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Happy Eid - 22.05.20

Holly Grove School would like to wish all our pupils, staff and their families a very happy Eid.

Please send us some pictures of how you and your families celebrate. Have a good weekend


Home Learning – Journeys - 18.05.20

I hope you enjoyed last week’s home learning topic on ‘Animals.’

Please find attached this week’s learning activities linked to ‘Journeys.’


This week te Holly Grove’s ‘Home Learning’ has been created by different staff members in school:

Rebecca – EYFS/KS1 – Magic Train Ride

Jenny – KS2 – Journey

Samantha – Sensory – Up, Up, Up

Counting Cakes & Creatures

Magic Train Ride Story

Paper Helicopter Instructions

Paper Helicopter Template

Sequence the Story

Please do remember that there is no pressure on you to access these lesson ideas and keeping yourself and child happy is what is important.

It is great to see photos of the children enjoying these lesson activities, so please continue to share these by emailing your class teacher. If we have your permission, we will share these in our school newsletter and Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy exploring these ideas on ‘Journeys.’

Take care, stay safe and stay in touch,


Message from Karen - 18.05.20

Hi Everyone
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are staying safe and well.
If you haven’t already seen it,  I recommend you show your children the staff video on Facebook. I would like to thank Jack our ICT Subject Leader for putting it together for us.
I’m sure you are all following the media at the moment about when schools will reopen and more importantly whether it is safe or not. The teaching unions are currently asking the government for scientific evidence that it is safe and have asked the question if children are expected to return to school then are the politicians going to return to work (as they are able to understand the importance of social distancing and hand hygiene)?
I am awaiting guidance from Lancashire County Council and the DfE and will keep you all informed. We are in the process of speaking to the parents of the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to gather their views.
Thank you for your co-operation and support, please continue to send your home learning photographs, I love to see them and can’t believe how much the children are changing.
Stay safe and alert
Best wishes

You’ve got a Friend in Me - 15.05.20

All the staff at Holly Grove have made a special video for you to show how much they are missing you…enjoy



School Sport – Week 5 - 15.05.20

Week 5 of the Lancashire School Games resource is now ready. The resource continues to be centred around 4 key themes:
Move – helping children to achieve 60 active minutes
Learn – a FMS skill activity for KS1 and a KS2 sport skill activity adapted from the Lancashire SOW form a weekly PE activity for children to undertake
Challenge – A weekly personal best challenge linked to the weekly PE learn activity along with current trending or new challenges are included
Play – providing ideas and resources for children to be active through play
There is now a EYFS scheme which you may also find useful, it has great ideas and interactive links!
Action for Children Family Hub
The action for children family hub that works to engage families in holistic support around physical activity and well being. They  have developed a resource pack of sport & games activity cards and sports equipment that can be delivered to local families to help them to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. The aim of the activities is for children and families to become more active within the perimeters of their homes and as a way of improving their physical and mental well being.
If you are interested in this resource please get in touch!
Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you would like further ideas.
Keep active and make sure you have fun!
Click here to download week 5.

Virtual Family Quiz Night - 14.05.20

We’re delighted to announce our next Virtual Quiz will be hosted by Clare Balding live on YouTube on Tuesday 19th May at 7.30pm!

At a time when our mental wellbeing and resilience is being truly tested, we think this is a great way to relax and enjoy some light-hearted fun. Get your family and friends involved and see who can get the best score.

It’s free to play but if players would like to make a donation to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust after the quiz, we would be hugely grateful. Any contribution, large or small, will support us in helping people look after their mental health, which is so important at the moment.

It will be a family friendly quiz with a variety of topics, hosted by the wonderful broadcaster and author. We’d like to reach more people with our work so please spread the word amongst your friends and loved ones!

We’ve set up a Facebook event where you can register your interest.

For those not on Facebook, we’ve shared details on our website as well.

We hope to see you there!
The CWMT Team

VE Day - 11.05.20

Unfortunately due to lockdown the ‘VE Day street party’ that the School Council at Holly Grove had organised could not go ahead. But lockdown and Covid-19 did not stop Holly Grove’s staff and pupils from celebrating VE Day in their own special way. Holly Grove sent out activity packs to each pupil and a list of ways in which they could celebrate whilst staying safely at home.

VE Day on the 7th May marked the 75th Anniversary of the surrender of Germany at the end of the Second World War in 1945. Staff and pupils were encouraged to hang bunting up and turn their streets red, white and blue, make Union Jack flags, have a 1940s style picnic, listen to old music, learn about their families involvement in WWII and raise a good old cup of tea to our heroes.

At 11am a 2 minutes silence was held to remember all the fallen heroes and reflect on the service and sacrifice given by so many.

At 3pm families were invited to clap on their doorstep and say “to those who gave so much we thank you.”

At 9pm the Queen gave a speech to the nation. The Queen said the message of VE Day is “never give up, never despair.” Click here to watch the Queens speech.

At 9.15pm the nation was invited to sing along in a rendition of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again.’ To watch the video click here.

We have received some fantastic photos from all our staff and pupils. We hope you all had a fantastic day celebrating such a momentous occasion.

“Reo Has Really Enjoyed Making Bunting For Our V.E Day Party In The Garden And He Even Made A Scone And Tasted Some Of The Cream , He Also Loved Watching The Red Arrows On TV Doing The Fly Over.”


School Sport - 11.05.20

We hope you are finding the Lancashire School Games activity timetable useful! Week 4 is now available for you to try.
The resource is centred around 4 key themes:
Move – helping children to achieve 60 active minutes
Learn – a FMS skill activity for KS1 and a KS2 sport skill activity adapted from the Lancashire SOW form a weekly PE activity for children to undertake
Challenge – A weekly personal best challenge linked to the weekly PE learn activity along with current trending or new challenges are included
Play – providing ideas and resources for children to be active through play

Lancashire School Games 3&4 2.24 MB 3 downloads

We hope you find this resource useful and adaptable to suit the needs of your child. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you would like further ideas.
Don’t forget to send in your pictures!
Thank you for all your support
Connor Moffatt

PE Coordinator

Home Learning Topic Week 3 – Animals - 11.05.20

I hope you enjoyed last week’s home learning topic on ‘Amazing Authors.’

Please find attached this week’s learning activities linked to ‘Animals.’

