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Welcome

DfE Coronavirus Information:- https://www.holly-lodge.org/coranavirus

SCHOOL CLOSURE TO MOST PUPILS FROM MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020

    Provision for some students
  • We have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice.
  • As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers, guidance can be accessed via this link: Government Information for Parents and Carers, and our most vulnerable children. Provision will be during 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.
  • It would help us if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please contact the school via email keyworkers@holly-lodge.org (this email address should be used for key worker purposes only, any requests for other services, e.g. resetting usernames and/or passwords, need to come through other methods/emails as identified in the information on this page) providing your child’s name and form group and completing and submitting this form: Key Worker Form. You should only send your child to school if absolutely necessary.
  • All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards.
  • We will not be able to go ahead with: school trips, breakfast or after-school clubs, events such as parents' evenings, internal examinations or tests and face to face interviews.
  • Free School Meals
  • Families eligible for Free School Meals can visit Main Reception on Wednesday 8th April 2020 between 9am and 1pm to collect a £15 per week voucher (per student) - week 2 voucher - for ASDA to enable them to buy lunch in replacement of their free school meal. Identification will be needed.
  • Be aware of scam emails and text messages: We have been informed that a variety of email and text message scams, targeting families since the COVID-19 outbreak, are being sent offering payments for Free School Meals, rent rebates, tax refunds, etc. They ask parents/carers to click on a link and enter their bank details to access the repayment. We urge parents that if you receive any emails or text messages like this, please do not respond, do not give your bank details and delete the email and/or text message immediately.
  • Learning from home
  • A summary of how home learning will be set for each subject can be found by following this link: Summary of Home Learning. We will update this on a regular basis.
  • Moodle can be accessed via the following link: Moodle. Forgotten passwords for Moodle can be reset via this link: Forgotten Password for Moodle.
  • Students directed to complete work using Doddle, passwords have been reset to: ‘hollylodge’. Doddle can be accessed via the following link: Doddle. Forgotten passwords for Doddle can be reset via this link: Forgotten Password for Doddle. Where it asks for 'school' details, enter 'Holly Lodge'. For the 'email' entry, student's school email address is needed.
  • Requests for any other usernames and passwords should be sent to: access-pupil@holly-lodge.org from your school email address which can be accessed here: https://agilisyseducation.onelogin.com/.
  • In some cases, teaching staff will contact students directly via school email accounts. Please make sure school emails are checked on a regular basis.
  • If students do not have access to thier school email address they should email: access@holly-lodge.org providing their name, form group, date of birth and post code.
  • It is essential that students work hard and complete all their tasks, to ensure that the excellent progress they have made since September continues. Year 11, 12 and Year 13 in particular should continue to prepare for exams and complete coursework. Although the Prime Minister has said that examinations will not take place in May and June, there may be an opportunity for students to sit examinations early in the new academic year. It is likely their work in the coming months will be an important part of this.
  • How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be Awarded in Summer 2020
  • Ofqual have released further guidance on the grading of summer exams. Please read a letter and a guide from Ofqual to parents and students which addresses how this will happen: Ofqual's Letter to Students and Guidance for Teachers, Students, Parents and Carers.
  • I would like to reassure you that we will follow the guidance provided throughout this process to do our best to ensure that our students are awarded a fair grade that reflects the work they have put in throughout their course and is the grade they were most likely to achieve in the summer. We will be developing a robust internal system to award these grades using all of the sources of evidence cited in the letter. Please be aware that the Ofqual guidance states:
  • Exam boards will be standardising the grades awarded by the school and they will be moving them up or down in light of national standards.
  • Students cannot be set any extra work to "help" us allocate a grade.
  • With respect to SEND and access arrangements; schools and colleges will judge the grade that these students would most likely have achieved if they had been able to sit their examinations with the intended reasonable adjustment or access arrangement in place.
  • Students will find out their grades by the August results day, or slightly earlier if possible.
  • There will be an appeal process to be announced later by Ofqual and implemented by the exam boards.
  • There will be an Autumn exam series for those that think they could do better than the grade awarded by the exam boards in the summer.
  • Schools and colleges have been told that they must not share grades, nor rank orders, with students, parents or carers, under any circumstances, until after final results are issued. This is to protect the integrity of centres' judgements, and to avoid anyone to feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence. Please respect this advice and do not ask any teachers for information about the grade being given to a student or how it has been arrived at.
  • Safeguarding During Isolation
  • It is vital during this time of isolation and uncertainty that you and your family follow Government advice and stay safe and healthy. Please read this letter, which contains useful information from West Midlands Police, CEOP and KOOTH.
  • Sixth Form interviews for September 2020 admission
  • Any student who has applied to our Sixth Form will be contacted via school email to arrange a telephone interview at an appropriate time.
  • Careers Education, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
  • Connexions Sandwell are keen to ensure that our young people have access to information, advice and guidance to minimise the impact on career goals and plans for the future. With this in mind they would like to offer an email service for you to be able to ask any questions and they will aim to get a response to you within two working days. This will commence from Monday 23 March 2020. You can email your questions to sandwell_connexions@sandwell.gov.uk or still contact them on 0121 569 2955 to speak to an Adviser. Connexions have provided two documents containing information for Year 11 students. These can be accessed here: Connexions Year 11 Contact Us and Connexions Year 11 Lockdown Planner.
  • This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
    Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
    P Shone
    Headteacher

Mission Statement

The mission of Holly Lodge Science College is to provide each student a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. The Holly Lodge Science College team joins the parents and community to assist the students in developing skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community.

Holly Lodge offers students a secure and purposeful environment in which every individual is valued and provides them with a wealth of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. Students enjoy school, feel safe and are well prepared for the next stages of their education or employment.

For more information please contact us on:Telephone: 0121 558 0691

Ofsted Report 7 March 2017

Ofsted Report March 2017

Holly Lodge is celebrating their latest Ofsted inspection result. The inspection reports so full of really positive statements that are such a true reflection of the daily routines and progress made by students at the school. Inspectors found that “This school continues to be good” the school has a real momentum and has continued to maintain a standard it can be pleased with.

Holly Lodge continues to be a school of parental choice and has grown significantly since the last inspection in 2013 to over 1450 students.

The report from the inspection highlights “leadership team are fully committed to creating a culture of continuous school improvement”

Students are “well behaved”, “engaged enthusiastically with their learning” and “polite and courteous to each other around the school site”

As Headteacher I have to confess to being so proud of my staff and students. The school has outstanding and committed staff who continually work to challenge and develop students through their teaching and support.

With such a resource we are able to boast about the level of progress our students make “Pupils made significantly better progress than others nationally in languages and humanities” Parents are supportive and can rest assured that their children are in an environment in which “Leaders, including governors, take their responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously.” And one in which “The curriculum includes numerous opportunities to improve pupils’ understanding of how to keep themselves safe.”

What is more this success stretches through to a growing Sixth form which has seen records for performance beaten each year so far. Holly Lodge is a school proud of what it provides to its community and will continue to strive to live up to its core belief in ‘Success for All’.

“The school has welcomed a considerable number of pupils who are newly arrived in the UK and are providing good support to help them develop English language skills and an understanding of British values”

Paul Shone

Headteacher

Holly Lodge School

16/3/2017

To see Holly Lodge 2017 Ofsted report please click here