Open a World of Possibility! Where awe and wonder are part of the curriculum. We are a happy and successful multi award winning school and are proud of our traditional values. We firmly believe that honesty, integrity, kindness and courtesy develops self - reliance, self- discipline and self-confidence in our pupils. We encourage self - expression and practical, creative and performance skills as well as leadership.
About the school
As a school, we offer every one of our pupils the very best teaching, the highest standards of pastoral care and the widest possible range of quality extra-curricular opportunities. We aspire to reach the point where each aspect of the School is functioning at and delivering to the highest standards. We will continue to strive to impart confidence, an independence of mind and a “can–do” ethos so that each pupil has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We offer an inspiring and intellectually challenging education. Children are empowered to enjoy their learning, take ownership and responsibility for it and develop as lifelong learners. We are committed to the education and positive development of young people.
We provide our pupils with a toolkit to live their lives and when they eventually enter the adult world, we can be confident they will do so well prepared with a real-life foundation for every challenge they will face
Maggie Alphonsi visits Holme Grange School in Wokingham to share her motivational life story and tips for success. She also presented prizes to top performing sports students.
4th April 2022 — On 4th April pupils at Holme Grange School in Wokingham were treated to an inspirational Monday morning assembly with Maggie Alphonsi, ex-England international rugby player now turned pundit and commentator. Maggie talked the senior pupils through her life story including from how, as a child, she underwent surgery to correct a club foot. This challenge was the first of many that she overcame and she talked passionately about how rugby changed and saved her life. Getting into trouble at school meant she felt like nobody believed in her. However, a chance encounter with an influential P.E. teacher at her secondary school, covered in bumps and bruises from a recent rugby union match, suggested she give it a go and the rest is history. Maggie never looked back and progressed from representing GB at touch rugby to competing at 3 Rugby World Cups for England eventually emerging victorious in 2014. She is now the face of international women’s rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet.
Her career taught her many lessons about working hard, taking a chance and picking herself up from failure - a theme which Holme Grange P.E. staff continued to discuss when they gave out prizes for the school's sporting stars. This term has seen huge success in netball, football, hockey, rugby & cross country and Monday's assembly was a chance to celebrate the achievements of the senior pupils aged 12-16 including county, regional and national appearances. Girls rugby has been introduced this term and recently the school played host to its first touch and contact tournament against local schools. In addition those pupils who have successfully finished their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards were applauded. Players of the season and most committed team members received their medals from Maggie to mark the end of a hugely successful Spring Term at Holme Grange.
Emmanuel Jal - former child soldier turned international recording artist, visited Holme Grange School in Wokingham.
15th February 2022 — Last week the Holme Grange School community had a rare opportunity to meet the world's most famous former child soldier and hear his inspiring story of hope.
Parents, students and staff at the Wokingham school had the pleasure of welcoming South-Sudanese Canadian Artist Emmanuel Jal who described the incredible hardship of his childhood in war-torn South Sudan and how he overcame the misery using the power of positive thinking and his imagination. The inspiring artist also performed uplifting songs from his new album, inviting students and staff to join in and dance.
His message about failure being "the infinite source of wisdom" resonated with those listening. Mrs Robinson, Headteacher, said "We know that learning happens best out of failure and our students need to feel comfortable to allow themselves to make mistakes. Emmanuel's message chimes with what we teach our students". When students were asked to describe what they had learnt from the talk in one word, the following were repeated by all ages - 'Hope', 'Belief', 'Joy', 'Gratitude', 'Courage'.
The event was truly eye-opening and everyone left the talks feeling rejuvenated and inspired after a wonderful life-affirming afternoon.
School welcomes Gardeners' World presenter for "Hopeful" Parent Conference
Frances Tophill joins school as it hosts conference for parents to learn more about wellbeing and sustainability issues.
1st February 2022 — On Saturday 29th January, Holme Grange School in Wokingham welcomed Gardeners' World presenter Frances Tophill as they held their 3rd biennial Parent Conference entitled "Healthy Me, Healthy Planet".
Headteacher, Mrs Claire Robinson, opened the conference by saying, “Over the last two years we have filled our school with the language of hope despite these difficult times. It’s important for us to take time for ourselves so that we can support our young people and fill them with hope too."
