Serving the Community
Links with the Community
Holme Grange school has a good relationship with the local community, based on the desire to maintain solid links with both industry and local people which make up the majority of our staff, parents and pupils. We have close links with the local charities supporting the old and infirm and spend time at Christmas singing carols. We regularly stock the local foodbank with donations we receive from the Harvest Festival. We have close links with the local church and the Reverend attends many of our morning assemblies. We invite our neighbours and the local community to our outdoor events and the police and fire service are invited to come in and meet the children and give safety talks.
The School is engaged in a multifaceted partnership with our local state primary schools which includes:
- Community Liaison Officer role created to work within the local state primary schools whilst being funded by Holme Grange School.
- This Community Liaison is an employee of the School who works in local state primary schools enabling a PE and Games lessons to be taught by a specialist whilst also providing training opportunities for their staff.
- We have also provided a Forest Leader together with use of facilities and transport to enable a local Pre School in Wokingham to participate in Forest School each week on our site as well as an Independent Day Nursery in Maidenhead – Little Roos
- We have organised and hosted sports tournaments (netball and football) for local state schools to enable them to participate in competitive sport, use the facilities available at Holme Grange and further enhance their skills.
- The Headteacher provides support for an Academy Trust – comprising one secondary and 7 primary schools – on strategic development and raising standards and has been invited to become a board member (Governor)
- Equipment has been provided to enable local state primary schools to put on plays and performances (loan of props etc.)
- Some school staff are active Governors of local state schools and are allowed time to attend to their duties.
- INSET held at the school has been made available to local state primary school staff and invitations to events such as Taming Tigers and Giles Duley evening have been sent to primary schools and local community.
- Some members of the academic staff act as examiners for the public examination boards.
- Some staff act as moderators for the EYFS with Wokingham Authority and Bracknell Forest
The school actively engages in charitable work in the local community (see examples below) which benefit not only the community but those pupils engaged in the work by developing social responsibility:
- The Astro has been used by a local Football club twice a week in the evenings to train their team of young players.
- The Sports hall has been used by an adult Rock Choir once a week
- The Music School is used for drum lessons one evening a week for students who don’t come to Holme Grange
- The School facilities are provided to the local Catholic Church to host their annual parish picnic
- The School is used by Wokingham and Bracknell Red Diamond (Disability Sport) to host their summer games event which is attended by other groups from around the country. Red Diamonds offers a chance to all disabled people in the UK, helping them to get involved directly into our society and is for people with all disabilities and all ages.
- Community Service is a key activity at Holme Grange School with extensive work being undertaken with the introduction of the Inspiring Change theme across the school where community service forms a part of the curriculum.
- Pupils have actively participated in the Rotary Club ROTOKids programme, inviting local residents from a day centre to watch a performance at Christmas and they visited local residential and day centres to sing at Christmas too.
- Fund raising for charitable purposes is a fundamental part of life at Holme Grange School and this year pupils and staff have raised money for Wokingham Foodbank, Cancer Research,Wade in Wokingham, Our Lady of Nazareth School in Nairobi where we sponsor three children to attend school for four years. In the past year we raised approximately £5000
- Beneficiaries of our annual Harvest service include WADE in Wokingham and both the Wokingham and Bracknell Food Bank where children visit in order to deliver the goods.