Holbrook School
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Holbrook School for Autism is a Derbyshire special school. While the majority of our pupils live in Derbyshire, a large number also live in Derby City and some from Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City.

Parents should contact the Local Authority to find out about our admissions arrangements.  A link to the Derbyshire special school admissions advice is given below.

Holbrook School for Autism also has its own admissions policy, explaining how admissions are managed by the governors.  Please follow the link below to find out more.


School Term Dates
Holbrook School for Autism

For the latest and future Derbyshire term dates and school holidays on the Derbyshire County Council website – click here.



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.

Visitor guidelines COVID-19

Holbrook School for Autism is asking for the support and understanding of our visitors in helping us minimise the risk of COVID-19.

Holbrook School for Autism continues to take guidance from Public Health England. Taking this into account, we are now limiting access to the site to essential visitors only. If you are unsure as to whether your proposed visit is considered essential, please email the school on info@holbrookautism.derbyshire.sch.uk.

If your visit to Holbrook School for Autism is an essential one, we would nevertheless ask that you refrain from visiting if:

  • you have travelled from or transited through any of the countries or areas that are currently on ‘lockdown’ in the past 14 days.
  • you have developed a fever (above 37.8C) or a new, continuous cough within the last seven days.
  • anyone in your household is required to self-isolate in accordance with Government guidelines.

Along with all members of the Holbrook community, any visitors to the School should wash their hands with soap and water before leaving home and once they arrive at Holbrook. While you are on site we would ask that you sanitise your hands upon arrival using the supplied gel and just before you leave.

We hope you will help follow general good hygiene practice to stop the spread of any viruses. This includes covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing your hands with soap and water often.

If you begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at Holbrook School for Autism, please inform your host immediately and follow their advice.  If you develop such symptoms within 14 days of visiting Holbrook School for Autism, please inform us on 01332 880208 as soon as possible.

For the avoidance of potential embarrassment, we would also like to advise you that the School is currently operating a ‘no handshake’ policy for all members of its community.

As the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, if you are due to visit Holbrook School for Autism and are currently not affected by the guidance above, we would ask that you check this guidance again immediately prior to your visit in case our position has changed.

We thank you for your support and understanding.

Visits for Prospective Parents/Carers

We welcome visits from prospective parents/carers who would like to look around our school.  Visits to the Holbrook site in respect of children from reception through to year 9 inclusive are shown below

  • Monday – 10:30 am
  • Wednesday – 10:30 am

Visits to be the Belper site in respect of young people from years 10 through to 14 inclusive are:

  • Friday – 10:30 am

Please be aware that visits are undertaken in small groups so you may be with other parents/carers on the day.

The visit is expected to last no more than an hour.  We, therefore, encourage parents/carers to visit the school without their child/children where possible to enable you to benefit fully from the visit, but understand that this may not be feasible in some circumstances.



We encourage all our pupils 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.


Snack money

We provide snacks for all our pupils each day. We ask parents & carers to contribute £1 per week towards the cost of these snacks.


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.


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.

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

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.


Advice & Support

Derbyshire Information, Advice & Support Service (DIASS) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (formerly Parent Partnership) provide free, impartial and confidential information to parents and children and young people on issues around education, health and social care, relating to special educational provision.  Please see the attached leaflet or visit their website http://www.derbyshireiass.co.uk

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