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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 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 a great time sledging, sliding […]


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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 Harrogate but took a special […]


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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 at the hospice to use […]


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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.   The children sang beautifully and […]


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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 to Year 11. The concert […]


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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 encounter when they go on […]


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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 Form 6 led on an […]


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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 the amazing view. As well […]


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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 like a duck to water! […]


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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 go themselves, creating a lovely […]


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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 listening to different stories throughout […]


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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 enjoyed. Taking time to hear […]


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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 of the importance of being […]


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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 poem about ‘Cats sleep anywhere’ […]


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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 and using the self-service machines […]


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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 throughout the week. Well done […]


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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) and chorizo (spicy sausage).  After […]


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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 to clean up their community. […]


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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 manager Gareth Long, the pupils […]


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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 to understand the importance of […]


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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 were selected to take part […]


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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 looking forward to showing their […]


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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 of individual music lessons now […]


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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 holding a special coffee morning […]


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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.   Ella Damji in Year […]


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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 said: “It was a pleasure […]


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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 and the wider Hydesville community, […]


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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 Gary Starr Pantomimes.  And seeing […]


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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 led by the Senior School […]


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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 forward to the many opportunities […]


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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 two of our Scholars were […]


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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 the six pledges in a […]


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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 term. We hope parents enjoyed […]


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Quiz fun for Year 5

December 2, 2016

Well done to Marcylena, Arjun, Rayen and Toby in Year 5 who took part in a quiz against other schools this week. Unfortunately our team didn’t make it to the next round, but the children enjoyed the experience and throughout the quiz, the Quizmaster embellished the subjects being covered in the questions and explained the […]


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Christmas counts for Nursery & Reception

December 2, 2016

What do you get if you mix three wise men, a group of angels, shepherds and kings, a flock of sheep and a baby? A school nativity play of course! And we’re sure Nursery and Reception families will agree this week’s ‘Christmas Counts’ concert was certainly one to remember.  Ours told the traditional Nativity story […]


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Lower Prep Choir’s first Christmas concert

December 2, 2016

The halls of Walsall’s Central Methodist Church came alive with the beautiful singing of our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils at a special choir concert this week. Performing to a packed hall of parents and other invited guests, our choir helped spread festive cheer as they joined pupils from other local schools.  The special service […]


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Pupils swap classrooms for climbing walls

November 30, 2016

This week sees the start of a number of trips to the West Midlands’ biggest and best  indoor bouldering wall, Boulder Central.  Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 kicked off the fun and all had a great time experiencing a new activity.  Organised by our PE department, the wall climbing trips take place every year […]


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Batik Gelli art

November 28, 2016

Thank you to local artist Deborah Turner who held a Batik Gelli workshop for pupils in Year 10 and Year 11. The pupils spent the morning learning about Batik Gelli – an Indonesian inspired technique of decorating cloth using hot wax and dye. They were then able to try out a variety of tools, including […]


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Mr Humbug comes to Hydesville

November 28, 2016

A big well done to pupils in Year 4 and Year 5 who put on a show stopping performance of ‘Mr Humbug sees the light’ this week. This super-spooky musical sees the Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, brought bang up to date and set in school. Headteacher, Mr Humbug (Harrison), hates Christmas because it gets […]


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Dancing to success

November 28, 2016

A massive well done to Ruby in Year 6 and Jessica in Year 4 who entered the Walsall Schools Dance Festival last week. The girls were asked to open the show and they put on two fantastic solo performances in front of a packed auditorium. Both girls stole the show! Their hard work had definitely […]


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Operation Christmas Child

November 21, 2016

Kind hearted Senior School pupils have been involved in the 2016 Operation Christmas Child shoe box appeal.   Each Form group filled a shoe box with presents for children who otherwise would not receive a gift on Christmas Day. The boxes will be delivered to a wide variety of countries across the world.   Well […]


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Hydesville says no to bullying!

