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Hillcrest Primary School
School Road, BS4 3BW, UK Totterdown
+44 (0)117 377 2440

welcome to our school

Creating opportunity, releasing potential, achieving excellence

Our aspirations are:

To be known as an outstanding primary school characterised by high standards and maximum progress

a school which provides and expects excellence

a school where children enjoy a rich, broad, balanced and innovative curriculum with inspiring programmes of learning

a school which stretches and develops children by liberating their imagination to engage with and enjoy the diversity of their learning

a school which provides a safe, supportive and stimulating atmosphere with a strong commitment to enabling all children to succeed whatever their background or abilities

a school which forges strong relationships with families and the community

a school where children enjoy the richness of their learning of different concepts in different ways

a school which develops children creatively, socially, emotionally and spiritually to take pride in their learning and strive to do well


Admissions Policy


The school admits children aged 4-11 years and has a planned admission level of 60 pupils per year group. Children are placed on the school role until that number is reached. Once this happens we become over subscribed and parents and carers may be required to appeal to the Local Authority for a place at the school. The Governors believe that the quality of education provided is related to the child/adult ratio.Bristol local Education Authority has set criteria for offering places to pupils when the school is over-subscribed. In order of priority they are:


Where there are medical, psychological or special educational reasons and a particular placement is recommended by the Authority's professional advisors and is accepted as essential by the Authority


When siblings are already in attendence at the preferred school and who will be in attendence in the September of the next year.


Geographical considerations:



Priority is given to those children living in the area of prime responsibility for the school



Where there are more children living within the area of prime responsibility, a priority is given to those children who live closest to the school and/or furthest from an alternative school with places available as measured in a direct line from the home addess to the school



After places have been allocated from within the area of prime responsibility, any remaining places will be allocated to those children from outside the area who live closest to the school and/or furthest from an alternative school with places available as measured in a direct line from the home addess to the school

Children whose fifth birthday is between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 will be eligible to commence school in September 2007 but parents/carers can delay this start until the beginning of the term following their child's fifth birthday if they wish and in discussion with the Headteacher


The Curriculum

Policy Statement
We recognise that children work best in a secure, structured, happy and stimulating environment, which promotes self-esteem and a positive attitude to learning. Accordingly, we seek to provide a framework in which a parent or carer's knowledge of their child's early school years is valued, shared and used in promoting a successful partnership between home and school.
Our curriculum aim is to empower every child with the skills they will need to be happy and successful in the modern world. To this end, a child at Hillcrest will experience a broad and balanced curriculum, which develops their intellectual, inter-personal, physical and emotional skills whilst delivering knowledge and understanding, which is both relevant and useful.
Early Years Curriculum
All children in reception classes and pre-school settings follow the curriculum for the foundation stage. This forms the basis for planning and a guide to expectations of achievement at the age of 5 years. The curriculum promotes learning in six areas of experience:
Language and literacy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Physical development
Creative development
Personal, social and emotional development
Staff in the two reception classes plan together to provide an early years curriculum that is specific to the needs of the youngest children in the school. The curriculum recognises that individual children will be at different developmental stages and meets Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) requirements. Hillcrest Primary School also believes that priority should be given to providing additional qualified nursery trained staff in the Reception classes.
All children entering the Reception classes will be assessed during their first term. This takes place during normal classroom activities. This assessment forms a baseline to help identify children's strengths and need and is also used to monitor progress. Information gathered is shared with parents/carers. At the end of the Reception year children will be required to transfer to the National Curriculum programmes of study.

Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum units
Each half term, children are provided with a topic theme on which they will be working. Parents/carers are sent a Curriculum Summary to keep them informed. Currently, children are expected to spend at least an hour daily doing language work (the Literacy Hour) and maths work (the Numeracy Hour), plus half an hour on another area of study from the National Curriculum each morning: Information and Communication Technology, Science, Geography, History, Art Design and Technology, Physical Education and Music are also taught.
In addition to these subjects, the child's 24-hour week will also include the teaching of:
Environmental awareness
Health and hygiene
Racial harmony
Gender issues
Personal and social education
International awareness and citizenship
A child will work as part of a whole-class activity, a group or individually, depending on the activity in which they are involved. For most of this work they will remain with their class teacher, work with a learning Support Assistant or Curriculum Support teacher.
Occasionally they will work with parents, carers or members of the school community who have volunteered their help. Such voluntary support considerably enhances and enriches the experience of the children in numerous ways. They may also work with supervised teacher training, nursery nurse or other students.
Children's achievements in all areas of school life are acknowledged and rewarded in a variety of ways. Interested adults are most welcome to work with groups or individual children in any area of the curriculum - guidance will be given. To represent the work done in all the curricular areas the children's work is displayed in the foyer, corridors, halls and classrooms. This, we believe, gives children a sense of achievement and pride in their learning, as well as being good to look at!

Extra Curricular Activities
The after-school clubs are voluntarily organised by staff, parents and carers and form an important part of school life. Currently the range of activities includes Drama, Football, Basketball, Netball, Rounders, Dance, Batik, Pottery and Gymnastics. Some of these are restricted to Years 4, 5 and 6 because of the numbers involved and the problem of younger children walking home. Also, opportunities are open for children to receive violin, recorder or piano tuition although for these there is a charge. In addition, children can take part in swimming and athletic training and events, which are organised on a citywide basis for which there is also a small charge.
During the school year, regular class visits relating to the topic being studied are made and regular visits to the school by adults interested in passing on skills, e.g. computer skills, woodworking, sewing, knitting, cooking, hobbies and interests, dance. If you, or any other interested adults would like to help with the above activities or have a particular interest or skill you would be willing to demonstrate or share with the children, we would love to hear from you. Interested adults are also most welcome to work with groups or individual children in any area of the curriculum - guidance/training will be given.


School Clothing

The school does not have a school uniform but sweatshirts, polo shirts and fleeces with the school logo available to buy. We expect children to be appropriately dressed for the weather and activities they are likely to be doing during the day.
For PE the children will need the following, clearly marked with their name: shorts, T-shirt and change of suitable footwear. Tracksuit bottoms may be worn in the winter. All children should wear sensible flat-heeled footwear and for the younger children clearly labelled shoes and clothes that they can undo and do up themselves are essential. Children should not wear jewellery to school and those with pierced ears should wear studs only. Caps, scarves and hats should be removed when children come into the school building.


Admissions Policy
After School Club
Assessment, Reporting and Target Setting
Attendance and Punctuality
Behaviour and anti-bullying policy
Charges for School Activities
Complaints procedures
Equal Opportunities
Extra Curricular Activities
Friends of Hillcrest (PTA)
Health and Safety
Homework Policy
Links with other schools
Pastoral Care
Personal Property
Religious Education and Collective Worship
School Day
School Clothing
School Meals
School Newsletter
School Organisation
Special Educational Needs
Sex and Drugs Education
Sport and Physical Education
Visiting Arrangements

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