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Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Risk Assessment (Covid-19) 2020

DfE Coronavirus Information:-


    As we continue in lockdown I hope that you are well. Our school functions continue to operate behind the scenes and we are fully organised to be able to provide support for our students and their families. We continue to be open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers and from the week beginning 15th June 2020 we will also be open to selected Year 10 and Year 12 students. There has been a lot to digest from the DfE, Ofqual and other organisations and I realise that there are a number of questions that parents/carers and students need some clarification on, so I would like to highlight some of the key areas:
    Do we have your correct contact details?
  • Staff are contacting families regularly to ensure that students are able to access their home learning activities and check on the well-being of all our school community. Please can you ensure that we have your correct contact details (home address, landline number, mobile telephone number and email address) by contacting the school on 0121 558 0691 so that we can provide you with important information regarding your child’s education.
  • Provision for our most vulnerable children and children with key workers as parents
  • We have continued to provide support for our most vulnerable children and children of key workers Government Information for Parents and Carers. Provision is during 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Any additional requests can be made by contacting the school via email:, at least the day before provision is required. This allows for the school to put in place the adequate staffing for the day. (This email address should be used for key worker purposes only, any requests for other services, e.g. resetting usernames and/or passwords, need to come through other methods/emails as identified in the information on this page). Please provide your child’s name and form group and complete and submit this form: Key Worker Form. You should only send your child to school if absolutely necessary.
  • All other children will need to stay at home.
  • We will not be able to go ahead with: school trips, breakfast or after-school clubs, events such as parents' evenings, internal examinations or tests and face to face interviews.
  • Open to selected Year 10 and Year 12 students and Year 10 and Year 12 learning
  • From the week beginning 15th June 2020 we will be open to selected Year 10 and Year 12 students for face to face contact. Information containing the date and time that your Year 10 and/or Year 12 child should attend has been posted home along with a letter from myself explaining the return and Student Protocol - Keeping Everyone Safe. Both of these documents can be accessed here: Year 10 and Year 12 Information June 2020 (Parent/Carer) and Student Protocol - Keeping Everyone Safe
  • I have had a few concerns raised about missing key learning time for lower year groups, in particular those in years 10 and 12. We understand that as a parent/carer or student you may be concerned about lost time for examination courses at this time. Work has been set and is being closely monitored with examination groups to ensure the best possible support for continued learning. This is also true for years 7, 8 and 9 and we will keep lesson material and set work updated as the lockdown continues.
  • As Headteacher I have not been given any additional information about any future removal of restrictions, so the school will continue to support home and distance learning to the very best of our capability. It may be no consolation but all students across the country are in the same position, however, I can assure parents/carers that their child is being supported by a hardworking and diligent team of staff. I ask that you keep on top of the work being set with your child and ensure that time is spent on the set work. As and when matters change I will keep you informed.
  • Home learning
  • As you should be aware work has been set by all subject areas for all year groups and I would encourage you to ensure work set is being accessed on a regular basis. Work set can be easily referenced from the opening page of our website. A summary of how home learning is set for each subject can be found by following this link: Summary of Home Learning.
  • Moodle can be accessed via the following link: Moodle. Forgotten passwords for Moodle can be reset via this link: Forgotten Password for Moodle.
  • Students directed to complete work using Doddle, passwords have been reset to: ‘hollylodge’. Doddle can be accessed via the following link: Doddle. Forgotten passwords for Doddle can be reset via this link: Forgotten Password for Doddle. Where it asks for 'school' details, enter 'Holly Lodge'. For the 'email' entry, student's school email address is needed.
  • Requests for any other usernames and passwords should be sent to: from your school email address which can be accessed here:
  • In some cases, teaching staff will contact students directly via school email accounts. Please make sure school emails are checked on a regular basis. If students do not have access to their school email address they should email: providing their name, form group, date of birth and post code.
  • It is essential that students work hard and complete all their tasks, to ensure that the excellent progress they have made since September continues. Year 11, 12 and Year 13 in particular should continue to prepare for exams and complete coursework. Although the Prime Minister has said that examinations will not take place in May and June, there may be an opportunity for students to sit examinations early in the new academic year. It is likely their work in the coming months will be an important part of this.
  • The Government has announced support for year 10 students who do not have access to digital devices. Until the details of this is clear we are unable to provide any further information on this.
  • Free school meals
  • As a school we moved on to the Government scheme a few weeks ago and all eligible families are being supported by a £15 per week per child eGift card that is claimed by obtaining an eCode from the school. I would encourage all eligible families to claim the eGift card and for those that have supplied an email address to the school, their eCodes will be sent out directly to them, with no need to come into school. eCodes are given out to cover two weeks at a time as we feel this allows families to better plan spending over the weeks and allows the school time to process the eCodes as the process is slow. If you think you are eligible or have not collected eCodes please contact the school via email:, from the email address you wish to receive the eCode, providing each child's full name, tutor group, date of birth and post code.
