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Hillcrest Park School

Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxford, OX7 5QH, Oxfordshire

01608 644621



Hillcrest Park School
School type Day (with satellite residential homes)
Headteacher Mr David Davidson
Co-ed Age Range 7-18 years
Number of pupils 28
Associations Hillcrest Childrens Services

Hillcrest Park School is an independent special school offering a bespoke approach to education for children and young people aged from 7 to 18 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs. We pride ourselves on providing a caring and supportive environment alongside a diverse curriculum, created to raise pupil's self-esteem and provide each young person with the opportunity to reach their individual potential.

Many of our pupils have other special educational needs including specific learning difficulties, mild or moderate learning difficulties and high functioning autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and Asperger's Syndrome.

Students may come from foster placements or from local families that need specialist provision and many of our students reside in one of the local residential homes offered by Hillcrest Children's Services.

Hillcrest Park School provides every student with a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum based on the National Curriculum guidelines. A comprehensive 14-16 curriculum Pathway is available at Park School. This offers GCSE, BTEC, ASDAN, Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2, Number and Measure Levels 1 and 2, ICT ECDL Levels 1 and 2 and other external examinations.

The curriculum is tailored to meet all of the students’ needs. For example, in the upper school, the subjects offered are directly relevant to the specific needs and ability of the individual pupil – GCSE Maths, Maths Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 and Maths Number and Measure Level 1.

Our pupils may have experienced failure in education and trauma in their personal lives which often results in low self-esteem. Hillcrest Park 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, especially in the later key stages.

"Safeguarding arrangements are rigorous and pupils confirm they feel safe. Leaders establish a school culture of high expectations for all." (Ofsted)

Hillcrest Park 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.