At Hillcrest Prep, every member of staff is part of the pastoral team. Your child’s needs and well-being are a priority of the school and we work in partnership with you to ensure your child’s care while at school is entirely holistic. The Heads of Junior School and Senior School hold weekly pastoral meetings with their teachers to ensure that recommendations from our Child Development Specialist are implemented.
Small class sizes, house system, Year group specific personal, social and health programmes as well as special days all contribute to the holistic development of the child within the global community. Weekly Year-group pastoral assemblies link closely with whole school themed assemblies. Form tutors take a close interest in all members of their forms in addition to communicating regularly with their parents via our VLE.
Our caring teachers ensure that children understand what is expected of them and they are prepared to handle dilemmas, conflicts and understand the need to make the right choices. The duty of our teachers is to set firm boundaries to hone good behaviour from our pupils. Regular training sessions, provided by leading international Behaviour Specialists, ensures that all teachers are fully conversant with up-to-date classroom management practices.
Positive achievements are promoted through awarding credits for good work, effort, behaviour, and any special activity in which a child or class has been involved — both inside and outside the school. In addition, a ‘Behaviour Ladder’ promotes positive reinforcement of ideal behaviour. Credits are celebrated in classrooms, the year group assemblies and gold and platinum certificates are given out during whole school assemblies. A coveted spot on the weekly Headteacher’s Top Table is awarded for special accomplishments. Prizes are awarded at the end of term for those who achieve the most credits in their class, and at the end of year for effort and attainment in Year groups.
Our Senior Leaders are trained annually on Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and our Health & Safety policy is reviewed regularly. First Aid is administered by our resident school nurse, who is always on hand if children are feeling unwell or to offer hugs following a scraped knee.