This week the Holly Grove ‘Home Learning’ has been created by different staff members in school:

Aisling – EYFS – What the Ladybird Heard

Laura – KS1 – Farmer Duck

Danielle – KS2 – Commotion in the Ocean

Alison – Sensory – Animal Boogie

Book Review

Hen Life Cycle

Please feel free to look at them all and decide which activities are most suitable for your child. You may decide to do more than one. Please do remember that there is no pressure on you to access these lesson ideas and keeping yourself and child happy is what is important.

It is great to see photos of the children enjoying these lesson activities, so please continue to share these by emailing your class teacher. If we have your permission, we will share these in our school newsletter and Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy exploring ‘Animals.’





Message from Karen - 11.05.20

Hi Everyone
I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. If any of you managed to celebrate VE day with your families, safely in your homes/gardens and took photos, we would be really happy if you could share them with us. We can use them as evidence towards our British Values work in school.
I’m sure many of you watched Boris Johnson yesterday. The advice remains if you can work from home you should. the new slogan is `Stay Alert, Control the virus, Stay Safe`. Boris said that the next phase is those who can’t work from home can go back to work, e.g. those in construction or manufacturing. However he also pointed out to avoid public transport. He did say we can now spend more time outdoors as long as we remember social distancing rules. The government will continue to monitor this and if it goes well, he may open primary schools for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in June. I will now liaise with Lancashire County Council to see how this will work safely for our children and staff. Social distancing is one of the main reasons why it is difficult to open schools because children find it very hard to follow the social distancing rules when they see their friends. They also struggle to follow the strict hand hygiene rules. My other concern will be transport arrangements and managing social distancing on our transport. I will keep you informed of any developments.
I know this is a very difficult and challenging time for all of us but we have come so far, we don’t want to put our children / families/ staff health at risk by returning without ensuring safety measures are in place.
I thank you all again for your patience and understanding and remind you that we are still working from home. Staff are available during normal working hours to respond to emails as will I. Our ICT Subject Leader is in the process of putting together a video of staff with messages for your children which will be going on our Facebook and website. Please do share with your children.
We all miss seeing the children daily and cant wait till we can all be back together again safely.

Special Message from Sochia - 06.05.20

Karen has arranged a special Video treat for all Holly Grove children and staff. You can see more of Sochia’s singing on her Facebook page Sochia 🎤❤️

Click here to watch the video



Message from Karen - 05.05.20

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all staying safe and well. I finally plucked up courage to do a video message for all my children last week which is on our Facebook page and our website. I hope those that have seen it enjoyed it. I was very nervous.

I thought I would do something a bit different this week and got in touch with one of Holly Grove’s special friends, Sochia. I know how much all the children love listening to Sochia sing when she comes into school. So please check out our Facebook page or website and you will see a little message from Sochia and myself. Hope you enjoy.  Sochia has agreed to come in and help us all celebrate when we are finally back together safely. She is also going to be doing some music sessions with us in the new school year which your children will love I’m sure.

Please take care everyone, I miss you all.


VE Day - 04.05.20

🇬🇧🕊Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day 🇬🇧🕊

This Friday, the 8th May we are celebrating VE Day (Victory in Europe Day.) This is the anniversary of the surrender of Germany at the end of World War II in 1945.

As we are all unable to celebrate this momentous day together, let’s celebrate at home! Here are some ideas of how you can celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Some gorgeous colouring bunting:

You can have a 1940’s style tea party at home! Go to the link below for ideas:

Here are some resources from Twinkl, some posters to colour in and some printable bunting.

Timeline of the day:-

11am; A two-minute silence will be held to honour the service and sacrifice of the wartime generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

11.15am: The nation is invited to join in with the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) VE Day 75 Livestream. Grab a cup of tea and tune in as the generations of the Second World War and today are brought together to chat about their shared experiences. Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the 45-minute programme will feature stories from those who served and sacrificed, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

3pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War Two. Take part by cheering and clapping on your doorsteps and saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

9pm: A pre-recorded address by the Queen will be broadcast at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945.

9.05pm: Fancy a sing-along? After the Queen’s address, the nation is invited to come together in a rendition of Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again on BBC One.

I hope you all manage to enjoy this very special day! We would love to see pictures of how you celebrated so please email the to your teachers.

SEND Home Learning - 02.05.20

Oak National Academy is a government backed online learning platform produced by teachers. Initially set up for mainstream primary and secondary pupils, from Monday 4th May, you will be able to access free lessons created for pupils with Special Educational Needs. These have been produced by Specialist Teachers working in schools across the UK (keep your eye out for a familiar face in a couple of weeks time!!) and are suitable for all children working below Year 1.
There are 3 levels of lessons to access:
  1. Early development – for sensory learners who mainly communicate through eye contact and body language.
  2. Building Understanding – for pupils who are communicating using  single words either verbally, through symbols or signs.
  3. Applying Learning – for pupils who are able to put words, signs and symbols together to communicate in sentences.
For those whose children are working above this please see the mainstream Year 1 or Year 2 content.
These give you a broad idea but your child may be at different levels in different areas and I would advise you to look through the content and choose what is most suitable for your child. There are short lessons in the areas of ‘Communication and Language’, ‘Creative Arts’, ‘Numeracy’, ‘Independent Living’ and ‘Therapies’
These can be accessed at any time and the videos can be stopped and started and use readily available resources. Please click on the link to access
Please remember there is no pressure on you to access these lessons and keeping yourself and child happy and healthy is the main priority. Take care

Home Learning Week 2 – Amazing Authors - 02.05.20

We hope you enjoyed last week’s home learning topic on ‘Rainbows.’

Please find attached this week’s learning activities linked to ‘Amazing Authors.’

There are three activities to choose from:

  • EYFS and KS1 – for our younger children – Each Peach Pear Plum
  • KS2 – for our older children – The Smartest Giant in Town
  • Sensory – more suitable for our sensory learners – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Please feel free to look at them all and decide which activities are most suitable. You may decide to do more than one.

It is always so lovely to see photographs of the children enjoying activities, so please feel free to share any photographs by emailing your class teacher. If we have your permission, we will share these in our school newsletter and Facebook page.

We hope you find these activities useful and enjoy working on them.

#youarenotalone - 29.04.20

At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from #domesticabuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services remain available.

Find support at or call 999 if you are in immediate danger











CWMT Wellbeing Challenge 2020 - 28.04.20

We are very excited to launch our Wellbeing Challenge 2020.

This is a free interactive challenge that we usually send out to schools but we have adapted it for parents to do at home with their children in the current circumstances.

The idea is to encourage young people to think positively about their mental health; it’s based around the ‘Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing’: Give to others; Connect; Keep learning; Take notice; and Be active.

