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 starts for pupils at 10.00 on Friday 6th 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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Term Dates >

2019/2020 academic year

  • 3 September 2019 to 25 October 2019 (39 days)
  • 4 November 2019 to 20 December 2019 (35 days)
  • 6 January 2020 to 14 February 2020 (30 days)
  • 24 February 2020 to 3 April 2020 (30 days)
  • 20 April 2020 to 22 May 2020 (24 days)
  • 1 June 2020 to 21 July 2020 (37 days).

Bank holidays

  • 25 and 26 December 2019
  • 1 January 2020
  • 10 April 2020 (Good Friday)
  • 13 April 2020 (Easter Monday)
  • 8 May 2020
  • 25 May 2020 (spring bank holiday)
  • 31 August 2020 (summer bank holiday).
Training Days
School will be closed to pupils on the following dates
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Wednesday 4th September 2019
Thursday 5th September 2019
Monday 6th January 2020
Monday 20th April 2020
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   30/8/19

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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