At Park Hill we embrace and celebrate individuality and creativity in a nurturing and safe environment, allowing each child to grow and achieve.
Resilience – at Park Hill we foster a positive mindset in a safe and secure environment. This is achieved through exploring, challenging and thinking critically in all areas of the curriculum.
Inclusive – At Park Hill we embrace and celebrate all cultures, religions, talents and abilities.
Inspiring – At Park Hill we provide a dynamic and practical curriculum; sparking curiosity through inspired and considered teaching and learning.
Compassion – At Park Hill we provide a small, nurturing and family orientated approach to all we do.
There are 7 areas of learning and development that comprise the curriculum’s framework; however every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design.
All 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities and are designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow each child’s unique needs and interests. Although young children do not separate learning into curriculum areas, and every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated and interdependent, the 7 areas form the framework on which the Early Years Foundation Stage is built.
A unique element of the curriculum at Park Hill is the inclusion of Outdoor Adventure School. With an emphasis on developing self esteem, collaboration, and communication skills, all children from Year 2 to Year 6 follow a carefully planned curriculum developing their practical outdoor and adventurous skills in a variety of environments.
The curriculum includes:
- Navigation skills (Compass, Map Reading, GPS, and Celestial Navigation)
- First Aid training (Wilderness and Domestic)
- Shelter building and Equipment (Bivi, Tarp, Canvas, appropriate clothing and footwear, and maintenance of equipment)
- Nutrition (Flora and Fauna, Calorie Intake, Camping Stoves, Food preparation, and Cooking)
- Team Building (Communication, Leadership, Collaboration, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking)
- Adventure Touring (Climbing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, and Kayaking)
- Adventure Planning (Using skills developed from the above topics)
In a controlled and age appropriate environment, children will then develop the above skills in a series of Micro Adventures. This will include planning day trips in variety of environments, overnight trips, and extended trips as the children gain confidence.
We are proud to have most of our colleagues qualified as Apple Teachers. We imbed technology in all parts of our curriculum and regard iPads as a crucial tool in promoting ICT.
Coding (Swift, Hopscotch, Expresso & Scratch) is introduced from Nursery with children becoming confident and increasingly able as they enter Prep School.
Each classroom has an Apple TV installed on their Interactive Boards and used to excellent effect as a tool to promote sharing and collaboration.
The school, over the coming months and years, is investing in Apple devices to ensure we are in the very best position to apply for Apple Distinguished School status.
Established in 1949 in a large Victorian house with extensive leafy grounds of approximately one third of an acre; Park Hill enjoys an established reputation for providing sound academic teaching in a caring, nurturing and unique environment.
At Park Hill we aim to develop the whole child, laying the foundation for well balanced, confident individuals who are healthy in mind, body and spirit. To this end we foster a happy atmosphere, in the belief that children who enjoy their school days will achieve their best.
The highly qualified and experienced teachers cover a rich and varied curriculum. Our small classes allow children to learn at their own pace and individuals are able to establish their own talents and interests.
The quality of education at Park Hill is consistently demonstrated by the highly successful entry passes into the best girls and boys preparatory and junior schools. We maintain close links with these schools to ensure our pupils are well prepared for the next step in their school career.
Although believed correct at the time of going live, certain statements may become out of date from time to time. Parents wishing to place specific reliance on a statement on the website should seek written confirmation of that statement before accepting the offer of a place.
The first few minutes you spend in a school can tell you all that you need to know.
I recall with great detail my first visit to Park Hill. There was a clear sense of purpose. All of the children were engaged and excited about their learning, eager to share with me their latest discovery or story. The classrooms were alive with the sound of teachers proudly celebrating and sharing the success and progress of their class. Children eagerly pulling on their boots and jackets before heading down to Richmond Park for forest school, firing a multitude of questions at the teacher about the activities planned.
Finally, and something I would suggest you experience for yourself is the sense of pride with our history. Generations of families with grandchildren now attending the school, all proud to recall their time at the school and even prouder to tell you which university or job they are now enjoying; each one convinced it was due to their time spent at Park Hill and the love of learning instilled in them for life. All of this taking place in a warm, supportive and encouraging environment.
Whilst you will find a great deal of information on our website, I would like to encourage you to come and experience the same welcome that I enjoyed and see for yourself just what a special school this is.
It would be my pleasure to welcome you.
We are a term-time nursery school, open five days per week to complement the Pre-Prep and Prep school day. Nursery times harmonise with morning drop off at the Prep and Prep-Prep providing parents with a single drop off and closer proximity to any older siblings. Children attend for five mornings session with the option to extend to full days depending upon availability.
Whilst most Park Hill children start in the Nursery and continue throughout the school, we do often have places available at other times.
Park Hill is non selective and the children are not subjected to an assessment prior to joining at such a young age. We fully understand that each child is unique and as such will have the benefit of individual family and social influences; bringing various experiences to the enrichment of both the class group and the school as a whole. However, we do ask parents to inform us of any reason or issue which may affect their child’s school performance. For children joining us over the age of 5, where applicable, we ask for sight of a report from his or her previous school.
We strongly advise that all parents interested in their child joining Park Hill come to visit us, meet the staff and pupils and see the school in action. Applicants can be registered by completion of the form in the prospectus or use the Register Now button on the website. Please then return the form with the registration fee to the Admissions Secretary (Mrs Kate Blower).
The offer of a place is made in writing. Acceptance must also be in writing and accompanied by the deposit which is held by the school and repaid when the child leaves Park Hill and any outstanding accounts have been settled.
All admissions, which are subject to the school’s registration and entry procedures, are at the Headmaster’s discretion.
We work closely with parents to help them decide on the best possible school for their child, and family, after Park Hill. Through a broad and focussed curriculum and with careful guidance for parents, children are successful in achieving places at their chosen schools.
Park Hill girls and boys move onto a variety of schools, typical of which are the following:
Feltonfleet, Hampton Court House, Hill House, Newland House, Notre Dame, Putney High, Radnor House, Rowan, Surbiton High, Sutton High, The American Community School, The American Community School, The Hall, The Harrodian, The Lady Eleanor Holles, Wimbledon High
Colet Court, FeltonFleet, Hampton Court House, Hill House, Kings College Wimbledon, Kings House, Kingswood House, Newland House, Priory Preparatory School, Radnor House, Rokeby, Shrewsbury House, The Falcons, The Hall, The Harrodian, The American Community School, Tower House