We are running the challenge for two weeks from next week (Monday 4th – Sunday 17th May) and you could be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize from Sharky and George – see below.

We understand the stresses faced by many parents and teachers at this time, so we have put together a whole pack of ideas so you can hit the ground running. Whether you’re a teacher looking for material to send to your pupils or a parent struggling for ideas, we hope we can help you out! There are two packs – one for primary aged children and one for secondary/sixth form age.

If you would like to sign up to receive your free pack then please complete our short form by clicking here. 

You can find out more information about the challenge on our website here.


The Prize!

Sharky and George have donated two of their amazing activity packs as prizes – a superhero pack for the primary aged competition and a survival activity pack for the secondary/sixth form one. Details of how you can win will be sent in our Wellbeing Challenge packs.

We also have runner-up prizes, as well as ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ window stickers for everyone that completes the challenge and submits their entry photos.

Sharky & George has one simple aim: to find the fun in everything. A creative events company that specialises in immersive experiences for adults and children. They have been busy ‘Finding the Fun’ in lockdown and now can’t think why they haven’t been offering virtual parties and activity packs all along.  Their awesome experiences are all about getting everyone involved in imaginative and energetic games and adventures, always involving a certain amount of mischief! 

Home Learning Week 1 – Rainbows - 25.04.20

Please find below some learning activities linked to ‘rainbows.’ We have provided activities for our younger children (EYFS and KS1) and our older children (KS2)  as well as activities more suitable for our sensory learners.

Please feel free to look at them all and decide which activities are most suitable or which you and your child will enjoy more.

Please feel free to share your activities or send photos to your class teacher and see if you can think of any more activities you could do linked to rainbows. We love seeing your pictures and the best ones will feature in our newsletter and Facebook page (if we have permission.)


Home School Learning EYFS/KS1

Home School Learning KS2

Home School Sensory Learning

School Sport - 20.04.20

As the weeks go on we would like to ensure we are supporting you with ideas to stay active.
Over the past couple of weeks the Lancashire SGO team have been developing a school sport and physical activity resource in line with the new School Games work programme.  The resource is centred around 4 key themes:
Move – helping children to achieve 60 active minutes
Learn – a FMS skill activity for KS1 and a KS2 sport skill activity adapted from the Lancashire SOW form a weekly PE activity for children to undertake
Challenge – A weekly personal best challenge linked to the weekly PE learn activity along with current trending or new challenges are included
Play – providing ideas and resources for children to be active through play
We hope you find this resource useful and adaptable to suit the needs of your child. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you would like further ideas.
Click here to download Lancashire School Games Activity Timetable Year 1 & 2.
Thank you for all your support
Connor Moffatt
PE Coordinator
Holly Grove School.

Message from Karen - 14.04.20

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter, the weather certainly helped. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. I have seen some real WOW moments during your home learning, well done.
Obviously the government advice has remained the same,
`Stay home, stay safe`. If you can care for your child at home you should.
I know their has been a lot of talk on the media about when schools will reopen safely. Edwina Grant OBE Executive Director of Education has sent a bulletin today stating, `I can assure you that I, and our DfE contact will continue to make the point that any reopening should be properly planned, consulted on and undertaken in a way that keeps pupils, their families and school staff safe`.
However if there are any Keyworker parents  who wish to access care next week, please contact the headteacher by email:
Please take care of your families and stay safe.

Karen Alty


Educational Resources - 10.04.20

Click here to download a list of online educational resources from


You can access lots of phonics games and activities at:

This is also a very useful link for Phase 2 Blending:


We think this ‘COVID-19 Time Capsule’ is a great activity you could do with your children, and will act as a great tool to reflect on in the future. It is available at:…/free-covid-19-time-capsule-…/…


A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.…/


Discovery Education are offering pupils from Holly Grove School free access to various resources.

How to Access the Service…

Pupils from our school can access the service at:…/discovery-education-…
Pupils simply need to click the login box (top right of screen), choose Espresso and enter the following username and password provided for your school:

Username: student18038
Generic School Password: discovery2020


Here are some useful Science websites and apps for you to download: (KS1) (KS2)

Picture This
Mag. Glass
Discovery for Kids
Kids fun Science Experiments
Science Games for Kids
Crazy Kids Science
Anatomy Quiz
Earth School – Science Games
Science Learning Games
Click Magazine: Science and Nature
Baby Hazel Science
Science Games for Kids: Puzzle
Animal Kingdom Science For Kids


LPDS TV has been devised for teachers, parents and children, offering short and simple tips, games and activities to keep children engaged with home learning. Each episode lasts around 10 minutes and will be available for free on the Learning Excellence YouTube channel and Facebook page on a weekly basis. Episode one will go live at 9.30am on Monday 20th April and will feature ‘Super Sentences’ with Nicola Martin, ‘Maths Magic’ with Andrew Taylor, ‘History around the home’ with Steven Kenyon and ‘Quiz Time’ with Rob Musker:


Sensory Spectacle is a great website to learn more about sensory processing difficulties. They also have their own Facebook page with lots of activities that can be done from home.
If any parents or staff would like to update their knowledge on sensory processing, they are currently offering their e-learning course ‘Understanding our Senses’ free of charge until the end of April. This course is a good baseline for understanding sensory processing difficulties and comes with a certificate on completion. If you are interested in completing this, please click on the link below and scroll down to ‘Understanding our Senses’. There are other e-learning courses but these come at a cost.
Here are some links to online safety resources:

Message from Karen - 04.04.20

I hope this message finds you safe and well in these difficult times. I just wanted to remind you that all the teachers and senior leaders are still working from home and are happy to answer any emails. You should have received your child’s teachers email address through School Synergy so feel free to email them with any questions you might have.

I hope you are managing to access our website and Facebook page. I know Connor our PE lead has been doing a live stream of his step class. Please keep checking School Synergy, the Facebook page and the website for new ideas.

Just a little reminder to ensure your children are safe when accessing things online. Any questions around online safety can be directed to our ICT lead Jack Duxbury.

Next week we are hoping to start the newsletters up and these will be posted in the newsletter section of the website. These will feature examples of the fantastic home learning that has been going on. I am very impressed with the photos I have seen. Please feel free to share your photos with your class teacher. It’s a lovely way for us to keep in touch.


Please stay home and stay safe

Best wishes



Coronavirus Update - 20.03.20

Coronavirus Update 20.3.20

I am writing to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these very challenging times.  In my 37 years in special education I have never experienced anything quite like it!

