Testimonials

We are very proud to share a selection of some of the glowing testimonials we have received from students, parents and teachers. Thank you for all of your kind letters and messages.

“Halliford School helped me to fulfil my academic potential in gaining a place to study at the University of Cambridge. Through having the opportunity to play high quality first team rugby, football and cricket during my time at school, supportive teachers and mentors ensured that I took full advantage of the extensive extra-curricular programme. My enjoyable final year as Deputy Head Prefect provided me with greater exposure to the incredible network of pastoral care. Above all, Halliford School taught me to work hard and stay humble.” – Old Hallifordian 2018

“Studying at Halliford was so important in providing me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to chase my career dreams. The fantastic teaching staff at Halliford pushed me to achieve my potential and gave me the support and encouragement I needed to help me get into my dream university. I can’t thank everyone at Halliford enough for their support and quality teaching.”  – Old Hallifordian 2015

“I left Halliford in 2014 after 7 wonderful years at the school from Year 7 through to Year 13. During my time, I appeared on stage in many a school production, travelled to several far-flung destinations, got tackled on the rugby pitch, sang with the school Jazz band and somehow managed to squeeze in some studying! I said when I left that Halliford is more than just a school; it’s a home away from home.” – Old Hallifordian 2014

“Halliford School became both the foundation of my most enduring friendships and the environment in which I developed the skills required to find my own place in the world.” – Old Hallifordian 2000

“I just wanted to thank you so much for the sensitive and personal manner in which you have guided us, but more importantly our son, through these last few months. As you said at the Open Day, this process is a lot for any 10 year old to go through – I would even describe it as brutal at times! Halliford has stood out from any other school as having the boys’ well-being, self-esteem and confidence as a priority at all times. This was clear from initial reading of the website, to the sensitive way that you handled the interview and exams (in that order – so important!), to the wonderful and very personal offer letter. You have even understood that the relief at choosing a place can quickly turn into concern about upcoming changes, and sent a reassuring letter to our son about three different days he will be able to visit and start making friends. All of this has made us extremely confident that Halliford is the right choice for our son. You are to be congratulated in not only choosing this approach when other schools focus on academic achievements only, but in achieving it!”

“I wanted to write to you to thank you for making our visits to Halliford so seamless, in particular how you and your team looked after our son for his interview. Halliford is a wonderful and caring school and clearly your commitment to making prospective parents feel welcome and at ease is a large reason why.”

“We are utterly thrilled that you have offered our son a place and we have decided Halliford is the ideal school for him. Please can I also thank you for the incredibly considerate approach you have to the selection process. Neither of us have any experience of independent schools, but from the tone of Mrs Clatworthy’s emails, through to the relaxed and supportive nature of the exam day, I promise Halliford’s approach puts others to shame! The fact you wrote a letter directly to our son was a fantastic touch and after all the work he put in, it actually moved us to tears!”

“We would like to express our gratitude to you, the staff and pupils for making yesterday’s Open Day a wonderful event, which helped us to fully appreciate the whole environment that is Halliford School. The dedication and enthusiasm of you and your staff came across very strongly in the various conversations we had during the Open Day event. We also like the emphasis you place on family values which is something we try to aspire to with our children and grandchildren. We are sure that during our grandson’s attendance at your superb school he will become more confident and stimulated by the learning conditions that you have created and therefore will achieve fully his inherent abilities. A special mention must also be made of our “guide” who did a sterling job of taking us to all the departments of the school. At no time did we feel hurried and yet we saw all we wanted to see in a timely fashion. It must be something to do with him being a cricketer where timing is paramount!! We will look forward to visiting Halliford School again, especially during your Centenary year in 2021.
Thank you once again for a very enjoyable and informative day.”

“It is with much delight that we would like to accept your offer of a place at Halliford School for our son. We appreciate hugely how you put our son very much at ease during the interview, and he has enjoyed visiting the school on every occasion. The decision is very much his as much as it is ours. We look forward to seeing our son embrace secondary school life with you there.”

