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 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.


Thinking of Di Spence at this special time of year. Missed and not forgotten.

Holly House News


Update Monday 11th May

Hopefully the Free School Meals vouchers are getting to those that need them. We are ordering them two weeks at a time and posting them out. The next batch will be posted out on Thursday 14th May and these will take us up to the Half-Term holiday.

School is OPEN and a number of pupils are attending. We are limited in the number of pupils and staff we can have on site at any one time by the strict social distancing rules and due to a maintenance issue, we can only use New Block and Nurture. It is still parental choice as to whether your child comes to school and staying at home is still the safest option. Priority for places at school is given to children whose parents are Key Workers, Pupils who have a social worker and pupils where there are safety concerns around being at home during the day.

There is much speculation as to when the government will reopen schools. The truth is, we don’t know, but it is likely that any restart will be gradual and phased. I hope to have more information soon. In the meantime, pupils should continue to work at home and staff will continue to make weekly contact calls.

Update Tuesday 21st April

The next round of Free School Meal vouchers will be posted out later this week.

Work for pupils at home – up to now packages of work and learning materials have been sent home. This week two websites have launched a range of on-line learning packages with daily lesson updates aimed at all levels of the National Curriculum. If you have internet access, we recommend that you use both these sites. They are organised in  age groups for each of the the subjects and pupils should pick the age they think they are working at. If it is too easy, move up a year. If it is too difficult, drop down a year. There is more than enough work here to keep them busy every day. The websites are



If you have any problems with these or you do not have internet access, please get in touch.

UPDATE Thursday 9th April

This link below will take you to a range of activities for parents and children. Have a Happy Easter.


UPDATE Friday 3rd April

Holly House remains open over the Easter Holidays (closed Good Friday and Easter Monday) and phone lines will be staffed between 9am and Noon. The Government advice remains STAY AT HOME and it is expected that most pupils will be at home over Easter. Children who have Key Worker parents who need to come to school over the holiday period must get in touch to make arrangements and set up transport. Children who are vulnerable and have social care involvement and need to attend school over the holiday period are also welcome. Arrangements will need to be made through social worker so that transport can be organised.


The government voucher scheme is now up and running. All children on Free School Meals are entitled to a £15 voucher for each week in Term Time. They have to made out to a named supermarket. All parents were contacted on Thursday to get supermarket names. The vouchers have now been printed and posted out to all parents Today. If there are any problems, please get in touch.


Pupils should all have enough work to keep them busy at home. If any parents would like more work, please get in touch. If any parents would like to send work in for marking, please do. The BBC are launcing an updated website for pupils working at home. This can be found at


We are hoping to be in a position to offer more support after the Easter holidays. An update will be provided on Friday 17th March.

Have a happy Easter holiday. Stick to the advice –





Derbyshire have set up a Community Response Unit to give advice and offer help where it is needed during the Coronavirus outbreak. MOre information can be found at


With children at home, many will be spending more time online and this may make them vulnerable. The following link may help you keep your children safe online.


UPDATE Monday 23rd March

Holly House School is still open, but only for children who’s parents have ‘Key Worker’ status as defined by the Government and only when they cannot be cared for safely at home and children who have social care involvement and only then when they are at risk of harm by staying at home. For more details, click the links below.

Updated plan for COVID-19 – 23/3/20

Covid-19 letter to parents 23/3/20

Advice on free school meals 20/3/20

UPDATE – Friday 20th March

Holly House School is open and will remain open up to the end of term on Friday 3rd April. See newsletter etc below for details.

I. Williams     20/3/20



Holly House is open as usual this week. The situation is changing on a daily basis and we will let parents/carers know as soon as we know if school has to close. We are currently taking every precaution to maintain a safe environment at school. Hand sanitiser is available through out the school and pupils are being encouraged to wash their hands at every opportunity, but especially after using the toilet and before eating. Surfaces such as tables, desks and door handles are being regularly wiped with anti-bacterial agents. Staff and pupil health is also being monitored daily. All non-essential visitors to school have been told to stay away. No new appointments are being made. All offsite trips and visits have been postponed until further notice apart from prearranged extended day activities and Outdoor Education.
The current advice is –
  • Maintain good personal hygiene
  • If you have a high temperature/fever and persistent cough or shortness of breath – stay at home. Self-isolate for at least 14 days.
  • If anyone in your family has these symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Inform school
If there are any changes to this advice, parents/carers will be informed by text.
Iain Williams 17/3/20


Please click the link below for the latest news.

Covid letter to parents 20.3.20

Holly House Plan for Covid-19

COVID-19 NEWS 18.3.20

For the latest advice from the Government, click the link below
For the latest advice about childcare, click the link below
For advice about Hand Washing, click
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.
Click here for our most recent Newsletter.
Previous Newsletters are available by clicking the link on the right.
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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