Originally set up in 1954 in Huddersfield, but moved to Mirfield in 1990, Hollybank Trust now runs a school, purpose built residential homes for both children and adults, an adult education and daytime activity programme and community adult homes across West and South Yorkshire.
Our main site at Roe Head is set in 22 acres of beautiful, well-cared for grounds with views across to the Pennines, and is steeped in History, particularly the older building where all three Bronte sisters were educated and Charlotte returned as teacher.
History of Hollybank Trust
Official opening date was January. Based on Holly Bank Road in Lindley, Huddersfield.
First pupils started - 10 residential and 12 day pupils.
Permission given to extend and increase the numbers to 40 residential places.
A temporary building purchased for post 16 students to move into.
Roe Head, Mirfield bought by the Trustees to convert so that the school could move with the intention of developing adult accommodation.
April (Easter) the school moved to Roe Head, Mirfield.
Hollybank Trust registered as a separate charity and was no longer part of The William Henry Smith Trust. (Formerly Holly Bank School and William Henry Smith School were both part of the same charity)
Three linked bungalows built (Rooftops) for residential accomodation for adults. This was later named Holly Court.
Briarwood bought on Parker Lane in Mirfield and adapted for adults who were now over the age of 25.
Benny Parr opened in Batley for adults. This was 2 homes rented from a regional Housing Association. This closed in 2000.
Three more linked bungalows (Willow Court) built for adults up to the age of 25.
Beeches, on the same plot on Parker Lane in Mirfield, was bought and adapted for adults.
Hollybank Trust took the decision to adopt the ethos of care for life, so that all adults could stay beyond the age of 25.
The children's residential accommodation was registered separately from the school as a children's home. We were then able to remain open 52 weeks a year and provide respite.
Dalecroft in Halifax was bought and adapted as an adult home.
Three Pips was bought in Wakefield and converted to become another adult home.
The Bradbury Centre was built at the Roe Head site to provide hydrotherapy and rebound therapy for Hollybank Trust and the wider community.
A flood followed by a fire (when the building was empty and being dried out) caused Three Pips to close.
Oak House and Acorns opened in Barnsley after extensive conversion to provide accommodation for adults and included a semi-independent flat.
Sycamores was converted and opened in the same area of Wakefield for the adults who had lived at Three Pips.
Rowan Court, purpose built in Holmfirth to provide adult accommodation as three 5 bedroom apartments each with their own living and dining areas.
The Meadows opened. Three separate homes grouped together on the Roe Head site: Beeches, Poplars and Conkers. This enabled Hollybank Trust to sell the 2 Parker Lane homes in Mirfield which were outdated.
Willow Court was registered as a care home with nursing to provide 24 hour nursing care for adults who required it. This also included respite provision.
Orchard Court built and opened as a new children`s home on the Roe Head site. This meant that children no longer lived in the accommodation on the ground floor of the original school building.
Little Pips opened to provide support for families and children with complex disabilities from 0 to 5 years.
We opened a nursery as part of our school provision for children with complex needs.