Hillcrest Vision & Ethos

The vision of Hillcrest International Schools is for each child to achieve personal excellence as a valuable member of our global community.

At all stages of learning, we set out to inspire, encourage and empower the children to achieve this vision and to live their lives by the strong values that our schools reflect:


Respect – for ourselves, each other, our community, the environment

A truly international school, with a large diversity of cultures and backgrounds, Hillcrest is built on a philosophy of inclusion, cooperation and mutual respect for each other as well as an awareness and confidence in ourselves. Our mainstay is to nurture confident, well adjusted, socially responsible young citizens who have respect for, and make the most of, the richly varied environment and community in which they have the privilege to live and learn.

Through involvement in our wider community and the country in which we live, students enhance their learning experience, develop compassion and empathy, and contribute toward the growth and development of the community.

Experiential learning encourages our students to develop resilience, independence and teamwork.  Giving life to lessons from the classroom, it provides a richer contextual reference. Hillcrest students are encouraged to develop an understanding for the world around them, building skills such as interpersonal communication, cooperation and an understanding for different environments and cultures.


Curiosity – to discover, explore and develop personal interests and strengths

Research suggests that intellectual curiosity has as big an effect on performance as hard work.  Our students are preparing for jobs that did not exist when they started their schooling career.

Recognising that each child is unique with their own individual talents and strengths, we believe that learning is a journey of exploration and discovery.  A spirit of curiosity to investigate a subject in greater depth or to try out an entirely new skill is encouraged at every stage.  By offering a broad range of subjects and learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, students are encouraged to explore new and diverse areas – to discover and develop their personal strengths.  Individual research and discovery is further encouraged.

Our small class sizes also enable teachers to give pupils individual attention.  This individualised approach to each child’s development encourages enthusiasm for learning with the freedom and confidence to think differently and to aim high.


Independence – to develop self-motivation and purposefulness to learn on an independent basis

At Hillcrest we believe that if children enjoy learning they carry this attribute through to the rest of their lives.  As such a love of learning and the opportunity to expand horizons on an independent basis are encouraged from the early days of creative interaction in HEY through to the academic heights of A Level research projects in Hillcrest Secondary.

Opportunities are provided for students to take ownership of their learning at appropriate levels, encouraging them to experiment, explore and enquire to expand and enhance their knowledge as they grow in confidence and independence.  Students are encouraged and empowered to work independently as well as in collaborative groups — whatever their age.


Determination – to strive to achieve

The challenges presented at Hillcrest through the breadth of opportunity offered, the diversity of activities as well as the quality of the learning experiences, stretch our students to do their best and aim high.  A sense of determination to achieve personal excellence is instilled in the process of developing character, critical thinking skills and individual talents.

Our personalised approach to learning enables our teachers to match and stretch the individual students of all levels to achieve their best, as we are keenly aware that good academic qualifications contribute to improved career opportunities.  We also recognise the fact that high levels of achievement are a collaborative effort and at Hillcrest, students, staff and parents work closely together in order to achieve exemplary results.  

Not only in academics but in all areas, students are taught to try and try again until they achieve their best – and to take a leadership role in the process.  In the artistic sphere, talented and expert teachers encourage a balance between mastering techniques with the need for self-expression.  On the sports field, students compete in team and individual sports to a high level.  In extra-curricular activities students are encouraged to explore new opportunities and even create new Clubs to explore their passions.

Our alumni are a true demonstration of success achieved in the most diverse fields possible.  A programme of talks by visiting Alumni is designed to encourage our students to recognise the full breadth of opportunities open to them.