An Ofsted inspection took place at our school in January 2014. We are absolutely delighted to be able to report that Ofsted judged our overall effectiveness as Outstanding for the third consecutive inspection and the results in their four categories were as follows:


  • Achievement of pupils – Outstanding
  • Quality of teaching – Outstanding
  • Behaviour and safety of pupils – Outstanding
  • Leadership and  management – Outstanding

There are many occasions on which the Inspectors remarked upon the excellence of the provision.  Here are some quotes from the report:

“Children get off to a flying start in the Early Years Foundation Stage, because of the way staff work closely with parents and colleagues in the mainstream nurseries where pupils have shared placements.”

“Because individual needs are so well planned for, almost every pupil does well, whatever their starting points, with the vast majority achieving exceptionally well.”

“Senior and other leaders’ observations of teaching show that teaching has got even better over the past two years so that most is now outstanding. A lot of outstanding teaching was seen during the inspection and when it was good there was very little that could be improved upon.”

“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Considering the difficulties many of them experience with their behaviour, they behave in an exemplary manner around the school and display very good attitudes towards their teachers in lessons.”

“Calm but uncompromising leadership by the headteacher sets the tone for the whole school. Complacency is not an option at Hillside.” 

“There is a sense of shared responsibility that is intrinsic in the fabric of the school.”

“The school provides outstanding opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. They have opportunities for quiet reflection, learn the difference between right and wrong and learn to take responsibility for their environment.”


For further information please read the full Ofsted 2014 Report.

There is additional information on Ofsted’s website.

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