The Chalklands cluster is made up of four schools in the Caterham area - Hillcroft Primary School, Marden Lodge Primary School, Whyteleafe Primary School and Warlingham Village Primary School. As a cluster overseen by an Executive Headteacher, we have a collaborative approach towards working which means the schools can work closely together to provide an exceptional educational experience to the local communities. The schools benefit from being able to share resources and support each other where needed. It will also allow for more opportunities for career progression across the cluster and give you the chance to enhance your professional development.
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Hillcroft is a Primary school for children aged 4-11 years of age with a Nursery catering for children from 3 years of age. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff aim to provide the best education for all our children by ensuring they are supported, engaged and inspired in their learning.
At Hillcroft we believe in setting the highest possible standards in everything we do and ensuring our children become the best they can be. We strive for our children to experience a wide range of opportunities to develop their love of school and learning. This love of learning is also developed through our embedded STRONG values of Self control, Tolerance, Resilience, awareness of Others, No one left out and Growing friendships.
We are incredibly proud of our children at Hillcroft and delighted that our children see our school as a fun place to be and where they feel safe and valued. As a school, our main aim of every day is to ensure that Hillcroft is engaging and energising yet sets clear boundaries and expectations for our children to adhere to.
We are an inclusive school that works hard with our parents and the local comunity to provide the best education for our children ensuring that they are ready for the next phase in their educational journey and become a successful member of the community in the future.
We have a dedicated staff team who are commited to the children, developing them both academically and socially. We ensure that we provide an environment where children feel happy and safe as we recognise how important this is in order for children to be able to learn and grow as individuals. Through our engaging curriculum we achieve high standards and instill a life long love of learning.
Our school is a place where children grow learn and fourish together, this ethos is embedded within our vision and values.
Whyteleafe is a high achieving, happy, vibrant and forward thinking school in which children excel themselves, both academically and socially. Our eager children have a real thirst for learning and our excellent staff team are committed and dedicated in ensuring that each and every child achieves. We have high standards and expect the best.
Our vision is 'Aim High. Be independent and enjoy yourself' and underpinning this are our core beliefs that every child should leave us: literate and numerate, with a love for learning and with excellent social skills.
Our values are embedded within the school. The 5 Sapphires encourage our children to be Respectful, Responsible, Kind, Self Controlled and Honest. Children who display these values are rewarded with a sapphire tie which they wear for that week.
We are an outstanding school. At the very least we aim to continue to be outstanding every year forward.When we became outstanding, we were six months into implementing our ‘discovery’ curriculum of foundation subjects. This skills based curriculum is built on the principles of the teaching the skills and knowledge that the national curriculum requires, but giving the children the confidence and ability to choose the learning path on which to use the skills and knowledge they learn.
As embedded language within the school, ‘challenge’ is known and understood by the children to varying degrees according to their age and cognitive ability. The children know the ‘Champion Challenge’ as a celebration of their learning in the foundation subjects in particular but may not realise that a lot of maths and English is also a part of it even though it is taught discreetly.
In choosing to inspire the children, challenge them to learn in more and in depth, and to discover new knowledge and skills, we are developing a love of learning and resilience that will serve them well through the rest of their lives.