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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.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,200; sixth formers: 298 (63 boys)
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 27th March 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 12th 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.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 11th November 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

It’s a performing arts specialist, and wandering the corridors after hours is like stepping into an episode of Fame. Lots of ballet buns and girls working out their moves in rehearsal rooms. The facilities are tremendous – there are dance studios with sprung floors, a recording studio where they produce CDs for remastering in London, and a studio theatre with arts technician. Learning support is well managed and effective, according to one parent. ‘At the first parents' evening I was so impressed by how all the teachers knew about her learning needs...'

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2016, Hilary Burkett. Came from Rainham School for Girls in Medway, where she arrived as a newly qualified teacher and spent 16 years working her way up to head of school. It had an overall executive head, and she thought the time had come to run her own ship.

Listen hard and you’ll hear the trace of an accent from her upbringing in a small town in the Pennines. Certain teachers there ‘who inspired every step of the way’ were what attracted her to teaching, but she says they probably wouldn’t have predicted her reaching the top of her profession. She was a shy child, who had to be encouraged to put herself forward. Took her degree in 3D design, and was an art teacher in earlier days. Still teaches...

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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.

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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.

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