Teaching and Learning at Hillcrest School and Community College is our core purpose. Through our teaching and learning, we aim to produce young people who are life-long learners equipped with the necessary skills to apply their knowledge and understanding in a variety of situations and thus play a constructive and creative role in an ever changing 21st Century society.
Learning sessions are divided into 5 x 1 hour blocks of time. In Key Stage 3 these are taught discretely although at Key Stage 4 appropriate subjects may teach 2 blocks consecutively as a double lesson to facilitate deeper learning. The school operates a 50 period, 2 week timetable.
At both key stages the school ensures it meets statutory guidelines for the delivery of Personal, Social, Careers and Health Education, Religious Education and Physical Education.
Religious education takes place throughout the school curriculum and there is a moral education element as part of PSCHE programme in Key Stage 4.
All pupils are given the opportunity to discover Christian heritage and beliefs, as well as exploring the central elements of other world faiths.
Religious education is an important part of the school’s cultural and moral education and pupils are given several chances to visit centres of world faiths and take part in organised debates.
As part of Pathways pupils are given the opportunity to gain a GCSE qualification in religious education.
Parents or carers have the right to withdraw their child from participating in all or part of religious education and acts of collective worship on the grounds of religious conscience. Parents or carers wishing to withdraw their child should contact the Principal in writing explaining these grounds.
Appropriate and responsible sex education is an important element in preparing pupils for adult life. We strongly recommend all pupils attend these lessons.
Parents or carers are the key figures in helping their child to cope with the physical and emotional aspects of growing up and preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities which sexual maturity brings.
The teaching offered by the school is complementary to, and supportive of, the role of parents or carers. However, some parents or carers may not feel able to discuss sexual matters fully and freely with their children and, because of this, the school has a clear responsibility to ensure that pupils are adequately prepared for adult life.
The physical aspects of sexual behaviour are covered within the teaching of science. This begins in Year 7 and various aspects are taught throughout the first three years. Emotional and health aspects of sex and relationships are addressed in the PSCHE programme.
The health education aspects of the PSCHE programme followed by all pupils in Key Stage 4 are designed to complement and reinforce the science teaching. Emphasis is placed on the broader emotional and ethical dimensions of sexual attitudes within secure relationships and family life.
Use is made of outside speakers for certain topics. Parents or carers are offered the opportunity to discuss the content of the course with a senior member of staff and withdraw their children if they so desire.