If you require any information about our school or if you have any concerns you would like to raise please contact us on the numbers above.
Headteacher: Robin Goodier
Deputy Head: Debbie North
Chair of Governors: Darren Aldrich
(Graded "Good" by OFSTED January 2013)
We hope that parents prospective parents and children will find this website interesting and informative. If you require a paper copy of any information on this website this is available from the school office.
About Our School
Holt Farm Infant School caters for children aged from 4-7 years, there are currently 227 children on roll in 9 classes; three classes in each year group. Each class has a dedicated classteacher, teaching assistant and midday assistant. We have a hall which is used for PE, assemblies and lunchtimes. We also have a library area that is stocked with a wide variety of modern books. The classrooms have interactive whiteboards and we have a computer suite with laptops for the children to use for ICT and an interactive whiteboard. We have been fund-raising to further develop our ICT suite and in the summer term we purchased 30 tablet computers for the children to use.
Classteachers look after the children's welfare in school and the delivery of the curriculum. Teaching staff work together in each key stage to plan the curriculum. In Reception they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and in Years 1 and 2 they follow the National Curriculum. Teaching staff work closely together with the Teaching Assistant team and the work is planned to match the needs of all the children. The children work towards their own individual targets, their work is continuously assessed and new targets set.
The children have music every Friday with our music teacher Mrs Wendy Serjeant. They learn to sing a variety of songs and to use percussion instruments. Parents are invited in regularly for assemblies and end of term plays to hear the children sing and perform. The children also take part in the Music Festival when they are able to sing with other local schools. In Year 2 children have the opportunity to learn the recorder.
The children have PE twice a week and during the year will take part in games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, multi-skills, athletics health related PE and outdoor activities.
Our school building is light, airy and spacious with full disabled access. The building is also very secure with key pad access to all exterior doors. All visitors are required to sign in at the office and receive a security pass before entering the building or grounds.
The school is surrounded by gardens and playing fields. We have a sensory garden, walled pond and wild garden area and an allotment where the children learn to grown vegetables. In 2013 we had fundraising to erect a greenhouse for the children to use. Our Sensory Garden received a landscape and heritage award from Rochford Council.
We have a large playground that is colourfully marked out, a large playing field and an enclosed play area for the reception children. We have lots of exciting play equipment for the children to enjoy including a play house, play panels, a witches hat and a jeep. We also have many resources for the children to use for role play.
We share an open air swimming pool with the junior school which the children use for swimming lessons during the summer term.
The children break up for the Christmas Holidays on Friday 19th December and return to school on Tuesday, 6th January 2015.
SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR BAD WEATHER
In case of bad winter weather we make every attempt to open the school as normal. However there may be circumstances when this may not be possible. If the school is closed we will inform parents as soon as possible using the following:
A text will be sent to all parents using Parentmail.
The school website will be updated to confirm the school is closed www.holtfarm-inf.essex.sch.uk
We will inform Essex County Council that the school is closed and a full list of school closures will be available on the Essex County Council website (see link below) or Visit Essex County Council's homepage at www.essex.gov.uk, and search for Emergency School Closures or click in to the Education and Schools area, click Schools, click Dates and click Emergency Closures.
The Emergency Closures page will update as and when notifications are received, therefore it is recommended to continue to check or refresh the page.
PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL CLOSURES WILL NO LONGER BE BROADCAST ON THE LOCAL RADIO STATIONS.
The children had a wonderful time visiting Santa in his magical grotto and all took home a lovely gift from the man himself! They had a great day which started with a Christmas Pantomime "Mother Goose" and a special party lunch and lots of party games.