“Hollybank is an outstanding school." - Ofsted, October 2014

We are Outstanding!

Hollybank School has been judged outstanding again by Ofsted in their 2018 report.

Graded Outstanding by Ofsted, we believe we are a very special school where our children and young people receive the quality care and education which they need and deserve, everyone is valued, all achievement is celebrated and together we face and overcome all challenges.

Apart from our own highly skilled and qualified staff we have an external team of experts who advise and support us. We also provide those extras over and above a school education which are so important, whether it be therapy and medical support or the opportunity to take part in lots of activities with your friends.

Taking the first step

All of the children who come along to Hollybank Trust have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan. To start the referral process, you simply need to get in touch with us or talk to your social worker, community nurse or someone at your local authority.

Once your child has been referred to us, we’ll carry out a multi-disciplinary assessment. This helps us to decide whether we can meet your child’s needs. It also enables us to provide the right care and support for your child, so we can improve their quality of life, for life.

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Little Pips Ages 0-5

Parents and their children tell us that they get a lot out of our family support sessions. The focus is very much on developing skills, sharing experiences and having lots and lots of fun. Here, lifelong friendships are made and everything is designed to meet the complex needs of your child. Our sessions are run by an early year’s teacher with the support of a physiotherapist, speech therapist and multi-sensory impairment specialist.

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Nursery Ages 2-5

We are very pleased to be able to offer nursery provision for 2-5 year olds. The nursery staff work closely with Hollybank’s range of professionals including Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

We will also work closely with parents and carers to make sure each child is supported and prepared for when they move on up to school here at Hollybank or their next setting.

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School Ages 5-18

We’ll provide a personalised programme of learning designed to meet the individual interests and learning needs of your child. This will cover cultural and creative studies whilst helping to develop your child’s physical, communication, thinking, personal and social skills. We’ve high teacher to pupil ratios and are passionate about adapting our curriculum in a meaningful way to help children reach their potential.


Transition Ages 18-19

We know from experience that the transition to adulthood isn’t easy for any child. So, although we provide more intensive support at this age, we actually start the transition process when children reach 14. Together with you, we’ll think about the longer term and your child’s individual aspirations. And we’ll start to plan a smooth transition to post 16 learning and beyond.


Enrichment Ages 19+

It’s a real privilege to nurture children, make them happy and support them through the laughter and the tears. We make lifelong bonds and are proud to provide the same high quality care when they become adults.

Here, the focus is on promoting wellbeing through a variety of learning, therapeutic, vocational, social and recreational activities. Run by our professional team, these take place at Hollybank Trust, in our community homes and also at local community venues.

We also provide care beyond normal school hours, so you don’t have to rush home from work. Your child can take part in all kinds of different leisure activities that will help them to develop and transfer their skills.