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The school is set within 200 acres of parkland in Somerset, with direct access to the A303. Excellent facilities include a newly developed flood-lit sports area, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, squash courts, mini golf course, theatre, music school, design and art centre and a mini farm. A purpose-built, self-contained pre-prep and nursery gives pupils the ideal start to school life.

In today’s rapidly changing and demanding world, it is important that children have a breadth of opportunity to develop their abilities and potential, while enjoying the benefit of a caring, structured and secure environment. We provide this at Hazlegrove. Children are encouraged to seek high standards in academic, creative, sporting and many other areas of school life.

At the same time, we are a family school and regard the happiness of the individual child, at whatever level of achievement, as of vital importance to their personal progress. Pupils can board from age 7 when they join the prep school. The full programme of evening and weekend activities, together with the large number of boarders staying in at weekends, ensures that there is always plenty to do.

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14 Dec 2023

Local Hazlegrove Pupil Stars in The Velveteen Rabbit on Apple TV+ this Christmas

Children at Hazlegrove Prep School are all looking forward to seeing their fellow pupil star in Apple TVs The Velveteen Rabbit this Christmas!

14 Dec 2023

Local Hazlegrove Pupil Stars in The Velveteen Rabbit on Apple TV+ this Christmas

Phoenix L, a pupil at Hazlegrove Prep School, is starring in the film adaptation of Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit, which is now available on Apple TV+. The adaptation is a recreation of the 1922 classic by screenwriter Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) and Martin Pope (The Gruffalo) and is a beautiful mix of live-action and animation.

Phoenix auditioned for the role in 2022, and the live-action portion of the movie was filmed in Dublin in November of that year. The film features a star-studded cast, including Helena Bonham-Carter as Wise Horse, Alex Lauther as Velveteen Rabbit, Nicola Coughlan as the Playroom Fairy, and Tilly Vosburgh as Momo.

According to Phoenix’s mother, Zoe, some of the trickiest parts of the filming process were recording his voice for the animation scenes in a recording studio and performing with the rabbit when the rabbit wasn’t even there. However, Phoenix quickly got the hang of it and was unperturbed by the entire experience. Even when they arrived on set with all the cameras and trucks and people, he just instantly felt right at home.

The costumes in the film are wonderful, and Phoenix loved the clothes that were made for him. All his outfits, even his pyjamas, school uniform, and cricket outfit, were bespoke. Phoenix had a tutor on set who kept him up to date on any school work that he was missing.

The film has already received rave reviews, including The Los Angeles Times, which quotes Pope recalling how pleased they were at casting Phoenix in the role of William, describing it as 'a critical point because much of the story hinges on his performance. On the first day of filming, Pope called Apple and said, ‘We are going to be all right.’ He recalls one of the crew members getting teary after watching Laroche perform in rehearsal. ‘He’s really a natural. I think he’s tremendous.’

The children at Hazlegrove watched the trailer for the film in their end-of-term Celebration Assembly. Headmaster, Ed Benbow says, 'We are so proud of Phoenix – it was a privilege for the whole school to watch the trailer together, and we are very much looking forward to watching the film!'


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14 Nov 2023

Syrian Refugee Dentist Shares his Inspiring Story with Pupils

Students at Hazlegrove Prep School were treated to a special guest speaker last week, as they welcomed Mr Eiad Zinah, a dentist, PhD student, and Syrian refugee who shared with them his extraordinary experiences.

14 Nov 2023

Syrian Refugee Dentist Shares his Inspiring Story with Pupils

The pupils had been reading Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah, a novel about a young boy who flees Ethiopia and Eritrea and seeks asylum in England. The school wanted to further expose the pupils to diversity and foster their understanding and empathy for others, especially those who have to leave their homes and seek refuge in a foreign land.

Mr Zinah told the pupils about his life in Syria before the civil war, his studies and work as a dentist, and his love for his country and culture. He then described his harrowing journey from Syria to the UK, involving smugglers, a small wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea, and a long trek across Europe. He also spoke about the difficulties and discrimination he faced as a refugee in different countries, and the kindness and generosity of people who helped him along the way.

The pupils were captivated by his storytelling and were moved by his courage and resilience. They asked him many questions about his experiences, his feelings, and his hopes for the future. Mr Zinah answered them with honesty and humour, and encouraged them to be open-minded and compassionate towards others.

Mr Zinah also talked about his achievements and contributions in the UK, where he has been granted asylum and citizenship. He has resumed his dental career and is currently pursuing his PhD in dental public health at King’s College London. He is also a volunteer dentist for Dentaid, a charity that provides dental care to people in need around the world. He has addressed the House of Lords, been interviewed on the BBC Breakfast Show, and visited over 350 schools to share his story and raise awareness about the plight of refugees.

The school staff and pupils expressed their gratitude and admiration for Mr Zinah, and said that they learned a lot from his presentation. They also said that they gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of the struggles and aspirations of refugees, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in society.

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08 Sep 2023

Hazlegrove children and parents compete on the international sporting stage

Children and parents from Hazlegrove Prep School represented the UK at the World Laser Run Championships as well as their team of riders reaching the finals at the prestigious National Schools Equestrian Association National Grassroots Finals.

08 Sep 2023

Hazlegrove children and parents compete on the international sporting stage

It was a mixture of Laser Run and Horse Riding for members of the Hazlegrove community during the summer holidays.

Four current HZG children and two Old Hazlegrovians as well as an ex-HZG parent competed alongside athletes from around the world in the World Laser Run Championships. The championships took place at Bath University alongside the World Pentathlon Championships and was a brilliant weeklong event. Meanwhile, the HZG riding team travelled to West Sussex to the prestigious Hickstead Showground to compete in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) National Grassroots Finals – something for which they had worked hard throughout the year to qualify. HZG teams competed in both the 60cm and 70cm Finals and all of our riders and ponies performed well.

Sport is an integral part of the school day at Hazlegrove for all pupils from the Nursery to Year 8. The grounds and indoor sports complex provide excellent facilities and all pupils are encouraged to join in and enjoy learning a wide variety of sports. There is an emphasis on the development of physical fitness and co-ordination as well as skills and control.

Head of Upper School and Girls' Sport, Mrs Cobb said, ‘It was fantastic to see our HZG children mixing with athletes from around the world and alongside past and present Olympians. The Laser Run athletes all did brilliantly, with two children reaching their respective finals, whilst the children who took part at Hickstead all performed really well reaching the finals. What an incredible achievement!'



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