About Us

Families with special needs children need additional support because 24-hour care for a disabled child is difficult.

Children with special needs want to go to clubs with their friends and enjoy activities, but sometimes they need extra support to make this possible.

“This club is making such a positive difference to family life. The activities that are provided for young people are quality activities with clear objectives rather than just being childcare or childminding. Each club day adds great quality of life experiences to the young people that attend.” Parent evaluation, 2016

Brief History

listeningThe Hollow Lane Club was set up by parents and staff at Ellen Tinkham School in 2001 who recognised the need for a new type of club that would meet the needs of children and parents.

Initially a summer club for 35 children, the Hollow Lane Club now runs after schools clubs, Saturday clubs, a huge summer programme and additional support for siblings too.

Our clubs now run from two Devon schools – Ellen Tinkham in Exeter and Bidwell Brook in Dartington.

The day to day activities of the club are run by a team of specialised and experienced Managers and Playworkers.


The club became a charity in 2004 and has a Committee of Trustees who oversee the workings of the club. These trustees still represent the origins of the club – parents of children that use the services, and staff from the schools that host the clubs. We are always keen to hear from new people that would be interested in helping to manage, steer and develop our charity. If you would like to discuss this with someone please contact one of the current trustees, or a member of staff.

The current Hollow Lane Club Trustees are:

  • Daisy Binney
  • Nikki Burroughs
  • Jacqui Warne
  • Gary Woolfries
  • Sarah Woolfries

Policies and Procedures

Our policies and procedures are available to download here as pdfs:

Charity Information

The Hollow Lane Club is Registered Charity no: 1102630.

Ofsted Information

In August 2015 we were inspected by Ofsted who graded us “outstanding”. A copy of their report is available for download, and on the Ofsted website.

“The holiday club and after school club is exceptionally well led and managed by an inspirational manager and highly involved trustees. They work closely with the team of dedicated staff who demonstrate an uncompromising commitment towards achieving excellence.”


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