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Hillside School offers young people a broad, general education based upon the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.

Presently, our young people learn across the following curricular areas: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Rural Skills, Life Skills and Personal Development, Health and Wellbeing, Woodworking, Art and Design, Physical Education, Religious and Moral Education, and Social Studies.
Support for Learning
Our Support for Learning Teacher carries out a range of assessments of young people at admission and co- ordinates regular one-to-one and in-class support for those young people who require it

Accreditation and Achievement
Young people at Hillside enjoy many opportunities for accreditation and achievement with a very good record of SQA attainment. We teach SQA Access and Intermediate courses as well as SQA National Courses. All young people in Fourth and Fifth Year can access work, volunteering, and other placements in the local community.

Each young person works with his Key Team and with external agencies such as Skills Development Scotland, Fife NHS, Fife College, Youth 1st, and various social enterprises and local businesses to ensure that additional learning opportunities are available, particularly around transitions.

We offer 21 hours of timetabled education per week with a variety of out-of-school opportunities such as: badminton club, Eco-Schools, reading support, and internet club. Our teachers have full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and all education staff are trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI).

Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, and parents and carers are always welcome to look around the school and meet with education staff and a young person’s Key Team.

Quality Assurance


The School has developed a productive internal quality assurance programme and is subject to regular HMIe and Care Commission Inspections.


School Improvement


The school strives for excellence and has formulated a strategic 2 year improvement
plan which is reviewed throughout the period on a regular basis utilising a participatory and consultative approach.




Classrooms are of a high standard and offer an environment which stimulates, motivates and facilitates good quality learning.
They are well equipped with the latest Interactive Whiteboard technology. Each classroom has at least two computers linked to a fully networked computer system with age-appropriate web filtering.
We have an Internet Technology suite which is well utilised by the pupils for instruction, research and creativity.
Science, Craft and Woodwork , Art and Learning Support classrooms and a well- stocked Library provide further academic and vocational opportunities.
The school is equipped with a Fitness suite with the latest exercise machines, and a Multi Media suite equipped with a range of musical instruments,  decks and a PA system. The Media Room also has a Video Conferencing facility and an Apple Macintosh Computer with music and sound production software linked to the Sound Room.