"From the very first moment of our initial visit to Hitherfield, it has felt a lot like home to our son, TJ. The teachers and staff show a sincere and constant effort to help each child develop a strong sense of self , and of citizenship in a supportive and inclusive school community. Academically, our son began to progress immediately and his whole outlook on learning changed for the better . The lessons and assignments are designed to be of relevance to the students lives and interests. Each child's strengths are highlighted and their challenges supported on an ongoing basis. Our son truly believes that all the efforts made by the teachers are in his long term best interest. In turn, his efforts are strong and he is continually rewarded for that. The results of this "learning cycle" have far exceeded our hopes of what a" school" could achieve for a child. The school's creed is to " develop confident and independent learners, eager to achieve their personal best in a rapidly changing world." This goal is achieved not only in academics, but in school trips, the annual school production, a growing sports and physical activity program and many social and charity events at the school and throughout the community. It seems cliche to say that Hitherfield is like a big family. They have created a family oriented, yet extremely professional, educational environment.. Hitherfield has become a home away from home for our son, where there are expectations to be met, contributions to be made and loving support of the results. For that we are truly grateful."