Hillcrest schools provide full national curriculum, vocational qualifications and social and independent living skills for the residents of our children's homes. We have particular expertise with students identified as having social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and other complex needs and disorders.
Students follow full national curriculum and GCSE programmes. In addition they can also follow vocational courses, depending on which school they attend, which can lead to ASDAN, COPE and BTEC qualifications in Sports Leadership, Catering, Horticulture, Painting & Decorating, Carpentry & Joinery and Bricklaying. Students also have the opportunity to apply to attend a local college for other vocational courses and may also undertake a work experience placements.
Regular contact is maintained with parents and carers where appropriate, ensuring that they are kept fully informed of progress and all matters concerning their child's education. Verbal progress reports can be given on request; written reports are produced annually and for reviews.
Hillcrest schools have an excellent adult to pupil ratio with class sizes of up to a maximum of 5 students. This enables us to give our children high levels of support at all times.
All students are given a "B-squared" baseline assessment in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT on entry to the school and this forms the basis of their programme of study. Student progress is monitored as part of an ongoing process and is assessed at the end of each half term against National Curriculum levels.
Individually tailored Programmes
Many Hillcrest students have had a fragmented education or have been out of the education system for periods of time. Hillcrest's emphasis is on providing a safe and nurturing environment that will encourage and support each student to re-engage in the process of learning.
Hillcrest delivers a structured programme of education, tailored to each student's individual needs and taking into account their Statement of Special Educational Needs. Students are taught in small cohorts and individually, by fully qualified teachers. All of our Head Teachers hold an NPQH qualification.
Behaviour Management and Recognition
Hillcrest promote positive outcomes through the use of behaviour management and reward systems. Each student is carefully encouraged and supported in managing their behaviour. Certificates and awards are given in recognition of effort, achievement and behaviour, and each week one student is awarded "student of the week". Good work is recognised and displayed, and a Commendation Certificate is awarded for an outstanding day.
At the end of the summer term an Achievers Day takes place at each of the schools to celebrate every young persons success and progress during the academic year. Parents, Carers, Social Workers and other interested parties are invited to attend Achievers Days.
Philosophy of Education
All Hillcrest schools aim to give individual attention when required, but also to encourage all children to be as independent as possible both in their learning and in their social and personal development. We believe that education is a partnership between the children, the home and the school.