At the start of last week, I was privileged to accompany 4 of our prefects to Hucknall town centre for the unveiling of a commemorative bench, dedicated to the late Councillor Jim Blagden and designed in tribute to the work of NHS and all key workers during the pandemic.  Some of our very talented students had provided the designs that inspired the finished product and I was so proud to see The Holgate Academy once again demonstrating our commitment to the community.

The Academy is taking every opportunity to engage with, and support, the local community and I have been delighted to witness the manners, determination and teamwork that our students have displayed at a number of community events.  We have been very grateful to members of the public who have taken the time to feed back to us that our students have been extremely polite and helpful, both at organised events and – most pleasingly – in unsupervised situations, with students going out of their way to help younger children or elderly members of the community.   We are immensely proud to see our students independently demonstrating the school’s values in this way and becoming upstanding Hucknall citizens.

Our IT support have asked me to remind parents that the DfE laptops that were provided to many pupils during lockdown have recently been identified as having a battery problem that could cause a safety issue. If you are in possession of one of these laptops, please can I ask that you return it to the Academy reception as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s year 11 parents evening; it was great to see so many of you and the evening was very successful.  We look forward to working together with you over the coming months to ensure that your child takes advantage of all the support and interventions that staff have put in place for them, enabling them to achieve their very best in their exams.

We are Holgate!

Mr Pennington