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Wokingham school scoops pioneering mental health award
A Wokingham school has achieved the School Mental Health Award which is delivered by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.
27th October 2021 — A Wokingham school has achieved the School Mental Health Award which is delivered by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. Holme Grange School School were awarded a Gold standard for its outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision.
Holme Grange provides a wide range of activities to boost the wellbeing of both pupils and staff, including mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, buddy systems and working closely with other agencies such as No.5 Young People in Reading and Arc in Wokingham.
Holme Grange School Headteacher , Mrs Claire Robinson, said: “The Award framework has allowed us to celebrate the work we do and as we completed an audit of the provision across the School, remind ourselves of how extensive our work is and how embedded it is into the life of the School. The award recognises and validates the hard work and effort of the staff team and the school community at Holme Grange.”
The school also hosts a bi-annual Parent Conference where parents and people from the local area are invited to hear from a variety of speakers on varied topics to help support the School community to better understand issues like mental health. Their next event in January 2022 will focus on personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of our planet and is entitled “Healthy Me, Healthy Planet”.
A focal point of the school’s mental health and wellbeing provision is breaking down stigmas. As part of the Pupil Leadership Team, there is a Head of Wellbeing position. When applying for this role, a Year 10 pupil spoke about their own experience of poor mental health and their desire to challenge opinions and to encourage others open up.
Mrs Robinson said: “Well-being is at the core of Holme Grange philosophy because confident, happy and secure young people will not only be effective learners, but will also go on to lead happy and successful lives in the future. We take a whole-school approach to positive mental health and work together with parents to develop a climate which we know has a beneficial effect on the physical and mental health of our school community."
The award was established in 2017 by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – part of Leeds Beckett University – and social enterprise Minds Ahead.
The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools aims to strengthen pupils’ mental health by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, improving students’ outcomes and life chances.
Doctor Steve Burton, Interim Dean of Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education, said: “Achieving this award is not just recognition of a whole-school approach to mental health, it’s a recognition of the school’s commitment to improving the life chances of children and engaging with the wider community including staff and parents.
“We’re truly proud to have worked with Holme Grange in this vital work and look forward to further collaboration.”
Nationally, more than 1000 schools have signed up to take part in the mental health award.
Dean Johnstone, founder and CEO of Minds Ahead said: “This award shines a light on the excellent work schools are doing to promote mental health for their community of children and adults.
“It is thrilling and humbling to learn about Holme Grange and the many other schools engaged in the quality award process. I’d like to offer my congratulations on this deserved recognition.”
Rugby legend, Neil Back, came to Holme Grange on 14th October to speak about the drive, the sacrifices and the elation of achieving enormous sporting success. The event was also an occasion for Holme Grange to celebrate students' sporting prowess.
15th October 2021 — Rugby legend, Neil Back, came to Holme Grange School in Wokingham to speak to pupils, parents and staff about the drive, the sacrifices and the elation of achieving enormous sporting success. The former Leicester Tiger, England International, British & Irish Lion and member of the victorious Rugby World Cup winning side in 2003 touched on lessons that transcend sport and shared his mantra for work and life "to never fail through lack of effort". He described the effort it took to break into the England 1st XV and his determination to get to the top of the game having been spurred on by classmates who derided his ambition. He also spoke about the importance of mutual respect for all your "teammates" be that on or off the pitch and in all aspects of life. Neil answered questions from the audience and stayed to chat to students and parents afterwards.
The event was also an occasion for Holme Grange to celebrate the array of sporting success of its pupils and alumni. Rugby playing alumni include recent leaver Timi Bakare who now plays for Reading RFC, Berkshire Rugby and in the London Irish Academy and Jake Shortland who is part of the England U18 squad. Amelia Tanner plays for Maidenhead Hockey 1st Team and has been selected for the U17 Performance centre for England hockey pathway. Lia Green now plays football for Bridgewater United Academy U21 squad and rugby for Somerset County U18 team. She has also been selected in the Phase 2 testing for potential Olympic athletes. Harrison Scott plays hockey in the England U18 squad and for Reading Men's 1st Team and Chloe Phillips is part of the U19 South Regional Squad for Woodley Netball Club.
Current students highlighted for their achievements were Monty (Year 11) who plays hockey in the England U16 squad and Reading Hockey Club's 1st Team, Madison (Year 11) who is part of the U16 England Hockey Performance Centre and plays for Reading Ladies' 1a team and finally Elle (Year 8) who is a member of the GB tumbling coaching squad who trains at Lilleshall. Add to that a plethora of students who participate in sports at County level and above in swimming, athletics, rugby, hockey and football. Holme Grange's Heads of Sport, Mr Charlie Gingell and Miss Becks Fuller, along with the rest of the P.E. staff, are justifiably proud of the School's successes and suspect that we will know some as household names in the future.
