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Benefice News - Autumn term 2018


We are pleased to announce that we can now offer Forest School experiences here at Hollinsclough.  To stimulate our pupil's appetite, we have recently held a series of weekly sessions led by an expert practitioner, and we have recently supported the professional development of our own Miss Emily who is now a qualified practitioner. 


This year our children will, once again, take part in the Manifold Valley Agricultural Society competition to bid for an award to add to our Forest School development.


To further support the development of the Forest School here at Hollinsclough we in negotiation with a range of sponsors to secure additional grant funding to take this concept and our grounds generally to the next level – watch this space!


Building on our success with the Global Learning Programme, we have further embedded this into our curriculum in school and extended this through our continued support offers to other schools.


The theme of this term’s Project Friday is ‘A War on Plastic’, and our children have been very busy with this ‘war’ and have made their own resources.


In recent weeks our children across the year groups have been studying the effects of both World Wars, culminating in a Remembrance Day Service at Hollinsclough Chapel on Friday 9th November. During the service, our children each read out their own ‘Blackout Poetry’, and ‘Prayers for the Fallen’.  This was followed by readings from the teachers, the playing of the ‘The Last Post’ coupled with a two-minute silence, and finally a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.  It was all very emotional.


Our children have experienced an exceptional Woodwind Performance provided by Kate Pogmore of Buxton. Kate will be providing after-school music tuition opportunities across a range of musical instruments and music theory.


In addition to the usual curriculum subjects we also offer the following dinner-time clubs and after-school experiences;


·         Newspaper Club

·         Pen-pals

·         Lego Engineers – with David Lydford – IET/Lego specialist

·         Computer Club

·         Sports & Dance – with Chris Hill Community Sports (Thursday after school & Friday afternoons)

·         Chess Club

·         Soroban Club


*All of the above are provided free of charge to pupils registered here at Hollinsclough


This year our Christmas celebrations will start with a visit to the Buxton Opera House courtesy of our PTA to see Dick Whittington.  Other PTA supported events will include fundraising opportunities such as a non-uniform day.


As with previous year’s our PTA will also cover the full cost of the Christmas Dinner, Gifts for the visit of Father Christmas, the Christmas party and this year for the first time our PTA have purchased their own sound system for the Christmas and end of year Discos. Along with the above our staff are busily preparing our school Nativity performance and Christingle service is to be held in the Methodist Chapel here in Hollinsclough – all welcome.


A big thank you to our wonderful PTA who despite being a small group have found many ways to secure funding for much of the above. These endeavours coupled with the excellent support offered by our dedicated staff team means we are very blessed here at Hollinsclough!



Benefice News September  2018


We had an interesting end of term last summer. Just as we were beginning to wind down with the usual end of term activities, we had a surprise two-day visit from Ofsted!  Fortunately, they were able to see the good work we had been doing, and their report was very positive.  It was noted that our ‘pupils make good progress in a happy, safe environment’, and that ‘pupils behave well’, that the curriculum is ‘carefully planned’ and that our Early Years provision was graded to be ‘Outstanding’ and the overall grade for our school was 'Good'

The full report is available as a link by clicking here; additional comment can be found in the Leek Post and Times, the Buxton Advertiser and the Pure Buxton magazine.


There was a flying start to this new term as most of our children were out on bikes and scooters for their BikeAbility proficiency test, which they all passed. The trainers paid us nice compliments about the behaviour of our children.


Forest School activities will be beginning again this term for all children, and to support this year we have Ms Lorna Stoddart, a fully trained Forest School Champion, to lead the sessions.  We also have our favourite music teacher Mr Bromfield back to teach music and guitar, and children will again be working towards their guitar music medals awards.


Our Foxes Class (older pupils) will be studying the World Wars, and have already created a fabulous display of wartime newspaper reports and related memorabilia. They will also be joining in with WW1 100th-year-anniversary commemorations in November.  If anyone has any memorabilia, they can share, or stories of the war, we would be very interested.


