Welcome to Holbrook Academy
Welcome to Holbrook Academy, Suffolk’s top-performing state school in 2017. Our aim is to help every child make the maximum possible progress – both in academic terms and as a developing individual.
Our exam results and Ofsted inspection reports speak for themselves. You can find details of these and much more elsewhere on this website.
The secret of our success is a focus on the individual needs of every child. This is only achieved through hard work and determination but we are helped by our relatively small size and long history of good relations with the community we serve.
If you would like to see for yourself, we run regular open mornings and evenings and are happy to make special arrangements. If you would like to do that, or for any other enquiry, please contact Sarah Beazley, PA to the Headteacher.
Dr Simon Letman – Headteacher
How is PSHE delivered in Years 7 and 8?
PSHE is taught in discreet lessons in years 7 and 8. Students learn about a range of issues including; changes I will go through as I grow up, staying healthy, how to be a good citizen, keeping myself safe online, healthy relationships, human rights. PSHE themes are also covered in other subjects. For example, students learn about financial accountability in Maths, healthy lifestyles within PE and basic Sex and Relationships in Science. We also have collapsed timetable days. For example, in this academic year students attended a careers fayre, giving them an opportunity to talk to a wide range of employers.
Years 9, 10 and 11
All students in years 9, 10 and 11 have assemblies and drop in sessions relating to PSHE. They also have an allocated day where they are taken off timetable and receive lessons and training on a number of themes. PSHE topics are also supported during tutor time. These include:
- Sexual Health Day - delivered by the Terence Higgins Trust.
- Risky Behaviour – exploring issues through drama.
- ‘My Future’ - a whole day of careers and financial management.
- Mental Health Awareness – a half day series of workshops.
- Aspirations and Leadership skills.
- Careers and Futures - half day post -16 choices.
- Dangers of drugs.
- C.V. and application development.
- Revision Skills and Motivation - ‘Positively Mad’ half day.
- World AIDS Day – HIV Awareness.
- E-Safety Awareness Week.
- SWISS Leadership Projects.
- Holocaust Memorial Day.
- LGBT Awareness Day.
- Work experience.
PSHE gives students: - opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing; helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature, and to show respect for the diversity of, and differences between people; develops their wellbeing and self-esteem; encourages their belief in the ability to succeed; enables them to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career; builds on their own experiences relating to health, law and family; keeps them safe by highlighting the risks associated with sexual health, drugs and healthy eating and informing them of their choices.
Websites you may find helpful:
Suffolk Young Carers: An organisation that supports our students who may be sole or joint carers in their families.
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
4YP Provides and co-ordinates services that improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of 12-25 year olds in Suffolk.
Turning Point: Provides counselling, advice, information and support services for those with problems relating to drug misuse or alcohol abuse.
Stonewall: Works for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
Iceni: Works to support families in Ipswich and Suffolk to give children the opportunity to have a safe, healthy and happy start in life. They strongly believe that tackling the causes of addiction, poverty and other inequalities lies in effective targeted early intervention and addressing the unmet and inter-generational problems that are entrenched in deprived neighbourhoods in Suffolk.
Suffolk Mind: Works to play an integral part in building mental wellbeing resilience for everyone in Suffolk.
Frank: Provides information on a range of different types of drugs and how to prevent addiction.
Samaritans: A charitable organisation to help those who suffer with depression, self-harm and who are contemplating ending their lives.
Shaw Trust: Is a not-for-profit organisation helping disabled people or those at disadvantage to find and sustain employment or enjoy more independent living.
NSPCC: Works to prevent and stop the cruel treatment and abuse of children.
Terrence Higgins Trust: The largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, running services out of local centres across Great Britain.
Outreach Suffolk: A confidential service offered to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Suffolk.
Hideout: Women’s Aid have created this space to help young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to them.
Suffolk Wellbeing: Provides a range of psychological interventions to help and support people with common mental health problems and negative emotions such as low mood, anxiety, depression or stress.
ICash: Sexual Health and Contraception Services.