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  • At Hill House, class sizes are small, so that teachers can teach, and pupils can learn. This results in high expectations in every area, and a very high standard of academic success; the school is very proud of its examination results, which are among the very best in the country.

    Hill House is a special community built on outstanding relationships. Teachers know the pupils very well, so that every child is known as an individual, for their strengths and for how they need to improve.

Teaching & Learning

All teachers at Hill House are highly qualified, and there is a wealth of experience in the staff body. Teachers at Hill House work in partnership with pupils to help them become independent learners who strive for excellence. We encourage in our pupils:

  • The taking of responsibility
  • The embracing of risks
  • The application of perseverance
  • The enjoyment of challenge
  • The love of learning
  • Junior School

    In Early Years and Key Stage 1, there is a steady transition from play-centred to more structured learning. Pupils are encouraged to develop key skills such as concentration and self-discipline, but there is also time to enjoy the many opportunities for sport, music, and the creative arts. Happy, lively classes have caring staff who are able to nurture children as individuals and cater for different stages of development.
    In Key Stage 2, Mathematics, English and Science are key subjects, but pupils use these strong foundations to build with success in new areas such as Information Technology and a number of Modern Languages.
    Specialist teaching plays a large part in the Junior School, in areas such as languages, sport, music, drama, art and sciences, as children prepare for an easy transition to the Senior School.
  • Senior School

    In Years 7 and 8, pupils enjoy expert teaching and a broad yet challenging curriculum, allowing them to discover the joys of more mature study and the importance of having high expectations of themselves. The curriculum is a successful blend of the traditional and the innovative. In addition to the core subjects, students study Modern Foreign Languages, Latin, a range of Humanities, technological subjects such as Computing and ICT, and creative subjects such as Music and Art.
    At GCSE, pupils choose optional subjects to go alongside their continued study of English, Mathematics, Science and Languages. These include subjects such as Computing, Sports Science, Drama, Business Studies and Philosophy and Ethics. Most pupils take 9 or 10 GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
  • Sixth Form

    In the Sixth Form, students enjoy small classes and our stunning Sixth Form Centre, which includes classrooms and seminar rooms, designated study space, a large open plan Common Room and a very popular coffee shop. The school currently offers 22 A level subjects.
    The Hill House Baccalaureate includes opportunities for members of the Sixth Form to develop the skills of leadership, teamwork, service and research skills through the Extended Project Qualification.
    In addition to expert guidance for university entrance, Sixth Formers also undertake high quality internships at local business or services to help prepare fully for the world of work
  • Scholarships

    Hill House School is pleased to award a range of Scholarships at 11+ to outstanding pupils. Academic Scholarships are awarded to children of high academic calibre and potential, as shown by interview, school report and the Year 7 Entrance Examination.
    The maximum award for the top scholarship in each year is a 50% reduction in fees. Other, smaller scholarships are available from 10%-30%. A small number of awards are also available to children applying to join at 13+. Academic Scholarships are also awarded on entry to the Sixth Form to students with outstanding GCSE results.