November 18, 2016

Pupils from across the school have been showing their support for Anti-bullying Week.  We’ve held a number of activities, all designed to raise awareness of bullying and to encourage children, teachers and parents to take action against bullies and bullying in school and community settings. In drama classes pupils took part in workshops where they […]


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Supporting Children in Need

November 18, 2016

Pupils from across the school swapped their uniform for spotty clothes as we showed our support for Children in Need.  As well as donating money to wear spots (or non-uniform), pupils held a bake, sweets and samosa sale and also took part in a sponsored football match. The money raised will be donated to the […]


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Hydesville pupils ‘steam ahead’ in History lesson

November 17, 2016

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a special lesson led by a history teacher from King Edwards School, Jonathan Davies. The legendary historian visited Hydesville as part of his Living History programme, and delivered an engaging lesson about the development of steam power by three famous Birmingham Victorians – James Watt, Matthew Bolton and […]


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Eyes down at Hydesvillle’s bingo night

November 17, 2016

Thank you to those families who came along to this week’s School and parent social event, our annual Bingo & Banquet night – it was our biggest and best yet! After a sharing supper we were eyes down and looking, and four fun games resulted in winners from both our Prep and Senior School families […]


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Mad Hatters tea party fun

November 16, 2016

Nursery children have been celebrating Nursery Rhyme week, where we have been recognising the important role of Nursery rhymes in our children’s early lives, particularly when it comes to the development of crucial language and communication skills. It’s been an action packed week of activities, including a ‘Rhyme A Day Challenge’, a nursery rhyme quiz […]


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Hydesville pupils shine in singing contest

November 16, 2016

A group of talented Prep School pupils took to the stage last weekend for a singing concert.  Sukhmani Khera, Roman Poselay, Eve Sheldon, Magdalene Addo and Ruby Uppal all sang beautifully, and expertly showcased the skills they have learnt in their individual singing lessons in school. Hydesville took part in the event alongside pupils from […]


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Pupils get passport to learning

November 14, 2016

A venture inspiring pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 has been officially launched in school. The Black Country Children’s University (BCCU) has given each pupil a ‘passport’ which will enable them to collect stamps for the hours of learning activities and experiences they are involved in outside school. Once they fill up their passports […]


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Harvest celebrations at Hydesville

October 20, 2016

Our kind-hearted parents and pupils have had a busy week collecting food to donate to Walsall Foodbank as part of the School’s harvest festival celebrations. Pupils in both Prep and Senior Schools contributed, and we are delighted with how generous everyone has been.   The Senior School’s Community Fundraising Group packaged their items into six […]


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Fire service visit Reception

October 20, 2016

Thank you to West Midlands Fire Service who came to school to talk to our Reception pupils about fire safety, which is especially important seeing as Bonfire Night is just around the corner.   We will also be starting a topic on ‘People Who Help Us’ after the half term holiday so what better way […]


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Eggtastic eggsperiments

October 19, 2016

We were eggstatic with our ‘cracking’ Year 6 scientists who have been studying Forces this half term and put their knowledge into designing and building a parachute to safely carry an egg from the top of the Prep School building steps….we can safely say it was no yolking matter!


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Year 5 charity cookie sale

October 19, 2016

A big well done to a group of kind hearted pupils  in Year 5 who baked and sold cookies in school to raise over £150 for Cancer Research UK.


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Fire safety in Safeside with Year 7 & 8

October 19, 2016

Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 learnt about fire safety during a visit to Safeside in Birmingham this week. The group dressed in authentic fire fighter kit and took part in simulated ‘real life’ incidents, including carrying out a search of a ‘smoked out’ darkened building to locate a rescue a ‘casualty.’  They also […]


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Tea and music at teatime concert

October 17, 2016

Hydesville families enjoyed an afternoon of tea and music at this week’s Teatime Concert. The concert showcased the talent from our pupils from Year 2 to Year 10 who take part in individual instrumental music lessons in school. Guests were wowed by the standard of performances, which included a number of solo pieces, including seven […]


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Our Great Nursery Bake Off

October 17, 2016

Our Nursery children had fun on Friday baking lots of yummy treats in the annual Nursery Bake Off competition. A big thank you to parents and grandparents who showed their support by rolling up their sleeves, showing off their culinary skills and helping our children compete for the final show stopping creation. Mrs Whitehouse (Hydesville’s […]


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Seniors learn study tips

October 13, 2016

Senior School pupils at Hydesville Tower School are being taught a range of new study techniques thanks to a series of workshops taking place throughout the Autumn Term. Leading study skills company Elevate Education are running four sessions for pupils in years 7 to 11.  Subjects being covered include dynamic reading, study techniques and revision […]


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Puppet making with Major Mustard and Year 2

October 12, 2016

As part of an ‘Eco-Warriors’ topic Year 2 children have been learning about recycled materials. They were able to put into practice what they have learnt in a puppet making workshop run by Major Mustard.   To begin with the children were shown how to make puppets from different recycled materials. They had to choose […]


