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 (though we do now have one girl) 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

 Term 3, Part 1
UPDATE 23/5/19
Ofsted carried out a full Section 5 Inspection of Holly House in April and judged that we ‘Require Improvement’. Though it accepts that improvements were already being made following a Section 8 Inspection in September, the pace of change was too slow. The Governors, along with the Senior Leaders have planned how they can meet the challenges set out in the report and have set a timetable for improvement. If you would like to know more, please click the link below to see the full report. In due course the Head Teacher will update the plans for improvement on the website.
To view the full report
We are now coming to the end of the first half of the Summer Term. It has been a short term, only 4 weeks, but a lot has been achieved in this time. Some of our Year 9 pupils are already moving on to their new schools while others are still with us through to July. Some new pupils have started and seem to be settling in well. Bikeability are in school working with our KS2 pupils on cycle skills and safety. A group of Year 8/9 pupils have completed a week on the YES project at Chesterfield Fire Station. This has been very successful and a separate feature on this should appear on this website soon.  The STEM project continues to be a success with a number of pupils working on site to develop the new outdoor learning area.
Sports Day has been booked for Tuesday 16th July at the Sheffield Hallam University Athletics Stadium. Parents are welcome to attend. More details to follow.
Whole school trip to the seaside has been booked for Thursday 18th July. The coach will depart from school at 9 am and return for taxis at 4.30 pm.
Summer Term ends at 1 pm on Friday 19th July
Our Residential Provision was inspected at the start of February and the report is now available. The reports from the previous inspections are available on-line from the Ofsted website. You can reach this by following the Ofsted link on the Parent Info drop down menu. The judgement for this year is OUTSTANDING in all areas. Well done to all the staff that have contributed to this.  More details in the latest newsletter.
A copy of the report is also available by clicking the following link Ofsted 2019 If any parent would like a printed copy of the report they may be collected from the school office.
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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Previous Newsletters are available by clicking the link on the right.
Term Dates


  • 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)
Training Days
School will be closed to pupils on the following dates
Monday 3rd September
Tuesday 4th September
Monday 14th January (2019)
Monday 11th March
Monday 22nd July
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   23/5/19

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


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