06 Sep

Welcome back to another school year.

Who would have imagined how big Hollinwood Academy would have grown to when we opened the doors in 2015!

It was lovely to welcome so many pupils and families into the school, seeing lots of happy faces walk through the doors makes this job wonderful.

Firstly, for those of you who may not have known, two of our staff got married during the summer holidays – Miss Bones is now Mrs Walker and Miss Grimsley is now Mrs Whitworth.

We have welcomed 7 new teachers across the school:

  • Miss Collinge who joined the school in January has been made a permanent member of staff and is teaching Year 1
  • Mrs Woodhead who also joined us in January has been made permanent and is now our Key Stage 3/4 Nurture teacher

Alongside these teachers we welcome:

  • Mrs Samatha Robertson-McCabe ~ Key Stage 2
  • Miss Lucy Tootill ~ Key Stage 2
  • Miss Melanie Simms ~ Key Stage 2
  • Miss Clare McDonald ~ Key Stage 2
  • Mrs Emma Lerigo – joins the team as our new Key Stage 3/4 communication teacher
  • and finally Miss Jessica Fletcher joins the team as our new static group teacher

Along with these teachers, we have also appointed 8 more teaching assistants:

  • Alice Stoneman has joined reception class with Miss Shin
  • Melissa Ramsey has joined Year 1/2 with Miss Collinge
  • Brodie Blackhurst joins Year 2/3 with Miss Parkinson
  • Jenna Hill joins Year 6 with Miss McDonald
  • Tahur Khatun joins Year 7 with Mrs Walker (Miss Bones)
  • Ben Leeson joins Year 7 with Mr Page
  • Abby Bartlet joins the Year 8 with Mr Francos
  • Anthony McGuiness joins Mrs Woodhead with the Key Stage 3/4 Nurture group

Our new extension is operational but still has some finishing touches that are being worked on and we are hoping that by the start of the next half term in November this will be complete. The builders working on the new build have worked over all last weekend to make sure that the building was able to be handed over so that we were able to open on time on Wednesday. We are now working on ensuring that the outdoor provision of our school meets the needs of our pupils.

Over the summer, I received an email about one of our pupils, Brooke, who had been presented with a very generous cheque for school by MCIAP, a dancing organisation that makes donations to excellent causes. Brooke dances every week for a troupe called the Newtones and the leader of her troupe nominated Hollinwood Academy. Brooke was a wonderful pupil who has now begun her secondary education at New Bridge School – we are ever so thankful to Brooke for this wonderful donation.

Alongside this donation, we will be adding the money raised by Luke (who you may remember climbed Mount Snowdon last year) to add some new playground equipment to the Key Stage 1 and 2 playgrounds. We even have Mrs Needham supporting us with some Maths learning resources we could add. Mrs Millard will be meeting with the company we used to create the outdoor provision for our reception children and I’m hoping I will have some exciting news to share with you once she has had this meeting.

Many of you may have read that Finlay in Year 7 completed his one million steps challenge where he has raised a mammoth £1700 for the school. We are ever so proud of Finlay and his amazing achievement. I am looking forward to sitting down with Finlay to find out what he would like to spend this money on.

Before the summer holidays, Mrs Needham came to see myself to let me know about an award that had been won by one of our pupils. Olivia, a Year 12 student, was awarded the Harry Hewitt Mathematics award. This was awarded to her for her commitment and determination to succeed. Olivia has worked so hard to overcome barriers which have affected her to sit exams. She has worked hard to build trusting relationships with key staff who have helped her to talk about her anxieties and talk about the struggles she was having. These have helped Olivia work towards achieving successes and I know that she will use these relationships to support through the journey of school this academic year. You can read more about her award in the latest issue of Equals Online here.

From next week, I have asked for two primary and two secondary classes to share what the classes have been up to. This way you will get an insight into what the pupils have been up to. Mr Corrigan couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures of his class who have settled back into school life so well this week..

Can I just remind all parents of the end of day arrangements. As we have grown in size over the last couple of years, we have had to change these arrangements to ensure the safety of the pupils on site. For all parents collecting their children, this will be at the side of the school where a member of the class team will bring the children to you. All pupils on transport will go to their buses with a member of staff via the reception. Our independent travellers will also go home through reception. As you can imagine, the start and end of school are very busy periods and we want to ensure that all our pupils are kept safe.

I hope you all have a lovely rested weekend and I look forward to speaking with you all during this year.


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