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.
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: 22.214.171.124 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
PE 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
Monday 8th December
Written by Mrs LawesWeek 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 Thursday, 11 December 2014 17:10 in EYFS 13-14
Week commencing Monday 1st December 2014
Written by Mrs LawesHello 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 thank-you for the brilliant response we have had…Written on Friday, 05 December 2014 08:18 in EYFS 13-14
That sinking feeling
Students from Goldington Academy came to teach us a science lesson... they gave us some silver foil and, in groups, we had to make a boat that would float and hold as many marbles as possible! After much discussion each group made a boat and one by one they were each put on a bowl of water, some didn't float very well and sunk with just one in but one boat held 84 marbles... we couldnt believe it as we…Written on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:19 in Year 4
Rainy afternoon visit!
One a rainy afternoon in November Year 4 were lucky enough to have Newnham MIddle School PE teachers and student come and visit us to play hockey... unfortunately it was pouring with rain so after a quick change of plan we all went into the hall for a game of sitting volleyball. It was so much fun, it was just like normal volleyball but we had to sit down and play!! We had to get the ball over the net…Written on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:12 in Year 4
Week commencing Monday 24th November 2014
Hello everyone! Yet another busy week in our Reception classes! We have been exploring the sense of hearing and we have been practising some tricky words in our phonics (the, to, I, no, go). In between times we have continued to rehearse for our Christmas production - tickets will be available shortly! This week we have also been focusing on subtraction and learning how to write our findings in number sentences. Next week, we are hoping to create a 'shape…Written on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:28 in EYFS
As part of our Christmas Fair this year we are having ANOTHER amazing raffle alongside our normal raffle. The prize is a wonderful 7" 8GB Android Tablet which has been generously donated by Michael R Peters. Tickets are £2.00 each and will be on sale from Friday from the reception area or school office.Written on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:04 in News
PE Blog Autumn Term 1
PE Blog Autumn Term 1 I must start by apologising for uplaoding this blog later than scheduled. It has been a busy start to the year with plenty of PE events taking place already. Expenditures Please open the attached document to view PE Budget expenditures for the month. Staff Training and Development All staff attended an Inclusive PE workshop that was run by Ian Roberts in October. Ian has previously been Head of PE departments in Bedfordshire Schools and worked…Written on Monday, 24 November 2014 15:06 in PE & Sports
Welcome to the PE Blog 2014-15 I am sure that many of you are aware of the recent Government decision to invest in the provision of PE and Sport within primary Schools. This fantastic news has meant that we are able to improve our PE curriculum. This year we have decided to use the funding to try and ensure that every child from Years 1-4 participates within an Intra-School (on-site) and Inter-School (off-site) sporting festival/competition. We feel that a main…Written on Monday, 24 November 2014 14:45 in PE & Sports
Christmas Fair 2014
Saturday 29th November 2014 at 1:30pm - 4:00pm Preparations for this year’s Christmas Fair are currently underway. There will be games and craft stalls as well as refreshments. We will also be having traditional music from the Bedford Brass Band. We will be having our usual wonderful raffle this year of Adult and Children prizes. ****Also this year we are having ANOTHER amazing raffle alongside to win a wonderful 7" 8GB Android Tablet which has been generously donated by Michael…Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:16 in The Hills Academy PTFA
February Half Term Courses 2015
We are delighted to inform you that we have finalised the programme for February Half term 2015 for children aged 8-13. This programme is for all children within that age range not only gifted & talented children. It would be really kind of you if you could distribute this information to parents and children so they are able to take advantage of the courses. For more info go to February Half Term Programme 2015 For more information please contact Susan…Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 08:53 in News
Week commencing Monday 17th November 2014
Week commencing: Monday 17th November 2014 Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog! This week we have been focusing on our sense of smell and your children have been guessing different smells – see if they can tell you what they have smelt? (curry powder, vinegar, onion, lemon, coffee, blue cheese, lemon, orange) The children have also had a lot of fun exploring our ‘talking tins’ – leaving messages for each other, singing into them and just…Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:47 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.