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’. for a fourth consecutive occasion (2006, 2009, 2014 and 2018).  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

Michelle Kelly


A Full Ofsted Inspection had previously taken place in January 2014, where Ofsted judged our overall effectiveness as ‘Outstanding‘ and on that occasion 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


This is a link to the Ofsted 2018 Short Inspection Report letter

This is a link to the Ofsted 2014 Full Inspection Report

Additional information, including all previous reports, can be found on Ofsted’s website.

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