The Hollins

We are an excellent 11-16 co-educational LA controlled school located in the picturesque Hollins Lane area of Accrington. We provide an excellent education within a clear framework of manners and respect for others. We are nationally recognised as a high performing school in terms of both achievement and attainment.

We have wonderful facilities promoting learning and development. Plus a rich and varied programme of sports, art music, drama and outside visits. These all make a valuable contribution to achievement and enjoyment.

Visitors to the The Hollins frequently comment on the polite behaviour of our students and the pleasant atmosphere which exists. We work hard to promote this through our consistent approach to behaviour, good manners and hard work. We have dedicated staff and a well organised year system. The Hollins has a planned programme of personal social and citizenship education which develops an understanding of the needs and feelings of others. It’s not just about exam success as we have a broad range of curricular and extra curricular activities which promote a sense of belonging, team work and achievement.

We are the lead school for the Pennine Lancashire SCITT.

About our school experience

Individual requirements:
  • Must be applying to or have applied to our, or a partner school's, teacher training course
  • Must have a degree
  • Photo identification: passport or driving licence
  • proof of address

The Hollins is a registered member of the School Experience Programme (SEP) with Get Into Teaching

This programme offers a school placement to future teachers who are applying for initial teacher training. The programme gives you first-hand experience of life at The Hollins; you will have the opportunity to observe teaching and learning, our pastoral provision, and be part of day to day life in our school. The programme will benefit you to:

*gain an insight into teaching and see if this is the career for you

*help prepare for an ITT interview by observing high-quality lessons

We charge £25 for this opportunity and this is refunded to you when you have applied to PLSCITT or ELIP School Direct. For more information about these visit

Art and design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and technology, English, French, Geography, History, Maths, Physical education, and Spanish


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School phases
  • Secondary (11 to 16)
Hollins Lane
Placement availability

Due to ongoing issues with the pandemic and the high level of covid cases in our region we unable to accept any bookings at this time - please do check with us again and when the situation changes we will happily be welcoming SEP visits.

Usually our SEP opens in October. We do not accept SEP in June and July and only accept SEP on Tues, Weds and Thurs.


School experience type
In school
DBS check required

No - Candidates will be accompanied at all times when in school

Administration fees

£15.00 Daily, this is paid in cash on arrival

this covers our administration costs and reimburses departments for the time they spend supervising visitors.

Other fees

£10.00 Daily, paid in cash

this cost covers department staff for their time supervising visitors.

Dress code

Business dress, Cover up tattoos

Start and finish times

8.30am to 3.15pm


Yes - on site parking provided

Parking is available on site in the visitors car park

Teacher training offered

A lead for Pennine Lancashire SCITT, we also have partnerships with the East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership, Pennine Learning Alliance, Pennnine Teaching Alliance.

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