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  • Hillview School for Girls
    Brionne Gardens
    Tonbridge
    Kent
    TN9 2HE
  • Head: Hilary Burkett Ba (Hons) Pgce Npqh
  • T 01732 352793
  • F 01732 368718
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.hillview.kent.sch.uk
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,525; sixth formers: 330 (276 female, 54 male)
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 20th September 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 11th December 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

This is a busy, bustling school offering a non-elitist educational pathway. It works hard to leave no stone unturned for pupils’ interests – avoiding imposing traditional subjects. Parents say that the EBacc results (10 per cent) take the limelight away from the good progress made compared to the competition, saying they ‘don’t need Ofsted to tell them they’re outstanding’. Big focus on wellbeing and supporting pupils with life skills. ‘You are enough,’ says one of the very many display boards covering the whole gambit of issues from body positivity (eg ‘love your body the way it loves you’) to organising finances. School is hot on discipline, but exclusions are rare and there are only a few suspensions each year (usually for...

 

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2016, Hilary Burkett, previously head of school at Rainham School for Girls for three years, which she joined as an NQT, working through the ranks over 16 years. Graduated in three-dimensional multi-disciplinary design from Buckingham New University and continues to teach graphics. Grew up in the Pennines, where her family’s involvement (‘more like infiltration’, she laughs) in the local theatre was a huge influence – her formative years were spent supporting her mum as ‘assistant ticket secretary’, along with helping her dad as a sound engineer and getting stuck into the all-hands-on-deck ‘show weeks’. No surprise she gets the school so well.

Pupils say she’s ‘fair’ and ‘decent’, and believe she has their ‘best interests at heart’. Parents confident that ‘she beats the drum for the school’, ‘isn’t intimidated...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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