Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    Curriculum Overview

    The Principal is assisted in the planning and delivery of the curriculum at Hillside by a team which includes the Senior Leadership Team, Subject Leaders, classroom teachers and teaching assistants. All staff are responsible for raising standards of pupil attainment and achievement within the subject area and are expected to monitor and support pupil progress across the key stages. Subject Leaders ensure the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum and managing and developing the subject areas. They will deploy staff and resources for their department to meet all learners’ needs and changes in pedagogy. All pupils have the opportunity to study all the subjects which contribute to the ‘English Baccalaureate’ and the Progress 8 measure.

    Assessment Schemes

    All pupils at Hillside follow four Assessment Schemes in all subjects during the year, each lasting nine weeks. The schemes contain the knowledge skills and understanding that pupils must develop to achieve their full potential. It is really important that parents take an active interest in the learning that their child is experiencing. By following the Assessment Schemes, parents can supplement the work being done in school through further enrichment activities or independent study. In Year 7 pupils are set according to ability in teaching groups for all subjects.

    In Year 8 pupils are set according to ability in the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Languages; in other subjects they are taught as forms.

    Please click here to login and view the learning plans, these pages are password protected and all parents have been issued with a password. If you have mislaid your password and require access please contact the school.

    Life After Levels

    From September 2015 Hillside will be moving to a new system of measuring progress which reflects the removal of National Curriculum levels at Key Stage 3.

    Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs)

    From September pupils will be set Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs). These are based upon the new GCSE grade system and are numbered 1-9 (with 9 being the highest grade). The expectation is that pupils will maintain their performance at these MEGs in each Assessment Scheme

    Reporting Home

    At the end of each Assessment Scheme you will receive a report which will give you information about your child’s progress in the subjects they are studying. Both effort and attainment are assessed so that you can see the full picture of your child’s progress during the year.

    Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 8)

    The National Curriculum is divided into Key Stages which cover a number of years. During the first two years at Hillside (Years 7 to 8) your child will follow KS3 in the following subjects: English Language and Literature, Maths, Science, Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Computer Science, Drama, Music, Religious Studies and Physical Education.

    In Year 8 pupils will decide on a range of subjects they wish to study at KS4 in Years 9,10 and 11 through the options process.

    Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

    Pupils choose from a number of subjects in which they will gain either GCSE or BTEC qualifications. Core subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Languages, History, Geography, RS and PE will be studied by all pupils.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    The extra-curricular life of the school is rich and varied.  Hillside offers pupis a wide range of activities extra to the normal timetable, either at lunch time or after school, providing pupils the opportunity to meet, teach and learn from each other in a relaxed and perhaps less academic atmosphere. 

    Your child can pursue their interests in:

    Morning Library Club Adventure Club Apps for good entrepreneur Computer Club Drama Club History Club Music Club (Choirs, Drum, Guitar, Keyboard) Various Sports Clubs including: Football, Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Handball, Badminton, Trampolining, Rounders, Dance, Leadership awards, Fitness, Softball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Rugby, Cross country

    We are proud of the opportunities for pupils to participate in a wide variety of dramatic and musical performances throughout the year. There is also the opportunity to take up a musical instrument free of charge in Year 7.   

    Independent Learning

    Independent Learning is an important part of school life at Hillside and all pupils are expected to do it regularly. It is set using the website Show My Homework and each pupil has a Login to access this. This should help your child and you to keep a check on independent learning. If problems arise then we would ask you to contact your child’s Progress Leader or write any comments in their Planners.

    The school also subscribes to a number of elearning websites to support our pupils such as MyMaths.co.uk which is very popular. Sometimes independent learning is set requiring pupils to use these online sites. If it is not possible to use them at home, then pupils can access this in the school library; they also have access to ICT suites in school outside task hours so no-one is at a disadvantage.

    Special Educational Needs

    The school follows the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice to support all pupils with additional needs.  Miss Palmer, Associate Assistant Headteacher is the SENCO and she works closely with Progress Leaders and all staff to ensure that all pupils who are identified as having a special educational need are supported fully.

    Pupils can be entered in this school for:


    GCSE: Art & Design, 3D sculpture, Design and Technology: Resistant Materials and Graphic Design, Science A, Additional Science, Further Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Performing Arts (Drama), Music


    GCSE: History, Computer Science
    Cambridge National in Sports Science


    GCSE: Mathematics, Physical Education, Business Studies, ICT, Religious Studies (short and full course)
    Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)


    GCSE: English Language, English Literature, French, Spanish, Film Studies