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

Since the start of the lockdown in January, Holly House has remained open and more than half of our pupils have been attending. We welcomed all pupils back to school on the 8th March. Pupils that are unable to attend are still able to work at home. Our remote learning offer can be found here. The parents of all pupils on remote learning have had personal contact with staff to keep them updated.
School fully reopened on the 19t h April following the Easter Holidays. Late on the evening of Weds. 21st April, a member of staff returned a positive lateral flow test at home. As a precaution, school was closed on Thursday to allow the Head Teacher to assess the risk to pupils and staff. He has been in contact with Public Health England and the East Midlands Health Protection Team and school remained closed Friday to ensure that all areas on site are covid-free and school reopened on Monday 26th April. Two classes had been in close contact with this member of staff and were told to isolate at home for 10 days. Another member of staff and one pupil also tested positive. As a result of the action taken, no other staff or pupils have caught the virus. The three who were ill are now fully recovered and everyone is back in school.
Coronavirus is still with us and we need to be watchful.  Pupils should not attend if they have any of the following symptoms:
  • a persistent cough
  • a high temperature – 37.8 or higher
  • a loss of taste or smell
They should get a test. If positive, they should stay off school for 10 days. If negative, they can return to school. They should also not attend if someone else in the home has these symptoms until that person can be tested. If positive then everyone in that house has to isolate for 10 days. If someone in a household has been told to isolate by Test, Track and Trace, the others living there do not need to isolate unless they develop symptoms. If in doubt, ring the office for clarification.
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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Previous Newsletters are available by clicking the link on the right.
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 1st April 2021
Monday 7th June 2021
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   15/5/21

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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