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Covid Recovery

Covid-19 Risk Assessment May 2021

Covid Recovery Project

Thankyou to everyone who returned the parent survey. Following the results I have planned the following for the next few weeks -

Tuesday 11th May 8-9pm - video chat on the subject of “survival skills – what worked for you?”

Friday 14th May 11-12am – video chat on the subject of “looking forward to facing the summer holidays”

Wednesday 2nd June – families meet at Astley Park for a walk, play and picnic 10.30am at main car park

Tuesday 15 June   8 - 9pm- Video chat - Pandemic and beyond

Friday 25 June 11:30 - 1:30 - Walk and picnic for parents / carers (pre-schoolers welcome) Brockholes Nature Reserve (just off M6 Junction 31)

Friday 2 July 11:00 - 12noon - Video chat – summer holiday ideas

If you wish to join any of the above please contact Alison on or via chat books / school phone number, and leave a message for Alison. If you wish to join the park meet and need help with transport please let me know.

If a different date / time for the video chats would suit you better I can be flexible.


Alison Pettitt

Siblings Award Nominees

This is 6 year old Sophia. Her brother Max really struggled during lockdown, and her sleep was often disrupted, her toys broken and her mummy and daddy had to attend to Max first many times.

Descibed as “an absolute star” her mum says Sophia never complained, nor did she cry. She is always checking that her brother is ok, sharing what she has with him, and comforting him when he is upset.




Meet 11 year old Maddie, who has two sisters who attend Hillside.

Maddie says she loves Katy and Grace just the way they are.

Described by staff as “an inspiration” and a “ray of positive sunshine” Maddie helps to settle her sisters back to sleep at night, misses out on many family events, and never complains.



We are proud to present an amazing young lady - 22 year old Emma, who was nominated by her mum.

She was described by her mum as “our absolute rock”.

Emma is always there for her brother, and gives her time freely to talk him down if he goes into crisis. She fixes his IT equipment and he adores her.

Here she is with her brother Elliot.

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Our next Super Sibling is 8 year old Fatima. Her brother Mohammed is in our Early Years class.

Fatima’s mum described her as cooperative, helpful and caring, and during lockdown she helped loads by playing with Mohammed and helping him get to the toilet on time.

What a superstar! Here she is with Mohammed and her other 2 brothers.



Our next nominee is 5 year old Layla. Her big sister Maissie is a pupil at Hillside, and Layla is always trying to include her in her play,

and help mum with her care. Mum Leanne has described her as “ a caring little girl who loves her sister lots”.



Introducing 7 year old Lewis, who has a sister in our Early Years class.

Lewis plays with Lauren lots – blowing bubbles for her, tickling her and having fun with her in the garden.

If she is upset he comforts her, and soon cheers her up.

Mum Rebecca says “they have the most beautiful bond”.



Our next Super Sibling Nominee is a pupil at Hillside who became a big brother right at the beginning of lockdown. He has made his family so proud by coping so well with this big change at such a difficult time.

Nathan is very gentle with his baby sister Meghan, and looks out for her with a big smile.



Meet the fabulous Ella, who is 4 years old.

Ella has 2 older brothers who attend Hillside.

Ella was nominated by a member of staff who described her as “a very special little girl”. Her mum says she talks for her boys when they are not understood, and always shares her things with them. Despite her young age she is more like a big sister to them.

What a superstar!



We are delighted to introduce 6 year old Annabel, who has a 5 year old brother in our Early Years class.

Mum said Annabel put her own needs second to Jakey’s during the lockdown, reading to him and playing with his favourite toys – dinosaurs. She would let him watch his favourite programmes on TV and made her mum very proud!



13 year old Ted has an older brother who attends Hillside’s college. During the lockdown Ted had to work very hard at his school work whilst his mum was often busy attending to Peter’s needs. He frequently had to take his daily exercise alone, and needed to be very patient as his brother struggled with the restrictions on his life during the pandemic.

What an amazing young man!



Charlotte is 12 and has an older brother who attends Hillside School.

Described by mum as “a brilliant young lady who loves her brother”, she spent the whole lockdown at home with Jacob, supporting, laughing and playing with him. She managed to keep out of the way during the more difficult moments, and we agree with mum that she is a superstar of the highest order!



This is Beverley, whose older brother attends Hillside.

She was nominated by a member of staff, who said she has been a superstar helping her mum through the lockdowns and school closures.

Mum said “Bev helps Darren on daily basis, she plays and shares everything with him.”

What a fabulous sister!



Amber is 16 and has been preparing for her GCSE’s during the pandemic.

Her younger brother attends Hillside School.

Amber was nominated for a Super Sibling Award by her mum, who said she “has helped with Alex, encouraging him to do his home schooling. She is a wonderful helpful sister.”



Contact Us

Hillside Specialist School and College

Ribchester Road, Longridge,
Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3XB

Liz Ascroft, School Business Manager

T| 01772 782205


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