Community Links

The school continues to place great value on its links with the wider community, beyond the confines of the school and these are wide ranging:

  • Holland_Park_Primary_Essex_2014_0711Ofsted Report, January 2009 – “They make an outstanding contribution to the community, through their buddy groups, their links with the local community and from their well developed links with a school in Ghana”
  • School Council – Ofsted Report January 2009 – “…and school councillors take their role very seriously.”
  • Our creative curriculum uses children’s ideas as a basis for the topic/curriculum focus
  • We maintain close links with our local secondary schools and Essex University
  • A wide range of after school activities is organised by teaching staff, from a variety of sport to environmental studies and art
  • School plays a large part in organising school fixtures and tournaments within the locality and taking part locally and within the county
  • The school has strong links with local cricket, rugby, football and tennis clubs
  • We promote awareness and use of local amenities such as Alton Water for sailing and Essex University for climbing
  • Buddy Groups have regular meetings
  • Play Leaders assist children during lunchtimes
  • Class rules are set by pupils and staff at the beginning of each school year
  • Every class has responsibility for maintaining their vegetable plot and looking after the chickens
  • School gained the Anglia in Bloom ‘Best Young Persons Award’ in 2009
  • Summer Fayre and Christmas Bazaar provide opportunities for the children, with their parents, to interact with members of the local community. Children make games and donate items to raise money for school resources and events
  • Children take on responsibilities helping with daily routines in class and around the school eg registers, snack bins, recycling bins, chicken care, bell monitors, play leaders
  • The Green Team take part in a ‘Big Tidy Up’ and ‘Green Day’ involving parents
  • Children throughout the school have been involved in planting trees around the district and our own grounds
  • The school P.T.A. offers parents and teachers a number of social outlets together with major fund-raising initiatives which have greatly enhanced the school’s profile and ability to resource
  • Harvest parcels are collected from the majority of pupil’s families and distributed, to the elderly throughout the town, by the Lions
  • Residents of local sheltered accommodation are visited, by Year 6 children who deliver harvest parcels
  • A whole school theatre visit, to Chelmsford, to see a pantomime is held every year
  • School choir visits sheltered accommodation to sing carols at Christmas time and sing at the late night shopping event and at the Light Up a Life Hospice service at the local church
  • Year six grandparents and residents of local sheltered accommodation are invited to the KS2 Christmas presentation and served refreshments by the children
  • At the KS1 Nativity productions, parents, governors and local nurseries are invited in and a collection for East Anglian Children’s Hospice is made. Collections and sponsored events are also made at other times of the year for other charities, such as Asthma Association, British Heart Foundation, Poppy Appeal and the RNLI