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Harvest comes to Hydesville

October 10, 2016

Harvest celebrations kicked off in school on Friday with a lovely Prep School assembly led by Rev Mark Kinder. The children sang hymns and Rev Kinder asked the children to think about those people who don’t have as much food as others. Pupils from Year 5 and 6 took part, holding up the letters that […]


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Raise a cuppa, raise a smile

October 7, 2016

We’re celebrating World Smile Day by Hosting ‘Raise a Cuppa. Raise a Smile’ fundraising events in School to support international children’s charity, Smile Train.   Led by our Charity Fundraising Group, pupils have been buying cups of tea and hot chocolate and biscuits during break and lunchtime and we also held a ‘Make Mr Walker […]


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Match report v Queen Mary’s 6th October 2016

October 7, 2016

Mr Lawrence has written a match report from yesterday’s futsal match against Queen Mary’s School in Walsall: “On Thursday the Year 7 and 8 football team played a futsal match against Queen Mary’s Boys School. It was the first time they had played futsal and had to adjust to the rules and the speed of […]


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Joel on the silver screen

October 7, 2016

Parents (and older pupils) who’ve seen the latest Glenn Close film, ‘The Girl with all the Gifts’ might recognise one of the characters….our very own Joel in Year 7! Aspiring actor and Hydesville Performing Arts Scholar Joel is a member of the Pauline Quirke Academy and was selected to play the role of ‘t-shirt boy’.  […]


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Poster competition success

October 5, 2016

Congratulations to Gavin in Year 7, Rory in Year 8 and Michael in Year 9 for winning a poster competition held in school to celebrate the European Day of Languages. All pupils in KS3 took part in the competition, which is part of a wider initiative being led by Aston University. Pupils were asked to […]


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keep calm and get your catwalk on

October 4, 2016

Budding Prep School designers rose to the challenge to create a selection of  fashion garments made from every day materials and took to the catwalk this week to show them off! Hosted by very own fashionista Mrs Whitehouse parents were treated to a special ‘trashion’ catwalk show to rival Paris, New York and London. From […]


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Duke of Edinburgh Trip – September 2016

October 3, 2016

Six year 11 pupils took part in their final expedition for the DofE Bronze award.  The group travelled up to the White Peaks in the Peak District on the Friday morning, they were dropped off at the picturesque village of Ilam, set with the task of reaching their campsite near Butterton before night fall. They […]


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Hydesville supports Macmillan Coffee Morning

September 30, 2016

Hydesville Tower School is proud to be supporting Macmillan Coffee Morning . We held a number of events and activities across the School, including two coffee mornings with teachers and parents.   Our Senior pupils also baked and sold cakes at break and lunchtime. Thanks to everyone for supporting this amazing charity.


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Match report v St Georges 29th September 2016

September 30, 2016

Mr Lawrence has written a match report from yesterday’s game against St George’s in Edgbaston: “The Year 7 and 8 football team played their first game against St Georges yesterday. They got off to a fantastic start and scored a goal in the first two minutes. The good start continued and we went close on […]


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Special delivery for Mrs Whitehouse

September 28, 2016

Mrs Whitehouse is set to look the part at tomorrow’s Prep School Catwalk Show after a very special delivery…. Thank you to Jade in Year 5 who has designed a beautiful headpiece considered very fitting for our Deputy Head. We look forward to seeing lots of our parents at the Catwalk Show. We start at […]


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Modern Foreign Languages celebrated in evening showcase

September 28, 2016

Talented senior school pupils from Hydesville Tower School entertained a packed hall of teachers, parents and Hydesville families at Monday’s Dance, Drama and Music Showcase. Led by the Modern Foreign Languages department, the event celebrated the national European Day of Languages, to raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. Hydesville’s showcase […]


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Silver Mark for Sport at Hydesville Tower School

September 23, 2016

Hydesville Tower School in Walsall is celebrating after being awarded a Silver School Games Mark for the School’s commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive sport. The award is part of a Government led scheme which launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the […]


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Birthday celebrations for Hydesville

September 21, 2016

Hydesville Tower School celebrated its 64th birthday on Friday 16th September, and what fun we had in school celebrating! Staff really got into the spirit by dressing in 1950s style clothes, and the children enjoyed celebratory assemblies and a yummy afternoon tea. Here’s to another 64 years (and more, hopefully!).    


