A very warm 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.

2018 has been an incredibly exciting year for Hillcrest staff and pupils.

We started the year with a successful Ofsted inspection which judged the school to be Good. This was a judgement that confirmed what we felt we knew in school already, that our staff work hard to deliver the best quality education and care that they can, to their pupils every day.

At the end of the Summer Term Hillcrest will have completed its first full year of the brand new TLC curriculum. Although being launched in September 2017, the TLC has been a labour of love for the teaching staff since September 2016 when the planning process for overhauling the whole-school curriculum began. Twelve months of hard work and determination went into providing the children with a new curriculum which placed a good quality book at the heart of each unit of work, with many curriculum subjects drawing upon that book for inspiration. The intention was to both raise the profile and importance of reading across the school whilst also providing the broader range of curriculum subjects in such as way that the links between the learning could be easily acknowledged.

Finally, we are pleased to see the beginning to the end of our 'mobile city' that has been building in the school grounds since we began the process of moving to three-forms in each year group back in 2014. Morgan Sindall moved onto site in May 2018 to begin the process of providing a modern, fit-for-purpose learning environment in the shape of a two-storey block containing nine classrooms. This block should be complete in March 2019 with attention then turning to the existing building where a third Reception class base will be added to the front of the main building along with a refurbishment of the main hall and addition of a new library and toilet facilities in the existing building.

A great time to be at Hillcrest. We look forward to updating you on the new build progress and other new ventures as the year progresses.

Best wishes

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.