April 29, 2022

Weekly News Friday 29th April 2022

This week's featured image is of our Nursery and Reception classes with some very special visitors from Nottinghamshire Police who came to talk to the children as part of their topic on people who help us.

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

We have had quite a week!

First of all, I need to thank the whole school community for the way they all pulled together to facilitate a full ISI school inspection. By full, I mean -a compliance inspection (last one 2018) and also quality of education and pupil personal development. The last time Hollygirt was inspected for the quality of education was 2013 I think!

As a still relatively new Head, I welcomed the team – a further fresh set of eyes to see what we do well and what we still need to do. I will, of course, brief you on the outcome when I am permitted to.

But thank you to everyone – parents for your surveys, students for their time meeting with inspectors and surveys and staff for their hard work and that amazing sense of camaraderie…I think I speak for everyone to say we’re pleased of a long weekend. Thanks to the trustees too for their support of us.

On top of an inspection, we have also appointed a new Deputy Head who will start with Hollygirt in September. Mike Casey is really excited to join Hollygirt and brings with him a wealth of experience in pastoral care, safeguarding, PHSE and many other talents. Mike was a firm favourite with the student council which is, of course, another major reason for his appointment; Hollygirt students showing excellent judgement! We know that Mr Dean will ensure an effective handover and we are so pleased that he remains at school as the new Head of Year 7.

The new ACE (Additional curriculum enrichment) started this week and the different houses have been busy with their activities. Mr Firth and Mr Rollinson followed up with an excellent assembly on this. More different and varied activities coming the students’ way in September too.

I was so sorry to miss our anti-bullying ambassadors’ assembly but enjoyed reading the students’ presentations – especially the ‘enjoy the cute animals whilst you wait’ slide. Not to take away from the valuable work that this anti-bullying team will do.

Wishing you all a wonderful, long weekend – will it ever warm up?

Best wishes

Helen Barsham


Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon,

Another busy week in the juniors and I am sure the children are looking forward to the long weekend!

On Thursday, Year 6 showcased some of their project work through their Maya Exhibition –  it was fantastic.  Year 6 should be incredibly proud of themselves and all the hard work they put into this.  It was great to see so many parents there too – I know those who visited were very impressed.  All junior classes had the opportunity to see the exhibition during the day and take part in activities and food tasting!  A huge thank you to Mrs Keyworth for organising this.

Please could I remind you to name all pieces of uniform, especially new items of PE kit so that we can identify any left in classrooms or the playground.

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

This week’s Stars of the Week can be viewed here.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors


Key Dates for the Week Ahead

Monday 2nd May Bank Holiday – School Closed
Friday 6th May Year 11 Leavers Day
Friday 6th – Saturday 7th May Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Practice Expedition