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                                                                LOCAL SERVICES
SCHOOLS
Hollesley Primary School (ages 5 to 11 years) is a community school run by Suffolk County Council.  It stands 
in its own extensive grounds by Hollesley parish church and enjoys magnificent views over the fields to the North 
Sea.  

There has been a school in the village for more than 130 years, though not in the present building !  The school
serves the communities of Boyton, Capel St. Andrew, Shottisham, Sutton and Hollesley itself.
In 2008, Ofsted found the school entirely satisfactory with good elements, which included behaviour of the pupils, the ethos of the school 
and the care and guidance given to the pupils.  

The school enjoys excellent relations with the pre-school playgroup whose children visit the school every week.  There are equally excellent
links with the popular Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge for which Hollesley is a feeder school.

Recently, the staff has introduced a more creative curriculum based on the rich history and geography of the locality, thus bringing immediate 
relevance and excitement to the children’s learning; this has resulted in their showing their work on the Alde and Ore rivers at Snape Maltings.
At the moment the whole school is developing its contact with the nearby Mary Warner Homes, Boyton, with an inter-generational project 
involving music, dance and poetry.
Hollesley Trumpets are a key feature of the life of the school. They entertain at the Welcome Club for elderly residents, have performed at 
Snape Maltings, have regular slots at the Maverick Festival as well as giving concerts at the school.
But the school does not simply concentrate on the arts; recently a science afternoon, which began with lunch, was greatly enjoyed by large 
number of parent/carers and their children ! 
The extensive grounds are used for a wide range of sports, growing vegetables and nature-study, and there is a pond for wildlife and a 
learner-pool for young swimmers.
The school is an important part of village life, participating in many events, such as the annual fete and entertaining elderly residents at the 
village Welcome Club.
The use of the grounds is of special significance as the children have grown some of their own vegetables for use in the school kitchen (and 
imagine how much maths came from the whole school weighing, counting and predicting outcomes).  As well as the vegetable patch there 
is a newly created wildlife area boasting a pond and a good range of plant life already.  Every family has recently had the opportunity to plant 
a sapling, which will bear the family name, to create a small copse at the end of the playing field.
The grounds have a hard surface for PE, a sandpit, an outdoor classroom, a learner swimming-pool and approximately 4 four acres for the
children to run around.  All of which makes for a very active sporting-life for the school, with cross country, sports days and a wide range of 
activities from an outside provider.  The school offers a whole range of activities from chess to dance-drama, from breakfast club to after
school club, and from lunchtime art club to after-school gymnastics.
Whilst for the real youngsters there is a thriving Parent and Toddler group which meets in a new and improving family-friendly area in school, 
for those of not so tender years, (i.e. retired people from the locality) an opportunity to hear children reading on a voluntary basis each week. 

A parents/carers' group runs "Friends of Hollesley" to provide those extras through fundraising. 
If you would like to know more about this thriving little community, contact us : 
     1.   Write to us at : Mrs Bowman, Headteacher, Hollesley Primary School, School Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3RE;
     2.   Or visit the school's website at: www.hollesley.suffolk.sch.uk, where you can access the school prospectus;
     3.   Or telephone the school office on 01394 411616, where you may speak to a real person, or leave a message and where hard 
           copies of the prospectus are also available;
    4. Or e-mail us at : ad.hollesley.p@talk21.com.
   Hollesley Pre-school

   The Hollesley Pre-school is a nursery based on the same site as the Primary School for children in the age range 2 - 5 years.   The 
   purpose-built building was opened in October 2007, and provides a safe and stimulating environment.

   The staff there are experienced, qualified and friendly.
   This is an ad for the school (in Word 2000 format), but for further details, contact Janice or Lois on 01394 410492. 
Pre School Building
Parent and Toddler Group

After a short break, Kerry Simoes (tel 411063), has re-formed the Parent and Toddler group and will be running a session between 1pm and 3pm on Thursdays during term time at Hollesley Primary School. She will be joined on occasions by Lisa Turner-Smith with ‘Tot Rock’ to entertain the children with stories and songs. Free admission !