There are 419 children from 4 to 11 years of age at Hollywood School, arranged in 14 mixed ability classes staffed by both teachers and teaching assistants. The school has recently taken on responsibility for an ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Resource base which caters for the needs of 12 children, with specialist staff and resources. The older children in the main school are set according to ability into smaller classes for mathematics, and may have different teachers for lessons such as music, which requires a more specialised knowledge.
There is a good range of books, materials and equipment for every subject. Provision for children to have access to up to date computers is excellent. Our new Information Centre, which incorporates a fully networked computer suite with Internet access together with a fully equipped library, demonstrates our commitment to high quality learning opportunities for the children. A well-equipped hall is used for assemblies and physical education as well as school meals, which are prepared fresh daily in our own kitchen. There are two playgrounds and a small field, which is used in the summer months to enhance recreational and sporting opportunities for the children.
During the year children have a sound and structured introduction to literacy and numeracy supported by an excellent range and quality of other curriculum activities. Each class has a termly visit or a visitor related to their work topic - visits to museums, theatres, farms, castles, stately homes and environmental centres are a feature of the educational experiences available at Hollywood School. Year 6 take part in an annual residential visit.
In our most recent Ofsted inspection (September 2014), the school received a mostly complementary report. The Inspectors were impressed with the high quality of teaching and learning across the school including the Early Years, the behaviour and attitudes of the children and the calm, purposeful atmosphere in the school. We were all delighted to be given such a report. However this does not mean that we are complacent, Hollywood is a school committed to continuous improvement. The school’s Post Ofsted Action plan is available on this website.
Our Mission is to develop each child as a caring, confident and independent young person able to play a full part in a changing world.
Aims of the School
• We aim for the highest possible standards of teaching and learning in all subjects through a broad and balanced curriculum.
• We aim to promote an enthusiasm for learning that is life long and enables our children to grow as independent, confident young people in the new technological age.
• We aim to foster an ethos that creates an atmosphere of mutual trust, courtesy and co-operation.
• We aim to provide a safe, secure and happy environment.
• We aim to develop and maintain strong links with our community in a spirit of partnership.
• We aim to always consider the needs of our children as individuals regardless of gender, race, ability or disability.
• We aim to develop each child’s physical and aesthetic talent, awareness and appreciation.
Parents and School
Your interest, support and co-operation in your child’s education are of the greatest importance. We welcome your help informing and maintaining good habits and attitudes. Your children will benefit when there is a combined effort from both school and home.
We hold Parents Evening each term, over two evenings, for you to discuss your child’s progress with the teacher. In addition there is an open afternoon in the Summer Term to enable parents to come in and see the school at work. A written report is sent home towards the end of each school year
Parents are welcome to consult staff at any time for further information or advice. However it is helpful if parents leave non-urgent contact with class teachers until the end of the school day.
We hope that you will join us regularly for school assemblies, concerts and other events. Details of these and meetings to do with the organisation and curriculum of the school are provided in regular newsletters.
Parents are encouraged to help us with a variety of classroom and administrative activities. If you would like to volunteer your support please contact any member of staff. If you know of any way of helping the school through your own work, or if we can help your organisation, please let us know.
Our Home-School Agreement, drawn up in consultation with parents and pupils, helps us to work in partnership with you. Your child, the teacher and the parent(s) sign the agreement. It outlines what you should expect of school and what school should expect of you and your child.