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

 We’ve made it through to the final week of term.
We break up for the summer holidays on Friday 20th July. We have a final celebration assembly at 12.30 and pupils will leave at 1 pm. I hope enjoys their six weeks away and we will see staff at 8.30 on Monday 3rd September, with pupils returning on at 10 am on Wednesday 5th September. New starters will have their own induction timetables.
In this final week we have the rewards trip to MEGAZONE (Derby) on Monday for the top 12 points scorers this term;  Sports Day at Sheffield Hallam University Athletics stadium on Tuesday starting at 10; Whole school trip to Cleethorpes on Thursday with a late return to school at 4.30; Then our final celebration assembly on friday.
REMINDER – Pupils should not be taken out of school during term time for family holidays. Doing so may result in a fine.
Our Residential Provision was inspected back in January, and the report from this is now 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’.
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.
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.
Fundraising Efforts – Staff at Holly House recently completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge and raised over £2,000 for Ashgate Hospice. Click here for more details.
Click Here for our most recent Newsletter.
Previous Newsletters are available by clicking the link on the right.
Important Dates
Monday 16th July – Rewards Trip to MEGAZONE
Tuesday 17th July – Sports Day – Parents Welcome
Thursday 19th July – Whole-school trip to Cleethorpes – late return at 4.30pm
Friday 20th July – Last day at school – pupils finish at 1pm
Monday 3rd September – School open for staff training
Tuesday 4th September – School open for staff training
Wednesday 5th September – School open for pupils
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   15/7/18

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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