Holme Grange School have won the U16 Hockey Berkshire County Championships beating tough competition from around the county.
7th October 2021 — Holme Grange School have won the U16 Hockey Berkshire County Championships beating tough competition from around the county. On Wednesday 6th October the girls from Holme Grange travelled to Bradfield College to compete in the tournament and played some outstanding hockey. Starting with a 1-1 draw against St Mary's Ascot, the girls then had another draw against The Abbey. Next the team safely negotiated two convincing wins against Pangbourne College (2-0) and Downe House (4-0). A win against The Marist (2-1) meant facing The Abbey again in the final which was a close 0-0 draw. The girls showed their resilience under great pressure. Holme Grange won on goal difference countback to see them through to the Regional South Central Finals and take home the silverware.
The team of 13 girls from Years 10 & 11 have made the Holme Grange community extremely proud. Their success is testament to their hard work at training sessions and their team spirit says Head of Girls Sport, Rebecca Fuller. Sport is integral to the daily life of Holme Grange pupils and with many girls playing for Berkshire County, the Holme Grange hockey community is going from strength to strength.
Holme Grange School Pupils Bring Joy to Elderly Residents at WADE
As part of International Day of Elderly People, on Friday 1st October students from Holme Grange School visited The Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly (WADE).
1st October 2021 — As part of International Day of Elderly People, on Friday 1st October students from Holme Grange School visited The Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly (WADE).
Students socialised and enjoyed eating lunch with the residents, during which, Kaitlyn and Nikita (two Prep students) presented an impromptu musical performance and brought joy and laughter to the centre. One resident said, “I am so impressed with the children’s confidence, this has made me so happy”. Pupils not only brought joy but also letters from Year 3 children who wrote endearing messages and drew pictures.
For many residents, this was the first time they had received visitors since the start of the pandemic. The centre manager thanked pupils and staff for visiting “This is the first time we have allowed external people in and it has been such a wonderful afternoon, thank you”.
Meanwhile, at Holme Grange School, staff and students raised money for the WADE centre by taking part in a non-uniform School day. The School raised £703.19 for the centre which cares for the Elderly in Wokingham and surrounding areas.
17th September 2021 — Today Holme Grange School in Wokingham were honoured to welcome Ellie Rayer, Olympic bronze medallist, to their Under 9 girls hockey tournament. Teams from Claire’s Court, Cranford House and Park Hill School were competing in a round robin format.
Students from all schools had the opportunity to chat with the Tokyo Olympics hero who signed shirts and sticks for the budding future hockey stars.
It was a fabulous afternoon celebrating the high standard of play and also the ability to play matches against other schools again without strict COVID restrictions.
12th August 2021 — Holme Grange students have truly embraced a re-imagined final year at school. They have overcome challenges with resilience and enthusiasm, never failing to embody the Holme Grange way: work hard, play fair. This group of students will go down in history, completing their GCSE year throughout a global pandemic and we are pleased and proud to celebrate their achievements together with their families today.
We are incredibly proud that all of our students have fulfilled their potential, whether they started their journey with us in Early Years or more recently. Ella joined us in Nursery and received a fantastic set of results across the board including seven 9s and one 8. Chris arrived at Holme Grange in Year 4 and achieved six 9s, one 8 and a B in Additional Maths. Reuben joined more recently in Year 9 and scored two 9s, four 8s and three 7s.
The Holme Grange Scholarship Programme identifies and rewards talented pupils be that in Art, Music, Sport, Drama, or Academia. We are delighted to see our Scholars achieve the highest grades in their specialist subjects like Rose (Music Scholar) who gained a 9 in Music, while Art Scholar Alice celebrates an 8 in Art. Timi, (Sport) who was recently re-selected for the London Irish Academy, demonstrated excellence not only on the School field, but also with an 8 in P.E.
Headteacher, Claire Robinson, says ”At Holme Grange we put as much emphasis on celebrating the personal growth, the development of skills, character and mindset of our young people as we do their academic success. Today’s results are testament to the hard work they have put in and cap off an unforgettable year. The breadth of the curriculum we offer is phenomenal and this is reflected in the range of subjects that our students will be studying next year whether that be A levels, BTecs or apprenticeships. Finally, I would like to thank the staff for the exceptional effort that went into compiling this year's grades. Their hard work and dedication to integrity also deserves enormous credit.”
One Holme Grange parent said “My son was quite anxious, but he need not have been, because he surpassed our expectations.”
We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our newest alumni next term at our GCSE Awards evening. As our Head Boy, Max, said in his speech on the last day of term,, "we have put our stamp on Holme Grange and will always remain part of the School”.
These are outstanding results and we are so proud of our Year 11 cohort.
Contact the Registrar, Julia Braithwaite at firstname.lastname@example.org