Ashbourne Hilltop School

Ashbourne Hilltop School


Unfortunately the Terracycle recycling scheme is coming to an end - please do not send any items of recycling to Hilltop School after March 18th.

Walkers have withdrawn their support for the crisp packet element and the bread bag recycling is ending too. Due to these ending it is not viable for us to continue with just oral care.

Please make sure the following items are with us by March the 18th:

- Bread bags
- Crisp packets
- Oral Care items

Once Terracycle have received our last packages I will update you with the total.

Thank you all for your support!
Pupil Parliament did a brilliant job collecting the donations for Place2Be this morning. Together we raised a fantastic £102.31!
Today we all wished a wonderful friend of Hilltop School, Mr Bill Milward, a very happy 106th Birthday.
Mr Milward loves coming into school and spending time with the children - as you can imagine at 106 he certainly has some interesting stories to tell!

Mr Milward was born in 1916 and is served in WW2. On D-Day he was at Gold Beach Ver Sur Mer as a DUKW driver. He provided essential supplies throughout Europe including Belsen and Auschwitz.

As a lovely surprise for his birthday, the DUKW was transported up from Peterborough and driven into the school grounds, something that I am sure both Mr Milward and the children at Hilltop will remember for a very long time.

It was also Seb's 8th birthday today, so with almost 100 years between them they stood together and were treated to a round of Happy Birthday from the whole school.

Happy 106th Birthday Bill Milward!
Derby Cathedral Choir is one of the only ensembles of its kind within the East Midlands, singing a broad range of repertoire to the very highest standards from medieval plainsong to newly commissioned works.

All of our Choristers receive a first-class musical education, including free one-to-one singing and music theory lessons. Furthermore, all our Choristers are paid a termly scholarship for their work at the Cathedral.

Throughout their time in the choir, our Choristers are trained in professional music-making; receive a unique all-round cultural education; acquire a sense of self-confidence and purpose; gain vital leadership and teamwork skills; develop lifelong friendships; and have plenty of fun in the process!

The Cathedral Choir undertakes tours both within the UK and abroad. Previous tours include Paris, Belgium and Rome and a tour to Greece is in the pipeline post COVID.

Membership of the Cathedral Choir is free and no prior musical training is necessary.

Parents of interested children are warmly encouraged to contact the Music Department at [email protected] or 07760 766199 to book a taster session.

To celebrate Children’s Mental health Week we are going to be holding a Dress to Express day in school on Friday 11th February.

The Dress to Express day is an opportunity for pupils and staff to wear something bright, colourful or expressive for the day.

We will be asking for a £1 donation towards Place2Be. Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

Unfortunately, due to staffing concerns, we have had to cancel Tots this week (Friday 4th). We hope to be back up and running next week and we really cannot wait to see you all!
We’re really sorry to have to cancel HILLTOP TOTS this week (Friday 28th)

We hope to see you all next week 😄
This week there is NO Hilltop Tots....

We will be back up and running next Friday 28th January!
The children had great fun showing their creative side and decorating our HUGE Christmas tree - it's standing proudly in reception, by the entrance to the Hall 🎄🎄

Many thanks to Garden and Fencing Services for your generous festive donation!
We are continuing the search for a cleaner and a caretaker at our school.

For more information, or to apply for either role please contact Vertas on [email protected]

Good luck to all who apply!
Yesterday our Year Ones and Twos took part in a Football Tournament at Osmaston Polo Ground. They did us proud! Despite some of them never having played football before Team Hilltop won 8 out of 14 matches! Well done to all of the schools who took part.

Keep up to date with the latest news and information from our school. Welcome to Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School.

We are a caring school based on the south side of Ashbourne, with a teacher-led Nursery and ‘enhanced resource’ provision, which means we can support children with disabilities and high-level needs. We teach children aged 3–11 and offer on-site wrap-around care from 7.30am until 6pm. Join our page to find out more about school life and hear our latest news.

Operating as usual

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 14/06/2023

Please join us every Friday morning (term time) 9:15-10:45 for games, crafting, singing and lots more fun. Our safe, friendly group is from 0-4 years and is £2 per tot which includes a snack and a drink and a drink for their grown up!

This week our theme is Fathers Day. We look forward to seeing you 🌼


Less than a week to go until our summer fair ☀️ please come and join us on Saturday 10th June 11am - 2pm. Everyone welcome!
We are accepting cake donations for our cake stall. Please can these be taken to school by Friday 9th.
Our fantastic raffle will be drawn on the day. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the summer fair or you can buy them in advance. Please let me know if you’d like some.
We hope to see you there 🥳

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 25/05/2023

Our Year 6 children have had a fantastic few days on the Bikeability cycle training programme. They have completed level 1 and 2 and have learnt how to start and stop on the road confidently, pass stationary vehicles, understand road signs and signals, how to negotiate junctions and how to share the road with other users.
They were all Hilltop role models and we are very proud of you all. Well done Year 6!