As a school we all need to do our bit to reduce the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  The government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, social distancing and household isolation.  Please see the link below for the government guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people.

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID 19 is clear.  If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and has asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society “Government Guidance for Schools 20 March 2020”.

School have been asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children.  Children who are not safe to be at home, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID 19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.  Thank you to those parents who have taken the difficult decision to keep their child safe at home.  We would like to reassure you that this will be considered an authorised absence (you will not be fined).

 At Holly Grove we are striving to keep our school open for the families who are frontline critical workers.  The health and wellbeing of your child, your family, our staff and other pupils is paramount.  Please be aware that whilst we are taking every precaution possible to stop the spread of covid 19, social distancing in schools proves very difficult.  Staff and pupils are going home to their own families and you must be aware that this will increase the risk of further spreading the virus to your child and your family.

Please be aware that due to a shortage of staffing we will have to put classes together which further increases the risk of contamination.  Pupils will not necessarily be with their usual staff teams or with their friends and we are unable to follow our normal routines.  However, we will be providing structure for the children who remain with us.

If your child shows any signs of having an illness, please understand if we ask you to come and pick them up.  We are doing everything in our power to keep our staff and pupils safe.

Thank you again for all your support and thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe.

Kind regards

Karen & the Senior Leadership Team

UPDATE 2.4.20  The Senior Leaders will be closely following any advice from the government over the next 2 weeks. Any keyworker parents wishing to access care after the Easter holidays please contact the Headteacher by email

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, please click here to read the document that outlines how we will continue to ensure the safeguarding of all of our pupils during this time.

World Book Day - 05.03.20

Today we celebrated World Book Day and the theme was ‘Myths and Legends.’ Classes shared their favourite stories with their friends and other classes and we had a big book reading session in the morning. The children took part in lots of activities throughout the day including a ‘Dragon’s Egg Hunt.’

We were also very fortunate to have Pendle Productions in school performing ‘The Dragon who lost his Voice.’

At the end of the day, the children took home a free book token to exchange in book shops in their local area. The children also took home a ‘Reading Record’ competition to try and do the ‘Share a Million Stories’ reading challenge.

Well done everyone for dressing up. The prize for the best costume went to Grace in Class 1 for dressing as Hermione from Harry Potter. Well done Grace!

Zoo Lab - 04.03.20

This term we had a visit from zoo lab.  They brought in lots of different animals for us all to have a look at and gave us lots of information about them and their habitats.  We were allowed to stroke all of the animals they brought in.  There was a huge snail, a rat, a slithering snake, and a tortoise.  We all had lots of fun.

Happy Retirement Elizabeth! - 14.02.20

This week we are saying goodbye to one of Holly Grove’s longest-serving teaching assistants. Elizabeth has worked at Holly Grove for over 25 years and we are going to be really sad to see her go. Elizabeth is retiring to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. We hope Elizabeth will keep in touch and visit us regularly. We wish you all the best Elizabeth.

Road Safety - 13.02.20

This half term Class 3 has been learning all about road safety. They have focused on the Green Cross Code and they put it in to practice on their trip out to Todmorden park. They enjoyed using the bikes on the bike track to practice their skills.

Safer Internet Day 2020 - 11.02.20

Today was Safer Internet Day and at Holly Grove we are committed to the safe and responsible use of the internet. We spent the day learning all about e-safety and how we can keep ourselves safe at school and at home.

Classes discussed all the good and bad things about the internet, their digital footprint, Key Stage 1 read a story about ‘Buddy the Dogs Online Safety Adventure’ and Key Stage 2 worked together to make a quiz all about staying safe online.

At the end of the day, all the classes came together for a special assembly and took part in an online safety quiz. The children held up YES or NO symbols when asked a question about staying safe online.

Holly Grove School Online Safety Rules:

  • I will always ask the teacher before I use the Internet and I will be sensible whenever I use it.
  • I will only use websites my teacher has told me about. 
  • I will not give my name, address or telephone number to anyone on the Internet and I will tell my teacher if anyone asks me for my name, address or telephone number. 
  • I will never agree to meet anyone I have spoken to on the Internet. 
  • If a stranger talks to you online, be safe and tell an adult.
  • I will be kind online and respect other people.
  • I will always tell an adult I trust if I see anything that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.

If you would like any more information on how to keep your child safe on the internet please speak to your child’s class teacher or you can visit the following websites:

Class 2 Goes to Italy - 06.02.20

Class 2’s topic this term is ‘Italy’. They have been learning about the different food that comes from Italy and have been doing lots of activities, flag making, creating their own pizza for the class display, and exploring a range of Italian foods.
Our class word of the week this week is ‘Lasagne’

Lancashire Send Partnership - 17.01.20

The Lancashire SEND Partnership was formed in 2018, following a joint inspection of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services in our local area by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The partnership brings together representatives from all agencies in Lancashire that provide SEND services for children, young people, their parents and carers.

One of the priorities for the SEND Partnership was to review Lancashire’s SEND Local Offer, which is the information, advice, support and services available across Lancashire, for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Following an extensive review, work has been carried out over the last six months to revise the Local Offer website, which provides a central access point to this information.  You can find the revised SEND Local Offer website at

Please have a read, share this link and the attached flyer with anyone you think may benefit from accessing the Local Offer. The attached flyer can be reproduced and included in newsletters, social media or on your own website.

We will continue to share more about the changes taking place via regular updates on the SEND local offer website and  Facebook page.  In the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch with the SEND Partnership,

Thank you,

Lancashire SEND Partnership

Goodbye Angie! - 20.12.19

This week we wave goodbye to Angie Henney our communication leader who is leaving Holly Grove to relocate with her family in Hastings.

Angie has been a huge part of Holly Grove since we first began as a school and has worked with many of our pupils throughout the years. she has also been the heart of Merry Berries, holiday clubs and our residential trips. Angie you will be missed by us all.

We wish her the best of luck as she begins this new, exciting chapter in her life. Goodbye Angie!

Carol Singing at Dove Court - 20.12.19

Holly Grove choir paid a special visit on Thursday to Dove Court Care Home in Burnley. The choir sang a selection of Christmas carols and even sang a special song from our Christmas production ‘A King is Born.’ The residents were so pleased to see them and thought their singing was great. Thank you Alison and the choir for putting a smile on their faces.



