Welcome to Holmwood School
I would like to welcome you and your family to Holmwood School. I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of Holmwood School, with all it has to offer.
Every member of the team believes in our motto “Bringing out the best in everyone”.
Children who attend Holmwood School and Nursery can expect to be nurtured in order to fulfil their potential. Staff take great care in ensuring they form positive, respectful relationships with all the children, and of course their parents. We follow restorative principles in school and use daily check-ins, as well as check-outs to ensure everyone in the class has the opportunity to speak up and be heard.
In fact pupil well-being is so important to all that we do that in September 2016 we introduced a set of well-being scales. Children and staff self-assess themselves according to a set of agreed statements, and children are taught techniques in order to improve their own well-being or that of a friend, if it is low. Learning Zones were introduced shortly afterwards, with children quickly making the link between their well-being and their ability to learn well. Weekly kaleidoscope sessions are taught in our purpose built room, and give children the opportunity to deepen their understanding of relationships and learn how to relax.
Of course children at Holmwood are also well supported in all areas of their academic learning too. They learn how to work hard, be resilient, and actually thrive on being set challenging tasks. We have adopted the full Read Write Inc programme of teaching reading and writing and children can frequently be heard coming out of their lessons linking challenge in the lesson to their well-being scales going up. The Holmwood community actively likes tricky work! Every child should leave us having made good progress in reading, writing and maths, as we recognise for your child to meet their potential they need to have strong skills in these areas.
The school boasts a wonderful outdoor area. Our children have very regular opportunities to explore, play, problem solve and grow things in our outdoor area. We hold regular special days or weeks to promote various topics, such as Science, DT or my favourite “aspirations day” when we all dress up to show what job we would like to do when we grow up! Pupils at Holmwood may be young but they learn key life lessons at every opportunity.
Good pupil behaviour underpins the choices your child makes, and pupils are frequently rewarded for meeting our high expectations in this regard. Every half term new kings and queens of behaviour are chosen and celebrated with the whole school. Nothing can beat the sense of pride I feel when children show their beautiful manners by holding doors open, or greet adults as they walk through school.
There are many other wonderful aspects of Holmwood for you to find out about, but rest assured Holmwood is often praised for the warm and welcoming atmosphere and for the way in which staff work in partnership with parents, so do take the time to come in and look around.
Mrs Claire Sharples – Executive Headteacher