Holme Court is a small school created for children with dyslexia and associated learning needs. Our family atmosphere and nurturing environment can, however, also enable some children for whom, until now, school has represented failure, who lack confidence and self-esteem, or who have experienced bullying, to thrive.
The school does not cater for learners with primary behavioural issues where their behaviour or attitude might disrupt the education or welfare of others at the school.
The school is appropriate for learners with SEN statements/ EHC Plans, as well as non-statemented children, privately or Local Authority funded, with each application being considered individually.
Admission is usually dependent on receipt of an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher report confirming presence of severe dyslexia and/ or associated difficulties. We would also consider applications where there is evidence of low attainment in literacy and can arrange for one of our Specialist Teachers to assess if required.
After an initial interview with the parents or carers, at which their child’s needs can be discussed, potential pupils are invited for one or two Taster Days. This allows them to sample a typical day and helps the school gain an insight into their specific strengths and needs.
The school will consider each child on an individual basis and, following their Taster Days, will offer entry on condition that a suitable place is available for the child’s learning ability, age and emotional needs. Information from existing relevant and up-to-date assessments by recognised specialists such as Educational Psychologists, Paediatricians and Speech & Language therapists may also be used to make an informed decision.
We can be flexible with regards to admission dates. Provided there is space in the class a child will be able to start immediately.
We accept children from a wide catchment area, including Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Charging and remissions policy
Holme Court School believes that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra- curricular) independent of their parents’ financial means. This Charging and Remissions Policy describes how we will do our best to ensure a good range of visits and activities is offered and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.
The 1996 Education Act requires all schools to have a policy on charging and remissions for school activities, which will be kept under regular review.
Holme Court is an independent specialist provision and as such school fees are payable.
A registration fee of £100 is paid upon application to the school.
The termly fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are £4730 which is invoiced on a termly basis. There are three terms in a school year.
A term’s notice of intention to remove a child from the school is required. If no such notice is given, parents become liable for a full term’s fees.
These fees are inclusive of tuition, books and stationery.
Additional charges will be made for field trips and examination fees.
When trips and residential events are planned the school will charge sufficient to cover third party costs.
In the event that a parent/ carer is unable or unwilling to pay for a school trip, the school will cover this cost.
Additional 1 to 1 teaching with a specialist teacher is available for all pupils as an additional charge of £35 per hour
Individual speech and language and occupational therapy sessions are available upon request.
Date of Review: November 2017
Future Review: September 2018
Induction of New Pupils
Pupils who wish to join Holme Court School are all invited to the following:
- An initial visit with parents to meet the Head and have a tour of the school.
- An assessment morning visit where they are given a tour by current pupils as well as the opportunity to take part in the morning’s lessons.
- Subsequent visits to the school to join in lessons to help aid their transition.
- On their first day they are given a tour of the school by members of their class.
- During the first few weeks they are given a full assessment The results of this then formulate their educational programme.
Our classes are all mixed ability but within each class, are as equal as possible in their composition. In allocating children to classes we take into account factors such as academic strengths and weaknesses, gender and friendships that are conducive to productive work (plus those that are not!). Children may join at other times of the year as places become available and we occasionally make changes to existing classes at the end of an academic year.