Term dates

School Term Dates
Holbrook School for Autism

For the latest and future Derbyshire term dates and school holidays please go to the Derbyshire County Council website.

Reporting Absence

If your child is absent from school, parents/carers must notify the school as soon as possible. This can be done by telephoning the school office (01332 880208) or sending a message via ParenMail.  The reason for absence must be stated so the correct code on the register can be recorded.

Absence reporting via taxi drives/escorts or other messaging platforms such as  Seesaw/Whatsapp is not acceptable and the school office will still telephone if you have not reported the absence in the correct way.

It is the responsibility of parents/carers to  notify their transport provider of any absences or changes in school attendance. This includes exceptional circumstances such as class or school closures due to weather, COVID etc.

 

Sickness

Holbrook School for Autism takes guidance from the Department of Health for infection control in schools.  Please click on the link below to access a copy of the guidance.

Home to school transport

Due to the nature of our provision, we often have children and young people who travel quite a distance to attend our school. As each child attending has an EHCP there is additional support that may be available through your local council to assist with travel expenses. Please see the below links for further guidance.

Forms

Uniform

We encourage all our students to wear the school uniform which comprises of a burgundy sweatshirt and grey polo shirt, each with an embroidered school logo. However, we understand that some pupils may have sensory issues that make wearing the uniform difficult for them. Therefore, wearing the school uniform is voluntary.

Our uniform provider is School Trends.  To purchase your child’s school uniform, please click on the link below and search for Holbrook School for Autism.  Further information for parents can also be found on their website.

 

Leave

As a school we discourage parents from taking their children out of school for holidays in term time. However, leave can be authorised, in exceptional circumstances, by completing the leave of absence request form and submitting it to the school office.  For further information, please refer to the Parental Guidance also shown below.

Consent

Our school requires parental consent in order for your child to participate in a range of activities, particularly out of school. Please complete the form at the link below and return it to school.

We also require consent to administer medication within school. Please complete the form below and return to the school office.

Communication

We use two forms of communications to parents/carers.

Classes will communicate daily via ‘Seesaw’ showing the activities and learning that have taken place during the day.  Photo’s and video’s of your child may also be shared. This is a two way portal and we encourage messages from parents and carers.

ParentMail is where letters and text message from school are communicated to our parents and carers.  It is also where dinner money and residential meals can be paid for.  We may, from time to time, request contributions for trips or adhoc resources which will appear in you ‘to pay’ section of your account.

Fundraising

We welcome any forms of fundraising from a bake sale to running the London Marathon.

We have a fundraising team in school so please get in touch with any ideas you may have no matter how big or small, it all helps!

School Meals

The cost of a school meals is currently:

  • £2.20 Primary Students
  • £2.50 Secondary Students

The summer 2021 menu can be found here.

Free School Meals 
All children aged 3 to 18 at Derbyshire nurseries or schools can get a free meal if they qualify.

Qualifying criteria:

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

If you believe you are eligible for a free school meal, please visit the Derbyshire County Council website and complete an online application.

Your comments

If you have any comments that you would like to make about our school, and what we do, then please send them to us using the comments form in the Contact section.

We shall post them on this section of the website.

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

If you wish to make a complaint

Here is a copy of our complaints procedure.

Feedback to Ofsted

We always value feedback.  Please use the link below if you wish to make a submission to Ofsted about the school.

Thank you for your comments.

 

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