School & Catchment Area

About Us

The School & Catchment Area

Hillside School is a co-educational primary academy school for pupils between the ages of 3 and 11 years. It serves the Maidenhall and Stoke areas of south-west Ipswich. The two-storey building was built originally in 1937 with extensions added in 1951, 2004, 2014 and 2018 - when we were excited to open our brand new Music Room. We also have additional areas for interventions, two halls, a library, an ICT suite and a separate Nursery building (eighty part-time places).


There are two spacious playgrounds and a large playing field. The school is situated in superb grounds which provide a very pleasant environment and offer excellent views of the river and the surrounding countryside.


Within our grounds, the children enjoy the resources of a wild area (including a pond), vegetable beds and adventure playground equipment for each Key Stage. Our Early Years Department has two enclosed hard-play and grassed areas.


The school is located in a prime position to enable children to learn from a rich local environment. The railway station, Royal Mail sorting office, docks, river, town centre, museums, Jerwood Dance Studio and historic buildings are all within easy reach.


Hillside is well established in the community and provides a broad education for its pupils. We aim to encourage each child to develop to their full potential, not only academically and socially, but in the arts and in sporting activities too. There are links with local churches, uniformed organisations and businesses.