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The Holme Room is our enhanced provision which is designed to be a bridge between home and school.  The provision offers an intensive, specific programme for pupils with a range social and emotional needs. It aims to prepare children to be successful learners in mainstream education. The Holme room has a table to share snacks, a beautiful reading area to play games and work collaboratively plus a kitchen to prepare snacks. Our Garden offers a space for gardening and outdoor learning.


What is the purpose of the Holme Room & its Philosophy?


The Holme Room is a small class of pupils (6-8). Its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. The Holme Room is part of the school’s Inclusion and PDHWB (Physical development, health and well-being) provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development.


There is much research and evidence to suggest that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Holme Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Holme Room is a place of learning.


The philosophy of the Holme Room is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by ‘The Nurture Group Network’ (www.nurturegroups.org).




The Nurture Group Principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children's lives
  • Has an adult/child ration of 1:3, and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning
  • Has daily crafts, games, a ‘mini-tea’ and more!
  • Language is a vital means of communication


Meetings are held with parents and carers before any pupil is referred to the Holme Room provision.


Who attends the Holme Room?

Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:


  • Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn
  • Find it hard to listen to others or join in
  • Disruptive towards others
  • Find it hard to accept losing a game
  • Find it hard to share and take turns
  • Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up


How will the Holme Room help my child?

The Holme room will boost confidence and self esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence. It aims to prepare pupils for mainstream learning by closing academic gaps and teaching vital skills such as:


-To join in

-To settle

-To listen

-To concentrate

-To share and take turns

-To accept losing a game

-To build up friendships with their classmates

-It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.


Does this mean my child is naughty?


No, these sessions are meant to help them manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.


How long will my child be in the Holme Room?

Holme Room attendance is reviewed with families on a termly basis. However we ensure that the children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week. Pupils based in the Holme Room return to their classes for afternoon lessons.


Are parents/carers involved?


We like to consider our door is always open and therefore welcome parent/carers to visit and join the sessions at any time. Special event invitations are sent out to join us for example; open afternoon, or simply for afternoon tea and a chat.







Useful Links

The Nurture Group Network

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
National website for CAMHS

My Family Care
Allows parents to search for and book local holiday clubs and camps online

National Children's Bureau
Promotes the interests and well-being of all children

Parentline Plus
National charity working with parents. Has a free confidential helpline

Young Minds
The children's mental health charity


Links to art & craft ideas


Crafts for Kids - Easy Kids Crafts - Arts and Craft Ideas ...spoonful.com/crafts


Crafts for Kids - EnchantedLearning.com www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/


Crafts | crayola.com www.crayola.com/crafts/


DLTK's Crafts for Kids www.dltk-kids.com/

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