Outstanding Hampshire Homes

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012 by News Team

Two of Hillcrest’s Hampshire homes have recently received Outstanding in their latest Ofsted Reports.

Poppy Lodge and Hillcrest Hayling have undergone many changes within the past year to improve the service and level of care they provides. Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of all the staff teams both homes have been duly awarded.

The homes continue to promote positive learning experiences for the young people and staff teams continue to strive to further develop and improve the quality of care they provide.

Ofsted Outstanding

Ofsted Outstanding

New Sports Qualification at Hayling

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012 by News Team

Hillcrest Hayling School have started unit 1 of 6 in the exciting new sports qualification-Sport Leaders Level 1.

Gaining a Sports Leaders UK award or qualification can be a life changing experience. For some of our students it is the first time they have been given the opportunity to play a range of sports and develop thier personal skills.

As well as sport, dance and physical activity the award and qualification helps young people to gain important leadership training. This gives them recognition, a sense of self-worth and empowerment. It also helps prepare them for future employment.

Central to the development of Sport Leaders at Hayling School is the need to support willing students to feel better equipped and confident in their own lives.

Hillcrest Hayling School has developed individual plans for each Key Stage 3/4 pupil to make a contribution to their community by visiting Primary Schools in the local area to set up and teach sports activities. This target of developing new enjoyment of the sport for all can offer fantastic opportunities for the Hillcrest pupils to lead children and adults into living more active and enriched lives.

Jamie Honywood
PE/PSHE Teacher Hillcrest Hayling School


Seaside Fun for Oathill Girls

Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by News Team

The girls and the staff from Oathill Lodge enjoyed this years holiday in Havens Caravan Complex in Devon.

Days were spent souvenir shopping, swimming in the onsite pool, sunbathing on the beach and crabbing. One of our girls faced her fear and went into the sea! A proud moment!

The girls also took part in more adventurous activites such as rock climbing, abseiling and paint balling.

In the evenings we had lovely meals out and dancing which gave staff the chance to show off thier skills!  There were shows and live bands to keep us entertained.

On the final day of the holiday staff and residents had the opportunity to venture into Paignton Town centre to enjoy the local fun fair attraction and the girls enjoyed their first experience of fresh cockles on the sea front.

Oathill in Devon

Here come the girls!

Slinfold Achievers Day

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by News Team

Slinfold had a great achievers day. The sun shone and the rain stayed away. The theme for the achievers day was the Olympics and the associated countries, many of the boys and staff wore clothes to represent the country.

One of our boys planned and executed a pop-up cafe, but for a broken ankle he would have served our guests with teas and coffees and the fantastic cakes made in home economics.

The star of the day was undoubtedly TC, a local rapper from Brighton who I am told will be as big as a Rizzle Kicks next year. He was joined on stage by not only some of the boys but by Mr Tom Hines- Slinfold’s very own art teacher. Tom secretly organises and trains new and up-and-coming acts; one of which was the aforementioned Rizzle Kicks, he appeared in their video as the bad trumpet seller.

Richard Greenwell, Managing Director of Hillcrest was on hand to give out certificates and prizes for our boys. Each boy achieved not only subject prizes but also overall prizes and awards from their peers and from the staff.

Richard commented  on how much progress Slinfold have made and is proud to see such an Outstanding provision.

As always we were supported by friends, families and social workers of our young people.

Mark Birkbeck, Principal- Slinfold

Slinfold rappers

Slinfold rappers

Hillcrest Hampshire Fun Games

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

On Friday 20th July 2012, Hillcrest Hampshire held a sports and activity charity day at the Hayling Community Centre.

The charity chosen to be supported was The Honeypot Children’s Charity which works to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers, by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

This brilliant event celebrated the achievements of the Hillcrest School and all three  homes on Hayling Island. The morning was structured as a sport and activities competition  between the three homes; Poppy Lodge, Hayling and Beachlands. The afternoon was then saved to make all the presentations and to celebrate the achievements of the young people.

Activities on the day included, a tug and war, coconut hitting, Welly throwing, bungee runs, beat the keeper, savoury cooking competition, bucking bronco, inflatable sumo wrestling, a charity raffle and a brilliant art work auction.

There were refreshments, cakes, pastries, a hog roast and plenty of other goodies to enjoy throughout the day in exchange for donations. A talented young chef from Poppy Lodge spent a day preparing savoury pastries for the baking competition.

There was also an opportunity to win a range of prizes including a week’s accommodation in France (kindly donated by a staff member) by taking part in the raffle and a silent auction saw some keen local bidders competing to take home a selection of handmade soaps and canvases.

The day was organised by a fantastic planning team which worked hard for a number of weeks to make this event so successful. The total amount raised throughout the day for The Honeypot Children’s Charity was £349.87, an excellent achievement from every one that attended.

The day concluded in a prize giving ceremony hosted by school staff in which all the young people received recognition of their achievements throughout the year.

