Holly Bank Trust

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Hollybank Trust
Holly Bank Trust Logo.jpg
Founded 1954
Registration no. 1043129
Coordinates 53°40′48.4392″N 1°41′48.1668″W / 53.680122000°N 1.696713000°W / 53.680122000; -1.696713000Coordinates: 53°40′48.4392″N 1°41′48.1668″W / 53.680122000°N 1.696713000°W / 53.680122000; -1.696713000
Area served
England, Yorkshire
Product Campaigning and working in child and adult services
Key people
Pam King (Chief Executive)
Lyn Pollard
(Head Teacher)
Slogan "Quality of Life... for Life"
Website http://www.hollybanktrust.com/

Hollybank was one of the first registered schools for disabled children to be built in the North of England.[1] It is a registered charity and care home, specialising in caring for children with multiple and profound disabilities. Hollybank Trust was established in 1954 in Lindley, a suburb of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. Huddersfield is known for its central role at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, for being the birthplace of rugby league and birthplace of the former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. It is in the process of expanding into adult social care. According to its website it employs over 500 full and part time staff at locations across Yorkshire, in Mirfield, Halifax, Holmfirth, Barnsley and South Kirkby.[2] Local Paralympian athlete Paul Cartwright, is ambassador for the Hollybank School, which he attended as a boy. Paul represented Great Britain at the 1984 Stoke Mandeville Paralympic Games in 100 m, 200 m, 400 m sprint, and the marathon.[3][4]


Hollybank began in 1954 in Lindley. According to local speculation an elderly lady, as yet still unidentified, helping disabled children because she herself had lived in a family with disabled sisters whom became subject to the Mental Health Act. The sisters were allegedly sectioned for mental health when they should have been looked after for disablement.[5] This was the motivation for opening Holly Bank, and with financial assistance from the Smith Homes Trust, was the first school for disabled children built in the North of England. Other schools followed in Harrogate and Leeds.

In 1990, the school re-located to Roe Head in Mirfield, Yorkshire, a town situated between Huddersfield and Dewsbury and it became a registered charity in its own right (Hollybank Trust) in 1994.

Part of the Hollybank Trust, has connections with the Bronte Sisters. The Roe Head property in Mirfield which the Hollybank Trust acquired in 1990 was a former Victorian boarding school for girls.[6] In 1831, Charlotte Bronte was enrolled at the Roe Head school of Miss Wooler, and subsequently went on to be Wooler's assistant three years later. All three Brontë sisters were educated at Roe Head School between 1831 and 1838.[7] Appropriately the location is still used as a school to this day, albeit one for special requirements.


Hollybank Special School in Mirfield provides specialised education, therapy and care for children from 5 to 19 years of age. The trust also has a children’s home and adult residential homes both in the community and at its main site. All children and young people attending Hollybank have physical disabilities and additional complex needs. Hollybank specialise in supporting physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, .[8] There are residential and non residential facilities. Staff include qualified therapists and nurses.

Hollybank ran a video campaign in 2012 to leverage support via social media, drawing attention to their work - the campaign was called Give it up for Hollybank.[9] They also organised a charity sky diving event in April 2013 for a number of disabled children.[10] For more than 10 years the Hollybank Trust has been sending groups during the summer and spring seasons to Otley Sailing Club in the parish of Leeds to learn and experience all the benefits of sailing.[11] The BBC produced a 'Get Inspired' video in December 2015, which featured an Otley Club dinghy used by Holly Bank Trust and sponsored by a Preston based business Freightlink.co.uk.[12] Freightlink also help Hollybank organise and fund the Otley Club sailing days.[13][14] In January 2014, a group of 15 ambassadors from the local community worked with staff from the UK office of Chiquita Brands International to take on a series of fundraising challenges.[15]


According to a connected blog about the Hollybank School, "Hollybank meets the needs of children and adults with complex disabilities, but our aim is to reach way beyond meeting purely physical needs to nurture, develop and enrich the lives of those who spend time with us."[16]


  • 2006 - ICT Excellence Awards[17]
  • 2008 - Skills for Care - Accolades[18]
  • 2013 - Lloyd's Bank Community funding Award.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kirklees Council". Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Hollybank Employment status". Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  3. ^ "mandeville legacy". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  4. ^ "examiner.co.uk". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Council for Disabled Children". Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  6. ^ "The Bronte Society". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  7. ^ "accessmagazine". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  8. ^ "CQC". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  9. ^ "You Tube". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  10. ^ "Facebook". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Otley Sailing Club". Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  12. ^ "BBC Get Inspired". Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  13. ^ "West Yorkshire Examiner". Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  14. ^ "Freightlink Solutions Ltd". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  15. ^ "Spenborough Guardian". Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  16. ^ "schooljotter.com". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  17. ^ "Naace". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  18. ^ "Skills for Care". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  19. ^ "Lloyd's Bank". Retrieved 2014-03-17. 

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