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Hillside First School

Values and Ethos

At Hillside First School, young minds flourish and dreams take flight.  We are a school where there are high expectations of excellence, where all individuals are valued, achievements celebrated, and where children are happy and safe. Our vibrant learning community caters to children aged 4-9, embracing the values of Respect, Ambition, and Perseverance.  We instil in our students the importance of respecting themselves and others, nurturing ambitious dreams, and developing the perseverance to overcome challenges.

Here's what sets us apart:

  • Putting Children First: We are committed to ensuring that every child becomes the best possible version of themselves. Their growth and well-being are our top priorities.  
  • Empowering Environment:  We provide an environment of opportunity that fosters a sense of pride, ownership, responsibility, and identity, setting the stage for a lifetime of success.
  • Inclusive Culture: Inclusivity is woven throughout our school and in all that we do. We believe in enabling the full participation and involvement of every child, fostering a sense of belonging and unity.
  • Caring Relationships: In our close-knit community, children and adults alike are cherished as unique individuals. We forge caring relationships that create a safe, nurturing environment where each person feels seen, heard, and respected.
  • Diversity and Challenging Stereotypes: We believe in celebrating and respecting diversity. Our community actively challenges stereotypes, fostering an environment where every child feels empowered to express their true selves.
  • Open Communication: We highly value open and effective communication. Parents, teachers, and children work together in a collaborative partnership, built on fairness, honesty, and integrity.
  • Fairness, Honesty, and Integrity: These are the cornerstones of our interactions and decision-making. We uphold the highest standards of fairness, honesty, and integrity in all that we do.
  • Continuous Improvement: We believe that practice can always be improved. We maintain an open dialogue about how children learn best, ensuring that our methods evolve to meet their ever-changing needs.
  • Learning and Development for All: Our commitment extends to the learning and development of not only our children but also our dedicated staff and volunteers. We create an environment where we learn from each other, sharing good ideas and practices. Together, we form a community of lifelong learners.
  • Reflecting and Challenging: We continually reflect, evaluate, and challenge our existing beliefs. This dynamic approach ensures that we stay at the forefront of educational excellence, always striving for the best for our students.

At Hillside First School, we are dedicated to nurturing not just children, but future leaders, thinkers, and innovators. Join us in this enriching educational journey, where the values of Respect, Ambition, and Perseverance guide each step forward and where children's dreams take flight.  Together, we will shape a future where every child thrives and reaches for the stars.