World Book Day 2018

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

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

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:


Eve’s ‘Shining Stars’

Each half term children who have been working hard in classes will be chosen to be Eve’s ‘Shining Stars’. Eve will go and visit them every week and spend time with them in class, looking at their work. They will also receive rewards and gift and have their work displayed in Eve’s room. This half term the children chosen were: Oakli Rose, Ihsaan, Kai, Owen, Samir, Eddie, Kuba and Aashir.

Well done everyone. Holly Grove is very proud of you all.

Anti Bullying Week

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.


Children in Need 2017

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

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

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

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)