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GENERAL INFORMATION

Holly Hill Church School opened in January 1979.  It is situated on the Frankley estate which lies some six miles north of Bromsgrove and just eight miles from Birmingham City Centre, near open countryside.  The estate was built between 1975 and 1982 as a planned development to re-house families from Birmingham.

Of the 3,200 houses, 80% are council owned and managed by Birmingham who allocate tenants from their own housing priority list.  Population statistics also show a higher than average percentage of large families, single parent families and people out of work.  70% of our pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding.

The estate is served by four purpose built schools which form a ‘pyramid’: one Infant School for 3 - 7 year olds, one Junior Academy School for 7 - 11 year olds, one primary school for 3 – 11 year olds and one Community High School with facilities for 11 - 16+.  The Headteachers meet regularly and work collaboratively.

The children at Holly Hill School start full-time education at the beginning of the academic year during which their fifth birthday occurs.  They spend three years here before moving to Junior School.  We have two classes in each year group and offer 3-4 year olds part-time education in our Nursery Class.  Frankley Plus Children’s Centre opened in 2006, on the school site, managed by school staff and offers extended childcare provision to the benefit of the community and the school.  Since 2013 this has been the Lead Children’s Centre for the Longbridge and Northfield Locality.

There are three hard-surfaced play areas, one being enclosed for the Nursery children, and a large playing field.

The first Nursery Unit was opened in November 1983 and takes 60 children (30 in the morning session, 8.45 – 11.45am and 30 in the afternoon session, 12.00pm-3.00pm).

Holly Hill Church School shares the building with St. Christopher’s Church Centre.  The school assembly hall becomes the Church worship area on a Sunday.  The Church Centre part of the building is well used throughout the week by various community groups and by the school for its family and learning mentor activities.  This situation demands a good understanding relationship between School and Church.  This is an unusual and demanding - if exciting - situation, placing Holly Hill School physically within an extended community.  The shared nature of the building means it plays a very important role in the community of Frankley.

Over the years the school has developed a friendly but firm caring environment for teaching and learning.  It enjoys good relationships with parents and outside agencies.  The staff work together as a highly effective team. The staff and governors have high expectations and in sharing these with each other, and pupils and families, we achieve extremely good standards when compared with schools in similar circumstances.

There are a number of family support initiatives in place.  Our Learning Mentors, Home School Family Support Worker and Behaviour Co-ordinator work closely with CAMHS to deliver an early intervention programme that supports our most vulnerable pupils and their families.  This multi-agency networking initiative working with all existing providers to support the families we serve, reflects the ethos of our school.

ACCOMMODATION

Built in 1978 the school building is an attractive one-storey building with open plan classrooms and recently extended staff facilities.  The kitchen has been fully re-furbished.  An extension to the main building, completed in 2008, includes an additional classroom and a library.

Our nursery is a separate building on site, attached to the Children’s Centre.

We are a secure site and have suffered no intrusion or vandalism for many years now.

We have our own large playing field and we are situated on the same site as the High School with the Library and the Health Centre.