Admission Arrangements

We welcome pupils to our Assessment Nursery (Squirrel class) from the age of 2½ years. In the Nursery, pupils will be assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Pupils in Years Reception and above will already have an EHCP in place. Also, some pupils join us after they have reached statutory school age, usually from other schools or if the family has moved from another area; these pupils must already have an EHCP in place.

All admissions are arranged by the Inclusion Family Services Team at the Local Authority in discussion and agreement with families, Hillside and the pupil’s current setting. Please contact them (details below), to find out about school admission and appeal arrangements.


Further details are available from:

Inclusion Family Services
Suffolk County Council
West Suffolk House
Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3YU



To find out what special educational needs (SEN) are, what support is available and who provides it please see Suffolk County Council’s An overview of SEN support webpage. There you can also find links to their SEND Family Services page and their Inclusion Services brochure. Hillside is overseen by the ‘Bury St Edmunds and Central Suffolk’ SEND Family Services Team.


Visits to the school

If you are interested in your child attending Hillside, please discuss your situation with Suffolk County Council’s Inclusion Family Services Team first.  If after this, you feel Hillside might be appropriate for your child, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange for an informal chat and a tour  of our school. 

We hold termly ‘Open Days’ for prospective families to visit our school. Our next Open Day is on:

  • Thursday 6th October 2022

To ensure the safety of all our pupils, visits to the school are by pre-arrangement only, so please contact us in advance to book your space.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.