At Holgate we aim to provide children with a range of opportunities then enable them to develop their cultural capital. Through these opportunities we will expose our children to a large variety of subject areas and arts; promoting character-building qualities that lead to creating well-rounded, global citizens who are ready to succeed in later life.
We strive hard to ensure that children's curriculum learning is enhanced through opportunities to explore and experience things "first-hand" and that children and families are supported to access extracurricular activities that develop further the knowledge and skills that they have been taught in school.
Over their time at Holgate, children engage in a range of educational visits from sessions out to the local library and the local church, to visits to places such as Sherwood Pines, Pizza Express, The Holocaust Centre, VIA, The Sealife Centre and many other venues. We also offer residential experiences in school through school sleepovers and have residential experiences in Bamburgh for Years 4 and 5 and Walesby for those children in Year 6.
We run a range of after school clubs over the academic year. These include sports clubs, arts clubs and wellbeing/mindset clubs. Please see our News & Events section for more information on this half-terms club.
We have opportunities in school for our children to sign up for Music Tuition. We currently have around 20 children accessing professional music tuition.
Children across school are given opportunities to sign-up for and be a part of a range of different forums. These groups enable our children to have their say about the learning and experiences that children have in our school as well as enabling them to make a change about key elements across school. Through participation in these forums children develop a range of important lifelong skills including presentation, communication, social interaction and leadership. If your child is interested in joining one of our forums please see a member of the school leadership team.
Eco-Forum: This group works alongside the School Site Team to ensure that the school environment is safe. They work specifically on becoming active citizens.
Diversity Forum: This group of children work with our DEIB (Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging) Group and our PSHE lead Mr Gleave to ensure that we are promoting the Equality Objectives and ensuring that our school curriculum, environment and resources reflect and value the diverse world we live in. This group work mostly to develop good relationships and ensure respect for the differences between people.
Learning Forum: Our Learning Forum children work alongside the Executive Head Teacher and the Head of School to develop and review our approaches to teaching and learning across school. These children completed a formal application and were interviewed for their position. The Learning Forum children work to develop their confidence and understand of their responsibilities whilst making the most of their abilities.
Sports Leaders: Our Sports Leaders work alongside our Midday Team and both Mrs Bond and Mr Smith to ensure children at lunchtimes are engaged in positive activities. This team also support with school sports days and PE events. The Sports Leaders work to develop a healthy, safer lifestyle for themselves and others at Holgate.
Healthy Lifestyle Crew: Our Healthy Lifestyle Crew are a group of KS2 children who meet weekly with coach Kamen to discuss ways in which to encourage children to be active, as well as discussing ideas around promoting healthy lifestyles within school. The Healthy Lifestyle Crew work to develop a healthy, safer lifestyle for themselves and others at Holgate.
Reading Champions: Our Reading Champions work with Miss Davies to develop our whole school provision for Reading.
Pen Pal Club: This group of children work with Mrs Bardgett and Mrs Smith each week as they link with our local care home community, writing letters, creating gifts and learning from their elders. This group excel in their role as active citizens developing positive relationships and supporting the care of others in our community.