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Hillside First School
Hillside Road, BH31 7HE Verwood
01202 822737

Welcome to Our School

Hillside Community First School is an enthusiastic and committed community of people who care about children and their education.  Staff, parents, governors and friends support our children to develop as confident learners, compassionate individuals and as members of a caring community. 

We hope you enjoy our website and find it interesting and useful.

We recognise that our role is not only in respect of providing for our pupils’ education whilst they are with us at Hillside, but for their ongoing education and learning throughout life.  We recognise education as involving physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and we aim to support learning and growth in these areas.


In the future our children will find themselves increasingly citizens of the ‘global village’, working alongside people from a range of cultures and using increasingly sophisticated technologies.  We aim to provide our pupils with skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to flourish in life, to reach their goals and to contribute positively within their chosen communities and as citizens of the world.


We believe that all children are entitled to the highest quality education.  Education involves the learning of skills and the acquisition of knowledge, it is also involves the opportunity to develop emotionally, spiritually and socially. 


We aim to provide our pupils with skills, knowledge attitudes and understanding that will enable them to flourish in the modern world and meet the challenges of the future with confidence and compassion.


The staff and governors of Hillside Community First School are committed to providing the best education for the pupils and to raising standards. 


At Hillside Community First School teaching aims to ensure that all pupils:


are interested, motivated and enjoy their work;


achieve success and derive satisfaction from their achievements;


have confidence in their ability to work at an appropriate level;


have equality of access to a broad and balanced curriculum


can work individually and as a member of a group;


learn in a purposeful atmosphere where there is respect between adults and pupils.


We strive to provide an environment and opportunities that enable pupils:


to develop their ideas through independent enquiry; 


to take appropriate responsibility for the organisation and care of learning resources; 


to develop a sense of pride in their own achievements and the achievements of others; 


use modern technologies and ICT to enhance their learning across all areas of the curriculum. 


to develop an awareness of their role in the development and conservation of the school and wider environment.

The National Curriculum, Early Learning Goals and Literacy and Numeracy Strategies guide the school in respect of the subjects to be taught and the standards to be attained.  We teach:

bullet English 
bullet mathematics 
bullet science 
bullet design and technology 
bullet information and communication technology 
bullet history 
bullet geography 
bullet art and design 
bullet music 
bullet physical education.
bullet we also teach religious education. 

Hillside Community First School aims to teach all National Curriculum subjects and RE within a supportive and professional framework and within a timetable appropriate to different year groups.  We teach a daily literacy hour, a daily maths lesson, and PE every week, but other subjects may be taught in blocks and may not necessarily take place every week. 

We believe in traditional values combined with modern teaching methods.  Our curriculum aims to develop the ‘whole child’ and we recognise citizenship, religious education and moral and health education as important aspects of personal development.  We aim to promote awareness, understanding and respect for different cultures and lifestyles.  Although we are not a church school Hillside Community First School promotes the moral and cultural values from within a broadly Christian ethos.

The children are encouraged to learn about themselves in relationship to their family, friends and other adults.  As part an aspect of sex education at Hillside Community First School, we aim to help pupils to develop a healthy understanding of their own bodies and minds and a mutual respect for each other.  This is set in the context of the topics across a number of curricular areas where children will learn about living creatures, plants, and personal and social awareness.  Together we will also share in the delight and wonder of new life.  However we feel that for this age group, parents should be the key figure in sharing the more intimate details of human reproduction.  This will ensure that they retain the right to be central in helping their child to cope with the physical and emotional aspects of growing up.

Children learn about faiths of other lands and are taught to appreciate cultural diversity.  An act of collective worship takes place daily in various forms.  We hold whole school, year group and key stage worship.  We benefit from the support of visiting community leaders who lead the act of worship.


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