The topic for our Badgers Class (younger children) will be ‘How to Train Your Dragon!’ and they will be entering the world of the Vikings.  Meanwhile, our early year's children are entering the world of the dinosaurs, so the classrooms are looking both nostalgic and magical at the moment.


If anyone wants more information about the school, or want to visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We presently have places available in our early years and KS1 classes.



SIAMS Outstanding


Benefice News Summer Term  2018

We are now in the last stages of the current academic year like many schools it is both a happy and to soem extent a sad time as we say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils as they move on to pastures new.


In this second aprt of the Summer term here at Hollinsclough our older children have been looking at Britain at War, whilst the younger ones having been studying animals and their habitats. All of this is coupled with everyone  transitioning to their new classes within the school or with their taster days at their new schools. 


Recently our older children took part in a swimming competition with other Staffordshire Moorland schools at Waterhouses where our Year 5&6 came second. The following day not to be outdone, our younger children took part in a Map Quest event with a number of Derbyshire schools we have partnered with. The event took place at Whaley Bridge Memorial Park an our children won!

From Monday 25th through to Friday 29th June we held our 'Awe and Wonder' week.  The older children visited the Council Chambers in Leek, we held a concert in day, along with workshops with Animation Nation, and our children made a range of their own Comic Strips with Buxton artist Jim Medway.  Our children have also made their own puppets, written their own scripts and performed their own puppet shows at various times through the week.

Saturday 30th June was our Summer Fete and Chrome Hill Fell Race. This year the Fell race was a championship event for Nottingham AAA and was attended by over 80 runners. When taken together with the Fete our PTA managed to raise over £2600 on the day - well done everyone for your help making the day a great success. Many thanks to Buxton (Nestle) Water for their donation of cases of water most of which was used on the day.


During the first week of July we will be having an Outdoor week for the whole school which we are excited about.  This includes a visit to Pooles Cavern and Forest School activities with Outdoor Genius, a visit to Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and to the Peak Wildlife Park.

Our main event is a visit to Astbury Mere for a day of water pursuits provided by Peak Pursuits.  Topped off with an overnight camp here in Hollinsclough for our KS2 children and for a finali an orienteering trip to Longnor and back.


The end of term brings Tag Rugby for KS2 at Buxton Rugby Club, our annual Chrome Hill walk, parents workshops, Sports Day, Concerts, Special services and parties.  After which I think we’ll all be ready for the Summer Holiday!  Let’s hope the weather can hodl out and least stays warm and dry.




This month we will be holding the Grand Opening of our Trim Trail along with an opening ceremony for the Sanctuary Area in the centre of Hollinsclough adjacent to the Green. The area was designed and constructed by our children in memory of our former Chair of Governors Mr Jason Hails. Mrs Doreen Hails and our present Chair of Governors Mr Justin Wilson will officiate.


Our trim trail consists of a range of challenges, including low log beams, rope and net traverses, bridge and other climbing and balancing equipment, all with safety surfacing. 


Our Sanctuary area in the village has seating as well as paths, flowers and fragrant plants, and was funded with an award from Manifold Valley Agricultural Society. Over the coming months, we are hoping to develop local signage and information boards for visitors to the area and we are currently looking for supporters or sponsors if members of the local community are interested.


Other events this half term include a visit to The Bluebell School, Kidsgrove by some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils and the Great Hollinsclough Bake Off


Our Year 6 and Year 2 pupils will be showing off their skills during SATs tests, and, as the tradition at Hollinsclough goes, will be rewarded with mugs of hot chocolate and other goodies.  SAT’s will be followed by Science and Money Management days, so listen out for a few explosions!


The final half term will include a D&T day at Madeley School for our older pupils, along with our ‘Awe and Wonder Week’ with a range of visiting artists. In early July our children will be taking part in our annual Whole School Outdoor Week, which this year include water activities at a new venue for us at Astbury Mere, Congleton. The week will also include a visit to Pooles Cavern and sessions with Outdoor Genius to name but a few.


