Exciting new Events and Classes from January 2019

A key priority for Family Learning is to extend the programme in school for family members (parents, grandparents, carers and siblings) of Hillcrest children which has been very successful in the Autumn Term. As well as building their own skills, the aim is to enable parents to understand and support their children’s learning, contribute to the economic well-being of the family and help children to reach their full academic potential. Classes have been planned at the request of parents or as a result of needs identified by staff. The programme is driven by our Chair of Governors, Executive Principal and Principal to contribute to the Academy Improvement Plan and meet Ofsted objectives.

There is a free crèche available for any younger siblings during all of the below courses.

Require Further Information?

Contact Louise Cornwell  on 0113 262 4080


Where will classes be held?

All classes are held on the top floor in the Family Learning area at Hillcrest Academy, supported by crèche provision in the adjoining room. For safeguarding purposes, separate access is through the side entrance to school and up the stairs or via the lift.

Is there a cost?

All courses are funded by Leeds City Council Adult or Family Learning budgets and are free to parents/families of children in the school who are in receipt of most benefits (or whose husbands, wives or partners are), aged 19+. Leeds City Council is keen to support Hillcrest Academy as it is located in a priority geographic area.

Enrolment to classes

Please actively promote and refer parents, grandparents, carers and older siblings of Hillcrest children to all classes, ensuring suitability for and interest in the programme; especially those staff who have a lot of contact with families. Please check there are crèche places available if needed and ask them to book a place when they enrol on a course. Enrolment registers will be held in the office. We are aiming for at least 10 attendees in all classes. Parents may attend more than one course although regular attendance is important to ensure continuity of funding. We aim to attract as many different parents to courses as possible.

Ursula Wyatt, Family Support Worker, is taking on the lead on recruitment supported by Karen Goldthorp, Business Manager. Please check exact delivery dates and address any queries or interested parents to Ursula in the first instance.

Also in school…

Volunteer Support from Leeds Universities
Volunteers from Leeds Beckett University and The University of Leeds will be working in school in the spring term once again to hear children read and support class teachers in a variety of ways. This has been proved a very successful way of offering extra support for children to improve their English and reading skills over the past year. Please speak to Evelyn McDonnell in the first instance if you would be interested in having volunteer support.

Referrals to provision at PATH (Yorkshire) to support parents looking for work
We are working in partnership with PATH (Yorkshire), a well-established voluntary organisation based at 27 Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton, to refer parents or older siblings who are out of work or in low paid or zero hours contracts to programmes they are running which provide 1-1 professional support. Please speak to Ursula if you have any parents who may benefit from the free help they are able to offer. A promotional leaflet will be available in January setting out the services they can provide for Hillcrest parents.