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Holgate Primary and Nursery

Holgate Primary and Nursery

About Us

On behalf of all the children, staff, parents/carers and governors we are very pleased to welcome you to Holgate Primary School and Nursery.

Our school is committed to giving all children the best possible start in life to prepare them for whatever amazing things their future holds.                  

A word from Samantha Sheridan, Head of School

I joined the team at Holgate Primary School as an Assistant Head in 2015 and since this time the school has taken over a large place in my heart. Becoming the Head of School in September 2019, alongside Nicola Davies as the Executive Head was therefore an honour as I could think of no better school to work in or team of staff and children to work with.

Teamwork, collaboration and aspiration for the future I firmly believe are key to the ethos of Holgate. The strong partnerships we have with our families and community play a vital part of every day for our children and we endeavour to galvanise this in all we do. As a school we work hard to provide a wide and rich range of learning experiences where children develop their love of learning, their curiosity and their resilience, ensuring they leave our school well equipped for their next challenge and their future lives.

At Holgate Primary School we all take pride in our school and are committed to supporting our children through their primary years in becoming polite, successful and motivated young people.


Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence

A word from Nicola Davies – The Executive Headteacher

We are an increasingly successful Primary School situated on the outskirts of the town of Hucknall. I have worked as a Headteacher in Nottinghamshire since 1999 at Sutton Road Primary School in Mansfield. This evolved into me becoming an Executive Headteacher when I commenced work supporting other schools in the Mansfield and Ashfield area in September 2012, and in 2014 I was appointed as the Executive Headteacher of the newly amalgamated Holgate Primary School. Due to mine being a shared role, alongside me the school’s day to day leadership is left in the extremely capable and excellent hands of Samantha Arnold as the Head of School.

We believe wholeheartedly in being an outward looking Primary School, which embraces working closely with other schools and establishments in order to continuously evaluate, reflect and drive further developments and improvements in all aspects of our provision for the children we serve.

It is this intrinsic belief in true collaboration as one of our core values that led us to form a formal collaboration between Holgate Primary and Sutton Road Primary Schools which we have been in since 2014. Through this strong working ethos, the growth of our shared expertise has been immense and we have attracted and established formidable experts and outstanding practitioners at both of our schools. This has helped our standards to rise across both schools and enabled our children to experience some fantastic opportunities to enhance their learning and discovery of the wider world than would have been possible as a stand-alone Primary school.

We strongly believe that no school can continue to improve in isolation. We therefore welcome opportunities to work with other schools whenever possible in order to further consolidate our own learning and growth as professionals. We know that this is vital for us as the people entrusted with the amazing job of expanding your children’s minds and helping them aspire higher in shaping their own futures.

Our everyday commitment to our children is further embedded in our other core values:

Inclusion and Diversity

  • We welcome diversity and remain wholeheartedly committed to inclusion.
  • We endeavour to ensure every individual is fully accepted and provided with a strong sense of belonging within each of our schools.

Aspirations, Attitudes and Behaviour

  • We embed high aspirations through the development of effective attitudes and behaviours in our schools.
  • We ensure pupils and staff in our schools are resilient learners developing life, learning and leadership skills to equip them exceptionally well for their futures.


  • We believe our children achieving high quality educational outcomes is at the heart of all we provide.
  • We hold an immutable expectation that all members of our school communities strive continuously to achieve nothing less than excellence for our pupils.


  • We unequivocally know our curriculum is the conduit to all our aims.
  • We ensure this is exciting, relevant, challenging and firmly rooted in meeting the individual needs of our pupils at each school.

In summary, our school Mission Statement is that every member of the school, both adults and children, should at all times strive to take PRIDE in all they do.

Personal  Responsibility  In  Delivering  Excellence

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website – if you would like a visit to the school in person, please do not hesitate to contact us on the school office number where we can arrange for you to meet us and see our school in action.