If you like our page, we now have Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow too!



Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 24/05/2023

Our new and improved Forest School area is now complete and ready for the summer! We cannot wait for the willow fencing to fill out and create a really cosy space for our fires and forest school learning.

Caretaker 22/05/2023

Our wonderful caretaker Mr Swann has recently been offered a new opportunity working with the local foodbank and unfortunately this means that he will be leaving us after the Half term holidays. We want to take this opportunity to thank Mr Swann for all the work that he has done at Hilltop over the last year. He will be missed by all.

As a result, we now have an exciting vacancy to come and join the Hilltop family as our Caretaker. Please see the details via the link below. Any questions please come and see Mr Hooley or Mrs Bell.

Caretaker Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and capable Caretaker, to look after our school. Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School is committed to safegu...


Not long to go for our summer fair ☀️ We are excited that John from Dove Radio will be joining us 🤩

The DOVE will be there, will you?

Worth it for ‘soak the teacher’


Places are still available in our amazing Nursery starting from September 2023.
Please contact us for further information.

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 17/05/2023

Our Early Years playgrounds are having a makeover, the children have loved the new additions and have had so much fun this week in the glorious sunshine!


To celebrate Mental Health Awareness week, Yellow and Blue Class have spent their Forest School sessions, learning about how important it is to look after themselves and the importance of talking about their feelings and who they can share them with.
Year 1, read ‘Ruby’s Worry and then made their own worry doll.
Reception and Nursery used their senses to explore the world around them.

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 17/05/2023

The children in Yellow and Blue Class have been looking at the life cycle of a butterfly.
To help the children explore this topic they watched the cycle themselves with their own caterpillars.
How excited they were to watch the development! 🐛🦋

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 05/05/2023

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that joined us for our Coronation celebration picnic this afternoon.
Despite the weather and several changes to the original plan, the children loved their picnic! It was fantastic to see so many families together enjoying the time outside.

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 24/03/2023

The EYFS has thoroughly enjoyed the Dangerous Dinosaur topic.
We began with a visit from Dinostar, who brought in dinosaur bones, eggs and teeth.
We created a Dinosaur Café which catered for both herbivores and carnivores. We used this within our numeracy sessions as well as imaginative play.
We used a variety of materials to create dinosaurs - painting, collage and chalk.
During Forest School we made fantastic dinosaur eyes, adding texture and patterns to the design.
We have explored both fiction and non-fiction dinosaur books and used our knowledge to create our own dinosaurs.
We even explored this theme with dance.
It’s been totally roarsome!


On Friday our Year 6 children had the opportunity to visit QEGS to watch their performance of Shrek the musical. This was an amazing experience and we were all blown away by the talent of the performers! Thank you to QEGS for inviting us.


Not long to go until our chocolate bingo event!
This is free to attend but please confirm your attendance using the following link

Huge thanks to everyone who has donated chocolates and to Prestons for their generous donation too 🍫


❄️Hilltop Tots is cancelled today due to the poor weather and school being closed ❄️

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 06/03/2023

Last week as part of our World Book Day celebrations, our KS2 children had a visit from author Andrew Cope. He started with a motivating (and very fun) assembly before setting the children some work to do in their classes that involved gorillas, chocolate and melting toenails!
A huge thank you to our PTA who funded this. It was a fantastic day.


World book day!

Hilltop have an exciting celebration planned for world book day and a letter will be coming out via Class Dojo with all of our plans. As part of our world book day celebration, Hilltop are hosting a book ‘exchange / grab a book’ event for the whole school! At the event if you see a book you would like to read you can take it home or if you’ve got a book you no longer enjoy reading you can swap it for a new book. You can take these books home to enjoy and they are yours to keep.

We would welcome book donations for this event. If you have any unwanted children’s books, please could you send them into school with your child by Tuesday 28th February.

Our book ‘exchange / grab a book event’ will be in the hall on Tuesday 28th February between 2:45-3:30 please pop in and take a look!

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 14/12/2022

Some of Santas helpers have been busy rejuvenating the Hilltop Christmas postbox with Mr Swann. The Hilltop Christmas delivery service is open for business.

