Welcome to Holbrook School for Autism from Headteacher Sam Bayliss

On behalf of the students, staff and governors of Holbrook School for Autism I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope that it will provide you with the information you need whilst giving you an enjoyable glimpse into the life of our wonderful school.

Holbrook School for Autism forms part of the Esteem Multi-academy trust, we are a specialist provision for children and young people with autism. We cater for children and young people aged 4-19 years with a range of abilities and differences associated with their autism, all of our students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The school is located over two different sites in Holbrook and Belper. The school also has an outstanding residential provision that provides continued education for up to 28 students who stay for 1 night per week.

Our school is a welcoming community where everyone should feel safe, secure, valued and respected and where we have a shared commitment to providing the best possible learning opportunities for every student.

Our students are taught and supported by a team of caring, friendly and dedicated staff who are trained in a range of autism-specific approaches and strategies. All of our students have access to an autism-specific environment with a range of specialist facilities and activities available to support different aspects of their learning and development. At Holbrook School for Autism, we are committed to developing the whole child, not just their academic ability.

Our school motto is ‘where learning comes to life.’ Through a relevant, exciting and challenging curriculum, students learn skills for life building on their interests and gaining independence. We believe that each student is individual and have their own unique skills, interests and talents which should be nurtured and encouraged. We have the highest expectations and aspirations for all of our students so that when the time comes, they are confident and ready to take their next steps in life.

For our students to achieve their goals and for the school to continue to grow and succeed, we need to work closely with parents, carers and our multi-agency colleagues to develop our ‘understanding’, expertise and specialism.

I feel very proud to be the Headteacher of Holbrook School for Autism and I hope that you can see why whilst visiting our website. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

I shall look forward to meeting and working with you.

Sam Bayliss

Holbrook School for Autism

Holbrook School for Autism provides specialist education and care for children and young people with autism and learning disabilities aged 4-19, split over two sites.  The Holbrook site is for students aged 4-13 years and the Belper site is for students aged 14-19 years.

The Hub provision is for primary pupils with autism and average ability and is based at the Holbrook site. These pupils have been unable to access mainstream education, so now receive a full and relevant curriculum at Holbrook.

Our residential accommodation comprises of two units within the main building. Both are self-contained with single bedrooms, bathrooms and showers and with kitchens, dining areas and lounges. Please visit our residential page for further information.

We provide a personalised curriculum, designed to address the needs of the whole child or young person. Therefore, as well as working on the key skills of literacy, numeracy and all the national curriculum subjects, we also focus on the autism-related and personal needs of our pupils. This means using the following approaches:

  •  structured teaching
  •  ‘total’ communication
  •  meeting sensory needs

At Holbrook, we adapt and ‘fine-tune’ these approaches for each pupil.

As a Derbyshire school, most of our pupils live within the county, but a significant number attend from Derby City, and a smaller number from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Our staff are a well trained and dedicated team, who work with parents, carers and other professionals to make sure that all our pupils are able to achieve their best.

Esteem Multi-Academy Trust

Holbrook School for Autism is part of the Esteem Multi-Academy Trust which currently comprises of 11 academies throughout Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

Formed by a group of like-minded school leaders in August 2018, the MAT is responsible for the education and care of approximately 1200 students and employs around 750 staff.

Esteem Multi-Academy Trust has grown from seven to 11 academies within the first 18 months and now includes 1 mainstream academy (with an enhanced resource provision), 7 special and 3 alternative provision academies. We wish to grow further to fulfil our vision to become a centre of excellence for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision.  We have a well-defined set of values and a clear vision for the MAT to become a hub for expertise in SEND and inclusion. We share a collaborative ethos, believing that our collective efforts will achieve a better outcome than we can as individual schools. Our academies focus on the holistic needs of the young person, due to students’ vulnerabilities. So ‘joined-up thinking’, between our academies and different agencies, is essential to deliver the right support for our students.

The main aims of Esteem MAT are to:

  • Work collaboratively and strategically to secure high-quality education for all young people in our academies;
  • Deliver a skills-based curriculum that is tailored to individual needs and the specific requirements of students attending our academies;
  • Create economies of scale through commissioning services and purchasing resources;
  • Share expertise, best practice and resources to ensure high standards and value for money;
  • Exploit fully opportunities for collaborative, continual professional development.

As a group of academies working together, we can share and deliver better practice.  We will be able to commission health, care and therapy services in a fully ‘joined-up’ way.  

CEO of Esteem MAT: Julian Scholefield
Esteem Multi-Academy Trust
Suite 43 Pure Offices, Lake View Drive
Annesley, Nottinghamshire, NG15 0DT
T: 01623 859749

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Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) is John Walker whose contact details are:

Office 7, The Courtyard
Gaulby Lane,

Email info@jawalker.co.uk

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