Christmas at Holly Grove - 19.12.19

We have had such a fun filled action packed week coming up to Christmas. On Monday we had the whole school Christingle service and we had a brass band come and play for us. Thank you to Bernard Kellow for organising this for us.   On Tuesday we had our Christmas Dinner and it was yummy! But the best part of the Week was Wednesday when we had a Christmas party and Santa made a special appearance and gave every child a present.

Thank You Christine - 11.12.19

On behalf of all the pupils and staff at Holly Grove we would like to say a huge thank you to Christine Bancroft for her years of service as a governor at Holly Grove School. Christine is retiring after 4 years and has always been actively involved with school activities and she was also a trustee for The Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund. Christine helped to make us an registered charity in February 2015 and since then has helped to raise a lot of money for our school. Thank you Christine for all your help and support over these past few years. Please come back and visit us soon.

Recycle Jingle - 10.12.19

Poppies group have been very busy creating their own recycle jingle as part of a local competition. Unfortunately they didn’t win but the judges were so impressed with their entry that they were awarded a £50 voucher to spend at Townley Garden Centre. Well done Poppies group this jingle was very catchy.


Children in Need 2019 - 22.11.19

We had a super spotty day last week, all in aid of a good cause. To raise money for Children in Need, children came into school dressed in spots or yellow clothing in exchange for a donation. Classes baked yummy cakes for a bake sale at breaktime, we had a Pudsey hunt, lots of Pudsey themed activities and we finished off the day with Holly Grove’s Got Talent. All the entries were fantastic but the winners were Nursery/Reception and Class 6.

Halloween Spooktacular Extravaganza - 01.11.19

Yesterday the children took part in a Halloween Spooktacular Extravaganza in the sensory garden. Each class was timetabled to take part in various Halloween activities. The children (and staff) had so much fun as you can see from the pictures.

Musical Intensive Interaction - 17.10.19

Class 7 have had a very productive week at Holly Grove. They have being doing some musical intensive interaction and also enjoying the Autumn sunshine in the sensory garden.



Rosemere Coffee Morning - 26.09.19

Thank you to everyone who attended our coffee morning and also those who sent in donations. We raised over £160. The Rosemere Cancer Foundation supports world class cancer treatment throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria, providing the best possible care for cancer patients. A huge well done to all the classes that baked buns and cakes for us to sell, and thank you to the parents who sent donations of cakes in as well.

Out of this World… - 20.09.19

Holly Grove is feeling OUT OF THIS WORLD!

We have entered a planet naming competition on Class 3’s Dylan came up with the name ‘Kefa.’ Fingers crossed his suggestion will be used to name a planet in a galaxy far far away!

Holly Grove Celebration Awards Assembly - 18.07.19

A huge well done to everyone who was nominated for an award on Monday, Holly Grove is so proud of you all. Please keep up the good work.

We are pleased to announce the winners for the following awards were:

Swimming and Hydrotherapy Awards:

St. Peters – Anthony & Umme

Water Confidence –Curtis & Kenzie

Hydrotherapy –Nimra & Rohaan

PE Awards:

Key Stage 1 – Kyle P & Oscar

Key Stage 2 –Furqan & Hayaa

MOVE –Fatima & Blake

Sports Superstar –  Waylon

Friendship AwardAdam

Georgia Fourie AwardSairah

Superstar AwardDavid P

Special Achievement Awards:

Foundation Stage – Leighton & Katie H

Key Stage 1 – Sulayman A & Oakli-Rose

Key Stage 2 –Damien & Lucas W

Head Teachers Awards:

Boy – Alfie B

Girl – Hina

Our Head Boy/girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl for next year were also announced on Monday. The following children chosen were:

Head Boy – William

Head Girl – Megan

Deputy Head Boy – Anthony

Deputy Head Girl –Isabelle

Y6 Celebration Evening - 15.07.19

On Friday we held a special leavers evening for our Y5 and Y6 pupils moving onto high school. The evening started at 6pm with lots of photo opportunities, a buffet and then a special assembly celebrating our pupils achievements at Holly Grove. The children got a leavers book to take home with them full of memories, a poem written by Class 4 teacher Danielle and a special leavers gift from their class teacher. As you can see from the pictures the children and their families had a wonderful evening and we will all really miss them when they move onto high school

Family Art Therapy at Holly Grove - 11.07.19

Over the past few months Fatema and Chelsea have been running Family Art Therapy Courses at Holly Grove. The idea of this is to promote a love of learning between parents and children, making it a positive experience and bringing families together through a love of art.  Art Therapy helps with both parent and child well being and makes them aware of other ways they can communicate their feelings towards each other. Art therapy can help in a variety of ways including, developing self awareness, exploring emotions, addressing unresolved emotional conflict, improving social skills and raising self esteem.

These courses have proved to be highly successful and both parents and children have found them so rewarding. Below are some quotes we have received from parents about the courses.

“Fantastic, really enjoyed having one to one time with my son”

“Was lovely spending time with my son that is positive.”

“Very different to anything that I have done. Great fun. Great group of people. Many thanks.”

“I have enjoyed being part of the group and sharing my feelings and thoughts in a safe and secure environment with other parents.”

Thank You!! - 11.07.19

From everyone at Holly Grove we would like to say a huge thank you to Mason’s Grandad, who went out and bought a new rabbit hutch after ours was vandalised a few weeks ago. Our two rabbits, Karen and Eve, are very happy in their new home and love exploring all the new areas in the hutch. Thank you to Mason’s Grandad for such a kind gesture.


The Great Get Together - 20.06.19

A huge thank you to everyone who came to the ‘Jo Cox Great Get Together’ on Friday 14th June. Our aim was to bring all members of the community together and celebrate British values. This is held in celebration of Jo Cox’s belief “that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”

We had an afternoon tea competition and every class took part. There were some fantastic entries but the winning class was class 2. Well done!



Afternoon Tea at the House of Commons - 07.06.19

Karen and Eve took a special trip on Wednesday. They were invited down to London to attend a special afternoon tea reception, on the terrace pavilion at the House of Commons. This was to celebrate that Holly Grove Primary School was shortlisted for the ‘Alternative Provision School of the Year’ in the ‘tes school awards 2019. The awards ceremony takes place on Friday 21st June in London. So please keep your fingers crossed for us.


Outdoor Classroom Day - 24.05.19

Playing and learning outdoors is fundamental to children’s health, wellbeing and development, so today, Holly Grove, as well as thousands of schools across the country took part by holding their lessons outside.

