Hinchliff Hillary (cropped)
Hillary Hinchliff

Hilary has been head teacher at St. Silas CE Primary School in Blackburn for 8 years.


St. Silas is a 2 form entry Primary School - almost all pupils are Asian Heritage with most having English as an additional language. They recently moved in to a RIBA multi award winning school building in 2012.


Prior to headship, Hilary has been a class teacher, SENCO, Behaviour support teacher, Learning support advisory teacher, and Head of a PRU.  This unorthodox route into headship, has given her a different outlook on learning and learners.


St Silas has a strong culture of coaching and have recently become more heavily involved in practitioner research, with the support of a number of different universities.


St Silas became involved with the Slow Education Movement 2 years ago and were ecstatic to find like minded colleagues to network with and to share good practice.


"The day was superb, and although full of plenty of deep thinking, it also had a very relaxed and welcoming feel to it." - Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
"Well done for the Festival. The sessions I attended were excellent!" - Andy Smart, Publishing Consultant, The Independent    
I found LFE a truly inspiring occasion. It had lively, stimulating and relaxing environment where all the participants were able to enjoy the enriching festival activities, at the same time adding to their knowledge the experiences of different aspects of education.- Kausar Ali, Teacher and Contributor
"...Both ourselves and our very passionate group of students so much valued being part of and contributing to such a superb and stimulating event...such a buzz and such a creative and thought provoking buzz seemed to be everywhere and we really felt the benefit." - Paul Morall, Chickenshed
"...the Festival was absolutely fantastic. It was lively, stimulating, imaginative and fun. My own regret is not being able to attend all the sessions. Congratulations. What an achievement." - Anne Nicholls, Communications and PR consultant, AN Communications