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Hillcrest Burghwood House

Hillcrest Burghwood House

Burghwood House at Hillcrest Slinfold

 West Sussex

Key Features

Age Range: 11-18yrs
Gender: Boys & Girls
No. of Children: 6
Category: SEMH
Education: Hillcrest Manor House School
Ofsted Rating: Requires Improvement

Ofsted Report

“The staff team has supported young people to access activities within the community that meet young people’s individual interests, which is important in terms of supporting their developing sense of identity.”

Download a copy of the Ofsted report here.

Philosophy of Care

Burghwood House at Hillcrest Slinfold offers a holistic model of care that is designed to help the young people we support take control of their lives.

The nature of the young people, who are typical of those looked after by Hillcrest, include those who have difficulty managing or expressing their feelings in a socially acceptable fashion. This generally manifests itself in ‘challenging behaviour’. These behaviours are consistently confronted by the adults working at Burghwood House who ensure that firm, fair boundaries underpin a good parenting approach to care.

Burghwood House seeks to maintain stability of placement so that the people we support build relationships, enhance their feelings of self worth and develop a desire to learn.

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.


Hillcrest Manor House School operates a five day week, 39 week year – matching Sussex school term times. Class sizes currently vary from 1 to 4 students, with weekly whole key stage and occasional whole school activities.

The Key Stage 3 class is led by two teachers for the Core subjects and most of the Foundation subjects, where AQA Unit Awards can be achieved; as well as ASDAN Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Specialist teachers and instructors deliver ICT, DT, PE, music and art. The students also participate in the Licence to Cook Award and experience vocational tasters in construction and vehicle maintenance on a weekly basis.

In Key Stage 4, literacy and numeracy are delivered daily along with weekly sessions of ICT, DT, PSHCE, PE, Art, Music, ASDAN and Careers. There is also an excellent vocational provision which the students access on a daily basis and can achieve BTEC Level 1 qualifications in: bricklaying, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrics, vehicle maintenance, catering and sport and leisure.

We operate a ‘Talent Card’ reward points system where the students can earn points in every lesson matched against performance and achieving individual behaviour and social targets as set out in their Individual Education Plan and Individual Behaviour Plan.


Burghwood House at Hillcrest Slinfold offers an on-site floodlit sports area for basketball, football and tennis as well as a games room for pool, table tennis and air hockey. There is also an arts and craft studio which is available for the boys to use outside of school hours with the support of care staff.

There is a strong emphasis on outdoor learning including camping, bush craft and survival skills courses alongside a vast range of high octane pursuits such as quad biking and abseiling.


Our aim is to match the needs of each individual young person 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:

Hello and welcome to Burghwood House at Hillcrest Slinfold. We are based in West Sussex and have loads of fun things for you to do both on and off site. Whatever you’re interested in our staff will help you find things that you enjoy to keep you busy in-between relaxing and working towards rewards at school and in the home.

Download Young Persons Guide.

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