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Hillcrest Acorn Cottage

Hillcrest Acorn Cottage

Hillcrest Acorn Cottage

 West Berkshire / North Hampshire

Key Features

Age Range: 7 – 18yrs
Gender: Boys
No. of Children: 6
Category: SEMH
Education: Hillcrest New Barn School
Ofsted Rating: Good

Ofsted Report

“Positive Outcomes are achieved through a dedicated and skilled staff team who maximise the potential of young people to achieve excellence.”

Download a copy of the Ofsted report here.

Philosophy of Care

Hillcrest Acorn offers young children the chance to work and play in groups and teams, appropriately supervised by adults, thus allowing them to understand the importance of boundaries, structure and negotiation.

Children with a wide range of Emotional and Behavioural needs, who have had little or interrupted education, who display challenging or absconding behaviours are suited to Hillcrest Acorn.

Therapeutic Provision

Our therapeutic model recognises that all the people we support are individual and our provision is tailored to meet their needs and wishes from the point of admission and throughout their journey with us.

Clinical support is led by the Head of Clinical Services and is delivered by a core team of clinicians to include Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists.

Each service’s designated team will reflect the needs of the children and young people that live and learn within the schools and or homes, however additional support can also be accessed from other specialists within the wider Clinical Team. This enables us to be responsive to any newly identified, time limited or changing needs of an individual throughout their placement with us.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the Clinical Team work directly with education and care staff teams to develop a shared understanding of the children, the resources and the practices needed. This ensures that we deliver the highest quality provision which maximises each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

Within our specialist schools the clinicians aim to reduce potential barriers to learning and educational success by working directly with the children and young people in line with their ECHP recommendations.
Our evidence informed models are based on best practice guidance and are governed through the Outcomes First Governance Framework.


Education is offered at nearby Hillcrest New Barn School, registered with Ofsted and catering for young people up to the age of 16. Education is provided in a structured and caring environment and planned to meet both academic and pastoral needs of the children. The School is registered with DfE and caters for young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.

The education provision is continuously developing and is flexible to the needs of the individuals as well as the demands of the National Curriculum.


Tadley has several parks and is surrounded by woods and commons- great for walks, bike rides, camping and other group activities. It has access to a swimming pool, youth clubs and a skate park.

Referrals and Admissions

Our aim is to match the needs of each individual child placed in our care. Wherever possible admissions should be planned and involve all family and professionals so as to ensure each placement has the best possible start.

To make a referral please contact our Referrals Team.

Tel: 03458 727477
Email [email protected]

Information For Young People

A message from the manager:

Hi, my name is Rachel, we live in a village with several parks, surrounded by woods and a common which is great for walks, bike rides and camping. We have two towns nearby with cinemas, swimming pools, bowling and ice skating rinks. We encourage our young people to join clubs such as scouts, air cadets or dance clubs, as well as try new activities.

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