Welcome to Hillcrest Primary; once again judged by OFSTED as being a GOOD school in January 2018.  ·        We have continued to improve since the last inspection “through effective and purposeful leadership”.

 It is a dynamic and happy place to learn and work.

Please feel free to browse the site to discover more about us.  You will find information about our history and our school's learning ethos.

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Headteacher's Welcome

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you visiting the Hillcrest school website for the first time.

As we head towards the end of the 2016/17 academic year and venture beyond September 2017, we enter an exciting phase of our journey with the prospect of a new build and a new curriculum on the horizon.

Staff have been working hard over the past year to develop a new whole-school curriculum that will place reading at its heart. With our new curriculum being implemented from the Autumn Term 2017, we are working towards Hillcrest becoming a 'Reading School' where a love for, and appreciation of, reading is developed and built on over the years. Reading is pivotal to the children's progress across all curriculum areas as without a reading age which at least matches, if not exceeds, their actual age it becomes more difficult for children to confidently access subject material across the wider spectrum of curriculum areas.


We will seek to raise the level of Reading ability across the school through Schemes of Work that have a quality book sitting at the heart of them. Activities for the half-term will be drawn from the quality texts from across a range of subjects area with Science, History, Geography and DT amongst just a handful of subjects that will draw their inspiration from the class text being read at the time. This will continually allow the teachers to be able to put a context to the lessons being taught and for the children to make the links between their learning whilst at the same time moving forwards with raising the profile of reading.

Naturally some subjects will lend themselves less well to the central text and whilst some Maths activities are being tied in with the books selected, Maths will largely continue to be taught as a discrete subject.

The 2017/18 academic year will hopefully also see the physical expansion of, and improvement to, the school building with 9 new classrooms built in which pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 will be housed. A significant improvement to the facilities in which our staff teach and your children learn is long overdue and this new build will enable us to remove the need for children to be taught in mobile accommodation. Therefore, this will not mean a massive expansion of pupil numbers overnight as, from September 2017, six of those nine classes of children will already be on site and being taught in the mobile units that are presently on site. However, it will provide us with the class space to ensure that Hillcrest continues to grow by one class per year for the next three years until we are a completely three-form entry primary school and be able to  accommodate all of the children without the use of mobile classrooms.

The staff continue to be extremely committed to providing the highest quality education to your children in the safest possible environment.

As always, the staff appreciate the fantastic support that they receive from the Hillcrest parents and I would like to echo that with my own thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Try








Our aim is to provide your child with an education for life, and to make it a rewarding and enjoyable experience. 

We are a large Primary School in West Norfolk situated on the outskirts of the busy market town of Downham Market. Although near to the edge of the Fens, Downham has an established and well supported rail link to London and Peterborough via Ely opening exciting opportunities to explore different cultures and environments quite easily.

We are proud to say that Hillcrest is a progressive and innovative school which has a strong emphasis on high standards and creativity across the curriculum.

Our vision is that every person who enters our school feels a buzz and thrill about learning.  Children, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Office Staff, Parents, Governors and the wider community recognise that it centres on everyone learning, co-operating, playing and developing together.  We want our learners to be successful, confident and responsible contributors to society through creativity in all areas of the curriculum.

The chosen mission statement ‘growing together, achieving together’ encapsulates the aim to nurture all those who join our school, to produce successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who can work together.

We have supportive and dedicated staff who, through establishing an attitude and code of conduct, will enable your child to become a valued member of society.  This works best when home and school work together in partnership.

The facilities and opportunities we can offer you and your child are excellent.  We intend to maintain our traditions, excellent behaviour and high standards to ensure that Hillcrest remains a happy and successful school.

An effective learning journey requires a joint venture between pupils, parents and educators.

It is vital that you select a school that you feel that you can support.  At Hillcrest we have created a school in which striving for excellence is key.  By choosing Hillcrest you are showing your support and commitment to our values and expectations.

  • Raising a Flag for the Commonwealth

    On Monday 12th March, Jonas and Eve represented Hillcrest at Downham's Commonwealth Day celebrations!


    READ MORE 15th March, 2018
  • Tweeting our TLC!

    Mr Martin, from Jupiter Class in Year 5, has been Tweeting Phillip Reeve, author of their TLC book 'No Such Things as Dragons'.

    READ MORE 7th March, 2018
  • Football Tournament

    On the 23rd of February 14 people took part in a football tournament. Hillcrest took two football teams: one was called 'Hillcrest Hotshots' and the other, 'Hillcrest Harriers' .

    READ MORE 7th March, 2018