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Year 7’s license in Science

September 21, 2016

As part of Year 7’s ‘Introduction to Science’ pupils are required to pass a test, which is to set up the equipment and safely light the Bunsen burner and then they receive their Bunsen burner licence. It is a difficult task for some as they may have never lit a match before. We are delighted […]


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Pupils become crime scene investigators

September 21, 2016

Miss Eynon’s classroom is being turned into a CSI lab on Friday afternoons, as Senior School pupils try their hand at being forensic scientists. The Forensic Club is part of the Senior School extra-curricular programme. Pupils spend the lesson investigating the background of science pertaining to a court of law as well as gathering and […]


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Opening doors at Hydesville

September 12, 2016

Hydesville Tower School and Nursery in Walsall is opening its doors to prospective pupils at an all school open morning. On Saturday 24th September from 10am until 12 noon, the Open Morning will give would-be pupils – aged 3-16 – and their parents the chance to find out more about the school, its excellent facilities, […]


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Happy Birthday Hydesville!

September 9, 2016

Friday 16th September is Hydesville Tower School’s birthday – 64 years young no less! We are planning lots of celebrations in school. If you are a former pupil (or know someone who is) then please get in touch as we would love for you to help us celebrate. Please contact Sarah Archer on 01922 624374 […]


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Senior School Language Showcase

September 8, 2016

Hydesville is celebrating the European Day of Languages in School with an evening of music and dance on Monday 26th September.   The evening will include a selection of performances from our Senior pupils, including ballet, group dances, instrumental pieces and solo singing performances, all with a European theme.   Tickets are available from the School […]


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Pupils celebrate superb GCSE results at Hydesville Tower School

August 25, 2016

A fantastic 96% per cent of Year 11 pupils at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall have achieved five or more A*-C GCSE grades. A total of 34% of Hydesville’s results are A*-A, compared to 20.5% nationally, with 76% of pupils at the School gaining at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths. Headmaster Mr […]


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Summer makeover for Hydesville

July 21, 2016

Hydesville Tower School in Walsall has announced a £200,000 summer estates programme that promises to transform the school’s outdoor facilities. The ambitious programme will involve a complete makeover to the School’s current Nursery and Lower Prep School playgrounds, as well as include a new multi-use sports area on the main school playground.  The work will […]


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Surprise musical performance for Upper prep families

July 8, 2016

Families at the Upper Prep prize giving event were treated to a surprise musical performance from our very own Head of Music Miss Humpage and Year 4 teacher Miss Bowdidge, supported by year 6 girls. The group performed a very special performance of “For Good” which is from the hit musical Wicked. It is sung […]


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Hydesville Scholars 2016 announced

July 8, 2016

The names Devina Kaur and Simran Basra will be added to our scholarship board in the school reception area. The Year 9 pupils have been chosen as Hydesville scholars for 2016/17 based on exemplary attitude to their studies this year. Devina has been awarded a Science Scholarship and Simran with a Maths Scholarship. Well done […]


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Hydesville hosts Elocution Festival

July 8, 2016

Hydesville was once again delighted to welcome pupils from the Shrubbery School and Mayfield Preparatory School for our third annual Elocution Festival. This year we invited more children than ever before, with two children from Years 2 to Year 4 attending, and three children from Years 5 and 6 representing each school, having been selected in […]


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Head Boy and Head Girl 2016-17 announced

July 7, 2016

Congratulations to Dalavar Bains and Simran Chhohan who have been announced as Hydesville’s Head Boy and Head Girl for the academic year 2016-17.   The Year 10 pupils were awarded the titles after undergoing an application process which involved an interview with Headmaster Mr McGinnes.   Dalavar and Simran will create a link between teachers […]


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Budding Designer Excels in competition

July 6, 2016

Congratulations to Jodhvir Singh in Year 5 who has won the third place prize in the Express & Star newspaper’s ‘Design an Ad’ competition. All children in Prep School were asked to enter the annual competition and were set a brief to design an advert for a local equestrian company, Equi-Trek. Jodhvir was selected as […]


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Success at Maths competition

June 29, 2016

A big congratulations to four budding mathematicians in Year 4, who yesterday came second in the Prep School Maths Competition at King Edward’s School in Birmingham. Well done to Toby Liu, Rayen Ahmed, Harrison Hadley and Arjun Johal. They were awarded a signed book from the ‘Murderous Maths’ series and even got to meet the […]


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Hydesville ‘takes over’ Music and Speech Festival

June 27, 2016

The recent Northfield Festival of Music and Speech held in Bornville in Birmingham was dominated by performances from Hydesville Tower School, including current and past pupils.  Adam Rabbani from Year 5 and Maryam Ahmed from Y4 represented our Prep School and delighted the audience with an extract from Roald Dahl’s Matilda and the poem ‘The […]


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On your marks, get set….GO!

