Active Learning Trust

About Us

Active Learning Trust

Our Sponsor, Active Learning Trust

On 1st July 2014, Hillside Primary School converted to an Academy Trust sponsorship from Local Authority control.  

The Trust selected by the school Governors of the time was The Active Learning Trust.  This Trust was selected over other sponsors due to the values that were shared between the school and the sponsor.

For more information on the trust please visit:

For ALT's funding agreement, memorandum of association, articles of association, annual report, annual audited accounts, please visit:

To learn more about ALT's members and Trustees, please visit:

None of the employees at the school are paid more than £100,000 per annum. 


To locate the school's report on the Schools Financial Benchmarking Service, please visit:

The Active Learning Trust's Values


Our values

  • We recognise that each school is different – we don’t look to impose a corporate style or identity on schools but we do have a common approach to maintaining the highest expectations.

  • We believe our role is to help schools achieve excellence through the provision of support, advice and challenge of the highest quality.

  • We are committed to a collaborative approach to our work, based on a shared understanding of what needs to be done, by whom  and by when, in order to maximise the impact of our work

  • The Active Learning Trust seeks to promote a tolerant and informed view of the world and holds no political, cultural or religious affiliations.  These core values underpin our commitment to provide the highest quality education for all our pupils so that they can go on to live fulfilling and responsible lives as active citizens.  

  • We will always be open and honest in our communications and we welcome feedback.

  • We always do what we say we will do.

  • We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do.

  • Our staff can expect support and advice of the highest quality, clarity about the expectations we have of them and the right and responsibility to share successes and concerns.

  • We believe pupils in schools that are part of the Trust have the right to an excellent education and a responsibility to positively take part in school and community life to the best of their ability.

  • We believe that parents are an important part of a child’s education and it is the responsibility of the Trust and schools to engage positively with parents to secure their support to raise attainment.

  • We believe that strong Local Governing Bodies, acting as part of the Trust’s monitoring and evaluation of progress, are key partners to success.

Friends of Hillside

Friends of Hillside (PTA) provide valuable support to Hillside School, by organising fundraising events such as school fetes, arranging discos and participating in other events throughout the year.

New parents and existing are very welcome to get involved with the PTA.

Please contact the school office or email for more information on how to join Friends of Hillside.


We let our sports halls for community hire.  These are externally run classes open for new members so please get in touch using the website links below if you would like to join a club.


If you would like to find out about hiring our facilities, please contact either the Site Manager or the Business Manager, via the School Office, to discuss your plans.



Urban Allstar Majorettes - Tuesday & Thursday

PeeWee and Juvenile training 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Junior and Senior training 7.30pm until 9.30pm


1st Westgate Rainbows - Wednesday 5.30pm until 6.30pm   


19th Ipswich Brownies - Wednesday 6.30pm until 7.45pm