Welcome to The Hills Academy
The Hills Academy is a vibrant and diverse school with strong values as central to our happy and safe environment. We have been recognised as 'Outstanding', by Ofsted, since 1997 and we pride ourselves in combining high attainment with excellent extra-curricular opportunities for all our pupils. Dedicated and committed staff, governors, volunteers, parent groups and student forums continue to drive forward the success and growth of the school.
As an inclusive environment we are focused on meeting the individual needs of our whole school community. Learning is personalized for each pupil and our children have the independence to determine much of this; evaluating their own achievements and setting themselves challenging targets for the future.
As a globally minded 'International Award' school we have close links with pupils, teachers and learning around the world and hold the Green Flag for our environmental awareness. Learning in school takes place throughout the whole environment; including our wonderful outdoor learning spaces. Our children love to explore, experiment and get dirty!
We embrace technology and offer pupils and community members access to state of the art ICT facilities and training; key to our award winning Cineclub and Robotics workshops.
As a whole school community we see ourselves as life-long learners with our eyes firmly set on ensuring the school continues to evolve with the rigours and needs of the 21st Century. Celebration of all achievements is central to this and fosters mutual respect and high self-esteem.
From the excitement and exploration of the Early Years, to the challenges, responsibilities and investigations of Year 4, we aim to provide all our young people with the learning and life skills that allow them to reach their full social and academic potential.
The website offers you a snapshot of the school, but you are warmly welcome to visit us and see the school in action - please do call the office for an appointment.
We look forward to welcoming you.
The Hills Academy
Latest News & Blogs
Please remember to check the blogs via the Class Blog section to view attached image galleries.
Useful space websites to help further your learning at home.
The children seem to be enjoying this topic so much that we thought a list of websites may be useful to further the learning experience outside school! http://www.kidsastronomy.com/ http://www.planetsforkids.org/ http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/#.VMI3PtKsXTc http://mrnussbaum.com/space-2/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/stargazing http://spacefacts.de/ Thank you to all of the children in 4T who shared their favourite websites :)Written on Friday, 23 January 2015 11:50 in Year 4
TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Written by Mrs WhiteheadPromoting British Values at The Hills Academy The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At The…Written on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:26 in News
Is anybody out there???
Welcome back to, what has been so far, a very busy Spring Term. Our new topic is ‘Reach for the Stars’ and we are loving it!! Imagine our surprise the other morning when a box was found on the school site, it was brought into our classroom and the contents were very intriguing. We pulled out a space suit. Alien goo, a footprint, some black dust, pictures of the Earth, Moon and the Sun, the Milkyway, a sunset, The Northern…Written on Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:19 in Year 4
Test your general knowledge The Hills Academy PTFA Quiz Night Wednesday 4th February 2015 from 7.30pm The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford. £5 per person for the quiz (this includes a Ploughmans Lunch) Teams of 2 to 6 people, contact the school office with your team name or on the night. Everyone welcome!Written on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:11 in The Hills Academy PTFA
Our book of the week
Our book this week is Awful Auntie by David Walliams. Not all of our book club members have read this book, but we all think it sounds like a fantastic book. The blurb on the book says: "Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve..." It makes us…Written on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:53 in Book Club
Shine Star Shine - EYFS Production 2014
Our EYFS Christmas Production 'Shine Star Shine' is now online for you to enjoy you can watch it by clicking 'Read More' and you can download your own copy here https://vimeo.com/116883061Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:24 in EYFS
A Midwife Crisis - keystage 1 production 2014
Finally, our Christmas Production is finally online, click "read more" to watch it online or you can download a copy from Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/116883062Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:16 in Year 2
A Midwife Crisis - keystage 1 production 2014
Finally, our Christmas Production is finally online, click "read more" to watch it online or you can download a copy from Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/116883062Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:12 in Year 1
Week commencing Monday 12th January 2015
Hello everyone and welcome back to our spring term! The children have wasted no time in getting back to their learning and are really enjoying our new topic of Into the Woods! Since our return to school, we have been focusing on owls and the children have been learning lots of facts about owls and well as creating owl collages, owl chalk drawings and owls made from shapes. Mrs Mackay's children have also been very busy practising for their class…Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 08:09 in EYFS
Welcome to 2015
Welcome back to Book club. We would like to tell you all about what we have been reading. Over Christmas we were very lucky to be given some books. Some of the books we were given were Awful Auntie by David Walliams, a book of Fairy Tales by lots of different authors, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. We are really looking forward to reading lots of new books by different authors this year and hope that you will…Written on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:34 in Book Club
Welcome to the spring term! We have all come back and settled ourselves back into our school routine and have started learning about our new topic. There has certainly been a lot of excitement and a lot of very interesting questions being asked that we are all looking forward to finding the answers to. Have a great weekend and we all look forward to learning more about space and joining in with some fun activities!Written on Friday, 09 January 2015 21:43 in Year 4
Christmas Tree Festival and our Choir on the Radio.
