is a co-educational comprehensive foundation school
, located in Surbiton
, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
– with Technology College
status. There are approximately 1,100 students on roll, with 220 in the sixth form
. The school is over-subscribed. School uniform is compulsory at Hollyfield for all pupils except the sixth form.
"Hollyfield promotes a co-operative and orderly environment which fosters understanding and appreciation of, and respect for, its community."
Technology College status
Hollyfield School has been a Technology specialist school
since September 2003. This follows work since 1999 when the governing body and the Local Education Authority
(LEA) approved a bid to the Department for Education and Skills
(DfES) and the school began raising the £50,000 sponsorship needed to support the bid. By July 2002 the school had raised the required £50,000 sponsorship and the bid went in during 2003. The award gives the school an additional £800,000 funding over five years. Hollyfield's main sponsors are the Wolfson Foundation, Hollyfield School PTA and Numeral Software Ltd.
More able pupils are identified prior to entering the school and are placed in the top ability groups. These are called Fast Track groups. After pupils have been offered a place in the school the Fast Track group is selected from an ability test while the other pupils are placed in mixed ability groups. Fast Track pupils are set a very demanding curriculum and their progress is monitored carefully. Each pupil is set individual targets together with extension work to ensure that such pupils are fully stretched and attain their full potential. It is expected that these pupils will achieve 8-11 GCSE grades A*-B. A wide range of GCSE
and A level
courses is offered and many students enter university from Hollyfield's Sixth Form. Pupils of exceptional ability may be given the opportunity to undertake GCSE exams ahead of their year group.
Special Educational Needs policy
Hollyfield School has an effective Special Educational Needs Policy which is kept under regular review. There is a Special Educational Needs Department headed by a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. There is also a nominated governor who monitors the work of this area.
Information is received from feeder primaries and together with early secondary assessment, provision is made within the resources available to meet individual needs. In accordance with the Code of Practice and school policy and procedures pupils’ needs are assessed, recorded and made available to all teaching staff.
Individual Education Plans are formulated for the identified pupils and subject staff are provided with the necessary information to enable them to modify their schemes of work and use appropriate teaching strategies.
The school uses a well proven and effective reading recovery scheme that enables those whose reading skills prevent them from being able to benefit from the full curriculum to build confidence, catch up and achieve their full potential.
The Ilex Theatre Company
The Ilex Theatre Company is Hollyfield School's drama group. The name of the theatre company comes from the Latin word Ilex
, meaning holly. The school's ambition for Ilex Theatre is to make it an organisation where young people can be involved in making theatre and learning at the same time.
Ilex aims to provide a unique opportunity for all those involved in the annual productions to learn new skills and develop a greater understanding of the commitment and dedication involved with the production of Theatre. Ilex is made up of more than just actors; it also includes those working front of house and others working behind the scenes to support what happens on stage.
Previous productions include:
In 2007 a group of Year 11 students entered radio station Xfm
's Rock School competition, a competition for bands of school age. The boys, in their band Shamrok (now called Fish!), reached the final five of the competition with their cover of Pink Floyd
's Wish You Were Here
. The radio station unfortunately misspelt the band's name on their website.
In 2008, the year eight rugby team managed to get to the semi-finals of the King's competition.