Samantha and the Eco Council put together lots of fun activities for everyone to do outside. This included painting with frozen berries and using chopped up fruit as paint stamps, making fairy soup using flowers petals from the garden, threading recycled bottle tops to make a sensory curtain, tepee making, a bug survey, outdoor storytelling, using the mud kitchen to make mud pies and casseroles and some pupils even took part in making a herb garden from recycled milk bottles.

From our pictures you can see how much fun all our children had.


Spanish Day - 17.05.19

Hola! Today has been jam packed full of activities to celebrate Spanish Day. The day started off learning a Spanish hello song’ and learning numbers 1-10 in Spanish. Later in the morning we made Spanish fans and learnt to Flamenco dance to Spanish music. At snack time we had tapas which is little dishes of different savoury food. A few of the dishes we tried included olives, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, flatbread with hummus and paella.  Olives and feta cheese were the most popular tapas dishes. In the afternoon we learnt how to play Spanish instruments, such as castanets and we created Spanish art. Overall we had such a busy but fun day.

We Have Been Nominated… - 01.05.19

Holly Grove Primary School

Friday 26 April 2019

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2019.

It’s been revealed that Holly Grove Primary School has been shortlisted for the Alternative Provision School of the Year award.

Tes editor Ann Mroz said: It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.

The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on
Friday 21 June 2019.

To see the full list of who’s in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit

Easter Egg Rolling Competition - 05.04.19

Holly Grove’s Annual Egg Rolling Competition was held on Thursday 4th April and as always, all competitors were ‘egg-cellent’ and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. A huge thank you to Nick Barrett for hosting and entertaining us with his terrible ‘egg’ jokes!

Altogether For Autism - 04.04.19

Holly Grove School celebrated Autism Day on Tuesday 2nd April. Everyone dressed in bright colours and all generous donations are being given to Action for ASD, East Lancashire Autism Resource Centre.




Easter Fair 2019 - 29.03.19

Another fantastic Easter Fair was held at Holly Grove today. There were lots of stalls including: a bottle and chocolate tombola, bric-a-brac, name the bunny, egg-rolling and many others. We also had a special guest appearance from Bertie Bee! Thank you to everyone who gave donations, your kindness is much appreciated.

Red Nose Day 2019 - 19.03.19

Friday 15th March was Red Nose Day and Holly Grove School collected a fantastic grand total of £224.12! Well done everyone.

Staff and pupils came into school either dressed in red or as Disney characters for a £1 donation, there was face-painting for 50p and a Cake / Bun Stall selling class and home donations. Many thanks also to all the parents, carers and staff members who made donations to this well loved Comic Relief event.

World Book Day 2019 - 08.03.19

Holly Grove’s World Book Day on Thursday 7th March was a great success. We started the day by watching ‘Peter Pan’ performed by Pendle Productions, which was very entertaining and there was lots of laughter heard from the hall that morning! Books, DVDs and toys were also enjoyed by everyone in the afternoon and there was a very special sensory story held in the Sensory Room ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ read by our super sensory story reader, Joanne Colton. Winners of the best dressed characters were as follows…

KS1 Boy – Ihsaan

KS1 Girl – Dahlia

KS2 Boy – Alfie

KS2 Girl – Nimra

KS1 Staff – Joanne Colton

KS2 Staff – Alison Redmond

World Book Day 2019- ‘Share a Story’. - 06.03.19

Here is a short clip that shows some of the ways we share stories at Holly Grove School. We hope you enjoy it!


Mental Health Week - 28.02.19

Mental Health Week was 4th February – 8th February 2019

Holly Grove staff and pupils took part in a variety of activities all week…

  • Connect—Every morning at break times, each class donated a healthy breakfast to share in the staff room.
  • Give—Staff pulled a name from a hat then wrote down and shared a positive comment about that person.
  • Take Notice—Staff wrote down and shared a simple thing that they are grateful for.
  • Keep Learning—Everyday one member of staff from each class spent the afternoon in the class above to gain a new experience.
  • Be Active—Every morning there was the option of joining in with a yoga session in the hall or  having a quick jog around Barden track.

SEND Partnership Survey - 15.01.19

Help the Lancashire SEND Partnership understand more about what we they are getting right and where they need to continue improvement, by completing a survey.

Survey for parents or carers

Survey for children and young people

So far, more than 1,000 people have contributed to the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) survey from In-Control . The survey is part of the ongoing national pilot to help local areas understand the impact of the SEND reforms.



Children in Need 2018 – 16.11.18 - 07.01.19

A huge thank you to everyone that donated cakes, buns and money for Children in Need. We are pleased to announce we raised £223.64. We had a cake sale, face painting and a Pudsey colouring competition In the morning we held a Holly Grove’s Got Talent. The winner in Key stage 1 was Dylan from Class 2 for his fantastic singing of the Queen hit, ‘We Will Rock You’, the winner of Key Stage 2 was Nestee for her version of George Ezra’s hit, ‘Shot Gun’. Everyone was fantastic! Keep practising for next year!





Rosemere Coffee Morning - 07.11.18

Holly Grove’s Coffee Morning was a huge success, raising £250 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in just a couple of hours. The Rosemere Cancer Foundation supports world class cancer treatment throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria, providing the best possible care for cancer patients. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and visitors that joined us for our coffee morning, also a big thank you to the bakers for some amazing home (and class) bakes, they were delicious!

Zoo Lab visits Holly Grove - 11.10.18

On Monday 8th October, Zoo Lab kindly brought a wide selection of mini-beasts and reptiles to Holly Grove School. The children loved looking at them and some children were brave enough to even hold them! Thank you to Zoo Lab for the annual visit, we always look forward to seeing you.




Celebration Awards Assembly - 19.07.18

A huge well done to everyone who was nominated for an award on Monday, Holly Grove is so proud of you all. Please keep up the good work.

We are pleased to announce the winners for the following awards were:

Swimming and Hydrotherapy Awards:

St. Peters – Dylan

Water Confidence –Furqan

Hydrotherapy –Max & Abigail

PE Awards:

Key Stage 1 – Nestee & Katie

Key Stage 2 –Azizul & Megan

MOVE –Grace C & Noah

Sports Superstar –Harley

Friendship AwardDaniel P

Georgia Fourie AwardLogan

Superstar AwardIhsaan

Special Achievement Awards:

Foundation Stage – Cato & Leila

Key Stage 1 – Fatima & Scott

Key Stage 2 –Faisal, Adam & Kacey

Head Teachers Awards:

Boy – Jason T

Girl – Faith

Our Head Boy/girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl for next year were also announced on Monday. The following children chosen were:

Head Boy – Kaidan

Head Girl – Hayaa

Deputy Head Boy – Jason T

Deputy Head Girl – Umme


Year 6 Leavers Evening - 17.07.18

Last Friday our Year 6 pupils came back after school to be part of a very special celebration assembly. We celebrated their achievements and looked back at their time here at Holly Grove.