The Hills Academy took part at the Christmas Tree Festival 2014 at St Paul’s Church, Bedford. The Festival featured 62 Christmas trees each of five feet tall. They were decorated by voluntary services, organisations, local businesses and schools to the theme of Friendship through Sport. On Friday the 5th our school choir , directed by Miss Verney sang at the church and were lucky enough to be featured on BBC Three Counties Radio. Please listen to the edited audio clip by…Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:12 in News
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Reception!
Dear all, We hope you enjoyed our Christmas production - we thought your children were AWESOME! Attached are photographs of the children in their nativity outfits for you to have as a keepsake - please respect our safeguarding procedures and only download a copy of your own child. Finally, just a brief note to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you have a peaceful break interwoven with lots of fun and laughter!…Written on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:12 in EYFS
How to change server version
Our Minecraft server at school uses version 1.7.10, this is so we can run craftbukkit (which is not avaialble for the latest version of Minecraft). Multiplayer address: 126.96.36.199 You will need to create or change your Minecraft profile to 1.7.10 so you can get access to our server, to do this please follow the guide below. 1. Start Minecraft and log in as ususal. 2. Click on the 'Edit Profile' button 3. Click on the 'Use Version' option 4. Change…Written on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:18 in Minecraft Club
Happy Holidays :)
We cannot believe it is the end of term already!! The autumn topic Storms and Shipwrecks has been so much fun and we have learnt so much. Did you know: When the Titanic sunk the bow sunk before the stern. There are islands called the Oceanic and the Continental The biggest room on the Titanic was the first class dining saloon There were more Irish people than English on board the Titanic We now know how to survive on a…Written on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:45 in Year 4
PE Blog Autumn Term 2
Written by Mr ParkerPE Blog Autumn Term 2 Expenditures Please see the attached form to view PE Budget expenditures to date. Staff Training and Development This half-term staff have recieved a Dance workshop delivered by Claudia Calardo on Wednesday 19th November. Claudia is teacher trained and has been teaching Dance within the private sector for several years. The session was focused around effectively planning and differentiating Dance lessons to ensure every child can effectively participate. This session was funded and paid for through…Written on Monday, 15 December 2014 13:27 in PE & Sports
Week commencing Monday 8th December
Week commencing: Monday 8th December 2014 Hello everyone! We have enjoyed our Christmas lunch this week and have watched the KS1 Christmas production. We have also continued to be very busy with practising for our own production and hope you have all managed to get tickets for this special event! Alongside this we have managed to make and bake Christmas cakes, which we hope you have thoroughly enjoyed! In mathematics we have been ordering numbers with festive baubles and using…Written on Friday, 12 December 2014 08:33 in EYFS
Week commencing Monday 1st December
Week commencing Monday 1st December 2014 Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog! Despite the horrible weather, we have been very jolly in our classrooms: listening to Christmas stories, opening advent calendars and adding the finishing touches to our Christmas production! We have also been focusing on our sense of taste and had some very interesting faces when the children tasted fresh lemon! We have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes this week and a huge…Written on Friday, 12 December 2014 08:02 in EYFS
The Hills Academy Trust
The Hills Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with the company number 08434199.
The registered office is The Hills Academy, Stancliffe Road, Bedford MK41 9AT.