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Vision and Values

Our Vision and Values


Hillcrest is a happy school, at the heart of its community, where both children and staff feel valued and nurtured. Our children benefit from excellent teaching, a rich curriculum and a strong sense of partnership between school and family.

Our school is a fun place to be and there is always something happening to enhance an already exciting curriculum. 



Our Five Values - P R I D E 


There are five values that are used throughout the school and promoted and demonstrated by every member of the Hillcrest Community. Each value can be expressed as a skill to practise and a virtue to embody.


They provide a template for the high expectations we have for behaviour and attitudes towards learning, as well as a common language to use when talking to children about all aspects of life at Hillcrest.


We believe that embedding these five values not only enables children to become independent learners but also prepares them to succeed in life in modern Britain.



Collaboration & Respect



Perseverance & Positivity



Critical Thinking & Creativity



Tolerance & Inclusivity



Precision & Pride 


Here are the images we use to promote our five values around the school, to help pupils reflect upon the values they are using and developing. These also feature on the stickers used to celebrate pupils' achievement, and on the certificates that are given out in our Celebration Assemblies. 




We have three school rules... our three 'Be's


We have four Hillcrest Houses


Every child at Hillcrest belongs to one of four houses. The houses take their names from significant ships to reflect Bristol's maritime history, but each name also has a meaning in its own right, reflecting different aspects of the learning process. 


Our four houses are...


          Victory                      Discovery                 Adventure                  Endeavour


The four house teams comprise an equal share of pupils from across the school, and siblings will be together in the same house. 


As well as using the houses as a way of grouping the children for sports days and similar events, pupils are awarded house points for demonstrating our five values and a positive attitude in class and around the school. Each week in Celebration Assembly, a representative from each class announces the house which has earned the most points in their class, and this is compiled into a whole-school total for each house.