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

WELCOME BACK. Happy New Year to everyone. I hope everyone has had a good holiday and that all pupils are ready to get back into the school routine. A New Year is a chance for new beginnings and an opportunity for a new start. Rather than looking back, it is a time to look forward positively and remember we can’t all be the best, but we can all be the best we can be. All the staff at Holly House are here to help all pupils through whatever 2018 throws at us.
Reminder about School Uniform – There is funding available. Please get in touch if your son is growing out of their uniform. The Uniform checklist is on the PARENT INFO drop-down menu.
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Important Dates
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 – Staff Training Day
Wednesday 3rd January – New Term starts for pupils at 10 am.
Wednesday 31st January – Governors Teaching & Learning Committee Meeting
Friday 16th February – Last Day at School before Half-Term holiday
Monday 26th February – Back to School – 10 am start for pupils
Wednesday 28th February – Governors Finance Committee Meeting
Monday 12th March – Full Governors Meeting
Friday 23rd March – Term Ends at 1 pm. HAPPY EASTER
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)    1/1/18

Contact us

Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington


S41 9QR

Email  info@hollyhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01246 450530


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