This year our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 30th June, starting at 1pmThe Chrome Hill Fell Race will start at 2pm, and this year the race will be a Championship event for Nottinghamshire AAA so it will be two races in one. All welcome.


Our final outdoor event of the year will be our annual Chrome Hill Walk for the Foxes Class, linking in as always with the younger children for a paddle and splash at the Stannery on the River Dove (Weather permitting).


As part of our end of year events, we will be hosting a summer concert (we hope it could be a proms in the park performance – weather permitting) in which our school band ‘The Other Direction’ will play a part. The event will also feature representatives from 5 other schools who will all be performing on stage.


Our end of year production will be a musical trip through history with a science twist, featuring famous scientists such as Einstein, Marie Curie and Charles Darwin.


Finally, if you missed our Open Day in April and are still looking for a school place, then please feel free to contact us and arrange a visit to our school.  Wednesday afternoons are set aside for visits.



Important News Update 


SIAMS Outstanding

Hollinsclough had a SIAMs inspection at the end of January. I’m delighted to say that we have been judged to be 'OUTSTANDING' by the Diocese.  It was stated that we are a school where each and every individual experiences love and care through Christian values, lived out daily’, and that  the school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners’.    I am so proud of the children, staff, parents and governors who have all worked so hard to make the school such a happy, caring place.


This year, we again entered the Manifold Agricultural Show Committee competition.  We were thrilled to again come second, and we are now beginning to develop our project.  This year we will be creating “Our Amazing Animals” wire sculptures around the school and the village, of local farm animals, local wildlife, and exotic animals.  We hope to invite a wire sculptor into school to help kick off our project, and the children are very excited about transforming the village yet again.  We also continue to maintain our ‘Hollinsclough Sanctuary’, which we were able to create thanks to last year’s show competition winnings. 


These aspects fit in well with our ‘Aspirations’ term, where we all aspire to be the best we can be.  January ended with a day of activities run by Severn Trent Water, which have inspired our pupils to start an eco-group.  February also brought inspirational talks from author Pippa Pixley, and Detective Leila Soleimani, which inspired our children to do some detective work of their own!  This term also brings visits from ‘Farmer Dave’ to talk about a day in a farmer’s life, Channel swimmer Hazel Killingbeck, Airline pilot Martin Jones, and our own Rev Tommy Merry who will talk about a day in the life of a vicar – all as part of our Aspirations focus.  Some of our children will be entering the Radio 2 ‘500 words’ competition, on the way to becoming authors in their own right!


February brought pancakes and movie night, Ash Wednesday blessings and an afternoon of art and craft to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day.  Before half term, we had Chinese Day to coincide with Chinese New Year, and after half term, the staff and children celebrated World Book Day, with a variety of activities and competitions.


Our ‘Project Friday’ pupils have been studying Lowry, and have produced some excellent art work which will be displayed at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre.  Our choir will be performing their rendition of ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’ at the Theatre after Easter, when our school band, The Other Direction, will also perform to an audience of around 400.


We also had a visit from staff and children who attend The Bluebell School in Stoke-on-Trent, and we have formed an ongoing friendship with them.


March sees us Raising the Flag at Flash with pupils from St Bartholomew’s school to celebrate Commonwealth Day, planning for Mothering Sunday, There will also be our annual pilgrimage to St Bartholomew’s Church and school in Longnor to celebrate Palm Sunday.


Our Easter Service will be in Hollinsclough Chapel on Thursday 29th March at 9 am.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  This will be followed by our annual Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade.


May I again thank our local community for all of their support.


Janette Mountford-Lees


Janette Mountford-Lees MA B Ed  NPQH


Hollinsclough CE Academy




Benefice News January 2018


Happy New year from all at Hollinsclough!

We have started the term hearing the news that our Director of Education for the Lichfield Diocese, Mr Colin Hopkins, has been honoured with a MBE. Many congratulations to him.

