Holly House School

Providing Positive Experiences for Children

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 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 boys 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 (or statement of Special Educational Need). 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, Behaviour Support or Alternative Provision.

Holly House News

Welcome back to the new term. There have been some major improvements at Holly House over the summer. Urgent repairs to the roof, new boilers for new block and the creation of more car-parking spaces have been undertaken. Seven new pupils are in transition into Holly House replacing the Seven that have made a successful transition out. More than half of last year’s leavers have moved back into main-stream secondary schools. The others have places in Support Centers or with Alternative Provision. I wish them every success.
URGENT NEWS – Mrs Di Spence started working at Holly House in 1993. She prepared meals for pupils and staff for 23 years, retiring on health grounds in 2016. It is with great sadness that I report her passing last weekend. As a mark of respect and to allow staff to attend her funeral, School will close at 1pm on Tuesday 26th September. If anyone would like more information, please contact me through the main school office in the usual way.
I. Williams – Head Teacher
Reminder – HOLIDAYS – Pupils should not be taken on holiday during term time. Head Teachers can only grant permission in ‘exceptional’ circumstances. You may be issued with penalty notices if pupils take unauthorised leave.
Important dates:
Monday 4.9.17, Tuesday 5.9.17 & Wednesday 6.9.17 – School closed for Staff Training
Thursday 7.9.17 – School starts for pupils at 10 am
Wednesday 20.9.17 – School closed fro staff training
Friday 20.10.17 – Last day of Autumn Term (#1)
Monday 23.10.17 to Friday 27.10.17 – Autumn Half-Term Holiday
Monday 30.10.17 – School starts at 10 am for pupils
Tuesday 19.12.17 – Last day of Autumn Term (#2) Pupils depart at 1 pm
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)    14.9.17

Contact us

Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington


S41 9QR

Email  info@hollyhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01246 450530


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