When they leave the centre, they are well on course to achieving in all areas of the curriculum. Excellent behaviour, high-quality teaching, excellent relationhips between parents, staff and children, strong special needs services and very good leadership and management make Hillfields one of the early excellence centre initiative's outstanding successes. Inspectors said that Hillfields played a central part in many families' lives, meeting the needs of adults, as well as children. Head of the centre Sheila Thorpe said: "Previous OFSTED inspections were like school inspections and that does not indicate the wide range of things going on here. We meet the needs of the whole family and we do it from the time a child is born."