School Blog

30 Mar - Coronavirus-covid19

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Stay Safe.

21 Jan - Army careers visit the hollies

On Tuesday 21st January the students at The Hollies had a visit from Sergeant Stuart Collins from the British Army.

The students took part in team building activities and problem solving tasks that required them to listen to each other and communicate clearly to succeed. They all got stuck in and thoroughly enjoyed the tasks set for them. The positive interaction between them made staff very proud!

They were then given a presentation on careers and apprenticeships in the Army and the benefits and advantages of a job in the Army. This was very inspiring and motivating and students were captivated by the opportunities shown to them.

Many thanks to Sergeant Stuart Collins for his visit!!!

19 Dec - House of Bread DONATIONS

Instead of sending Christmas cards again this year, Hollies Staff and pupils put together a large collection of food and toiletries and clothes and donated it to House of Bread. Stafford. The house of bread is a local organisation that offers support for vulnerable and homeless people in Stafford and the surrounding area; providing drop-in sessions, warm meals and advice.

A representative from the House of Bread visited our school today to collect the donations.

If you would like to know more information or make a donation please click on the link House of bread

2 Dec- st johns ambulance presentation

On Monday 2nd December, Kathryn from St Johns Ambulance came in to do a taster session in first aid with our year 11s and year 10s. Kathryn covered the primary survey, the recovery position and what to do when faced with a casualty who has severe bleeding. The information offered is to equip our young people with a basic understanding of what to do in an emergency situation. Students responded well to the learning and the follow up quiz they have completed in subsequent lessons has been a huge success!

27 Nov- network rail presentation

On Wednesday 27th November we had a presentation from a representative from Network Rail. Lisa Lewis came into school to visit years 9, 10 and 11 to build awareness about trespassing on the railway. She gave us lots of vital information about the hidden dangers of going onto the railway and using crossing in the appropriate way. She also brought some examples of case studies of people who hadn’t used the railways properly and we discussed their stories with our young people. All students responded excellently to these discussions and were extremely mature throughout the whole morning!! Many thanks to all students for the good example they set of students at The Hollies.

11 Nov- Resolv presentation

On Wednesday 4th Dec and Wednesday 11th Nov Dan Gibbons from Re-Solv came to talk to our students about the dangers surround substance abuse. Re-Solv are working in partnership with Stafford Borough Council to run a community-based prevention project. They are funded by the Borough Council to come into schools to raise awareness as to the risks and consequences of taking drugs. They offer support and advice to parents as well as students and you can contact them using the phone line above.

Dan’s work with our young people was outstanding again this year, he delivers really relevant and well-designed presentations. These interest and appeal to our young people and engage them in understanding and educating them as to the risks associated with drugs.

Student A quote ‘This geeza knows his stuff!!’

Student B quote ‘Yes, I would recommend this to future year groups as he made it interesting!’

Students C quote ‘One of the best external presentations given this academic year!

23 Oct - Chester Zoo

On the 23rd October a group of pupils visited Chester Zoo, extending their learning which had taken place within art lessons.

All pupils had a fantastic day, seeing lots of different animals ranging from elephants to bats. The bat cave was an experience for all!!

Chester Zoo

Hollies Football Team

17 Oct - Hollies v SAndwell- football match

The new football season has begun and the lads could not have had a tougher start, away to the league champions 2018/19 season Sandwell Community School. The spirits were high, travelling to the game, with players and staff confident of a positive result.

The lads made a strong start to the game, taking the lead from, Anthony (team captain), scoring from close range, nothing short of what was deserved after a dominant start. However, we suffered a setback, against the run of play the opposition equalised to make it 1-1. The lads did not let their heads drop and on the stroke of half time Anthony scored a spectacular Free Kick to put us back in the lead at half time.

The second half was a tense, competitive affair with either side not giving an inch. However, Aiden managed to break free of the Sandwell back 3 and scored a brilliant goal, 1-3 we lead! To the opposition’s credit, they did not give in and with 5 minutes to go they pulled a goal back to make it 2-3. Sandwell buoyed by the goal put the pressure on to score an equalising goal, but the lads showed fantastic heart, commitment and character to see the game through and win it 2-3.