  • The DfE have produced a document to support parents and carers with claiming free school meal eGift cards. This information can be accessed here: DfE Free School Meals Parent and Carer FAQs. Please read the sample letter by clicking here which also lets you know how to claim your Free School Meals eGift card once your eCode has been issued via email.
  • Be aware of scam emails and text messages: We have been informed that a variety of email and text message scams, targeting families since the COVID-19 outbreak, are being sent offering payments for Free School Meals, rent rebates, tax refunds, etc. They ask parents/carers to click on a link and enter their bank details to access the repayment. We urge parents that if you receive any emails or text messages like this, please do not respond, do not give your bank details and delete the email and/or text message immediately.
  • GCSE, AS and A level grades summer 2020
  • I appreciate that the past few weeks have been very unsettling for students in years 11 Headteacher's Letter to Year 11 June 2020, 12 and 13. Following the Ofqual announcements, I would like to reassure everyone that we will follow the guidance provided throughout this process to do our best to ensure each student is awarded a fair grade that reflects the work they have put in throughout their course and it is the grade they were most likely to achieve in the summer. We are developing a robust internal system to award these grades using a range of evidence Ofqual Information. Please be aware that the Ofqual guidance states:
  • Exam boards will be standardising the grades awarded by the school and they will be moving them up or down in light of national standards. Progress for awarding GCSE's, AS and A levels summer 2020
  • Students cannot be set any extra work to "help" us allocate a grade.
  • With respect to SEND and access arrangements; schools and colleges will judge the grade that these students would most likely have achieved if they had been able to sit their examinations with the intended reasonable adjustment or access arrangement in place.
  • Students will find out their grades on the August results day.
  • There will be an appeal process to be announced later by Ofqual and implemented by the exam boards.
  • There will be an Autumn exam series for those that think they could do better than the grade awarded by the exam boards in the summer.
  • It is important that schools and colleges do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students, parents or carers, under any circumstances, until after final results are issued. This is to protect the integrity of centres' judgements, and to avoid teachers, Heads of Department or Heads of Centre feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence.
  • I asked parents/carers and students to respect this advice and do not ask any teachers for information about the grade being given to a student or how it has been arrived at:
  • "To enable teachers working together within schools and colleges to reach these judgements fairly and objectively, they will not discuss their evaluation of the evidence or disclose the judgements they reach with students or their parents or carers. Students, parents and carers should not seek to influence the judgements made; attempts to do so may be investigated by an exam board and found to constitute malpractice, which may result in sanctions."
  • All staff have therefore been instructed not to reply to any such request for information and to report it immediately to the Headteacher. Any attempt to influence decision-making could result in exam boards imposing sanctions upon individual candidates. We will wait the results of this consultation and, of course, follow any guidance on reporting such incidents to the regulatory bodies, including exam boards.
  • Year 6 transition into Year 7 for September 2020
  • We are very pleased to hear that your child has been allocated a place at Holly Lodge High School. We look forward to welcoming you and your child as and when the rules allow it.
  • Due to the current situation that COVID-19 has brought we will be operating a minimal physical contact transition and will only be inviting parents and students into school when deemed safe to do so. We understand that the transition process from primary to secondary can be a daunting experience and we will assist in any way we can. [Read more] Sandwell's transition video for Year 6 pupils can be viewed here: Sandwell Transition Video (Year 6) 2020 and information for preparing for transition 2020 can be viewed here: Preparing for Transition 2020
  • Form Tutor Welcome (video)
  • Virtual Tour (video)
  • Pastoral matters and safeguarding during isolation
  • The school maintains all our key functions such as pastoral care and we continue to visit or call on our most vulnerable families. Should parents/carers or students need further support please do contact the school.
  • It is vital during this time of isolation and uncertainty that you and your family follow Government advice and stay safe and healthy. Please read this letter, which contains useful information from West Midlands Police, CEOP and KOOTH.
  • 'Never Alone' contact numbers can be accessed here for the Samaritans, Action on Elder Abuse, Cruse Bereavement, Mind, NSPCC, National Domestic Abuse Helpline, Victim Support, ChildLine, Respect - Men's Advice Line and National Centre for Domestic Violence.
  • Sandwell Beam, The Children's Society, offer an emotional health and well-being service for 5 to 18 year olds. To access this service or to hear other ways Beam can support please refer to this flyer.
  • Sandwell Children's Safeguarding Partnership gives COVID-19 hints and tips for young people in Sandwell.
  • A NHS video providing advice to parents/carers about COVID-19 can be accessed here.
  • Sixth Form interviews for September 2020 admission
  • Any student who has applied to our Sixth Form will be contacted via school email to arrange a telephone interview at an appropriate time.
  • Where telephone interviews have already happened, outcomes of interview have been posted to home addresses.
  • We will be communicating soon with Year 11 conditional offer holders about transition materials for moving into A level/Level 3 study.
  • Careers Education, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
  • Connexions Sandwell are keen to ensure that our young people have access to information, advice and guidance to minimise the impact on career goals and plans for the future. With this in mind they would like to offer an email service for you to be able to ask any questions and they will aim to get a response to you within two working days. This will commence from Monday 23 March 2020. You can email your questions to or still contact them on 0121 569 2955 to speak to an Adviser. Connexions have provided two documents containing information for Year 11 students. These can be accessed here: Connexions Year 11 Contact Us and Connexions Year 11 Lockdown Planner.
  • This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
    Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
    P Shone