Certificates, trophies and medals were awarded by the Deputy Mayor of Havant, and a young man from Poppy Lodge marked his last day of school with a heart warming speech, thanking everyone for their support and reminding us all how the positive actions of all at Hillcrest lead to positive outcomes.

Thank you so much to everyone involved, it was a great day!

Mia Payne and Ricki Walker, RCW’s -Poppy Lodge

Tug of War

Tug of War

Winning Pastries

Winning Pastries

Yahoo Pardners!

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

Hillcrest Park School celebrated its annual Open Day on Friday 20th July 2012 with a ‘rip roaring’ Wild West/ Cowboy and Indians themed day with pupils and staff joining in the fun by ‘dressing’ up for the occasion. There appeared to be some ‘brave’ Indian boys as well as an abundance of cowboys – there also seemed to be an awful lot of Pocahontas’ amongst the female education staff!

There were various fun events and traditional games that were enjoyed by all during the day – the star event being the ‘awesome’ bucking bronco that was enthusiastically, and bravely, ridden by most pupils and a good selection of staff!

A terrific ‘Wild West’ BBQ was enjoyed by all and the weather, other than one shower, was very good and helped in part by a number of staff who performed a Sun Dance to ensure that the rain stayed away!

A range of pupils stood in front of a large audience and read a selection of poems, jokes and sang songs to a very appreciative selection of pupils’ parents, family members, social workers, guests from SEN departments and visitors from Hillcrest Head Office. This was followed by the annual prize giving where all pupils were giving certificates listing their main achievements over the last year.

The conclusion of the festivities was the now customary ‘tug of war’ competition where the reigning champions Steps were determined to retain their title. In a close run match Steps (and friends!!!!) conquered all comers and won the first prize of the game ‘Buckeroo!’.

A great day for all.

David Davidson, Head Teacher- Hillcrest Park School

Bucking Bronco fun!

Bucking Bronco fun!

Cowboys and Indians!

Hayling Island Boys Holiday in Newquay

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

The Young People from Hayling Island had a great time in Newquay, Cornwall.

We all stayed in a Bunk House in the Middle of nowhere, which was a great experience. We made it down to the beach for two days of surfing and playing in the sea. In the evening we  explored the town and took a trip to Padstow.

On the way home we  stopped for one final adventure- Quad-biking!

Fun was had by all!

Sue Burry, RCW- Hillcrest Hayling Island

Surf's Up!

Hillcrest Steps 8 – Rain 1

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

The annual BBQ at Steps is normally blessed with the very best weather British summer time can provide. This year was our 9th BBQ, and it was very different, we filled the garden with gazebos and tents so people could shelter from the stormy conditions, and unfortunately these were well used!!!

We had themed the BBQ this year around the Olympics and had some games planned for the children and guests to take part in, luckily the rain clouds parted around 1.30 and we were able to enjoy some welly wanging, egg and spoon racing and some very brave attempts at our assault course!!!!

The rain did return, but the day was a great success, with a brilliant turn out from all our families and social workers, along with care and education staff.

Everyone who took part in the Steps Olympics received a winners medal, with the high flyers being presented with trophies to mark the occasion, on our very own winners rostrum, the rain couldn’t beat us!!!

Sadie Dangerfield, Home Manager- Hillcrest Steps

Steps' sack race!

Outstanding Services

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by News Team

Hillcrest is pleased to announce that two of our Oxfordshire homes; Hillcrest Steps and The Bartons, have received an Outstanding rating in their latest Ofsted Inspections.

“This is an exceptionally well managed home governed by an organisation that is totally child focused and geared to improve the outcomes for all the children it cares for.” Hillcrest Steps Ofsted Report

“Key to all of the work carried out with children and young people is the excellent ability the manager and her staff have to help them develop warm and positive relationships with staff and with each other. “  Hillcrest Steps Ofsted Report

“Young people make substantial progress in all aspects of their lives. They have improved confidence self esteem and a positive understanding of their own abilities as a result of the highly individualised support they receive.” Hillcrest The Bartons Ofsted Report

“Staff effectively support young people in the home and in their educational placements by maintaining excellent links with local colleges and challenging any barriers to learning.”  Hillcrest The Bartons Ofsted Report

To find out more about our Outstanding homes go to the Homes & Schools page – Oxfordshire.

Ofsted Outstanding

Oathill Lodge Football Success

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by News Team

Oathill Lodge girls and staff participated in a charity football match on 16th June 2012.  The match was held to help support The Homeless World Cup Foundation.

The Foundation is a charity set up to support football projects based around the highly successful annual, international football tournament. It has triggered grass-roots football projects in over 70 nations working with over 40,000 players all year round.

The Foundation exists to nurture and grow these projects with the ambition to reach one million players in 75 nations with the benefits of football.

Both girls and staff played extremely well. The Lodge won the game 9 – 8. The day was such a success it inspired some of the girls to join a local girl’s football team!

Looking forward to the next game!

Tracie Lee Bennie
RCW Oathill Lodge

Oathill football

The Lodge Football Team!