Throughout the fixture both before and after the lads conducted themselves fantastically well. The lads competed strongly but fairly and at the end showed empathy for the defeated opposition (led by Anthony, team captain) by shaking hands and congratulating them for a good game. The school football team will have the next fixture in November, hopefully building on our winning Start.

20 Sept - Reaseheath

Reaseheath is now underway and a small group of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils have made a start on the bricklaying part of the qualification. John the bricklaying tutor has described the group as "a pleasure to teach" and have made excellent progress in the first couple of sessions. Well done !"

Bricklaying 2019

16 Sept 19 - Assembly -Theme of the week

Being British 16 sep 19.pptx

Well Done Tyler -Highest Attendance throughout 2019

19 jul 19 - proud of our pupils

Congratulations to the following pupils who achieved, the following recognition


Most Improved - Finlay N


Best Performer - Iyeesha

Most Improved - Tyler

Alternative Provision

Top Performer - Alfie


Most Improved - Connor

Best Sportsperson - Anthony

Top Dodgeball Player - Briony


Top Performer - Briony

Most Improved - Sam H


1st Place - Tyler

2nd Place - Bradley B

3rd Place - Iyeesha

Photo Competition - Tyler

And the star prize of a new bike went to Tyler, who had the highest attendance throughout this school year, and best conduct.

Amazing achievements, well done, we are proud of you all.

Have a safe Summer and don't forget we are open on Wednesdays throughout the 6 weeks holiday, for our pupils, if they wish to pop in .

20 Jun 19 - Hollies V Man United !

Thursday 20th June a mixture of students attended a reward trip to Manchester United Football Stadium, Old Trafford.

The trip was organised to reward students for their behaviour and hard work during lessons throughout the school day. The day was a huge success with students enjoying their day at the ‘Theatre of dreams’.

The students were able to look at all the magnificent trophies the club had won and have a tour of the whole stadium including the dressing room where their heroes such as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba would prepare for their football matches. However, this was not only a day out at one of the most iconic Football stadiums in the world, students also had an education session which included a discussion why education is important and how education is a fundamental belief and expectation of Manchester United.

If that is not enough, students were able to wear Football shirts worn by the Footballing legends such as Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Students returned to school from Old Trafford with a sense of amazement and realisation of just why Old Trafford is globally recognised as The ‘ Theatre of dreams’.

Man U
Wrekin 2019 - DoE

21 Jun 19 - Doe, charity walk

Year 11 Bronze DofE Volunteering Section. 5 Year 11 boys completed a voluntary walk up 'The Wrekin' in Telford for the last part of there DofE.

The walk was to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

To make it a challenge the boys had to get up and down in less than 2 hours.

Due to extreme weather this made it more of a challenge. The group completed it however with 10 minutes to spare!

Well done Year 11.

14 Jun 19 - All the best year 11's

On Wednesday we bid a fond farewell to our Year 11's, celebrating the end of their exams, and their time here at The Hollies

Pupils were treated to a meal at a local venue. Each pupil received a personalised award representing their time with us. Good Luck for the future.

Don't forget we are open on results day - 10am-12pm on Thursday 22 August 2019 hope to see you then!

All the best to our Year 11’s June 2019
Sheep Shearing

24 May 19 - On the Farm

Back on the farm this week, Students helped the farmer to shear the sheep in preparation for the Summer months ahead. The fleeces are gathered together and sent on to the Wool Board for processing.

8 Apr 19 - spring on the farm

Students are particularly enjoying working with the new lambs on the farm at the moment, it is a busy time of year for the farm with all the new arrivals, around 50 new lambs already this year have been born. Our students have helped with the feeding and moving of the Ewes along with their new lambs turning them out of the lambing shed into the open field where they can play with the other new born lambs, running and skipping around out in the fresh air enjoying the fresh green grass along with their mothers milk!

