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Hillcrest The Bartons

Hillcrest The Bartons

Hillcrest The Bartons


Key Features

Age range: 11 – 16yrs
Gender: Boys
No. of Children: 8
Category: SEMH
Education: Hillcrest Park School
Ofsted Rating: Good

Ofsted Report

“Children’s confidence and self-esteem improve because of the range of exciting and fun activities they participate in. These include football, air cadets, sea cadets, meditation and swimming lessons.”

Download a copy of the Ofsted report here.

Philosophy of Care

The Bartons offers a holistic model of care and education for boys aged 11- 16, which is designed to stabilise extreme patterns of behaviour and provide positive, enriching life experiences. Our aim is to help young people achieve their full potential and prepare them for future independence.

We do this by the provision of firm, consistent boundaries, with high expectations of behaviour and by facilitating many learning and development opportunities. The home has extensive success in working with boys who exhibit a tendency to abscond or who display challenging behaviours and have, as a result, experienced multiple placement break downs. We are also very successful in helping facilitate a return home, or a move to a foster placement.

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 provided at nearby Park School, Hillcrest’s own fully Ofsted registered school which caters for both boys and girls from 8-16 yrs old. The school is currently rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’.

Park School offers differentiated individual learning programmes covering the full National Curriculum and is a Registered Exam Centre. The school has successfully reintegrated many young people back into mainstream schooling, and assisted with external vocational college placements where appropriate.


The Bartons is AALA (Adventure Activity Licensing Authority) certificated and is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre. The extensive activity programme is designed to foster a high level of independence, rebuild low self esteem and restore positive self image.

The Bartons has its own river cruiser, moored on the beautiful River Thames, which is used on a regular basis, for holidays, and short breaks. All staff hold their Inland  Waterways Helmsman’s award.

Other activities include: sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering, fishing, army cadets, scouting, swimming, football and rugby.

We are associate members of Oxford Sailing Club and have our own touring caravan which we regularly use for family-style trips to the seaside.

Promoting Independence

Hillcrest The Bartons has an on-site purpose built, fully self contained flat, used to comprehensively prepare all of our young people for independent living when they leave care. This process starts as soon as they arrive with us, regardless of age.

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:
Hey! Welcome to Hillcrest The Bartons, my name is Rhian. Onsite we have a gym, aeroball, PS3 and music room. We also run lots of fun trips off site including weekends away in our boat based on the Thames river and caravan sites in the Brecon Beacons! We like to stay active and regularly go out on bike rides, play games of football, rugby, and tennis.

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