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.

Hillcrest 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 very small class sizes, 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.

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that are important in our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating students in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.

These are the main values of our school, upon which we have based our 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 value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual, physical and social growth.
  • We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
  • We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty.
  • We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.

Assessment Arrangements:

All of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students have access to Entry level, Level 1, Level 2 and 3 qualifications. All students are baseline assessed on entrance to the school using standardised assessments relating to reading, spelling, math’s 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.