“Our son greatly enjoyed the tour with Mrs Clatworthy a few weeks ago and we feel that he would be very happy at Halliford. We were all impressed with the school’s excellence in sports, arts, and music, as well as the academic side.”

“Your admissions process has been the most personal and thoughtful in our experience, and a credit to you. Your school has proven to be exceptional in so many ways. Keep doing what you are as we are only hearing positives about Halliford out there.”

“I wanted to say how wowed we have been by our experience of Halliford so far. Every interaction we have had during the process with teachers, staff and pupils, has been extremely positive. Our son has received lots of offers from some great schools but our experience of Halliford stands out as a school that can offer both the academic side of the education we have been looking for and so much more besides.”

“We are delighted our son has been offered a place at Halliford. We accept this place without hesitation and he is looking forward to starting. Many thanks for ensuring the application process has been so very smooth and with little stress as possible for our son.”

“I wanted to write and thank you for the admissions experience we have had as a family in joining Halliford. We were made to feel special and valued, it was such a positive experience. When I was describing my experience finding my son a senior school place, a fellow mum asked me “Was that Halliford?” Her son is joining in Year 9 and she has had the same wonderful experience.”

“I want to offer my sincere thanks again for making this stressful process more bearable. You have been a constantly friendly and professional point of contact, helpfully guiding us through. Thank you.”

“Thank you so much for the attention and warmth you showed my son.”

“Thank you so much for all you have done for my boys, I have never seen them happier.”

“The school has such a special feel and my son said afterwards there is no school he would rather go to in the world!!”

“I wanted to write to say thank you for the lovely letter you sent with your offer – and particularly the letter you wrote to our son. Again, he was delighted and has it prominently displayed in his room. We realise that the competition for places is fierce and that there are a large number of applicants which makes the time and trouble you have taken over the letters even more impressive. It is much appreciated and, together with your conduct of the entire 13+ process, certainly backs up your message of treating each boy as an individual.”

“We have not only been impressed with the school, the Headmaster and teachers we have met, but also the warm and clear communications during the application process from you and your team.”

“We were very pleased with the professionalism of the whole 11+ entrance experience managed by the school. Thank you once again for your excellent communication and the overall experience provided to our son.”

“We were hugely impressed by Halliford. We can safely say that your school was by far the most impressive in terms of organisation and communication throughout our whole process of choosing our son’s next school.”

“We were very impressed with your lovely school and the warm welcome we received each time we visited it. Thank you once again for all the kind assistance you provided us during our application process.”

“I just wanted to say what a fantastic Open Morning it was. We were led around by a student who was confident, polite and who knew the school really well. You could tell he was proud of his school. Everyone was so friendly and went over and above to make us feel welcome.”

“Thanks for the amazing Open Morning. The staff, students and facilities were very impressive and extremely welcoming. Particularly I would like to pass on my thanks to your students who were excellent tour guides and ambassadors for the school.”

“A huge thank you to all at Halliford for making the taster day such a positive experience for our son, and I am sure for all your new boys. He had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects.”

“I’m am so proud of the students that I have tutored over the years who have gone to Halliford. They are all well-rounded young men and have made friends for life – fabulous school. I highly recommend it!”

“Thank you so much for the time you spent with my son and me. We greatly respect the work you do, together with the entire team at Halliford. It is a fantastic school and one you should all be proud to be part of. Thanks also to Mrs Clatworthy for her pivotal role in this process and for answering all my queries.”

“Can I just say our son was so overwhelmed when he read his personal offer letter, he burst into tears. Halliford was his/our number one choice and you could tell how much the offer meant to him. Although Halliford has always had a great reputation, I can honestly say the Open Mornings we attended, the personal tour you gave us & meeting Mr Davies at the interview just proved everything that we had heard through the grapevine. No other school gave the same feel when we were looking around & we are so proud that our son received an offer from Halliford.”

 

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