At Hillcrest School we combine an academically rigorous curriculum with the latest in digital technologies and developments in classroom practice; we work to develop effective, independent learners ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Students are provided with opportunities to develop their thinking skills, accelerated learning techniques, collaborative problem solving skills, assessment for learning skills and effective use of Computing. Hillcrest School also benefits from our membership of the Oaks collegiate teaching alliance. Students are supported by a team of well qualified, specialist teaching staff. The school also has a range of support and administrative staff who work with both students and teachers on a daily basis. The Hillcrest School curriculum meets the specifications of both the National Curriculum programmes of study and also the Birmingham Curriculum Statement.


Key Stage 3: The National Curriculum

All students follow the statutory National Curriculum, with many additional curriculum enrichment opportunities being met by our school curriculum. Over a two-week timetable, students follow courses with the following number of learning hours:

Year 7
English 8, Mathematics 8, Science 6, French 5, Design & Technology 4, Religious Education 2, Geography 3, History 3, Physical Education 3, Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) 2, Music 2, Art 2, Computing 2.

Year 8
English 8, Mathematics 8, Science 6, French 5, Design & Technology 4, Religious Education 2, Geography 3, History 3, Physical Education 3, Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) 2, Music 2, Art 2, Computing 2.

All students in Key Stage 3 also follow the Accelerated Reader programme, encouraging students to make rapid progress in the complexity of the reading materials they encounter. Students also experience whole-day learning experiences covering Personal and Social Development (PSD) and regular opportunities for Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) for Careers and  Lifelong Learning.

To download our full, detailed Key Stage 3 Curriculum Programme of Study brochure, please click here


Key Stage 4: Pathways

We offer a range of traditional, academic subjects, with many students following a full English Baccalaureate programme, as well as a number of vocational and applied learning routes.  All students study a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSD; the vast majority of students study French apart from a few students on Pathway 3. In addition to the core curriculum,,  students make a pathway choice. As a guide, Pathway 1 will be suitable for many students currently in the top sets, although there may be specific entry requirements for some courses (e.g. consistent attainment at Level 6a will enable access to Triple Science). Pathway 3 provides a route to success for students who need extra time and support to develop crucial English and Mathematics skills. Pathway 3 learning is planned with a very strong emphasis on the development of literacy and numeracy skills within, for example, BTEC Hospitality, Business and Travel and Tourism.
Curriculum 2
For full details of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, including the GCSE, BTEC courses available to students in Years 9, 10 and 11, please click here for the downloadable ‘Pathways’ programme of study.

The Sixth Form

For information about our Sixth Form curriculum, in partnership with the Oaks Collegiate, please follow the links in the main menu (left).


Computing is a very important part of education at Hillcrest. There are five fully equipped Computing rooms as well as banks of computers in subject areas, laptop trolleys, a Computing centre, ‘dotcom@hillcrest’, and a multi-media room. In Year 7 and 8, all students have two hours per fortnight of  discrete Computing as well as using computers in various subject areas across the school.

For further information about any aspect of our curriculum, please contact Mr S Abbotts – Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum, Reporting & Assessment – at school.