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 five 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 Centres or Alternative Provision.

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Holly House News

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A number of pupils have tested positive for COVID in recent weeks. If your child feels unwell or is showing symptoms, do not send them in. Get them tested and let us know the results. All four children in a taxi had to isolate and get tested last week following a positive test of a fifth pupil who travelled with them. Parents who require more Lateral Flow Tests should ring the office.
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There is a letter for parents from the Government (Health and Education ministers) To read this letter click here Letter to secondary school parents – Education and Health Secretary
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Latest News – Derbyshire County Council have awarded schools an additional day’s holiday in lieu of the extra Bank Holiday for the Queen’s Jubille Celebrations during the spring half-term holiday. Schools can choose when to take this day and Holly House has chosen Monday 27th June.
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Coronavirus is still with us and we need to be watchful.  Pupils should not attend if they have any of the following symptoms:
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  • a persistent cough
  • a high temperature – 37.8 or higher
  • a loss of taste or smell
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They should get a test. If positive, they should stay off school for 10 days. If negative, they can return to school.
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If in doubt, ring the office for clarification.
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Staff who have been double vacinated and children will not be expected to isolate if someone in their class tests positive for coronavirus. Regular tesing will be in place and if these give positive results they will need to isolate until a PCR test result is obtained. If this is positive they will need to isolate for 10 days, but members of their household will not need to isolate if their lateral flow tests are negative. If parents/ pupils need more self-test kits, please contact the school office and we will send some home.
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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.
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Derbyshire Term Dates >

2021/2022 academic year

•     2 September 2021 to 22 October 2021 (37 days)
•     1 November 2021 to 23 December 2021 (39 days)
•   10 January 2022 to 18 February 2022 (30 days)
•   28 February 2022 to 8 April 2022 (30 days)
•   25 April 2022 to 27 May 2022 (2 May 2022 is a bank holiday) (24 days)
•     6 June 2022 to 22 July 2022 (35 days)

Bank holidays

  • 25th and 26th December 2021 (Christmas and Boxing Day)
  • 1st January 2022 (New Year’s day)
  • 15th April 2022 (Good Friday)
  • 18th April 2022 (Easter Monday)
  • 3rd May 2022 (May Day)
  • 2nd and 3rd June 2022 (Queen’s Platinum Jubilee)
  • 29th August 2022 (summer bank holiday).
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Training Days
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School will be closed to pupils on the following dates
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Thursday 2nd September 2021
Friday 3rd September 2021
Monday 20th September 2021
Thursday 23rd December 2021
Monday 6th June 2022
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Additional day in lieu of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
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Monday 27th June 2022
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UPDATED BY
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   11/10/21

Contact us

Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington

Chesterfield

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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