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Welcome back to the start of a new term and a new year. I hope that 2021 eventually brings a sense of normality back to our everyday lives. Though the country has gone into a new national lockdown on our first day back at school, the expectation is that Holly House is open to all pupils and all classes are running as normal. We have put testing in place for all staff and Key Stage 3 pupils, though this is voluntary and self-administered. If pupils are not attending we have put ‘remote learning’ in place so that they can continue their education at home. This will require the use of a computer or tablet. These will be provided if required. Free school meals will also be supplied as weekly or fortnightly food hampers.
Derbyshire County Council have sent me an important letter for the school to send to parents in relation to the Covid-19 situation over Christmas. Pupils should have brought it home, but in case you haven’t seen it you can follow this link >>> Parent Letter from the director of public health
Now the school has reopened, the same rules apply with regard to Coronavirus.  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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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 4th April 2021
Monday 7th June 2021
Iain Williams (Head Teacher)   5/1/21
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Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington


S41 9QR


Tel: 01246 450530

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