Healthy Schools

At Holly Grove we are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all of our pupils and our curriculum is full of opportunities for our pupils to learn about the difference living a healthy lifestyle can make to the quality of their lives, both now and in the future.

In 2010 we received Lancashire Healthy School Status in recognition of gaining quality marks for five of the Lancashire Healthy School Quality Standards and are now in the process of applying for reaccreditation. We have already received reaccreditation of the Health Eating Quality and got particular recognition for the work of our Food Fantastic Club.

We are about to reapply for the Physical Activity, Safety Education, Ethos and Partnership with Families and Local Communities Quality Standards and we will update this page on our progress through the standards in the coming months.


A Healthy School values all those who work and learn there, addressing the development of the whole person within the context of all aspects of school life.

A Healthy School provides a teaching, learning and listening environment which enhances self esteem and self confidence enabling everyone to fulfil their true potential.

A Healthy School also recognises its wider role in supporting the needs of its staff and young people within the wider sphere of society, culture and community.”

Lancashire Healthy Schools Programme ~ Vision Statement

Safety Education

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:

To download our computing policy click here



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At Holly Grove we believe it is really important for the children to have their own voice and make important decisions. We have a suggestion box on the corridor for pupils to leave their views on school issues, and the School Council will discuss these issues at their regular meetings.

One recurring issue was that pupils expressed an interest in improving school dinners. Some of the issues included; cold food, lack of cutlery and cups; portion sizes not big enough and food they would like to see on the menu.

The School Council contacted the Burnley Campus catering team who agreed to sit down with them and listen to their views. The School Council went class to class with a survey asking children and staff to inform them of any specific issues they would like to see brought up, and also suggestions for what the feel could be improved.

On 17th April 2018, the campus manager and catering team got together with the School Council to hear their views. They started by telling them what they love about school dinners. Favourites include: the salad barrow, shepherds pie and lasagne. They asked if they could have new dishes on the menu. These included sausage rolls, hot dogs, different pies and pasties, quiche, paninis, spaghetti bolognaise and meatballs. The campus manager and catering team listened to their suggestions and invited the School Council to have dinner with them and they could taste test some new foods and give their feedback.

On 14th May 2018, the School Council met with the campus catering team and got to try a delicious range of food. Some of the foods they tried included cottage pie, sausages, lasagne, mint choc chip ice cream and of course Gillian’s famous cornflake cake. All the food went down a treat and the children were well and truly stuffed.

The School Council fed back in assembly to the rest of the school and told everyone of the exciting new menu planned for the following term.

The School Council are regularly asking classes for their opinions on the new food and if any issues do arise they council can feed back to the catering team.

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Partnerships with Families and Local Communities

Community Cohesion is part of our school culture and ethos. Without the amazing support from different organisations and people within our local community our children would not have the fantastic facilities and opportunities. We believe it is important to give back and strive to be an active member of the community. Throughout the school year we aim to provide a chance for the community to be involved with our school events such as ‘The Great Get Together’ and our coffee mornings. Our school council have also developed their own ideas on how to give back to community such as cleaning the Barden Track, raising awareness for the Spacious Place Food Bank and offering to support people in our local community with their ‘Big Shop’.

It is part of the general ethos of Holly Grove that parents are partners in education. We maintain an ‘open door’ approach so that parents are able to communicate with staff on a regular basis, both formally and informally. We are very keen to seek parents’ views and regularly send home a parents’ comments form and act upon these comments.  ‘Nibble and Natter’ sessions are held once every half term and provide the opportunity for families to meet informally and have a chat and light refreshments. A member of senior management is available to chat if anyone has any questions.

Holly Grove hosts the Parent Carer Forum which meets on a regular basis and is open to all parents, friends and families. Nick Barrett, our Family Support Manager supports parents and carers where he can and also holds regular workshops and drop in sessions on issues such as sleep, diet and behavior. In order to meet the diverse needs of our families, we are able to provide bilingual support in a range of different languages.

