Hillcrest Slinfold School

Hillcrest Slinfold School

Hillcrest Slinfold School

  West Sussex

Key Features

Age Range: 11 – 16yrs
Gender: Boys
No. of Children: 20
Category: SEMH
Education: Hillcrest Slinfold School
Ofsted Rating: Good

Ofsted Report

“Pupils make significant improvements to their behaviour and attitudes. Staff understand this aspect of pupils’ special educational needs very well, set high expectations and provide highly appropriate and consistent support that enables them to succeed.”

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The curriculum is provided in a structured and supportive environment and is planned to meet the personal, academic and pastoral needs of the students at each stage of their schooling.

Slinfold 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.

The school has an excellent adult to student ratio with class sizes of up to a maximum of 4 students. This enables us to give our children high levels of support at all times.


All students are given an assessment in Literacy and Numeracy on entry to the school and this forms the basis of their programme of study. Student progress is monitored as part of an on going process and is assessed at the end of each half term against National Curriculum levels.

Slinfold delivers a structured programme of education, tailored to each student’s individual needs and taking into account their EHCP or Statement of Special Educational Needs. Students are taught in small cohorts and individually, by fully qualified teachers.

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.


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

Specialist qualified teachers and instructors deliver English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, DT, Music Technology, Art and Design, Humanities, PSHE and Citizenship, Physical Activities and Food Technology.

There is also an excellent vocational provision at Slinfold which the students access on a daily basis.  Construction and Motor Vehicle Maintenance form part of BTEC Vocational qualifications which all students participate in and can achieve BTEC Vocational qualifications in: bricklaying, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrics and vehicle maintenance.

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.


Slinfold’s activities include 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 airhop and Forest School.


Slinfold School admits students from the residential homes on-site. 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]


Head Teacher: Alison Dobbie

Address: Hillcrest Slinfold School | Stane Street | Slinfold | Horsham | West Sussex | RH13 0QX

Telephone: 01403 790939

Governing Body: Mark Birkbeck, 07765 233782, Outcomes First Group Ltd, Langstone Gate, Solent Road, Havant, Hants, PO9 1TR

Proprietor:  Hillcrest Childrens Services

Staff List: To see the school’s staff list, please click here.

Information For Young People

A message from the Principal:

Hello my name is John, welcome to 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.