School Name Hilden Integrated Primary
School Address 4 Bridge Street, Hilden, LISBURN BT27 4RZ
Tel and Fax  028 9260 5357
Principalís Name  Ms E I Brennan
Chair of Board of Governors   Mrs P Nelson

Hilden IPS is one of the oldest schools in the Lisburn area.  It was formerly a private National school established in the mid-nineteenth century by the Barbour family, owners of Hilden Mill, to educate the mill employees and their families.  The present building dates from 1913 and was completely refurbished in 1996.  In status the school is now controlled by the South Eastern Education and Library Board, fully funded by the Department of Education (DENI) through SEELB but in keeping with its history of providing both secular and religious education for the children of all families according to their needs and wishes, Hilden is an Integrated school.

We are a small school, a family or a school community.  While many of our children live within walking distance about one third travel from all over Lisburn and beyond.  At present we have approximately 70 children annually on rolls divided into 4 class groupings, the largest Primary 4/5 has 20 children, the smallest, Primary 2/3 has 15 children.  In a composite class (where 2, or more, age groups are taught by the same teacher) literacy and numeracy are taught individually or in small groups according to ability.  In other subject areas, topics are taught in a 2-year cycle with childrenís activities differentiated to match the ability of the groups.  At some times groups are arranged by ability, at other times children with varying abilities work together.  After Primary 7, children proceed to various second level schools in both Lisburn and Belfast. 

Religious Education, using the NI Core Syllabus is taught daily to all children unless parents wish to opt their children out of class.  Provision by parents can be made for some minority religions.  Weekly, provision is made for Roman Catholic children to be prepared for the Sacraments of first Holy Communion, KS1 and Confirmation, KS2.

Children and the whole school family frequently participate in local community events, sharing Harvest gifts with elderly people, competing in local inter-school competitions and national competitions.  Visits to places of interest help to broaden childrenís experiences and help to relate the curriculum to their knowledge and experiences.  In recent years the older children, Primary 6/7, have had opportunity to participate in a Residential school trip with our EMU partner school, Annsborough IPS, Castlewellan. 

When school was no longer managed privately by the Mill, a Trust Fund was established by the Company to continue the historic benevolence of the Mill to School.  This fund is used annually by school for activities or treats not normally provided by School Budget such as hire of recreational facilities for KS2 pupils for swimming, PE and clubs, school milk daily, a visit to a pantomime at Christmas and improvement of the school grounds to provide interesting areas for children and habitats for local wildlife.

In addition we have a Parent Teacher Association whose committee each year works hard to raise additional funds for school.  This we spend on furnishings or equipment as required.

We are happy that you have taken time to read about our school, we are very proud of our children both in school and on school outings and they take great pride in their school.  Whether you live in Lisburn or plan to move to Lisburn and would like more information please contact us.  Primary 7 children will be happy to show you around and to talk with you.