The aim of Holly House School is to meet the special educational, emotional and behavioural needs of its pupils, giving them the skills to return to mainstream school if and when appropriate as well as prepare them for life beyond school.
The curriculum is the means by which we put these aims into practice. The curriculum at Holly House School refers to all the experiences, taught and learnt during the whole school day. This includes not only the formal lessons, but everything they encounter from when they arrive or get up in the morning to when they leave or go to bed on residence at the end of the day.
Holly House follows an adapted National Curriculum to suit the individual needs of our pupils.
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
The curriculum at Holly House School:
- is underpinned by the commitment that all pupils, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or social conditions are entitled to a range of educational opportunities appropriate to their needs.
- takes account of the low starting point of pupils on entry and seeks to address the barriers that have been an obstruction to their learning in the past. By dealing with behaviour and attendance, pupils can start to access learning.
- is broad, balanced and relevant to the pupils present and future needs.
- is designed to provide continuity and progression.
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils.
- offers a 24 hour curriculum with a wide programme of extended day activities and residential opportunities.
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
- prepares pupils for the expectations put on them by Society so that they are able to make valuable contributions as responsible citizens.
Holly House School is also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.
Holly House School also makes provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.
The Holly House Curriculum:
The Holly House curriculum is creative and innovative to meet the wide range of needs of our pupils. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs and have been admitted to the Holly House because they have experienced difficulties in other schools. We feel that the curriculum we offer provides the opportunity to make academic progress and develop their social and emotional skills all of which are lacking when they arrive.
At Key Stage 2 all pupils study the Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science. They also study the Foundation Subjects of Art/Design, Computing, Languages (Spanish), Humanities (Geography & History), Music and Physical Education. Design and Technology is delivered through Food Technology and Technology options such as Model Making, Pottery, Sewing and Bicycle Maintenance. They also study the compulsory subject of Religious Education.
At Key Stage 3 all pupils study the Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science. They also study the Foundation Subjects of Art/Design, Computing, Languages (Spanish), Humanities (Geography, History & RE), Design & Technology (including Food Technology) and Physical Education. Music is delivered through themed events during the year. In addition, all pupils experience SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning). In Year 8 and 9, pupils also experience an element of Outdoor Education, Life Skills and Health & Fitness as part of SEAL. They also study PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) which includes Citizenship and SRE (Sex and Relationship Education)