Hollyfield School

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Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox UK school Hollyfield School is a co-educational academy school located in Surbiton, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, London, England. There are approximately 1,100 students on roll, with 220 in the sixth form. School uniform is compulsory at Hollyfield for all pupils except the sixth form.

Technology College and Academy status

Hollyfield School was awarded specialist Technology College status in September 2003. This follows work since 1999 when the governing body and the Local Education Authority (LEA) approved a bid to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the school began raising the £50,000 sponsorship needed to support the bid. By July 2002 the school had raised the required £50,000 sponsorship and the bid went in during 2003. The award gave the school an additional £800,000 funding over five years.

As of 1 December 2011, the Hollyfield School has converted into an academy.

Fast Track

More able pupils are identified prior to entering the school and are placed in the top ability groups. These are called Fast Track groups. After pupils have been offered a place in the school the Fast Track group is selected from an ability test while the other pupils are placed in mixed ability groups. Fast Track pupils are set a very demanding curriculum and their progress is monitored carefully. Each pupil is set individual targets together with extension work to ensure that such pupils are fully stretched and attain their full potential. It is expected that these pupils will achieve 8-11 GCSE grades A*-B. A wide range of GCSE and A level courses is offered and many students enter university from Hollyfield's Sixth Form. Pupils of exceptional ability may be given the opportunity to undertake GCSE exams ahead of their year group.

Pathway system

In year 9 all pupils take a test. Results are used to put students onto either pathway 1 or pathway 2. The top 50% of pupils are put in pathway 2 where they receive a broader range of options at GCSE. In pathway 1 students are offered only one GCSE and one BTEC. Template:Citation needed

Houses

There are 3 houses with their own colours: Eagle (red), Falcon (blue) & Osprey (yellow). The houses compete for house points throughout the year. 'House Points' are given to students for exemplary classwork or in extra-curricular activities. At the end of the year, the houses compete during 'Sports Day', and the overall year winning house is announced.

Inter-house competitions have been played which include cricket, rugby and more.

Uniform

Through years 7-9, boys wear a black blazer with the Hollyfield School logo, a white shirt, black trousers and a blue, red and yellow striped tie. For girls, a black blazer with the Hollyfield School logo, a white shirt and a black skirt. Through years 10-11, boys wear blue ties to distinguish them from younger students. Sixth Formers may wear their own clothes.

Special Educational Needs policy

Hollyfield School has an effective Special Educational Needs Policy which is kept under regular review. There is a Special Educational Needs Department headed by a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. There is also a nominated governor who monitors the work of this area.

Information is received from feeder primaries and together with early secondary assessment, provision is made within the resources available to meet individual needs. In accordance with the Code of Practice and school policy and procedures pupils’ needs are assessed, recorded and made available to all teaching staff.

Individual Education Plans are formulated for the identified pupils and subject staff are provided with the necessary information to enable them to modify their schemes of work and use appropriate teaching strategies.

The school uses a well proven and effective reading recovery scheme that enables those whose reading skills prevent them from being able to benefit from the full curriculum to build confidence, catch up and achieve their full potential.

Awards and recognition

The school has gathered many awards throughout its existence. More recent ones include the International School Award, due to the creation of Mandarin classes. The class has performed in a Confucius Institute opening; as well as having two students reach the final of the 2012 Panda Challenge. Students were also chosen from the thousands who entered across the country to go to Westminster Abbey in the presence of Elizabeth II, Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall among politicians from countries across the commonwealth, to celebrate the Royal Commonwealth Society's launch of The Jubilee Time Capsule.

Charity Work

Recently, students developed the Malawi project. They are currently fundraising to aid a school for the blind in Nkope, Malawi. Many fundraising events, such as busking and cake sales have occurred throughout the past year to help the cause. Previously, the school also created and finished the Ghana Project. Students raised money in order to create a school for the disadvantaged in Ghana.

The Ilex Theatre Company

The Ilex Theatre Company is Hollyfield School's drama group. The name of the theatre company comes from the Latin word Ilex, meaning holly. The school's ambition for Ilex Theatre is to make it an organisation where young people can be involved in making theatre and learning at the same time. Drama teacher Marianne O'Shea arranges this. Ilex aims to provide an opportunity for all those involved in the annual productions to learn new skills and develop a greater understanding of the commitment and dedication involved with the production of Theatre. Ilex includes actors, front of house staff and behind the scenes workers.

Previous productions include:

  • Our Country's Good - February 2003
  • Road - February 2004
  • Bugsy Malone - July 2004
  • Twelfth Night - February 2005
  • Living With Lady Macbeth - February 2005
  • Grease - July 2005
  • Black Comedy - February 2006
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - February 2006
  • Little Shop of Horrors - July 2006
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - February 2007
  • Into The Woods - July 2007
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie - July 2008
  • Crazy For You - November 2009
  • Bugsy Malone - July 2011
  • Annie - July 2012
  • Guys and Dolls - July 2013

Sport

In 2008, the year eight rugby team managed to get to the semi-finals of the King's competition.

Alumni

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  • Eric Clapton, critically acclaimed musician.
  • Tex Fisher, author.
  • Adam Davis, European 10-metre platform diving bronze medalist (2009).
  • Mohamed Sbihi, GB Rowing 8+ 2012 Olympics <ref name="sbihi">.BBC News Rowing, Mohamed Sbihi describes selection for the GB mens 8+ for London 2012</ref>
  • Joe Cole, actor.
  • Camilla Kerslake, classical crossover singer.
  • David Goodings, Kiss FM broadcaster.
  • Yasmin Alkhatib, fashion designer.
  • Tom Cullum, television producer.
  • Billy Cullum, performer.
  • Ben Hawkey, actor.

References

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External links

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