Holtspur School & Pre-School


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Cherry Tree Road
4 - 11
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Holtspur is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average and the proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. These needs include speech, language and communication difficulties. There is additionally resourced provision in the school for children with specific speech or language delay or disorder. There is a Reception class for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school has Healthy Schools status and has achieved Eco Schools Silver, Artsmark and Activemark awards. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

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01296 395000 / 0845 3708090

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Holtspur School & Pre-School Reviews

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“The best of all things - small and thoroughly inclusive”
"> A small school by today's standards that really cares about the development of its pupils. I have seen the amazing progress this school has made first hand with one daughter just leaving the school after many amazing years and another just starting her journey. Holtspur staff really care about the progress your child makes both academically and emotionally. It nurtures new starters and supports through buddying and teaching. Sports, drama, dance, singing are all encouraged and there's lots of opportunity for the kids to get involved. I would recommend this school to anyone looking.
“Lovely local school”
"> I have two children at Holtspur School (one just starting) and am really delighted with it. The atmosphere of the school is warm and friendly, with strong relationships developing between staff, children and parents. In particular, children in the higher years are encouraged to interact with the younger ones by means of a buddy system, which really helps the little ones to feel settled. There are lots of opportunities for the children to expand their learning outside the classroom with the new, PTA funded, Nest room providing a really wonderful facility.
“A wonderful and caring school”
"> When my older daughter started at Holtspur, she was a very shy girl, that barely dared talk to adults other that close family. With help of the amazing staff in the school she has developed into a much more confident girl (just started year 6), that is still a little reluctant to speak in front of too many people, but happy to sing solos in front of the whole school and participate in plays. The caring and inclusive ethos in the school caters for children of every ability and gets the best out of every child. Our younger daughter has just started in reception and we cannot recommend the school enough.
“What a wonderful school!!”
"> Holtspur is an amazing school, I have seen the school and my children flourish over the past 7 years, due to the hard work and caring of all the staff. Any concerns I have ever had have been responded to quickly and efficiently. My children have loved going to Holtspur. They are confident, secure and happy individuals, who make the most of all the opportunities the school offers them. I would thoroughly recommend Holtspur School to anyone wondering where their children should go to school!
“Indifferent attitude to those who are not natural achievers”
"> There is much to recommend Holtspur School. However, in my opinion, there is a persistent failure to create a secure environment for those children who don't naturally rise to the top of the pile either academically or on the sports field. The school was not designed to take so many children, resulting in 32 year 5 & 6s being squeezed into classrooms designed for 30 seven-year-olds. The pressure cooker environment which is created allows fractious relationships to develop and the school is far too tolerant of persistent low-level bullying. There is a seeming lack of will to address this problem, and although the school states in its policy documents that it promotes resilience, it actually has no procedures or policies in place to achieve this. If your child is confident, sporty, musical or academic it will be a great school for them. But if they are sensitive or less resilient you would be better off looking elsewhere.
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