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Hillcrest New Barn School

The Long Barn, Welford, Newbury, RG20 8HZ, West Berkshire

01488 505145



Hillcrest New Barn School
School type Day (with satellite residential homes)
Special Needs AttDD, ADHD, BESD, EBD, SCD, SEMH
Headteacher Ms Alice Anstee
Co-ed Age Range 6-16 years
Number of pupils 20
Associations Hillcrest Childrens Services

Hillcrest New Barn School provides education, therapy, welfare and support for children and young people aged from 6 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs.

Hillcrest New Barn offers a bespoke curriculum for every student. Its ethos is based around nurturing, making progress and helping young people feel safe and cared for.

The pupils gain a remarkable trust and rapport with the staff who support them through their personal challenges. The relaxed atmosphere allows students to concentrate on learning, developing, and becoming their own person.

As well as being a Department for Education registered Independent School, New Barn School also takes pupils from the local residential homes offered by Hillcrest Children's Services.

The school is set in the rural estate of Welford, Berkshire, five miles northwest of Newbury and 11 miles south of Wantage in a newly converted barn. The nearby Welford Park is famous for its snowdrops and for hosting the Bake Off marquee.

Our provision is tailored to each student ensuring that their educational, therapeutic and holistic needs are met, and barriers to learning are addressed.

At New Barn, students aim to arrive at similar destinations as those in more formal educational settings. They just take a different route. The School provides every student with a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum based on the National Curriculum guidelines.

"Teaching staff are tenacious. They will do everything they can to interest the pupils and ensure that they have the opportunity to learn and succeed." (Ofsted)

Our pupils may have experienced failure in education and trauma in their personal lives which often results in low self-esteem. Hillcrest New Barn School therefore endeavours to empower its pupils through successful learning to develop their confidence and self-esteem. We involve the pupils in their learning by listening to their views and considering their choices.

Hillcrest New Barn School is committed to empowering and inspiring individuals to learn, achieve and succeed, in a bid to help reintegrate them back into mainstream settings, facilitate plans to return home or enable them to progress as individuals in their own home placements and schools.