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Public Speaking Winner

A huge congratulations to all our Year 7 pupils, who were involved in the Public Speaking Competition, the final of which took place at school yesterday. Every child chose a charity which was meaningful to them in some way, they undertook research into the charity over the Christmas holidays and then wrote a persuasive speech in support of their chosen charity. This was a culmination of all their work last term on persuasive writing. Class heats were held, and nine finalists went through to last night’s event. Many other Year7 pupils acted as presenters last night and participated in the event organising.
We were delighted to be able to invite novelist, screenwriter, and newspaper columnist, Mr Boris Starling, back to the school, acting as adjudicator for the event.
Joe Ansell came in first place supporting Childline; Daisie Frost in second place for Children in Need; William Bowditch in third place for RABI (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).
These three charities will become the school’s designated charities for the forthcoming academic year – so it gives the children a real purpose for writing; their speech has a potential impact on the lives of anyone supported by the work of their chosen charity.
5th February 2024

Ralph has BBC first round success!

We are delighted to receive the news that Ralphs’ entry for the
BBC 500 Words Story Competition has been selected by the judging
panel to go through to the second round. Over 100,000 children take
part in the competition each year so this is a superb achievement.
Ralph’s tale The Knight is a skilfully crafted traditional quest tale, but
with a surprise twist ending. We wish Ralph every success as The Knight
enters the next level of the contest.

The following is an extract from the final paragraphs of the story:
Finally, with a mighty stab the knight struck the queen’s heart. She staggered
back, her eyes wide with disbelief. The knight took advantage of her weakness
and plunged his sword deep into her chest. The evil queen fell to the ground,
her life’s breath leaving her body. The castle fell silent. The knight stood over
the queen’s motionless body, panting heavily. He had done it! He had finally
slayed the evil queen! As he turned to leave the castle, he knew that the
world would be a safer place without her. He had fulfilled his destiny.

The judging panel includes award-winning and best-selling authors Frank
Cottrell-Boyce, Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson, former children’s
laureate, Malorie Blackman and TV legend, children’s author and World
Book Day ambassador, Sir Lenny Henry

Ralph has BBC first round success!

BBC 500 Word Competition

15th January 2024

Perrott Hill welcomes children from Beijing

Perrott Hill is delighted to welcome fifteen Chinese Children to Somerset, who will be joining the Prep School for the remaining two terms of this academic year. The children arrived at Heathrow on Sunday 7th January 2024 and were ready for lessons to start on Monday morning.

The Children will be joining classes across Years’ 5, 6, 7 and 8, and are excited to be integrating into every aspect of school life. They will be boarding at the school, along with our other International and British pupils, taking part in academic lessons, creative arts and our extensive range of extra-curricular activities becoming part of Perrott Hill community.

Alex McCullough, Headmaster of Perrott Hill said: “we are delighted to be able to welcome the children to Perrott Hill and local our community. We are excited by the prospect of integrating the children, and equally benefitting from the diversity and cultural awareness that this affords our existing pupils. Our ambition is that this proves to be a successful partnership and something that the school can build on in the future.”

Perrott Hill is a full boarding school and has students a mix of nationalities, creating a rich community of cultures and experiences. Perrott Hill is part of the Stirling Education group which owns schools worldwide and supports internationally accredited programmes of education for more than 20,000 students.

12th January 2024


We are absolutely delighted to share some recent sporting success, with an outstanding seven pupils being selected to join Somerset County teams, in recognition of their hard work and talent.

A huge congratulations to Freddie and Dexter (U10), Daisie, Luca, and James (U12), and to Art (U13) all of whom have been selected for Development Squads with the Somerset Cricket Pathway 2023-24.

Oscar has also impressed with his Hockey skills and has been selected for the U13 Boys Somerset County Hockey Squad 2023-24.

This is an amazing result for all the children and we will follow their progress keenly whilst wishing them every success.

2nd November 2023

Art Academy London

Organised by Art Academy London and created by the developer Hines, this community art project is based on the values of community, wellness, creativity, and sustainability.

Artwork by Perrott Hill’s Captain of Art, Art Littler Pepper, alongside works from local students and community groups have been used to adorns the hoarding of a proposed development in Central London.

Art’s drawings of a starling and dragonfly, inspired by his late grannie, depict the biodiversity the new development will bring to the area. Graffiti artists from Lawless Studio used carbon-absorbing paint, meaning the painting will help improve air quality.

We are delighted that Art’s work has been showcased in this way!

5th October 2023

Independent Schools of the Year 2023 Finalists

We are delighted to announced that we are finalists for Small Independent School of the Year.

The winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony being held on the 10th October.

18th September 2023

Fundraising success.

A huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the Four Hills Challenge, just before the summer.

We are delighted to have been informed, that the total fundraising amount for Marie Curie UK exceeded £3100. This is a truly incredible total, and everyone involved should be extremely proud. We will be welcoming a representative of Marie Curie into school, later this month, to thank the children and explain the importance of the money raised.

4th September 2023

British Show Jumping Championship

Congratulations to Harry Honeyball from Year 2!

Harry along with his trusty pony Sardis Cassius, attended his first British Show Jumping Championship, in Warwickshire, at the beginning of August.

He jumped four rounds, two of which were against the clock. Being one of the youngest competitors, Harry did an excellent job in remembering all four courses. The arena’s where much bigger than usual, with grandstands, trade stands and sponsorship banners surrounding all. Despite this Harry rose to the occasion, with 30 competitors in each class, he managed to secure a place in the prize giving, with a 10th in the Club section, and just missed out by under a second to finish 11th for Perrott Hill.

22nd August 2023

OPH News

Congratulations to OPH William, who was recently invited to attend a day of England’s Test Match versus Ireland at Lord’s after taking a five wicket haul for King’s Bruton 1st XI against MCC last summer. Will (seen here on the Lord’s outfield sporting his OPH tie) was presented with an MCC shield by Club President Stephen Fry to mark his achievement. Excellent work, Will, and we hope to see you back on Perrott soil soon!
24th July 2023

The Four Hills Challenge

Years 3-8 had great fun taking part in our second ‘Four Hills Challenge’ last term – a sponsored walk to raise money and awareness for this term’s chosen charity, Marie Curie. Spirits were high as each House negotiated a circular walk taking in local landmarks (and plenty of cows!), all dressed in their House colours. Not to be outdone, Pre-Prep played their part by dressing in yellow and walking around the school boundary. Excellent work, everyone.

24th July 2023