Mission Statement

The mission of Holly Lodge Science College is to provide each student a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. The Holly Lodge Science College team joins the parents and community to assist the students in developing skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community.

Holly Lodge offers students a secure and purposeful environment in which every individual is valued and provides them with a wealth of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. Students enjoy school, feel safe and are well prepared for the next stages of their education or employment.

For more information please contact us on:Telephone: 0121 558 0691

Ofsted Report 7 March 2017

Ofsted Report March 2017

Holly Lodge is celebrating their latest Ofsted inspection result. The inspection reports so full of really positive statements that are such a true reflection of the daily routines and progress made by students at the school. Inspectors found that “This school continues to be good” the school has a real momentum and has continued to maintain a standard it can be pleased with.

Holly Lodge continues to be a school of parental choice and has grown significantly since the last inspection in 2013 to over 1450 students.

The report from the inspection highlights “leadership team are fully committed to creating a culture of continuous school improvement”

Students are “well behaved”, “engaged enthusiastically with their learning” and “polite and courteous to each other around the school site”

As Headteacher I have to confess to being so proud of my staff and students. The school has outstanding and committed staff who continually work to challenge and develop students through their teaching and support.

With such a resource we are able to boast about the level of progress our students make “Pupils made significantly better progress than others nationally in languages and humanities” Parents are supportive and can rest assured that their children are in an environment in which “Leaders, including governors, take their responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously.” And one in which “The curriculum includes numerous opportunities to improve pupils’ understanding of how to keep themselves safe.”

What is more this success stretches through to a growing Sixth form which has seen records for performance beaten each year so far. Holly Lodge is a school proud of what it provides to its community and will continue to strive to live up to its core belief in ‘Success for All’.

“The school has welcomed a considerable number of pupils who are newly arrived in the UK and are providing good support to help them develop English language skills and an understanding of British values”

Paul Shone


Holly Lodge School


To see Holly Lodge 2017 Ofsted report please click here