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.

Below are some of the lovely messages we have received from parents during the pandemic:

“A short note to stay thank you all so much for everything you and your colleagues have done for my sons over this school year and in particular during the last several months.  It has been an enormous effort and we have so valued the support, enthusiasm and brilliant teaching that has been available to the boys, along with the incredible patience, resilience and perseverance of everyone involved! I am sure you are all relieved this term is now over and can look forward to a summer break and some positivity returning to all our lifestyles. I know my two boys are! I couldn’t start the summer though without saying a very big thank you and sharing our appreciation from all of us. I hope you all have a well deserved rest and some decent down time with your own families. Please do thank all the teaching staff from us. We will all look forward to the start of the new term and hopefully returning to school in September with some normality in due course!”

“We can’t thank you enough for the way the school has adapted to the current environment.  As a private school there is a level of expectation, but you have conducted yourselves so well and every day set the bar high. Our son has enjoyed the new way of working and the Halliford way, despite not being physically at school. Thank you all the staff for their support, and we hope you have a well-deserved summer break ahead.”

“Well communicated & organised. My son came back really happy, sounds like it was a really productive day with great careers & study input. Thank you, so good for them to be back at school!”

“I am so proud to have my children attend Halliford School. This is a time where we see what is truly around us. You and your colleagues at Halliford care so deeply about our children’s education. Thank you for all the incredible efforts to run a Halliford school day as normal as possible and for engaging our children with such passion and patience during this challenging time. Thank you, it really is inspiring.”

“Thank you to the amazing teachers at Halliford. In these uncertain times, one thing I am most certain of, is that my son is in very good hands.”

“Our son seems happy with the home schooling. I have an older son at another school, Halliford is providing much better support and online schooling. Well done and thank you for all the hard work you have put in to make it happen. We are impressed.”

“I wanted to say a very big thank you to you and all the staff at Halliford for all you your patience and time over this period. I have found our son’s teachers very supportive to his work and all very encouraging.”

“Awesome teaching staff both in person and virtually! Thanks.”

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff for all you have done for the current boys at school. My husband and I have been so impressed with the virtual learning. The quality and content has been excellent, engaging, and challenging. I am sure it took a tremendous amount of effort from all staff – thank you.”

“Just a quick note to again echo our thanks to all the teachers and staff at Halliford for continuing to provide a great approach to lessons during this time.  The technology is working well, teachers are engaged and supportive and our son’s learning can move forward despite the challenges overall of the situation. Keep up the good work and stay safe.”

“My son is in Year 7 and I wanted to write to thank you and your team for the excellent virtual learning that you have put in place at the school. He is continuing to enjoy his school and I am so impressed with the creative ways that you are continuing to provide his education with the technology that is available. It is providing a level of normality that is so necessary in these uncertain times. I imagine a huge amount of effort by everyone at the school has gone into providing this in such a short period of time.”

“Thank you so much for putting together such an amazing array of clubs – I wanted to do so many of them but apparently it’s not about me!”

“A huge thank you from our family. We are very appreciative and impressed with how well the online learning is being managed. Our son is coping very well. I know for some teachers this is creating a lot of extra work too so not easy times. A particular shout out to Mr Purden. He is the most supportive, organised, kind and caring form tutor ever and highly valued by myself and my son.”

“Thank you for all your time you are giving the boys with the cookery. Our son is really enjoying in getting involved and coming out with delicious results, yesterday’s macaroni cheese was absolutely fantastic. Thank you to all involved.”

“Just wanted to say thank you for organising so many lovely activities outside of lessons. I know the teachers are busy planning and facilitating online lessons throughout the day so to plan and deliver a club after school too is much appreciated.”

“We are most grateful for the opportunities available to our son at this time.”

“Just wanted to say how hugely impressed we are with the wide variety of clubs on offer and the immense amount of work and preparation that’s gone into this. Absolutely wonderful!  Will you make the recipes from the cooking club available to all boys?  I would love to try my hand at the ham and broccoli quiche!!!”

“Wow Mr Slocock, you and the team have excelled yourselves! I fully expected to see very few options or no options at all (as I have heard from some other schools). Far from it, the list is well thought through, extensive and varied and will undoubtedly capture a vast array of interests. My son is excited and he has signed up to the running club, cookery club and beginners Portuguese! Thanks so much for coordinating and working on this. Go Halliford! Stay safe and best wishes to all the Halliford staff and families.”

“Wow – what a lucky bunch our boys are to have such a plethora of activities to choose from at such a challenging time. My thanks as a parent to you and all of the staff for putting this together at such short notice. As a parent I’m hugely grateful and know just how much our son will personally benefit. With continued thanks for all you are doing and kindest regards.”

“Just wanted to say thank you to all our son’s teachers for making everything run so smoothly this week. It’s amazing how well it has all worked and we really appreciate the fact that this week has been as normal as possible for him.”

“We would like to thank you for all your hard work and support you have given our son at this difficult time.  We have been very impressed with the online learning which seems to be working well.”

“The teachers have been amazing with their support over this week. Being so new to Halliford the last few weeks have proven that we had made the right school choice for our son. It’s been great to see all the efforts by Mr Davies and the rest of the staff.”

“Well done & thank you Mr Davies and the Halliford staff. You have provided so much reassurance to the boys over the past few days. #proudtobeahallifordianmum”

“Shout out to everyone at Halliford School who have managed this stressful time so well. I have a happy young man who has not been scared out of his wits but is well informed and ready for home learning.”

“The staff have been absolutely fantastic, during these difficult times. The home schooling has been outstanding. Thank you and well done everyone.”

“We are very happy with the homeschooling, well done.”

“Thank you for all the support, help and home schooling.”

