Hilden Oaks School & Nursery is a day preparatory school and nursery for boys and girls aged 3 months to 11 years. Boys and girls are prepared for the 11+ and Common Entrance examinations, gaining excellent results. It is a happy, family school where every child is encouraged to develop their potential in a caring, stimulating, safe and purposeful environment. We maintain high academic standards whilst expecting good manners and consideration for others at all times. Specialist teachers take children for Science, ICT, French, Music and Games.
Hilden Oaks School awarded international Quality Mark for Values Based Education
Hilden Oaks School and Nursery, in Tonbridge, has become just the third school in Kent to be awarded the International Values Education Trust (IVET), Values Quality Mark.
Hilden Oaks School and Nursery, in Tonbridge, has become just the third school in Kent to be awarded the International Values Education Trust (IVET), Values Quality Mark. This is a recognition of the school’s implementation and use of Values based Education (VbE).
Katy Joiner, Headmistress of Hilden Oaks said, “I introduced Values based Education to Hilden Oaks when I became Headmistress two years ago. I believe that has helped to develop a school culture where all members of the school community feel respected and valued and want to extend that same respect to each other. This creates secure foundation for pupils to challenge themselves and to take responsibility for their own learning. It also provides a common vocabulary for pupils and staff alike to express their thoughts and emotions in a way that encourages true emotional intelligence.”
Hilden Oaks is a non-selective, co-educational independent prep school and nursery for children from three months to eleven years. It has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence with the overwhelming majority of children going on to their secondary school of choice, whether that be independent, grammar or non- selective state sector. It is also widely recognised as offering a family-centred, nurturing and caring environment and this is reinforced by the award of the VbE Quality Mark.
VbE is a successful worldwide transformational movement for positive change in education. It empowers schools to underpin their life and curriculum with universal positive human values such as respect, integrity, honesty and compassion. It is an approach that creates an inspirational learning environment and enhances pupils’ academic attainment. It also supports pupils in developing strong social and interpersonal skills that nurture an enhanced appreciation of and respect for the feelings of others and increased self-confidence.
The school has adopted a suite of values, which were selected by pupils, parents and staff and each value becomes a focus for one month. Children are rewarded for demonstrating the desired values with wooden acorns which are collected to win whole school prizes. Children can also nominate staff members for recognition and parents can also nominate children for positive values-based behaviour demonstrated away from the school setting.
In recommending that the school be awarded the VbE Quality Mark, the inspector noted,
‘Being an Independent School, the expectations are that academic standards will be very high. They are indeed high; however, the children are supported and nurtured to reach these standards and the pressure seen at some schools with such expectations is not visible. The children are settled, happy and seem to love coming to school. Parents are delighted with the school.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC) flows through the school. The links between values and social/emotional behaviour is extremely strong and the maturity the children have in linking these areas to their academic learning is impressive.
The overall atmosphere of this highly achieving, successful school is one of nurturing and care for the whole school community.’
Hilden Oaks children raise over £2,000 for Cancer Research UK
On Thursday 18th May, every child at Hilden Oaks School, from Reception to Year 6, took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life Schools’ 5k run, raising a phenomenal £2,000 and counting...
The school smashed its original fundraising target of £750, raising more than £2,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Demonstrating typical Hilden Oaks values of kindness and consideration, the older children buddied up with younger children, encouraging and supporting them around the course. Several parents and staff also took part in the 5k run, with one father carrying his child around the course on his shoulders, and a few toddlers completing the course in buggies pushed by their mothers.
It was a drizzly and dreary afternoon, but this did not dampen spirits, and Emily (Year 5) completed the race in first place in a stunning 23 minutes and 55 seconds.
Head of PE, Mrs Sizer, said: “The children had a great afternoon, and were very enthusiastic even when the heavens opened. Emily’s performance was outstanding. I am very proud of all the girls and boys for taking part.”
Hilden Oaks children, parents and staff spent a week of the Easter holidays skiing in France...
A group of 21 Hilden Oaks children, parents and staff spent a sunny week skiing in Les Menuires during the Easter holidays. The group had a fabulous time, with fun-packed days and evenings, and with all the children passing their different ski school levels.
Described by the children as “the best trip ever”, they attended morning and afternoon sessions at ski school, freeing up parents to ski elsewhere in the Trois Vallées. Everyone returned to the hotel for delicious evening meals and a good catch-up. Après ski activities included a quiz, bum boarding, board games, and a hair-raising ride on “Speed Mountain” (with some children ignoring the brake, giving their passengers a slightly more exhilarating ride than anticipated).
The trip will be remembered for laughter, hot chocolate, skiing across puddles (the sun turned the slopes rather slushy in the afternoons) and the fantastic towel creations prepared by the children every morning at room inspection.
Thanks go to the staff who led the trip for their fantastic organisational skills and their can-do attitude.
