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Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Risk Assessment (Covid-19) 2020

DfE Coronavirus Information:-

Full reopening in September 2020
  • Please refer to the letters, 'Letter to Parents and Carers July 2020' and 'Full Reopening of schools in September 2020' in the Letters to Parents section of our website for details about our school fully opening in September 2020.
  • Thursday 3rd September 2020 - new Year 7 Induction 10am to 2pm and new Year 12 Registration 10am to 2pm. Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 are not to attend.
  • Friday 4th September 2020 - all year groups in school with staggered start times - details are on 'Letter to Parents and Carers July 2020'. Year 12 finish at 1pm, Year 7 finish at 3pm and Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 finish at 3.10pm.
  • From Monday 7th September 2020 - full timetable in operation with all year groups.
  • GCSE, AS and A level grades summer 2020
  • I appreciate that the past few months have been very unsettling for students in years 11 Headteacher's Letter to Year 11 June 2020, 12 and 13. Following the Ofqual announcements, I would like to reassure everyone that we have followed the guidance provided throughout this process to do our best to ensure each student is awarded a fair grade that reflects the work they have put in throughout their course and it is the grade they were most likely to achieve in the summer.
  • It is important that schools and colleges do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students, parents or carers, under any circumstances. I asked parents/carers and students to 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:
  • "To enable teachers working together within schools and colleges to reach these judgements fairly and objectively, they will not discuss their evaluation of the evidence or disclose the judgements they reach with students or their parents or carers."
  • All staff have therefore been instructed not to reply to any such request for information and to report it immediately to the Headteacher.
  • 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. Progress for awarding GCSE's, AS and A levels summer 2020
  • Students will find out their grades on the August results day; A Level and Level 3 results on Thursday 13th August 2020 and GCSE and Level 2 results on Thursday 20th August 2020. Year 11 results day information is accessible via our Letters to Parents section of our website 'Year 11 Exam Results 2020'. Year 13 results day information will be emailed to students.
  • Government guidance about your results can be found here: Your results, what next?
  • Guidance on appealing against grades and resiting in the autumn season can be found here: Appeals and Resits Guidance July 2020
  • 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.
  • 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 giving your child's full name and date of birth so that we can provide you with important information regarding your child’s education.
  • Free school meals
  • As a school we moved on to the Government scheme and all eligible families are being supported by a £15 per week per child eGift card that is claimed by obtaining an eCode from the school. I would encourage all eligible families to claim the eGift card and for those that have supplied an email address to the school, their eCodes are sent out directly to them, with no need to come into school. eCodes for the summer break have been sent and they become 'live' on Monday 20th July 2020. If you think you are eligible or have not collected eCodes please contact the school via email:, from the email address you wish to receive the eCode, providing each child's full name, tutor group, date of birth and post code.
  • The DfE have produced a document to support parents and carers with claiming free school meal eGift cards. This information can be accessed here: DfE Free School Meals Parent and Carer FAQs. Please read the sample letter by clicking here which also lets you know how to claim your Free School Meals eGift card once your eCode has been issued via email.
  • 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.
  • Year 6 transition into Year 7 for September 2020
  • We are very pleased to hear that your child has been allocated a place at Holly Lodge High School. We look forward to welcoming you and your child as and when the rules allow it.
  • Due to the current situation that COVID-19 has brought we will be operating a minimal physical contact transition and will only be inviting parents and students into school when deemed safe to do so. We understand that the transition process from primary to secondary can be a daunting experience and we will assist in any way we can. [Read more] Sandwell's transition video for Year 6 pupils can be viewed here: Sandwell Transition Video (Year 6) 2020 and information for preparing for transition 2020 can be viewed here: Preparing for Transition 2020
  • Form Tutor Welcome (video)
  • Virtual Tour (video)
  • Pastoral matters and safeguarding during isolation
  • The school maintains all our key functions such as pastoral care and we continue to visit or call on our most vulnerable families. Should parents/carers or students need further support please do contact the school.
  • 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.
  • 'Never Alone' contact numbers can be accessed here for the Samaritans, Action on Elder Abuse, Cruse Bereavement, Mind, NSPCC, National Domestic Abuse Helpline, Victim Support, ChildLine, Respect - Men's Advice Line and National Centre for Domestic Violence.
  • Sandwell Beam, The Children's Society, offer an emotional health and well-being service for 5 to 18 year olds. To access this service or to hear other ways Beam can support please refer to this flyer.
  • Sandwell Children's Safeguarding Partnership gives COVID-19 hints and tips for young people in Sandwell.
  • A NHS video providing advice to parents/carers about COVID-19 can be accessed here.
  • 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 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.
  • We appreciate your continued patience and support as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
    P Shone

    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


    Holly Lodge School


    To see Holly Lodge 2017 Ofsted report please click here