The evening started at 6 o clock with pupils turning up in their smartest dresses and suits and had photo opportunities with their friends and family followed by a buffet. We then made our way into the auditorium for a special assembly where the pupils were presented with a leavers gift, personalised poem written by Cathy Cryer and a leavers book full of memories.

It was an emotional evening but everyone had an amazing night and we wish our leavers every success in the future and hope they keep in touch.

Holly Grove’s Eco Council in the Community - 21.06.18

Holly Grove School has recently been awarded the Bronze Award for all the work the Eco Council have done around the school in the last year to make it more eco friendly. We are currently working towards the Silver Award and at our last meting the children decided they would do some work in the community.

So today some of the Eco Council went to Towneley Park to help clean up the area, do some weeding and plant some bulbs. We met up with ‘The Friends of Towneley Park,’ who are a group of dedicated volunteers who work to maintain and improve the park for the whole community to enjoy. We had a fantastic time and cant wait to go back and see the bulbs we have planted turn into flowers.


Sports Week - 15.06.18

Well what an energetic week it has been! We have been taking part in Sports Week to tie in with the start of the World Cup and all the children participated in lots of fun activities. On Monday we started the week off with some light Yoga. Tuesday saw us playing boccia and curling. On Wednesday our football team went to Pendle View to represent the school in a football tournament – and we only won 3-1 against the hosts Pendle View! On Thursday some children went to a swimming gala at Accrington Academy and they all did us proud. Each class was given a country to represent and learn about and on Friday all the classes came together in the hall to share food they had made from their nominated country. It has been a fantastic week with everyone coming together and working hard as a team. well done everyone for all your hard work

The Great Get Together – ‘A Royal Wedding’ - 18.05.18

Holly Grove has celebrated in style today, by hosting a ‘Street Party’ to celebrate the Great Get Together and the Royal Wedding. Although the Great Get Together is meant to be held in June, in celebration of Jo Cox’s belief “that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us,” we have celebrated today and linked our get together to the Royal Wedding.

Children came into school dressed as Princes and Princesses and we had a fun packed day. We had a ‘Royal Wedding’ in the morning with our wonderful bride and groom, Harley and Isobelle, we wrote wedding wishes which will be posted off to the Royal couple and we made and decorated our own Union Jack flags.

In the afternoon we invited parents and members of the local community in to School to celebrate with us. And the highlight of the afternoon was ‘The Great British Wedding Cake Bake Off.’ All classes made a wedding cake and some parents took part as well. You can see from the pictures what a fantastic effort everyone made.

Spanish Day - 11.05.18

Hola! Today has been Spanish Day at Holly Grove and we have loved every minute of it. In the morning we learnt all about Spanish culture, looked at the Spanish language, tried tapas for snack and learnt to Flamenco dance. In the afternoon we experimented with Spanish Art, played some Spanish instruments (the maracas were our favourite) and we designed our own classic Spanish fans. You can tell by our pictures we had a great day.


School Council – Taste Testers - 04.05.18

The Burnley Campus catering team have visited Holly Grove today and met with the school council to discuss a new menu. The students got to taste a delicious range of food and they were really impressed. Some of the food included cottage pie, sausages, lasagne, mint choc ice cream and of course Gillian’s famous cornflake cake. All of the food went down a treat and the students were well and truly stuffed. A huge thank you to Dionne, Janet, Gillian and the whole catering team for taking the time to listen to our students views and letting them taste test some of this yummy food. We are looking forward to these items being on the new menu.

World Book Day 2018 - 26.04.18

As official ‘World Book Day’ in March had to be cancelled because of the snow, we held it last Friday. The theme was ‘Witches and Wizards’ and the children (and staff) made a fantastic effort. We were extremely lucky to have Pendle Productions come into school to perform ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for us! The children loved it. They also took part in a book swap and we had games and competitions throughout the day. How fantastic do all our children look!

Sport Relief 2018 - 23.03.18

Holly Grove have done their bit for Sport Relief today! Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise money and change lives. Here is a breakdown of some of the things we have done today:

  • Morning yoga and wake and shake in classes
  • We made our own healthy snacks and sold them to classes at snack time
  • Some of our key stage 2 pupils took part in a sponsored triathlon event
  • The whole school took part in a sponsored 1 lap of the running track
  • Selected pupils have taken part in boccia and wheelchair dancing

The children and staff came to school dressed in sportswear and managed to get their parents/carers and family to sponsor them for the triathalon or the 1 mile lap.

We held a special assembly where parents came in to see their children’s achievements and to see pictures of the various activities we had taken part in throughout the day.

All the money raised by Sport Relief is to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries. To learn more about how your money will be spent please visit

We really appreciate your support and I am pleased to say we raised a grand total of £329.15, so again thank you so much.

World Book Day 2018 - 20.02.18

Thursday 1st March is World Book Day and we are looking forward to celebrating the magic of books in school that day. Our theme this year is ‘witches and Wizards’ and we are encouraging the pupils (and staff) to dress up as witches and wizards or, if they prefer, their favourite book character.

We are also taking part in a book swap and asking pupils to bring in a book they no longer want and swap it with a different one of their choice as well as sending home the free book tokens for them to exchange at a range of book stores.

Please come back to see all our ‘magical’ pictures on the 1st March.

Music Sharing Event - 06.02.18

On Tuesday February 6th Holly Grove was host to Ridgewood Community High School and Acorns Special School from Preston for a music sharing event. To begin we did some warm-up exercises led by Mr Bridges, the Ridgewood music teacher and then Class 7 showcased some work we had been doing in Literacy where we improvised using instruments to Holst’s The Planets in our story Jupiter Cove. Acorns then sang “There’s a hole at the bottom of the sea,” then Ridgewood did a mash-up of an Inuit lullaby and the Ed Sheeran song Perfect.  Then together we sang Under the Sea from A Little Mermaid and lots of other sea songs.

Safer Internet Day 2018 - 06.02.18

We have been learning all about keeping safe on the internet this week. Tuesday 6th February was Safer Internet Day and at Holly Grove we are committed to the safe and responsible use of the internet. We have spent the whole week learning all about e-safety and how we can keep ourselves safe at school and at home.

