St Hilary’s School

St Hilary’s is an independent preparatory day school which provides a stimulating, safe environment in which boys up to 7 and girls up to 11 can develop, be happy and flourish. Situated in the heart of Godalming, St Hilary’s prides itself on providing an outstanding all-round education, equipping pupils not only with strong academic standards but also the essential qualities and skills required beyond their time at our school.

3 May 2018
South East
Local Alliances:
Godalming Dementia Action Alliance, Surrey Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We aim to help those living with dementia and their families and carers make their everyday lives easier, by being involved with community projects, promoting awareness and supporting the charity. 

By becoming dementia friendly it is hoped that St. Hilary’s  will help to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding about dementia
  • Reduce stigma
  • Improve community cohesion

 We want to ensure that people living with dementia are able to remain active and included members in our community.  From parents or grandparents who attend the school to staff who may have family members with dementia, to children meeting people with dementia in their future paths, we want to ensure that those people maintain their independence for as long as possible, are treated with understanding and respect and receive support when necessary.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The stigma attached to dementia is a real issue and we aim to spread the word that it needn’t be; we already have staff and their families openly talking about dementia and the impact it has on people’s lives. By spreading the word and involving people we can make our school and local community a more dementia friendly place to live.


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2. Actions

  • Create better signage and a comfortable environment

    What we will do:

     Create better signage and a comfortable environment

    How we will do it:

    We are also currently working on having clear signing to areas around the school.

     We are in the process of ensuring that our reception areas and meeting rooms are all uncluttered and calm environments thereby reducing any distress due to visual or audio stimulation.

    Being implemented
  • Increase staff and community awareness

    What we will do:

     Increase staff and community awareness

    How we will do it:

    We have invited every member of staff to attend a Dementia Friends Session on May 3rd led by Penny Giles (Dementia Navigator) and Mary Baker (Godalming Dementia Action Alliance Chair). 

    The Head teacher will be delivering a whole school assembly on May 21st as part of ‘Dementia Awareness week.’

     We will ensure that our staff are aware and supported in this respect both at work and in their personal lives.

     The school will discuss Dementia and enable all, to spread the word within our school and  local community.

  • Increase Pupil Knowledge and Understanding

    What we will do:

    Increase Pupil Knowledge and Understanding

    How we will do it:

    An understanding, knowledge and awareness of dementia will be filtered down to all children in the school through PSCHE lessons and the curriculum.  We hope that by using storybooks, memory games and object handling we can teach children about dementia, encourage them to ask any questions and to share their feelings with friends and family.

    Learning a bit more about dementia will support St. Hilary’s pupils education in a number of areas:

    • Understanding ageing
    • Dealing with loss
    • Learning how people used to live
    • Becoming more active in their community
    • Building intergenerational relationships
    • Reinforcing messages about a healthy lifestyle.