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Hillside First School


Welcome to Hillside First School

On behalf of the children, staff and academy committee, I would like to warmly welcome you to Hillside First School.  I am immensely proud to be the Headteacher and I hope our website gives you a flavour of our wonderful inclusive school set in the heart of the Verwood community. 

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and full of exciting learning opportunities for our children.  We want to ensure all our children believe in themselves and their abilities, aspire to be the best they can be, so they can go on to achieve their dreams and goals. 

We believe that children learn best when they feel safe, and we work hard to create a learning environment where everyone is happy, well-motivated and healthy.  We are extremely fortunate to have an amazing site, with a forest school area, lots of open, green space and a great outdoor learning environment.

We fully understand the importance of working in partnership with parents / carers for the best outcomes for children.  We actively encourage parental involvement in children’s learning, as well as fostering opportunities for the children themselves to be actively involved and take pride in their own learning.  Working together as a school family, we can ensure that children are both happy and successful at school.

We know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent / carer and would encourage you to visit us. We run regular open mornings and tours for prospective parents / carers.  Please contact our office to make an appointment and see Hillside in action.

For more information about applying for a place at Hillside, and the admissions process, please go

If you have any questions or queries or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

I look forward to welcoming you to Hillside.

Yours sincerely

Dave Graves