Region: Dorset

Save Hillside Community First School

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Hillside Community First School
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Wimborne Academy Trust have begun a consultation process to reduce the number of children admitted to Hillside First Community School each year, from 60 to 30 children. This comes as a result of the recent reduction in the number of young families living in the local area, and will mean that Hillside has one class per year group instead of two. At present, there are 90 school places in Verwood each year for children wishing to attend a church school, and a further 60 places for families who wish to choose a non-denominational education. If the proposed changes take place, there will be 90 church school places, and just 30 non-church school places. This should not be a discussion about being anti-religion, but rather, pro-choice. Local families unable to secure a nondenominational school place will be forced to travel out of catchment for their education. A reduction in the number of school classes will also result in decreased funding for Hillside, and an inevitable reduction in the number of teaching and support staff. This could easily lead to the deterioration of the school’s provision. This would also put more pressure of the other schools in Verwood and cause more traffic problems at the Verwood First and EMS campus.


We need people to write an e-mail or letter to support the campaign to keep the numbers of the Community school to 60 per year. This will allow the community of Verwood to have a better choice of what school they would like their children to attend and not be forced into a situation that wouldn't suit their children's needs. Hillside has been a school that supports the whole community and their needs. Over the next few years Verwood has several new housing developments which is likely to bring more families to Verwood, this seems very shorted sighted to reduce the numbers now. Please e-mail to or write to Hillside Community First School Hillside Road Verwood Dorset BH31 7HE

We need the whole community to get involved to help save Hillside First School which has been in Verwood for over 50 years.

Thank you for your support, Tracy Pearson from Verwood
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  • Rachael Maidment BY- Verwood

    1 hours ago

    I am a registered Childminder that has lots of families that go to this school. This is the only non church associated school in the village & with more houses being built we need this school to have two classes per year to give parents a choice - this school is amazing & the staff are brilliant. We need more school places not less ! I offer wraparound care for parents attending this school & the other schools over the last 7 years & have recommended & worked closely with my parents to help settle children in & care for children of all years & their families. They show empathy & compassion for children with varying needs & in work line with the pre school - this needs to stay as a 60 intake year group.

  • 3 days ago

    This school is an amazing school. Which helped my daughter so much. The teachers are wonderful here an all round brilliant school.

  • Gf

    3 days ago

    Because it goes against why I voted for Hillside to become part of the Wimborne Academy Trust during my time as a governor.

  • 3 days ago

    My child went to this school and despite the fact he is now at middle school and I have no other children of school age, I feel very strongly that other people should have the option to send their children to this fantastic community school in the future too. The Sendco support has been first class together with quality education delivered by excellent and experienced teaching staff. It has fantastic facilities (attained via the efforts of both the PTA and parents) and space and the parking issues raised by some people are no worse than the current parking problems experienced at the 2 other first schools in Verwood. The children of Verwood deserve this school and parents deserve the choice to choose a community school over a church school if they see fit. Halving the intake will impede dramatically on these two merits.

  • 4 days ago

    Hillside was an important part of my child's development. The teaching staff and leadership were excellent, their support for SENCO was also very strong. I think it would be very detrimental to the village to lose any of the school's staff or capacity. I'd also add that, whilst I cannot comment on Verwood 1st, if a reduction in pupil places is needed, surely it makes more sense to do this at the school sharing access with Emmanuel, thus reducing the traffic issues somewhat.

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