‘The Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund was set up in 2009, in conjunction with her parents, in memory of a very special pupil who sadly passed away after many years of bad health. This fund is used to raise money to improve and enhance the lives of our wonderful pupils and has grown from strength to strength over the past few years! As a result of the fund we have purchased new equipment for school, contributed towards our school minibus, taken the pupils on a fantastic residential to Blackpool and set up a helping hand grant to support our families and carers. We received full charity status in December 2015 and have many new exciting ventures in the pipeline to benefit our pupils and their families.

“As a parent I always feel a warm welcome and inviting atmosphere within the school. There is a tight communication system between the school and parents through home/school diaries. You’re also in the knowledge that school will contact you by phone if there are any immediate issues. Nick, the Family Support Manager, has helped me son with everyday activities he has found difficult and has been a fantastic support within the home environment. He taught me how to use behavior strategies, such as “working towards” in context. Now my sons behavior has dramatically improved due to the constant support. ” – Rosie Saunders, Parent of a child at Holly Grove



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Physical Education

Physical literacy and wellbeing is an integral part of living a happy and healthy life. At Holly Grove we invest a lot into the development of PE and physical activity. We have a growing PE team who are committed to providing opportunities for all pupils to develop their skills and health through fun and engaging experiences.

Physical activity has been found to improve self-esteem and resilience. As a school we aim to promote physical activity through the curriculum. We do this through the following…

  • MOVE programme
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Sensory Processing
  • Yoga
  • Wake and Shake
  • Change4Life groups
  • Playground activities
  • Daily Mile Programme

Developing links within the community is essential to securing future opportunities for all our pupils. Through the Burnley Sports Partnership and Burnley Football Club all pupils are able to gain extra opportunities outside of school through with familiar and knowledgeable coaches.


‘I have noticed a huge increase in confidence and resilience in pupils over the last year, as well as an improvement in social skills’ AJ (Level 3 Teaching Assistant)


‘I like Rebound because I get to jump and bounce. I feel happy.’

Ihsaan. Year 2


‘I like running.’

Scott. Year 2


‘I love the games with Alex and playing on the bikes in the playground.’

Waylon. Year 3


‘I like being part of the football team and climbing at playtime.’

Alfie. Year 6


‘Sensory Processing makes me feel nice and comfy.’

Dylan. Year 1


‘I love exercise.’

David. Year 1


I love Sensory Processing. It makes me feel happy and calm and gets my heart pumping!’

Jason Y6


Emotional Health and Wellbeing

At Holly Grove, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our community staff and children. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable children.

We will:

  • Highlight sources of information and support about common mental health issues on our school website
  • Ensure that all parents are aware of who to talk to, and how to go about this, if they have concerns about their own child or a friend of their child
  • Make our mental health policy easily accessible to parents
  • Share ideas about how parents can support positive mental health in their children
  • Keep parents informed about the mental health topics their children are learning about in PSHE and share ideas for extending and exploring this learning at home (where appropriate taking into consideration their level of learning difficulties).


As a school, we celebrated Mental Health Week on 4th February 2019.  We focused on the 5-a-day theory which involves:

  • Connect
  • Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

We organised a range of events and activities for the children and staff to promote ‘Positive Mental Health.’ This included a physical activity every morning such as 1 lap of the running track and yoga. Staff participated in a ‘Class Swap’ each afternoon to give themselves and the children a new experience. Pupils used a buddy system at Golden Time to connect with other children throughout the school. Classes looked at feelings and promoted positivity through using a positive comments board.  Healthy breakfasts were made available and each class looked at what we should be grateful for in our lives.

Mental Health Week was such a success, we have now introduced a daily running club every morning and an afternoon yoga session on Fridays.

‘Healthy body, healthy mind.’ – Hayaa

‘I was calm when I was breathing.’ – Kenzie

‘Relaxing makes me feel happy.’ – Azizal

‘Giving a hug is kind.’ – Umme

‘Ask friends if they want to play.’ – Kaidan

‘You can hold the door for people.’ – Kenzie

‘I liked mental health week.’ – Jack

‘I like yoga!’ – Lucas 


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