June 24, 2016

We have enjoyed three Sports Days this week.  A big thank you to all parents who came along on Wednesday to the Arboretum to cheer on their children in Nursery & Lower Prep and to parents who showed their support at the Upper Prep School and Senior School Sports Days at Wyndley Leisure Centre on […]


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Year 5 visit Buddhist vihara

June 24, 2016

Year 5 had a great day yesterday when they visited Buddhist Vihara in Birmingham as part of extending their R.E lessons. The children learned about the Buddhist faith; how this is practised, its origins and beliefs. The children also learned about the day to day workings of the vihara and its role in the community. […]


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Year 4 put business ideas into practice

June 21, 2016

Class 4B have been turning business ideas into reality in a recent homework challenge. The group were set the task of coming up with an idea for a new business, that they would then promote by designing an advert to support their idea.  They not only came up with the concepts of a new business […]


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New School Honours Board for Hydesville

June 17, 2016

We are delighted to unveiled a new School Honours board in the reception area as a way to recognise the achievements of our pupils – our 2016/17 Prep School house captains and head boy and head girl. We are very proud of our pupils and are delighted to see their names on display which hopefully […]


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Enterprising Year 1

June 17, 2016

Enterprising Year 1 pupils have been selling fruit kebabs in school today. They were set the challenge to come up with a business idea and busily went about researching some ideas. They decided on selling fruit, wrote a business plan, designed a logo and then made and sold the fruit during lunchtime. What an enterprising […]


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Prep School turn fashion designers

June 16, 2016

Girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 created a ‘tissue challenge’ during Enrichment. In order to get their creative juices flowing Miss Bowdige challenged them to design and make an item of clothing or fashion accessory from anything they could find in the classroom on one condition…they had to use at least five paper napkins […]


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Senior School’s science week

June 10, 2016

We’ve had a fun week of scientific investigation in Senior School: Year 9 has looked at designing and building a prototype of an energy efficient home while Year 8 have investigated balancing forces by designing and building an egg tower. Year 8 also studied pressure by calculating how much pressure they exerted on the ground.


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Gareth’s charity success

June 10, 2016

Another massive congratulations to our catering manager Gareth Long who completed a charity triathlon in Henley-in-Arden last weekend. Not only did he and his team manage to raise an impressive £2,800 for Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital but he also finished 6th in his group – and after a 200m swim, 12.5k cycle and 2.5k run that […]


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Sporting success continues at Hydesville

June 10, 2016

It’s been another busy week for sport at Hydesville!  After winning the Walsall schools tennis tournament the Year 3 and Year 4 Tennis Team represented Walsall in the Black Country Games. The best 12 schools from the Black Country came together for a festival of tennis. The standard of tennis at the festival was very high […]


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Year 2 go to the zoo

May 26, 2016

Year 2 visited Dudley Zoo to end their Sensational Safari topic. The children had the chance to encounter some of the animals they have been learning about in their geography topic on Kenya, such as lions, mere cats and giraffes, as well as lots of other animals.  They were also able to look at some […]


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School inspection report published

May 26, 2016

Hydesville Tower School has achieved ‘outstanding’ in three out of five areas in a recent inspection. Following a two-day visit in May 2016 the School Inspection Service (SIS) rated the school ‘outstanding’ in the areas of pupils’ personal development, safeguarding pupils’ welfare, health and safety and leadership, management and governance. The report praises the school […]


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Charity triathlon for Catering Manager

May 25, 2016

Catering manager Gareth Long will be putting his best foot forward this May half term break as he and a small group of friends tackle the Henley-on-Thames Triathlon – all in aid of charity. The grueling challenge will consist of a 200m swim, 12.5k cycle and a 2.5k run. No stranger to charity events, Gareth […]


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Royal invite for Hydesville

May 19, 2016

Mr McGinnes and Mr Turner attended a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace earlier this week. They were presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity, acknowledging Hydesville Tower School’s commitment to running the award and thanking the School for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives. HRH The […]


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The Challenge goes on for Year 6

May 19, 2016

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Year 6 as their Hydesville Challenge continues.  Last Friday they spent the day in Trentham Gardens, taking part in a physical challenge involving a bare foot walk through mud, sand, cobbles, chippings and much more!  They also visited the Monkey Forest, and spent some time earning more […]


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