Farm - Spring time

5 Apr 19 - stafford Fire Crew Visit pupils

We were delighted when the crew from Beaconside Fire station paid a visit to The Hollies to discuss the vital and varied work they carry out in the community – attending fires, flood rescue, animal rescue and attending road traffic accidents. To read more on this please visit our: PSHE guest speakers page.

29 Mar 19 - DOE Update

Our Y10 bronze group have recently started their camp craft training ready for expedition on May. The group started their training in cooking in the outdoors, tent pitching and orienteering on Cannock Chase. They safely used Trangia’s to make hot drinks and snacks whilst working on their map work in the woods. The group thoroughly enjoyed their morning out and are looking forward to getting to the Peak District.

Bushcraft March 2019

28 mar 19 - Anti violence CAMPAIGNER visits the pru

Alison Cope visited the Hollies on today to speak with the pupils about the harsh reality of what happened to her son. Two 18-year-old boys went on a night out and neither of them came home. To read more on this please visit our: Knife Crime page.

22 Mar 19 - Attendance matters - who is at the top this week?

Well done to Year 8 for being the top attending year group this week (18-22 March 2019), taking over from year 9 last week. Come on Years 10 and 11”

Gladstone are back as top attending tutor this week with an impressive 65.8% with Wedgewood a close second.

Lovell homes visit March 19

21 Mar 19 - We Loved lovell Homes!

Some of our Year 11 students were lucky enough to have been shown around the local construction site of Lovell Homes today, the students enjoyed looking around the inspirational show homes, many of them now are aspiring to live in one of these homes one day themselves.

This visit was a wonderful opportunity for our students to talk to tradesmen on site asking them about their profession and how they got into their chosen trade. Lots was gained from this visit giving the students a wonderful insight into the building profession and all the job opportunities, apprenticeships and career paths that are out there. Looks like the Hollies may have some budding tradesmen on our role!

15 Mar 19 - A Blast from the Past!

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming back an ex-pupil, Callum, to school to give a careers talk to our current KS4. Callum since leaving school has gone on to join the Army and now serves in the Royal Signals Corp.

Callum gave the pupils a real insight into his journey since leaving school; talking about section process, his phase 1/ 2 training and what life is like as a soldier. The pupils were engaged from start to finish. Asking Callum questions about the importance of GCSE’s, fitness requirements and other routes in the military.

Callum said "It felt great being able to come back to PRU and be stood at the front of the class. This school did so much for me in the 2 years I was here and I just wanted the opportunity to give something small back".

Callum will continue to stay in contact with school and keep us updated on his career. Callum is also hoping to come out and help with this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, being a Bronze holder himself from his time at The Hollies.

Following the presentation, Callum accompanied us to PE where the KS4 pupils put his fitness to the test in a game of football. A memorable day

Football Aldersley

14 Mar 19 - Hollies just Miss Out on Away Win!

Our pupils faced opposition from Wolverhampton. The lads were in a positive mind-set prior to kick off.

With chilly, windy conditions the team warmed up and prepared for the game the best they could. In the first 5 minutes the game was quite scrappy, with no team really getting a foothold. After a while The Hollies started to play some lovely passing football, with quite a few attempts on goal.

After about 20 minutes we went 1 nil down through a MASSIVE deflection! But the boys stayed positive going into half-time. A quick team talk and change of tactics, the lads started the second half on top. Again we were soon firing shots just wide of the goal and testing their keeper. Just when we thought the equaliser was in sight, the opposition scored a second goal. With about 15 minutes left the lads had to show their character. They did not let the score line get them down. They ploughed on. Some lovely sweeping football from the wings won us a corner. Jack floated a lovely ball in for Connor to rise above everyone else and score a great header. 2-1… game on!

The team battled on but just couldn’t find an opening. Even though the team lost, the lads showed excellent sportsmanship throughout and the loss. Staff were extremely proud of the way the lads conducted themselves and more importantly represented the school. It felt like a win. Well done lads.

