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

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We are into February and the snow has held off so far this winter. Our Year 9 pupils are preparing for transition as they move on to the next stage of their education in the summer. All the new pupils that joined us in the Autumn Term have settled in well and most are accessing extended day activities and residence. In a few weeks we will be sending out Interim Reports to parents to let you know how your child has progressed during the first half of the school year. It is an opportunity to reflect and plan for further progress in the second part of the year. Though it is important that every pupil makes academic progress, especially in the core subjects (English, Maths & Science) it is also essential that they make progress towards their social and behavioural targets. Seeing the progress our pupils make with their social and life skills is very rewarding to all the staff at Holly House. If any parents would like to discuss aspects of the Interim Reports or generally discuss progress then please get in touch with the office.
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OTHER NEWS 
Ofsted Inspectors visited Holly House on Wednesday 26th September to carry out a Section 8 Inspection. As a result of this we are still ‘GOOD’ and have been given some areas for improvement. The report is available on the Ofsted website. You can view the report by clicking Here.
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Our Residential Provision was inspected this week and the report will be available in a few weeks. The report from the previous inspection is available on-line from the Ofsted website. You can reach this by following the Ofsted link on the Parent Info drop down menu. The overall judgement was again ‘GOOD’ with ‘OUTSTANDING’ for ‘How well children are helped and protected’.
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A copy of the report is also available by clicking the following link. Holly House Residential Ofsted Report 2018  If any parent would like a printed copy of the report they may be collected from the school office.
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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 son is growing out of their uniform. The Uniform checklist is on the PARENT INFO drop-down menu.
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Click Here for our most recent Newsletter.
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Previous Newsletters are available by clicking the link on the right.
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Term Dates

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  • 3 September 2018 to 26 October 2018 (40 days)
  • 5 November 2018 to 21 December 2018 (35 days)
  • 7 January 2019 to 15 February 2019 (30 days)
  • 25 February 2019 to 12 April 2019 (35 days)
  • 29 April 2019 to 24 May 2019 (19 days)
  • 3 June 2019 to 22 July 2019 (36 days)
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Training Days
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School will be closed to pupils on the following dates
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Monday 3rd September
Tuesday 4th September
Monday 14th January (2019)
Monday 11th March
Monday 22nd July
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Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   4/2/19

Contact us

Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington

Chesterfield

S41 9QR


Email  info@hollyhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk


Tel: 01246 450530



Head Teacher - Mr Iain Williams

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