This term is our ‘Aspiration term’, and we plan to have many visitors to our school talking about the job they do, and inspiring our children to think about their future.  This includes visits from a Police Detective, an Airline Pilot, a musician, a farmer and a Church Minister. Severn Trent will also be sending a representative who will spend the day at our school, and will be teaching workshops explaining and demonstrating where our water comes from, and what happens to it when we flush!

Additionally, our Foxes class (Y5&6) will be going ‘Around the World in a Term’, looking at human geography, natural resources (and disasters) and distribution, including the impact that rivers have on our lives.  Our Badgers class (Y2,3&4) will become philosophers, debating Good versus Evil and looking at a variety of myths and legends; while our Hedgehogs class will be looking at Superheroes, including Tim Peake and his journey into space.


During this term our children will be organising house meetings, and discussing issues such as safer internet use, and planning for World Book Day, whilst our KS2 teacher, Mrs Lynda O’Sullivan, will be hosting another Global Learning information session for heads/teachers from other schools.


We continue to support Derby University students, and our first student of the term begins her training at the end of January.  We are also working with Derby University on an Educational Paper about flexi-schooling.


Towards half-term we will be thinking about pancakes, the Chinese New year and St. Valentine’s Day. The start to the new year looks very exciting, and we hope that our children continue to be enthused about their education.



If anyone wants to contact school to learn more or would like to visit, please phone 01298 83303








Christmas celebrations at Hollinsclough School on last Monday of lessons - Christmas 2017


Children excelled in song for Tomato face and the reindeer.


T, Lady of Hollinsclough raised a bumper auction from Chatsworth tuck to winter pyjamas.


Soft snow by the road side set the tone for a perfect pre-Christmas moment at Hollinsclough for 2017. Record raffle auction followed a magnificent carol service on Monday morning of the last week before Christmas at Hollinsclough School, headmistress Janette Mountford-Leas introduced the children who performed an outstanding carol performance all the way to ‘Tomato face’ who they had fondly renamed Rudolf the Red Noised reindeer. Parents and friends were enchanted by the little ones splendour in song. The school was awash with cake, mince pies and festive treats in a Christmas open day afternoon. Tracey, Lady of Hollinsclough took to the floor to aid the annual Christmas auction and raised a bumper income from Chatsworth cake and jam to Hartington cheese and size sixteen pyjamas in pound bids that went through the roof to raise almost five hundred pounds. A festive treat was had by all.


Hollinsclough Academy School Principal Janette Mountford-Lees holds the produce as T, Lady of Hollinsclough rattles the hammer on a bumper bonanza Christmas auction

 Carl Lomas MBE - Lord of Hollinsclough


The weather seems to be changing as we begin our preparations for Christmas. This year we are having a Grand Christmas Auction on the afternoon of 18th December, so come along for a bargain!


We will soon be enjoying panto season, an our children will be going to see at the Buxton Opera House and our rehearsals for our Nativity and Carol services are underway. Also preparations for end of tern festivities, including Christmas dinner, the Christmas Disco and a very special visitor!


Meanwhile Badgers class have made a full working model of the Fire of London, though with LED lights rather than real fire!  Hedgehogs have organised their own weather station, and have had much reporting to do this month.  Foxes continue with stories of Beowulf and other exciting tales, and have been supported by University of Derby student.  More students will be training with us in the new year.


We held a very respectful Remembrance Assembly on 10th November, and our children have written some very moving poetry, which is displayed in our entrance hall.


The school House Captains have recently led workshops on Anti-Bullying and Building the Best School, and staff have led a workshop for parents on phonics, reading, writing and maths.


The Hollinsclough school band, The Other Direction, are doing very well, and have performed with other schools in Stoke-on-Trent, and also  at The Mitchell Memorial Theatre! Many thanks to Mr Brom, our talented and inspirational music teacher.


Staff were invited to a Learning Exchange Conference in North Wales in November, and the school has been visited by Welsh Assembly officials who are interested in our Flexi-schooling model.


We continue to grow, with 3 more new pupils since half term.


We hope everyone has a safe and inspirational Christmas and peaceful New Year.









© Stephen Malbon, Hollinsclough Academy 2018

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