What do new parents to HCJS have to say about our School?

04 Jul 2019

If you are considering HCJS for your child, you may have read my article ‘Welcoming New Pupils to our School’. Certainly we work hard at this.

However, keen to hear the naked truth, I contacted parents of children in Years 1-6 who have joined us since September 2018, asking them about their experience and thoughts. Below is what they wrote – word for word, unedited and unredacted!

Chris Wright, Head of the Junior School.

Parents of a girl who joined in Year 5

Our daughter settled quickly into Year 5, after relocating from South East England. The staff have been consistent with their outstanding pastoral care and naturally went to great lengths to ensure a positive induction period for her. She has made super friendships and the HCJS parents have also been extremely kind. We have been particularly grateful for the opportunities she has been given and the array of activities on offer at HCJS.  Her confidence has flourished which we feel has increased her ability to just ‘give it a go’! Her academic progress has also continued to improve, her strengths have been celebrated and her areas for development have been quickly identified. 

In the words of our daughter . . .

“I really like my new school. I’ve made lots of friends and everyone made me feel welcome. The teachers are very supportive too.”


Parents of a girl who joined in Year 2

My daughter joined Year 2 in winter time mid-way through the academic year, and it was one of the biggest decisions we ever made.

We moved from the Far East, which meant that various aspects of life like weather, culture and cuisine would all be very different for our 7 years old daughter. We were worried whether she would settle well in the UK, and whether the school we had chosen for her was the right one, even though she had always studied in International British Schools from a very young age.

Surprisingly, our daughter loves her new school (HCJS) and gets along very well with her class mates and her teachers. She gets to experience so many new exciting subjects and things at school that help her to forget how cold the weather is compared to where we used to live! She was so happy to see her first snow in Hereford on the way to school. As parents, we received a warm welcome from everyone in the school i.e. teachers, class parents, PTA & school staffs, they are very helpful with information about the school and Hereford town. We could say from the hardest decision we made to the best decision to send our daughter to HCJS.


Parents of a boy who joined in Year 5

We’re really pleased with how he’s settled in. The staff have all been really helpful with any queries we’ve had, and we’re very glad we decided to move him in Year 5. 


If you would like to find out more about joining our Junior School, please do come and visit us. To arrange this, contact Mrs Lucy Debenham, our Registrar (01432 363511).

In the meantime, you may like to have a look at our Junior School Facebook page or browse through our weekly newsletters to see what we have all been up to recently.

Thank you for reading, and do please feel free to comment below.