 

“Well done Mr Davies and your wonderful team, you have all done an amazing job over the last few days and we are proud to be part of such a caring school.”

“Home schooling seems to be working well. My son has been working responsibly and independently with a little banter with his mates. A big thank you to all at Halliford.”

“I wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of all of us, for all the hard work that you as a school are doing to keep things as normal as possible. We appreciate it’s a continually changing situation. Hopefully Halliford School will emerge stronger from all of this. I believe that the close connections between staff, pupils and parents will help us all. Please pass on our thoughts to the staff.”

“Home schooling was brilliant. The Halliford teachers did a great job. Well done Mr Davies and his team. My son had a wonderful day. Thank you.”

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you and your staff for such amazing dedication and hard work over the last few weeks, I can only imagine how challenging it has been. Our son felt calm throughout, which is testament to what a great school Halliford is. Your communication have been incredibly clear and reassuring which has served to provide a constant through the confusion. Looking forward to brighter times ahead. With thanks again.”

“I just wanted to thank you and every single one of your staff for the way that you are all handling this extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in. You are all working so hard which must be difficult given you will all have your own loved ones to support and look after at this time. It is so important that we try to keep things as normal as possible for the children in this turbulent period and your approach has, in my opinion, been outstanding. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.”

“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 seven 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

“Coming to Halliford from a mixed state school into a mostly male-dominated environment seemed a bit of a leap! However, I’m really pleased I have as I’ve received many opportunities here. I took part as the lead role in the school play, Arabian Nights, which was a brilliant experience for me as it was a great chance to express my creativity in a year where I am mainly concentrating on my studies. I have attended multiple school trips planned for our group for high-achievers, the Slugs, such as an economics lecture at London School of Economics, a science lecture at Royal Holloway, and a trip to see Les Miserables. I would recommend Halliford Sixth Form to other students due to the brilliant standard of teaching. The smaller class sizes enable us to have more one-on-one time with our teachers where we can develop our independent ideas – a precious gift indeed!” – Year 12 Hallifordian

“I joined Halliford last year from Parkside Prep School and did not know what to expect. I visited the school before starting and everyone was so kind and welcoming. Joining Year 9 with a group of people who had been here for two years meant I didn’t know what to expect, but I need not have worried as it’s such a warm school community and I settled in so quickly so all my stress disappeared in a few days.” – Year 9 Hallifordian

“Halliford means so many things to me, it is a school where I am constantly challenged to learn new things and I think the teaching we receive is fantastic. The school has recently introduced sessions on good mental health and I have found this helpful and I know lots of my friends have too. The fact that we are supported to learn good manners and that these are recognised is really encouraging.” – Year 9 Hallifordian

“Halliford is a really warm-hearted school because the teachers are very caring and are constantly encouraging you to get the best possible grade. Also the school has helped me mature a lot, my parents have noticed this and keep telling me about it! Halliford teaches me self-confidence, kindness and to treat others with respect. I’m always kept busy here with lots of exciting opportunities and am surrounded by some great friends.” – Year 8 Hallifordian

“Halliford has given me a positive mental attitude towards education and hard work. It has transformed me from a young boy to a mature, well disciplined young man. I have made wonderful friends who are caring and funny. I am so grateful for the values that Halliford teaches us all and how we are helped to become such well-rounded young men.” – Year 8 Hallifordian

“Halliford means a lot of things to me. I love the variety in the lessons and have been taught so many different things like new languages such as Latin and Spanish. I love learning new vocabulary and being taught in small friendly classes. As well as hard work in the classroom, I have also made the B team for cricket and the C team for rugby giving me the chance to enjoy sport with my friends. Best of all, I was awarded a Bene for my hard work by the Headmaster.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“I love Halliford because I can sing my heart out in music lessons and in the choir. In Drama lessons I have had the chance to play a dog, an evil wizard and then I was God in the school play! It’s great working alongside boys from other year groups and making them laugh. I really enjoy going to lessons and my teachers know me really well. That is why I love Halliford!” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“Halliford means a lot to me as most of my friends go to school here and we have so many opportunities. I went on the Skiing Trip to Austria last year and it was amazing, learning new skills and spending time with my friends. I have had the opportunity to play in the B teams for rugby, football and cricket, and we’ve tried our best and had some great results against much bigger schools. We also went to Harry Potter World at the end of term and saw behind the scenes, which was amazing. After every term when I come back to school it feels like going home and I get a warm welcome from all my friends and even the teachers!” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“My favorite lessons are in Computer Science as we have some great new facilities at the school, and every Monday morning they give me a reason to get out of bed as I’m so excited! I really like the fact that we have been able to learn code and also created a small website. It’s a great chance to learn new and useful skills and to work together with my friends in the class.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“I really enjoyed the Rhineland Music Tour as I am a passionate musician and music scholar. It was great fun and we got to perform in lots of different locations and also had a lot of fun visiting interesting places between concerts. At school I have many chances to perform and sometimes I even get the Headmaster to accompany me on the piano when I play the violin.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“I think that this school is fantastic. It is so much better than primary school. I think it has improved my learning by far and the rugby is superb!” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“I think Halliford is a brilliant and thrilling school because the teachers are kind and strict when they need to be. The lessons are brilliant and fun.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“Halliford is a lovely school and I am happy here. All the teachers make you laugh and help you. My favourite lesson is History.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“The school dinners are scrumdidelumpsious!” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“I think Halliford School is wonderful. There are lots of opportunities here. I am really enjoying it.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

“I think Halliford is an excellent and professional school for children because all the teachers are smart.” – Year 7 Hallifordian

 

“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.”

“Thank you to all your kind and supportive teachers.”

“Such a wonderful school thanks to it’s lovely staff.”

 

“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.”

“Such wonderful, dedicated staff.

“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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