Senior School FAQ Hollygirt School


Senior School FAQs

We have listed some frequently asked questions below.

Please get in touch if you have any additional questions.

Depending on circumstances, it is possible to transfer during the first half term of Year 10 but we cannot guarantee being able to match option choices and there would be significant additional work to catch up on. We are happy to discuss situations individually.

It would not be uncommon for a pupil to drop back a year if education has been interrupted mid GCSEs.

There is a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities which offers depth and breadth to our educational offering. This programme is updated termly. The current programme can be seen here. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is very popular and pupils in Year 9 to 11 have the opportunity to do their bronze and silver award.

Many subjects offer additional support lessons.

Some additional qualifications are offered after school.

Throughout the Senior School pupils follow an ‘Issues’ programme which looks at a variety of personal, social, health, careers, finance and citizenship education.

Year 10 and 11 pupils attend Conference Days which look at university requirements, writing CVs and personal statements, study skills etc.

There is a well stocked careers library and online resources. All Year 10 pupils do a Morrisby careers profile and have an individual interview with an external careers professional.

Year 10 pupils also have a week out of school to do a work experience placement.

We run a post Hollygirt evening early in the Autumn Term where providers of post 16 education throughout the county discuss their offering.

Our pupils study for 9 GCSEs as standard. There are sometimes additional subjects offered as extra-curricular activities. Where appropriate, pupils can follow a reduced timetable.

We believe that quality is more important than quantity and this is borne out by all universities.

An average class size for Year 7 to 9  is around 12-15. This varies subject by subject and year by year. GCSE option groups can be as small as 4 and rarely beyond 14.

Currently our cohorts of pupils are too small to offer a range of subject options to meet the post 16 needs. We will reconsider this opportunity in the future.

Pupils move on to a variety of establishments county wide and occasionally beyond, including local maintained sixth forms, colleges, independent day and boarding schools. We prepare them well for this time of change and early on at the start of year we invite all providers of post 16 education to our Post Hollygirt Evening. We know all pupils well, by ability, work ethic and ambition so can advise on suitable places.

Fees are due in advance, on the first day of term. They can be paid by cheque or by BACS transfer. See the finance section of the website for further details of how to pay.

Parents can pay monthly by joining the ‘School Fees Plan’ which is an external provision and a small termly fee is charged for this service. Please ask for a leaflet or look for details on the website.

On the first bill there is a one off payment, per family, of £50 for contribution to the Friends of Hollygirt.  Thereafter all other disbursements for trips, visits, revision guides etc are signed for by parents in advance. There are additionally some insurances and schemes which parents can opt in to.

The safety and security of our pupils is of paramount importance to us. Children in Junior School are always accompanied when moving between buildings. Senior pupils are asked to move around in small groups. No pupils are permitted to leave our sites unless accompanied by a teacher and parental consent is required for all off site visits. All access points to our grounds and buildings have key pads and all visitors are signed in and badged.

All staff are required to have enhanced checks to ensure their suitability for working with children and all undergo regular safeguarding training.

In common with most schools found in urban areas, parking is tight in the immediate environs of school. This is exacerbated by Elm Avenue being pedestrianised, traffic calming schemes and permit parking. There is metered parking on Villa Road and the bottom of Mapperley Road for £2 a day. There are a limited number of two hour parking bays on Cranmer Street.

School is open from 8am so arrival times can be staggered to ease congestion and we alert parents if there are any road works affecting our area or temporary restrictions (for example Goose Fair week).

We have a formal complaints procedure, which outlines the stages by which a complaint is heard. This can be viewed in the policies section of the website. Usually serious complaints should be addressed to the Headmistress in the first instance.

Issues should initially be raised with the the child’s Form Tutor or class teacher.

The uniform list is available with approximate costings. Purchased new from Schoolwear Solutions, our uniform suppliers, the full uniform will cost somewhere between £150 and £300. However many parents will take advantage of our Friends of Hollygirt second hand uniform shop for some items which offers fantastic value for money, especially when children are growing quickly.

The school uses the sports ground of the University of Nottingham and Forest Sports Zone at the Forest Recreation Ground.  Hockey, netball, football, cross-country running, health related fitness, gymnastics and dance form the Autumn and Spring Term programmes.  Athletics takes place in the Summer Term at Highfields Sports Ground. There is a Sports Day in the Summer Term.  In Year 11 there is an opportunity to play badminton, basketball, unihoc, volleyball and, for these, the sports facilities at the university are used.

Pupils are normally taken by coach to the university ground and brought back to school at the end of the session.  Pupils may not be collected from the sports ground.  Pupils walk to and from more local venues.

All Year 7 to 9 pupils participate in a Thursday Games morning at the Forest Recreation Ground.

We compete regularly with other schools in competitive matches in all our sports.

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