1 MAr 19 - Cycle for Charity

Our Y10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils took part in a charity mountain bike ride over Cannock Chase to help raise money for Birmingham Children’s ospital.

The group covered over 22km off tough, muddy terrain; biking over moorland, through forests and valleys and splashing through rivers. The pupils where amazing! Always with a smile on their face, it was challenge they thoroughly enjoyed, and are already planning their next ride!

The event was planned and set up by the pupils to help them achieve their volunteering section of their award. The groups target was to raise £300 and we should know the total by the end of the week. The pupils will now plan a day where we can visit the hospital and hand over our donations. Watch this space guys…

Charity Bike Ride March 19
Romeo and Juliet

28 Feb 19 Romeo & Juliet

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… This week staff took a select group of pupils to Blackpool for the day to see the Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet at The Grand Theatre. Pupils from KS3 and KS4 have been studying the play in English lessons and staff wanted the pupils to experience theatre first hand.

Unfortunately the weather was rather cold and wet once up north, but this did not dampen spirits. It did not stop our pupils going for a wet and windy walk along the beach and the sea front. Pupils enjoyed the performance and enjoyed discussing it after over fish and chips.. no trip to the seaside is the same without fish and chips! Before travelling back pupils indulged in the famous golden mile arcades and Blackpool rock. A long day, but a memorable one!

15 Feb 19 - joinery

The Reaseheath group are currently working through their Joinery part of the challenging construction course. The group previously did really well and passed all of their brick work modules. The Friday group of Year 11’s have just started the tricky art of learning how to plaster and are doing great!

KS3 Art Clay Weaving

08 Feb 19 - Amazing Art

Key Stage Three have been making their own clay looms, where the clay has been rolled out and different textures added just like the range of cultural patterns they have been looking at in class. They have then pierced holes ready to add the cotton to produce their circular weaving. Painted and decorated in colours of choice, pupils have then added their own cotton and started to weave in out and with decorative colours. Still a work in progress however, all key stage three have made an amazing start.

21 jan 19 -Football update

After suffering defeat in our last football game to Sandwell Community, the lads have the opportunity to get back to winning ways in their next fixture Friday 25th January against Longdon Hall School. Although the lads suffered the set back in the previous game, they are still on course to have a successful season which could potentially end in the Hollies achieving some silverware.

The team have showed excellent sportsmanship during all fixtures so far and we hope they continue to take the Hollies school vision of respect into the forthcoming fixtures win lose or draw. Good luck lads!

14 jan 19 -

Congratulations and well done to Macaulay Y11, who has not only achieved Cskills Awards Level 1 Certificate in Construction, he has been put forward to start the L2 Diploma in Brickwork early and has secured his placement at Reaseheath College from September 2019.

Well Done, Macaulay for all your hard work and determination.

19 Dec 18 - Helping Others

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year, Hollies Staff and pupils put together a large collection of food and toiletries and donated it to House of Bread. Stafford. The house of bread is a local organisation that offers support for vulnerable and homeless people in Stafford and the surrounding area; providing drop-in sessions, warm meals and advice.

Our pupils had the opportunity to deliver the donations themselves and meet people who work at the centre.

If you would like to know more information or make a donation please click on the link House of bread

7 Dec 18 - Football tournament

The Hollies Football team took part in a KS3 Football tournament in Birmingham on 7 December—16 Schools attended, we played 7 games, won 1, drew 2, and lost 4, the players went with no subs, had not played together before, they did extremely well. Our team represented the school well and showed good team spirit.

This specific tournament was run by a charity called KAP—Knife Awareness Project, to help raise awareness amongst young people of the danger surrounding knives.

Untitled presentation
Snowdon 2018

10 Oct 18 - Snowdon Adventures

Wednesday 10 October, saw a number of Hollies students climb Snowdon, they not only attempted this amazing feat, but conquered it, reaching the highest summit in Wales. 10 Students braved the elements, showed leadership teamwork to reach the summit. What a fantastic achievement by all.

Well done everyone!