Hollis Academy is a vibrant secondary special school located in Middlesbrough and is for students aged 11-16 who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMHD). Each of our 85 students has an Educational and Health Care Plan (EHCP), formerly known as a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Behaviour).
For the majority of our students, their education prior to joining us has been disrupted and because of this, the school relentlessly strives to remove barriers to learning, close attainment gaps and provide an inclusive environment that is child centred and learning focussed. Our aim is to ensure the academic, personal and social development of all of our students so that they can develop their potential both in school and in the wider community. We understand that our students have individual talents and in order to ensure success for every child, we believe that education goes beyond the core curriculum and out of the confines of the classroom and consequently we have adapted our curriculum offer to ensure students are prepared for the next stage of their life, whether that be within education or in the workplace. We operate a broad and balanced curriculum, including many GCSE and vocational qualifications, which students work towards achieving at the end of Key Stage 4.
It is our job to ensure that every child grows and flourishes here at Hollis Academy. We have very high expectations of our students and work closely with them to identify any specific needs and support they may require both academically and in relation to their EHCP outcomes, which form a fundamental part of their learning during their time with us and their progress in this area is as rigorously planned for as their academic programmes of study. Many of our young people have very complex needs which include children on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD, attachment disorders, conduct disorders, oppositional and defiance disorders, learning difficulties and learning disabilities.
Students are given the opportunity to realise their potential and create better futures. We believe that close partnership with parents ensures that every student achieves as much as they can in their time with us. Students are expected to play an active part in the life of the school, to care about, and contribute to the community and to treat one another with mutual respect.