Family Learning and Support

The education of children starts in the home. We like to work alongside families to ensure each child achieves the best they can emotionally, socially and academically.

Each term we offer Family Learning sessions, in partnership with Family Learning Services, Worcestershire. In the past we have run workshops on cooking and early reading. This term the focus is “Worms and Wellies.”

We recognise the challenges that families face in bringing up children and there may be times when you need extra help and support. If you do need extra support please come and talk to us, there are many ways in which we can help as outlined in this offer of early help.

The diagram below shows the range of needs at different levels. We use this graduated approach to make sure we provide the best support for different families’ individual situations.

Providing early help to our pupils and families at Hollymount Primary School means we are more effective in promoting support as soon as we can. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, beginning with the foundation stage.

We have a safeguarding culture that promotes trust between all adults and children so that all children have a trusted adult that they can speak to about any of their worries or concerns.

At Hollymount Primary School we believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and promote this accountability with all staff. In school we have a safeguarding team that staff can liaise with and take overall responsibility and they are:

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:

Mrs Sharon Ricketts

Email: Telephone: 01905 23159

The deputy DSL(s) are: 

Mr Darren Davies


Mrs Andrea Donnelly


The nominated safeguarding governor is:

Mr Nick Dunster Telephone: 01905 23159

The CEO is:

Miss Emma Pritchard

Email:       Telephone: 01905 23159

The Headteacher is:

Mrs Andrea Donnelly

Email:       Telephone: 01905 23159

The Chair of Governors:

Mrs Julia Cook

Contact details:

Email:      Telephone: 01905 23159

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 makes it clear that ALL staff have a role in safeguarding. In addition, this statutory document makes it clear that any child may benefit from early help, but all school staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a child who:

  • Is disabled and has specific additional needs;
  • Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory education, health care plan);
  • Is a young carer;
  • Is showing signs of being drawn in to anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups;
  • Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home;
  • Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation;
  • Is a risk of being radicalised or exploited;
  • Is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health issues and domestic abuse;
  • Is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves;
  • Has returned home to their family from care; and
  • Is a privately fostered child.
  • The risk of online abuse

All Hollymount Primary School, staff are aware of the offer of early help and at all times staff consider if there is any offer of early help that we can make in order to help a child thrive. We believe that early interventions for children or families, in many cases, will prevent children from experiencing harm.

To read our full Early Help Offer please follow the link below:

Early Help Offer

Also, you may find the links to support organisations at the side of this page useful.