As part of their commitment to the parent body, Holme Grange gathered speakers on a range of topics linked to the two main themes of wellbeing and sustainability. These themes are central to the school's mission having won two prestigious awards recently for their work on mental health and climate change literacy. Frances led a workshop helping budding gardeners correctly identify trees & shrubs while walking around the school campus. "Trees are a seed of hope" she said as she began her keynote speech where she examined the journey that a tree, in this case a field maple, takes from a seed to full maturity and how it touches the lives of many people along the way. She also touched on the wide range of career opportunities involved in horticulture and her own route into gardening which she described as an "accident" when she took up an apprenticeship.
Delegates also heard from Helen Rutherford from the Sleep Charity who explained the importance of creating and maintaining good sleep habits for children and adults. This kickstarted the school's newest research project which starts this week. Pupils, parents and staff will complete sleep diaries for three weeks at which point the school's Research Lead, Mr Jack Taylor, will analyse the data and feed back results.
Subjects discussed in other workshops included beekeeping, anxiety, sexual harassment, fast fashion, crafting and many more. The conference was rounded off with a speech from Bea Harrison on behalf of Teach the Future, a youth-led campaign to repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. One parent described "an absolutely amazing and inspirational day which made me genuinely think about the changes we can all make to a healthier and happier society".
Holme Grange School to host Wellbeing and Sustainability Conference
Conference on Wellbeing and Sustainability with fantastic line up of speakers. Taking place at Holme Grange School in Wokingham on 29th January.
11th January 2022 — Holme Grange School in Wokingham will host their 3rd biennial conference, "Healthy Me, Healthy Planet" on Saturday 29th January. The conference will focus on how you can improve your own wellness and at the same time help to contribute to a healthy planet. The conference costs £25 per delegate and includes both breakfast and lunch.
Throughout the day there are a great range of speakers and workshop leaders including Frances Tophill (Gardeners’ World and Love your Garden) who will talk to us about carbon sequestering and also touch on careers in horticulture. Helen Rutherford from The Sleep Charity will talk about how important sleep is for adults and for children and workshops ranging from ‘Letting go of being a perfect parent’ to ‘Practical Beekeeping’ and ‘How to talk to the next generation about gender’. To view the full workshop programme and list of speakers go to https://www.holmegrange.org/parent-conference/
The day is set to be a very relaxed day but hopefully really informative about subjects that you might just want to dip your toe into to find out more. Tickets cost £25 and includes lunch.
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Wokingham School Gains World-leading Gold Status for Sustainability
Holme Grange School has been awarded the Gold Status from eduCCate Global for their work on sustainability. Photos come from the Mock COP which was held in November.
17th December 2021 — Holme Grange School in Wokingham has become the very first school to be awarded the eduCCate Global Gold Award for their work on sustainability and climate change issues. The school achieved its Silver award earlier this year and have exceeded all expectations to be awarded the Gold Status.
Awareness around climate change has been embedded into all classrooms and Year 9 students follow a sustainability curriculum. Mrs Claire Robinson, Headteacher, says, "It has been wonderful to see our students growing in confidence when talking about these issues. In our Mock COP earlier this term I was delighted to hear their thoughts - it was clear they had a deeper factual understanding and, in turn, their critical thinking skills have improved. Sustainability is at the heart of our school and our young people motivate me and the rest of the staff to keep going."
Holme Grange is also the very first school in the UK to be a fully functional eduCCate Global Hub School. To gain this accolade, the School has demonstrated real action and connection with schools in the area and has worked diligently through the processes of working towards becoming a truly sustainable school.
Leanne Hughes, Holme Grange's Sustainability Lead Teacher, said "It's fantastic to see how passionate our students are. Their understanding of these issues is excellent, they want to be activists and aspire to spread awareness to others."
Parents of students at the school also get the chance to have their say through the Parent Sustainability Strategy Group which meets regularly. In January 2022 the school will host its 3rd Parent Conference which is entitled "Healthy Me, Healthy Planet" focusing on the themes of wellbeing and sustainability which is also open to the public. (holmegrange.org/parent-conference)
The gold status is a real game changer. Holme Grange teachers are the most highly skilled Climate Literacy proficient teachers on the planet who have been instrumental in reframing the narrative around climate change issues so that they are now "outrageous opportunities" for students to grasp. Mrs Robinson says "It's important that students don't feel like climate change is their responsibility or a burden. By working with eduCCate Global we have been empowered to write a new scheme of work. Hopefully there will be a Sustainability GCSE on offer for young people in future".
The School is extremely proud of this award - Platinum here they come!
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.”
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