Holly House School

Providing Positive Experiences for Children


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Welcome to Holly House School

Providing Positive Experiences for children.

 Welcome to Holly House

Holly House School is a co-educational residential special school catering for pupils with severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties that impact on their behaviour. Pupils are aged  between 7 & 14 years (Key Stage 2 and 3). The school offers up to 43 day places and can provide 8 residential placements on any one night.  Holly House is the only school in Derbyshire of its kind.

The general profile of a Holly House pupil is a boy (though we do now have two girls) with behavioural difficulties and associated disorders that have caused problems in mainstream schools. They may have been excluded or close to permanent exclusion and have missed parts of their education. They may have been on part-time timetables or educated away from the main class. Academically the pupils are potentially at or just below national expectations, but in previous placements they have not managed to achieve this potential. All pupils admitted to Holly House have an Education & Health Care Plan. More recently pupils admitted to the school have more complex needs and we have seen a rise in the number of pupils with a diagnosis of Autism. We accept that most Holly House pupils lack the skills and self-control required to access mainstream education. It is our aim to equip pupils with these skills and prepare them for a return to mainstream schools at an appropriate time. This may be in Year 7 at the start of KS3, Year 8 or at the end of Year 9. A small number of pupils with more complex needs may not be ready for transition back to mainstream at the end of Year 9 and these will move on to other Special Schools, Support Centers or Alternative Provision.

Holly House News

The new school year starts for all existing pupils at 10am on Friday 4th September with new pupils starting their phased induction on Monday 7th September. Special Needs Transport should be contacting all parents/carers with taxi details by Weds 2nd September. If you have not heard by this date, please contact the school office.
The Government expect all pupils to return to full time education in September. As Head Teacher, I have to make sure that Holly House is safe for all pupils and staff.  We are currently applying all the advice and guidance given by the Government and will publish more details on this website on 1st September.
REMINDER – Pupils should not be taken out of school during term time for family holidays. Doing so may result in a fine. The Head Teacher can give permission for absence from school for a family holiday only in Exceptional Circumstances. Permission forms are available from the main school office.
Reminder about School Uniform – There is Pupil Premium funding available for uniform. Please get in touch with the office if your child is growing out of their uniform. The Uniform checklist is on the PARENT INFO drop-down menu.
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Derbyshire Term Dates >

2020/2021 academic year

  • 2nd September 2020 to 23rd October 2020 (38 days)
  • 2nd November 2020 to 18th December 2020 (35 days)
  • 4th January 2021 to 12th  February 2021 (30 days)
  • 22nd February 2021 to 1st April 2021 (29 days)
  • 19th April 2021 to 28th May 2021 (29 days)
  • 7th June 2021 to 22nd July 2021 (34 days).

Bank holidays

  • 25th and 26th December 2020
  • 1st January 2021
  • 2nd April 2021 (Good Friday)
  • 5th April 2021 (Easter Monday)
  • 3rd May 2021
  • 31st May 2021 (spring bank holiday)
  • 30th August 2021 (summer bank holiday).
Training Days
School will be closed to pupils on the following dates
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Thursday 3rd September 2020
Monday 4th January 2021
Thursday 4th April 2021
Monday 7th June 2021
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   27/8/20

Contact us

Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington


S41 9QR

Email  info@hollyhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01246 450530

Head Teacher - Mr Iain Williams Urgent contact at weekends and during school holidays should be made directly to the Head Teacher at iwilliams@hollyhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk


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