Key stage 1 have been designing their own e-safety posters to highlight the negatives and the positives of using the internet, they have also made an e-safety brochure using the book creator app. Class 5 and 6 worked together and made an e-safety quiz for the younger children. The children used YES and NO symbols to answer the questions. Class 7 have learnt a song called “Buddies use the Tablet Safely” which they performed for the whole school in assembly and Class 8 performed a role play, highlighting to the whole school the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet. It has been a very busy week here at Holly Grove.

The school council have come up with their own Online Safety Rules.

  • Do not use the internet without an adults permission.
  • Do not download a file or a picture without checking with an adult first, it could be a virus.
  • Always be safe online.
  • If a stranger talks to you online, be safe and tell an adult.
  • Do not give out your personal details online, like full name, date of birth, address or password.
  • Be kind online and respect other people.
  • Do not agree to meet anyone you have been talking to online.
  • Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that makes you feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.

To view our special edition Safer Internet Day newsletter, written by the school council please click here.

If you would like anymore information on how to keep your child safe on the internet please speak to your child’s class teacher or you can visit the following websites:


Anti Bullying Week - 01.12.17

Last week at Holly Grove School was Anti-Bullying Week. We made posters about being kind to our friends and saying nice things to each other. We read social stories together as a class and we know to tell a teacher if we are feeling sad or someone is not being kind to us. We are all friends at Holly Grove School and it is a happy, friendly, safe environment for us to learn in. Please see our policies section to download our Anti Bullying Policy.

Below are some pictures of us making new friends, being kind to each other and helping our peers.


Viking Puppet Show - 28.11.17

This term, in History, Class 5 has been learning all about the Vikings. We explored some of their stories and adventures, which we then re-enacted with or own puppet shows, have a look!

Children in Need 2017 - 21.11.17

Holly Grove School got spotty on Friday to support Children in Need . We had a cake and bun sale, a teddy stall, games and competitions. We managed to raise a whopping £415. A Huge thank you to all the parents and carers who sent in cakes, teddies and donations.


BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Visited Merry Berries - 13.11.17

We are pleased to announce that Merry Berries, our after school club has been awarded £92,185 over the next 3 years from BBC Children in Need! This is the third time we have been successful in securing funding for this amazing project for children who have additional and complex needs. As well as keeping all the key elements from previous years, this year the project has been redeveloped to include the children creating their own Merry Berries vlog and blog and the introduction of the plant to plate concept, which will give the children some ownership of what they are eating, with a collaboration across campus and the wider community. The Merry Berry staff team will be able to spend more time teaching the children functional life skills, improving their communication and controlling their behaviours, whilst a trained chef will be working with the children to prep and cook the food and give them more of an understanding of where their food has come from.

BBC’s Saturday Kitchen team came to see what Merry Berries is all about along with BBC Radio 1 DJ and Masterchef finalist Dev, who sampled some food and took part in the activities. It was such a busy day but we are so proud of all the children and the staff. Well done everyone!

The footage was aired last Saturday so if you missed seeing it on TV please click the link below to watch it on BBC iPlayer. (skip to 1 hr and 5 mins to watch us)

The Merry Berries video blog is now up and running, please click here to watch our video.






Diwali Celebration Assembly by Class 6 - 24.10.17

Class 6 have been learning all about the Hindu “Festival of Lights” which celebrates the new year. Class 6 had such a fun time learning all about Diwali that they put together an assembly for the whole school and told them the story of Diwali.

During Diwali the house is spring cleaned, gifts are exchanged, they wear new clothes and they put on a huge fireworks display.

Class 6 acted out the story of Rama and Sita, gave out food and then showed us a fireworks display on the big screen. It was so much fun learning all about Diwali.


Annual Butterfly Ball - 13.10.17

A huge thank you to all those who attended/supported us at the Butterfly Ball at Burnley Football Club on 7th October 2017. We have raised a whopping £8262 with every penny going to help the children of Holly Grove School. We couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you so much! (Pictured is Charity Patron Ted Robbins, with Parent Governor Rosie Saunders and her Son Eddie, who attends Holly Grove School)

Rosemere Coffee Morning - 22.09.17

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning , either by sending in money for raffle tickets or showing up and buying coffee and cakes. We managed to raise a whopping £343.95 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. We couldn’t have done it without your help and support so thank you for such a great turnout.

Schools Out… - 21.07.17

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer. School reopens Tuesday 5th Setember. Enjoy your summer holidays!

Gamelan Workshop - 20.07.17

Class 4 went to a Gamelan workshop at Ridgewood Community High School in July. Mr Bridges, a Year 7 and Music teacher at Ridgewood led the session with some Year 7 pupils.

Gamelan instruments are brass bells and gongs which are hit by hammers to produce a sound. They are found mainly in Bali and Java.

The children really enjoyed playing the instruments alongside Year 7.

And the winners are… - 02.07.17

…Holly Grove School. On Thursday 29th June, at the Lancashire Education Awards at Ewood Park, Holly Grove was awarded Special School of the Year 2017!!Thank you to all our pupils, parents/carers and everyone who supports us.

Pictured accepting the award is (L-R) Lisa Parker – Chair of Governors, Nick Barrett – Family Support Manager, Karen Alty – Headteacher, Eve Taylor – Deputy Headteacher and Katrina Meager – Family Support Assistant / Governor

British Values Week - 09.05.17

We have celebrated British Values Week at Holly Grove this week. We have been singing our national anthem in class, learning about the Royal Family and all classes took part in The Great British Holly Grove Bake Off. The children have also been to the polls choosing our candidates for Head Boy and Head Girl.

The Winners of the Vote Are:

Head Boy: Daniel Parker
Deputy Head Boy: Daniel Haslam
Head Girl: Faith Holder
Deputy Head Girl: Abigail Cudworth

Stripy Sock Day - 07.05.17

A huge thank you to everyone who came to school wearing stripy socks on Friday for Cri du Chat awareness week. Thank you for all your kind donations, we have raised £140. Well done everyone!

Easter Fair - 23.03.17

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made our Easter Fair possible, either by donating items or by coming along and spending your money. We made £820 on the day which is fantastic. We were really pleased that Bertie Bee made an appearance and he certainly put a smile on the children’s faces. The winner of the Facebook Competition was Helen Pickard, winning a chocolate hamper. The winner of the Signed Burnley FC Football was Lauren Slattery and the three winners of the Luxury Hampers were Jack Duxbury, Cheryl Bannister and Kaidan Hewitt. Well done everybody.