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
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 the Local Authority Inclusion Family Services Team first.  In usual circumstances, we would say if they decide that Hillside might be appropriate for your child, please contact the school office to advise us of this and we will be happy to book you to visit on one of our Open Days. However, in the current circumstances school is not open to visitors and this may not be possible. 

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

  • to be advised

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.