A beautiful March morning saw Hilden Oaks’ Year 2 children heading to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to learn more about this term's science topic: "Living things and their habitat".
The children spent an absorbing day minibeast hunting, pond dipping, bird spotting, investigating microhabitats and walking in the woodlands, led by friendly and knowledgeable staff from the Reserve.
On the bug hunt, the children discovered some fine examples of beetles and grubs, and were thrilled with their major coup of the day - locating a sleepy lizard in its cosy hiding place.
A remarkable number of creatures were found in the pond, with several diving beetles on the move, and mayfly, ghost, beetle and gnat larvae in large numbers. The children studied these aquatic minibeasts up close under a magnifying glass.
Year 2 were very quiet whilst they were in the hide. They used binoculars to spot some herons nesting, as well as a beautiful buzzard. There was also a hungry robin in evidence at lunchtime, which was very helpful when it came to tidying up the packed lunches.
Following a successful scavenger hunt, the children created some natural art.
Deputy Head Sharon Wade, who accompanied the children on the outing, said: “It was a busy, informative and fun-packed day, and really helped to bring the habitats topic to life for the children”.
Seven members of staff at Hilden Oaks School & Nursery, and two of their partners, took part in the 2017 London Winter Run at the weekend, raising over £700 for Cancer Research UK.
The organiser of the team was maths specialist teacher Suzi Fisher, whose enthusiasm for the event encouraged three rookie 10k runners to join the team.
17,000 runners ran the course, starting in Trafalgar Square, passing St Paul’s Cathedral, a “penguin party” complete with snow blowers, and finishing by the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
A combined time of 7 hours and 4 minutes (for the Hilden Oaks staff only) meant that Deputy Headmistress Sharon Wade won the school sweepstake.
The team were delighted with their success, and with the still-growing total raised for charity. Suzi Fisher said: “The staff at Hilden Oaks all get on really well together so we had a fantastic day out. There was a great atmosphere, and the team worked really well together, creating some wonderful memories in the process. We intend to do something similar again in the near future.”
Hilden Oaks parents and children had a wonderful Saturday out in January, with a thrilling tour of Wembley Stadium.
On a sparkling January morning, as a finale to the school football season, 31 adults and children from Hilden Oaks set off for a grand day out at Wembley Stadium.
The group's private tour took in not only the areas of the stadium open to the public, but also the dressing rooms and the Royal Box.
The tour guide was a font of knowledge, volunteering many interesting facts about football matches played there, as well as events that had taken place over the years. He also knew a huge number of fascinating and obscure details. Did you know that the stadium has a circumference of 1km? Or that the roof is over 11 acres in area, of which four of the acres are retractable?
The Royal Box was a highlight of the tour, with children and parents having photos taken with a replica FA Cup.
Next on the agenda is a trip to a live football match. Watch this space...
In order to broaden the experience of our children and to enrich their learning, Years 1-6 spend "Creative Curriculum Time" each half of term working on topics not covered by the national curriculum. The latest topic explored was "The Georgians".
Workshops for Key Stage 1 children included learning about Georgian fashions.The children compared today’s styles with Georgian clothing and made lollipop stick people wearing period dress.
There was a workshop where the children were able to research crime and punishment in Georgian times, as Sir Robert Peel set up the Metropolitan Police in the late Georgian period.
Other workshops for this age group included learning about Georgian houses and creating models of sedan chairs.
Key Stage 2 children found out about famous Georgian people. At the beginning of the day, their knowledge was fairly limited - however when they were tested in assembly the following day, they were able to talk about people such as Marie Antoinette and Lord Nelson with confidence.
Board games and card games depicting well-known characters were invented and played by the children, including Georgian Top Trumps, Georgian Guess Who and Georgian Headbandz.
Pictures of half a Georgian house were completed by the children, illustrating the symmetry of the architecture of the era.
There was a very interesting workshop about the French Revolution. The children created a timeline of events, and learnt that suggesting you eat cake in a time of great shortages may lead to a sticky end!
One of the most popular workshops was run by an actor, Stephen Mortimer, who came in especially for the day. He taught the children about the Napoleonic Wars. The stage managed battle re-enactments were something the children will remember for years to come!
As a culmination of their term studying the Victorians, Hilden Oaks' Year 6 spent a day at Leeds Castle finding out more about the subject, including some tricky lessons...
The children arrived at Leeds Castle and were immediately expected to take on the role of children in a Victorian school. Two very strict teachers gave lessons in etiquette and deportment, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They were then formally introduced to Lord Philip and Lady Elizabeth, who took them on a guided tour of the castle to show them the Christmas decorations and Beatrix Potter exhibition.
In the afternoon, the children learned all about Victorian Christmas tradtions and how they have influenced how we celebrate Christmas today.
It was a memorable day out, which really opened the children's eyes to how we used to live, and gave them a clearer idea of how the past can shape the present day.
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