Changes and challenges guide school to 20th anniversary

work progressing on the school's new mosaic.
work progressing on the school's new mosaic.

Innovation thinking at Holbrook Primary School has guided the way to its 20 year anniversary which pupils are celebrating this week.

Ali Abbott, assistant head teacher at the Horsham school for 18 years, said it was the school’s ability to change and grow that had allowed it to grow to ten times its size within 20 years.

“We have developed the curriculum to make it interesting and creative,” she explained. “We like changes and challenges. We have had four heads and each one has bought new ideas to the table.”

After opening its doors to 42 students in 1992, the school now teaches around 420 pupils.

“This year we have been concentrating on developing the children’s independence by allowing them to have more control over the way they learn - giving them more ownership of what they do and more confidence in themselves.”

The school is celebrating the anniversary with workshops and team challenges throughout the week, culminating in a ‘prom’ on Friday evening where parents and pupils will enjoy a picnic and entertainment.