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Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
SCHOOL CLOSURE FOR MOST PUPILS (UPDATED 22/01/2021)

I hope you and your families are safe and well. As you are no doubt aware the Government has forced all schools to close until at least the end of the February 2021 half term holiday. This would make the earliest return to school Monday 22nd of February 2021 but this is by no means certain at this stage. I understand the real difficulties this presents to you as parents but also to your children in this time of enforced isolation. As a school we remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children and will be facilitating food drops to children who have an entitlement to free school meals. We are also trying to get as much additional IT equipment out to our students as possible and will be providing enhanced remote learning for all students (please see below for updated details). Please keep an eye on our website for all updates including the remote learning being set. I have decided that January VTQ external examinations and controlled assessments will not take place at Holly Lodge High School for health and safety reasons. GCSE, AS Level and A Level summer examinations have been cancelled and alternative arrangement are yet to be shared. As soon as this is clarified nationally I will make sure that all parents and students are fully aware. If there are issues that develop over lockdown please know that the school is still very much contactable and will be here to support our students and community throughout this time.

  • Our school is open (9:15am to 3:00pm) to children deemed vulnerable and children of key workers (please email to keyworkers@holly-lodge.org giving your child's full name, form group and nature of your key/critical worker status and need provision for your child).
  • Remote learning from and including Monday 11th January 2021 to and including Friday 12th February 2021:

    • Years 7, 8 and 9 subject remote learning is set on ClassCharts (ClassCharts Login) in line with their full/normal school timetables. If any child does not have access to their pupil code for ClassCharts they must contact their form tutor via school email. Paper based remote learning is organised for pupils who do not have IT access at home. From the week beginning Monday 1st February 2021 Years 7, 8 and 9 will have at least one Form Tutorial each week via Microsoft Teams. Form Tutors and Heads of Year will inform students of the dates and times of these via school email.
    • Year 10 have at least one hour of live lessons per subject per two week cycle via Microsoft Teams and remaining remote learning is set on ClassCharts (ClassCharts Login) in line with their full/normal school timetables. If any child does not have access to their pupil code for ClassCharts they must contact their form tutor via school email. Paper based remote learning is organised for pupils who do not have IT access at home. Year 10 Form Tutorials take place on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays each week via Microsoft Teams.
    • Years 11, 12 and 13 have online lessons via Microsoft Teams and/or set via school email and/or set on ClassCharts (ClassCharts Login) in line with their full/normal school timetables. Year 11 Form Tutorials take place on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays each week and Years 12 and 13 receive regular Form Tutorials throughout each week via Microsoft Teams.
    • Student and parent/carer guidance and student code of conduct for online learning can be found here: Student and Parent Guidance and Student Code of Conduct for Online Learning

    The arrangements we are having to put in place were only clarified to schools on 04/01/2021; I can only apologise again for the late change to arrangements for the start of the spring term and am giving you all as much notice of this as possible. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

    A reminder of year group ‘Bubbles’ and their zones for each day can be found here:

    Risk Assessment (Covid-19) 2020

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

    Do we have your correct contact details?
    • Parents/Carers, please can you ensure that we have your correct contact details (home address, landline number, mobile telephone number and email address) by contacting the school via email pupildata@holly-lodge.org giving your child's full name and date of birth so that we can provide you with important information regarding your child’s education.

    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