Hillside is an all age community special school for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. We are situated in Sudbury, Suffolk.

At Hillside we provide a stimulating, happy and supportive environment, in which every child is valued as an individual and encouraged to lead as full and independent a life as possible.

We have a highly skilled and experienced staff team dedicated to helping children learn and achieve.

We provide a wide and varied curriculum to meet individual needs, including many off-site activities.

Our specialist on-site facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, light and sound room, computer suite, life skills room, well resourced classrooms and a wide variety of technology to promote communication and learning. We also have spacious, well equipped outside areas.

To see more photos please see our Photo Gallery



A Short Ofsted Inspection took place at our school on Wednesday 7th March 2018.


Message from the Headteacher:

I am delighted to be able to inform you that following the Ofsted inspection carried out in March 2018, Hillside Special School was once again judged to be ‘Outstanding’. I am thrilled that this judgement by Ofsted confirms that we are continuing to provide an outstanding education and provision for our pupils.

I would like to recognise the efforts and hard work of all the staff at Hillside. We are all very proud of this result and excited as we move forward with further developments at Hillside, continuing to strive for excellence.

Please see Ofsted’s Short Inspection Report letter for further details.

Yours faithfully

M Kelly

Michelle Kelly


A Full Ofsted Inspection took place in January 2014, where Ofsted judged our overall effectiveness as Outstanding for the third consecutive inspection. Further details can be found on the Ofsted page of our website.


Dates to Remember

Friday 7th December 2018 - Christmas Market 13:45 to 15:00


Monday 10th December 2018 - Headteacher Surgery 08:00 to 09:30  - please contact us for an appointment


Wednesday 12th December 2018 - Christmas Lunch for pupils


Thursday 13th December 2018 - Christmas Jumper Day raising funds for Save the Children


Friday 14th December 2018 - Christmas Show two performances at 10:00 and 13:30 - ticket only event


Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Christmas Panto for pupils 09:30 to 11:30


Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Christmas Party for pupils 13:30 to 14:30


Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Last day of term for pupils


For all other term dates please see the Term Dates page of our website.

Learning Outside the Classroom
To find out more and see further photos please see our Learning Outside the Classroom page    
Family Feedback
  • "My daughter loves it, they are amazing"
  • "Hillside is a thriving school that only wants the very best for each and every child"
  • "Passionate staff"
  • "Staff are all friendly, and everyone is approachable"
  • "The team at Hillside are absolutely brilliant at meeting all of my child's needs"

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