Class Teacher and English Lead 23/11/2022

Our super school is searching for a dedicated and engaging teacher to join our fantastic family at Hilltop. If you have experience of teaching key stage 2 and are interested in being part of our next exciting improvement plans then please do follow our link below.

Class Teacher and English Lead Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and inspiring classroom practitioner to join our dedicated team and lead our improvements in English. We are seeking...

Cleaner 17/11/2022

Our fabulous school is looking to appoint a cleaner to work with our dedicated team. If you are interested or know someone who might be, then please do follow or share our link.

Cleaner Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School is looking for a dedicated individual to join our happy and hardworking team in providing efficient and effective cleaning. The successful applicant will b...

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 13/11/2022

Wow! Everyone at Hilltop would like to say a huge thank you to the team of volunteers from the Hilltop family who spent yesterday morning planting over 100 trees. We are creating a new forest school and outdoor play area for our children to access for years to come. This is part of our ongoing improvement plans and will support our progress towards becoming an Eco school.


Monday 17th October will see the start of our Travel SMART week

Throughout the week, we will be encouraging children to find healthier modes of transport on their journey to school. Those who do so will receive tickets, entering them into a prize draw for well over 30 fabulous prizes, including 3 BRAND NEW scooters!
More information on how this will work (including for those that live out of Ashbourne) and why active travel is especially important for our school community will be sent out in the coming week. 🛴🚲🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 30/09/2022

Our first inter-school sports event of the year was a huge success. The Year 3 and 4 children showed great sportsmanship, teamwork and perseverance. Each of our four teams played four matches against other schools - we scored lots of goals and showed some fantastic skill, even winning some of our matches. Most of all we had great fun and cannot wait for the next event.


We are looking to appoint a Caretaker to look after our wonderful school. Please see the full job listing on the Derbyshire jobs website for more details and to apply. The link you clicked, or the URL you typed into your browser, didn't work for some reason. Here are some possible reasons why:


We are looking to appoint a caring and enthusiastic Midday Supervisor to join our team at Hilltop! For full details, please see the job advert and how to apply on the Derbyshire jobs website. The link you clicked, or the URL you typed into your browser, didn't work for some reason. Here are some possible reasons why:


This Summer Holiday - Holiday Heroes is BACK!

Exciting themed weeks, with day trips and fun packed activities are planned throughout the holidays.

Holiday Heroes also offer sibling discounts and they have secured a limited number of FREE places, for low income families.

Please contact Holiday Heroes directly for any information or queries

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 25/06/2022

Wow, wow and WOW again! The Hilltop community came out in force today and it made for a fantastic Summer Fair.

From helpers, to PTA, to staff, to parents and families and friends seeing you all today (whether helping or having fun!) was just wonderful.

Thank YOU for making the Ashbourne Hilltop Summer Fair 2022 a resounding success! We have raised an UNBELIEVABLE £1945, which will go straight back in to making our school the absolute best it can be.

Roll on next year 😁😁


Everyone at Hilltop would like to say a HUGE thank you to our fabulous PTA who recently funded all 40 tonnes of sand for our newly installed Hilltop Beach! All of the money raised by our PTA goes directly towards improvements for our pupils.
Today have our PTA organised Summer Fayre from 11am until 2pm. Please do come down if you can to support.



The 🌞🌻 SUMMER FAIR 🌻🌞 is back!!

Come rain or shine we will be there from 11-2 (fingers crossed for the sun, please 🌞🌞🌞🌞) bringing you a FANTASTIC range of entertainment, stalls, food and refreshments.

Entry is FREE and there is no need to buy a ticket - just come along and join in the family friendly fun, organised by our wonderful PTA.

Don’t miss out on:


and most importantly…. SOAK THE TEACHER


A Fantastic time was had by all in a very enjoyable (and very loud!) music assembly this morning 🎶🎶

Thank you to all at Hot House Music Derby!

Had a great time visiting Ashbourne Hilltop Primary School this morning!
Looking forward to teaching some new and

Photos from Ashbourne Hilltop School's post 08/06/2022

On Friday 27th May we held a garden party in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The children, parents, staff and guests from the community had a wonderful afternoon and we were very lucky that the sun shone down on us too.

Thank you very much to all of the people who attended and made the event such a success!

Photos from Ashbourne Lodge Care Home's post 07/06/2022

It was a fabulous day! We will have more photos and videos to follow shortly.
Thank you to everyone who made it happen.


On Friday 27th May we are holding a Jubilee Garden Party at school. We would be really grateful if anyone has any garden games that they are able to let us use for the afternoon.

If you have anything, please let us know at school. Thank you very much!

Photos from Global Education Derby's post 05/05/2022

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