At Holloway School we recognise the important contribution we make to the development of community cohesion within our school, in the local community and more widely as part of Islington and London’s education service.
We continue to work hard to maintain and develop the school as a thriving, achieving and harmonious environment which prepares our young people to play a positive role in the school and wider community. We are committed to community cohesion.
Our governing body is diverse and reflects the local community as is the whole school staff group. Many of the staff live within walking distance of the school. We are inclusive in our admissions policy and aspire to be the first choice school for all local learners.
We have strong relationships with a wide number of local bodies including the Local Authority, the Police, feeder primary schools, a supplementary school and local sports associations. We work in partnership with them to improve the local environment and make it a good place to live and learn. We provide many opportunities for our students to develop self esteem, confidence and leadership skills and to be positive citizens, helping younger students and taking part in activities that benefit both the school and the local community. This involvement helps to keep them on positive paths and gives skills that they can take into the local community outside of school time.
The building is used on Saturdays by a local school which many of our students attend. The sports facilities are used by sports clubs in the evening and weekends and the swimming pool widely used by two popular swimming clubs. The school has hosted a borough wide gymnastics clubs in the past. There are strong links with Arsenal Football Club and our students benefit from the additional coaching supplied by them. The school also hosts a table tennis club which attracts over 40 students every week. This is run by a professional table tennis player/coach. Students are often selected to play in league games and have played competitive table tennis to a high level.
Our relationship with the local community is further enhanced by the school’s work with a number of primary schools in Islington and Camden. Sports events, activity sessions and taster lessons have seen pupils visit Holloway School with excellent feedback from pupils and staff. Torriano School now hold their sports day on the Multi Use Games Area every year. This is supported by the PE Faculty and Senior Sports Leaders. Giving primary schools access to the facilities is an area that the school would like to develop further.
The school is committed to raising money for a wide range of local and national charities. It has supported St Mungo’s, a residential home for adults. Students, staff and parents collected gifts for the residents and some students delivered them personally. Year 7 students raised over £100 during a lunchtime for the children’s ward in the Whittington Hospital which was featured in their newsletter.
Money raised from the annual Christmas Concert is split between a national charity, Crisis UK and a local charity, Cutbush House. Issues are raised in assemblies and during tutor time activities and students are keen to participate in recycling and gardening projects.
The charity leaders in the school have organised and help run numerous cake sales and events for charity. Being involved in The Giving Nation has raised the profile of charity work in the school. Staff and students have supported the following charities as well as collections for disaster relief funds such as earthquakes, tsunamis and floods:
- Comic and Sport Relief
- Children in Need
- Crisis UK
- Operation Christmas Child
- MacMillan Cancer Support
- Cancer Research
We welcome parents into school and pay particular attention to those parents identified as ‘hard to reach’. The school works well with outside agencies and organisations such as Families First. Drop-ins, support at parents’ evenings, ESOL and parenting classes (in partnership with Families First) are on offer and parents are encouraged to attend. Parents from other schools are encouraged to attend.
Coffee events are regular events in the school and provide important opportunities for parents to meet and develop positive relationships with each other. We have organised coffee events for Turkish, Somalian, Congolese and Bangladeshi parents. Year 7 parents attend a coffee evening in September as part of our transition programme.
Our Ben Kinsella peace garden supports our conflict resolution work and is well respected by students, who understand its significance. The sculptures in the garden were designed and created by art students. Year 7 students worked on an inter-generational project with ten Over 55 year olds on a creative project. This worked well and has a positive impact in ‘bridging the gap’ between the school and the community.
We have strong links with City and Islington College and staff from the college attend events providing information to families.
Local organisations, such as the local library are invited to the year 6 open evening and other events. Links with Families First ensure that all parents receive additional support if needed. We also have links with the Family Action and the Young Carers’ Project. The Zone Youth Project (based on the school site) offers activities and holiday programmes and a number of students from the school participate in these.
Events such as Black History Month, International Women’s Day (IWD) and Holocaust Memorial Day are all commerorated, along with other national days and events. Girls will participate in a workshop or activity for International Women’s Day e.g. empowerment workshop or gospel singing class. Presenters have included the Chair of the Governing Body, a governor, local community worker and organisations based in Islington/Camden.