2016

Year 8 Spanish pupils are taking part in a pen pal scheme with pupils at another Cognita school, the BSB (British School of Barcelona). Our pupils have written introductory pen pal letters including basic information about themselves and are eager to receive their replies from their pen pals after Christmas. […]


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Sparkling smiles all round in poster competition

December 8, 2016

Congratulations to Mahima in Year 3 and Rhys in Year 2 who are the winners of a poster competition organised by local dental practice, WS4 Dental Care.   Children were asked to design a Christmas poster. Practice Manager Jo Locke was blown away by the quality of designs submitted. She […]


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Carol service raises roof

December 8, 2016

Pupils from both the Prep and Senior School helped raise the roof at St Matthew’s Church at the annual carol service. This important school and community event is always a fitting celebration of the festive season and this year’s was no exception. The Church pews were thronged with parents, staff […]


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Festive fun in Nursery & Lower Prep

December 8, 2016

Children in Nursery and Lower Prep came to school in party clothes on Monday and had lots of fun at their Christmas party. They enjoyed a festive packed lunch, with Christmas crackers and party hats, and were treated to a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by touring theatre company […]


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Generous Senior School collect for homeless people

December 8, 2016

Homeless people in Walsall will have a warmer Christmas this year thanks to our kind hearted senior school.  Pupils have collected hats, gloves, scarves and socks and donated them to the Walsall Foodbank and The Big Feed, which are charities that support homeless people in the community. The venture was […]


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Hydesville announces membership of prestigious organisation

December 5, 2016

Hydesville Tower School is delighted to announce its membership of the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) – a prestigious organisation that represents more than 400 independent schools across the country. Mrs Gill Whitehouse, Acting Headteacher at Hydesville Tower School, explains: “The benefits to ISA membership are endless and we are looking […]


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Pupil Honours boards unveiled

December 5, 2016

We have officially unveiled our 2016/17 Honours boards, recognising the achievements of our pupils – house captains, Head Boy and Head Girl and Scholars.  We are very proud of our pupils and are delighted to see their names on display. (We are sorry that the Head Boy and Girl and […]


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Senior pupils support Road Safety Week

December 2, 2016

Pupils in our Senior School supported Road Safety Week 2016 by making a series of pledges around the areas of Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable. In form groups pupils held discussions and created a series of banners and posters to show their support and commitment for one of […]


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Cooking up a tasty lesson

December 2, 2016

Year 5 pupils swapped their classroom for the food technology food for a special lesson.   The children spent time investigating, designing and planning their own pizzas which they then had the opportunity to make.   The lesson formed part of the Design Technology topic they have been doing this […]


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