Hillcrest Shifnal School delivers a structured programme of education, tailored to each student’s individual needs and taking into account their Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Students are taught in small cohorts and individually, by fully qualified teachers and instructors.


The curriculum is provided in a structured and supportive environment and is planned to meet the personal, academic and pastoral needs of the student at each stage of their schooling. Shifnal School offers an education which exposes students’ to a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum, presents them with challenges in which creativity is fostered and which is based on the essential elements of the National Curriculum with other courses such as Duke of Edinburgh and Animal Care delivered at a local farm, supporting students interests and aspirations.

The school has an excellent adult to student ratio with class sizes of up to a maximum of five students, which are taught and supported by at least two staff in every lesson. This enables us to give our children high levels of support at all times.

Hillcrest Shifnal School offers provision for Primary students in years 1-6 within a self-contained Primary Department. Within our Primary curriculum we value the way in which all Students are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures.

We celebrate the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual, physical and social growth. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community, value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society, respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty.

We aim to enable each student to be a valued member of society while meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum for all subjects, underpinning social awareness with additional SEAL learning, and accelerating progress for our learners with targeted academic intervention. We base our provision around small group teaching and additional 1-1 support, with access to pastoral support and a nurturing approach.


All of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students have access to level 2 and 3 qualifications, with entry level and functional skills qualifications also being available to Key Stage 3 students where appropriate. All students are baseline assessed on entrance to the school using standardised assessments relating to reading, spelling, maths and science.

On-going assessment then takes place with student work being marked regularly. Staff make use of a range of marking and feedback methods; written feedback (the more traditional marking), verbal feedback, peer feedback, student self- reflection and electronic feedback (when appropriate, particularly in more practical subjects).

Attainment Data is provided for all SEN, PEP and LAC reviews with parents and carers also being invited to attend parent/carer consultation meetings throughout the year to review progress.