Welcome to Hillcrest Primary; judged by OFSTED as a GOOD school in September 2013.  It is a dynamic and happy place to learn and work.

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Headteacher's Welcome

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of the parents of Hillcrest pupils.

Although I am sure you will already be aware of just how committed the staff at Hillcrest are to the academic development and care of your children, it has been heartening for me to get a sense of that myself as I get to know the school. Hillcrest really is a supportive and caring place in which to work and learn.

Despite enjoying the past four years as Head of a primary school in Cambridgeshire, I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenge of getting to know a new staff and over 400 new pupils. I have already warned the staff to expect to see me popping in and out of the classrooms a lot over the next few weeks and months as I get to know the children. I also look forward to introducing myself to as many of the parents as possible throughout the course of the term ahead.

Any new Head would welcome the opportunity of working in such a purposeful and supportive environment and I feel privileged to have been given that opportunity. Here’s to 2016!

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.

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